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Mainship40 - Trawler

Sturdy and stable, the 40 Trawler is the flagship of Mainship’s new generation of trawlers. Aside from its most conspicuous feature, the spacious interior design, the 40 Trawler sports a flybridge with a summer kitchen for barbecues and two tables for dining.

According to Mainship, designers paid special attention to maximising comfort and convenience for boat owners and their guests. The full-service galley includes an electric or propane stove, a refrigerator and microwave, plus sinks that Mainship boasts “you can actually wash your dishes in.”

Safety features aboard the 40 Trawler include raised bulwarks for solid footing on deck, wide flybridge steps, sturdy handrails and a deep cockpit.

Enquiries: Mainship Australia, tel: 1800 062 433, or


Ranger Tugs R21-EC

The first Ranger Tugs destined for Australian shores have just been completed and are expected to arrive in Sydney just prior to Christmas.

Inspired by the traditional US Bristol Bay trawler design, the R21-EC is easily trailerable and fuel efficient. With a LOA of 6.4 metres, the R21-EC is designed with a low centre of gravity and a keel that helps to give it a smooth ride in rough water.

Powered by a 30hp Yanmar diesel inboard engine, the R21-EC’s displacement hull delivers real economy, with cruising speeds between seven to nine knots and top speed at around 11 knots, says Ranger.

Inside features include pilot and companion seats, compact galley, storage, sink, stove, pressure water system, chemical toilet and a spacious berth.

Enquiries: Ranger Tugs Australia and New Zealand, tel: (02) 9872 4031, or


Princess 85 Motor Yacht

Princess Yachts International has recently announced that a new 85-foot flybridge yacht is currently under construction at its manufacturing facility in Plymouth, England.

According to Riviera Marine, the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor, the new Princess 85 Motor Yacht will offer high performance with truly spacious accommodation on all decks.

The 6.3m beam and 25.93m LOA provides a generous amount of space for ample seating and dining areas throughout the saloon and accommodation areas. The cockpit provides space for alfresco dining, while triple sliding doors open to combine the cockpit and saloon into one large entertaining area.

Below deck, there is a full-beam owner’s stateroom and a VIP stateroom. A choice of layouts with either two twin ensuite guest cabins or a third stateroom with a further twin berth cabin are available.

Enquiries: Riviera Marine, tel: (07) 5502 5555, or


Chesapeake 58

Put simply, the Chesapeake 58 is a combination of a commercial vessel and a recreational cruiser. The hull and superstructure are built at the company’s commercial ship yard in Tasmania and the interior and finishing is completed at Perry Catamarans in Coomera, Qld. The result, according to the manufacturers, is a sturdy steel hull and aluminium superstructure with a spacious, elegantly appointed interior.

At deck level, the saloon has comfortable lounge seating and a full-width service area. The bridge of the Chesapeake 58 is a true mariner’s wheelhouse, with twin leather helms and room for onlookers.

Below deck is accommodation for six in three cabins: an owner’s suite with ensuite and entertainment unit; a twin cabin with two DVD players and the guest cabin with a queen-size bed and entertainment system.

Undoubtedly, the most impressive feature of the Chesapeake 58 is something you’ll never want to use. Twin skegs sit in front of the propellers and rudders on the hull to provide balanced support for the yacht, should it accidentally be grounded.

Enquiries: Allan Barnett Motor Yachts, tel: (03) 6356 1733, or




Sea Ray 290 Sundeck

Built with entertaining in mind, Sea Ray’s new 290 Sundeck has a cockpit wet bar, multiple beverage holders, ample stowage and an optional stainless steel gas grill. There’s also an insulated ice chest built into the bow and a Clarion stereo with CD player and digital remote.

Seating is everywhere on the boat. Guests can sit on the starboard lounger, aft bench seat or single swivelling bucket seat. The cockpit’s port lounger has a backrest that slides to face forward or aft. And, according to Sea Ray, the multi-functional compartment just forward of the helm is perfect for sleeping, storage or a quick change of clothes.

Powered by a MerCruiser 6.2 MPI Bravo III with digital throttle, the 290 Sundeck comes with an integrated Vessel Control System that lets you scroll through stereo modes as well as check the boat’s depth, trim position and fuel levels.




Bluewater 400

Australia’s boutique boat builder, Bluewater Cruising Yachts Pty Ltd has recently announced that it will return to producing its premier live-aboard cruising yacht, the Bluewater 400.

Bluewater’s small team in Cardiff, NSW, has built just over 45 yachts since its inception in 1989. All of Bluewater’s yachts are made with extended cruising in mind. The generous capacity of the Bluewater 400, for example, allows it to carry up to 800lt of fresh water and 500lt of fuel.

Among the other notable features on the Bluewater 400 are an integrally moulded keel, with five tonne lead ballast, a skeg-hung rudder, the choice of raised saloon or centre cockpit configuration, massive storage and load carrying abilities and two metres of headroom.

Enquiries: Bluewater Cruising Yachts Pty Ltd, tel: (02) 4956 8522, or




Over 60 years ago, the Royal Swedish Sailing Club set out to design a “boat for all people”. The key parameters of the design were simplicity and affordability. The result was the nautical equivalent of the Volkswagen – the Folkboat.

Since then, the only major change in the construction of the Folkboat has been the move from traditional clinker timber to molded fibreglass construction. With a LOA of 7.64m, the Folkboat consists of an open cockpit and a low coach roof covering a small cabin, with two bunks and minimal storage. The boat is rigged as a simple fractional sloop – two lower shrouds, two jumper shrouds, a headstay and a backstay.

In keeping with the minimalist design, the standard engine is a 6hp, four-stroke Mariner outboard on a retractable bracket.

Enquiries: Australian Boat Sales, tel: (07) 3348 3177, or



Quicksilver 640 Warrior

Built exclusively in New Zealand, the 640 Warrior has been fine-tuned through years of tests and exposure to New Zealand’s extreme weather and boating conditions, says Quicksilver.

Quicksilver prides itself on its open-water fishing heritage, so the anchor locker of the 640 Warrior was enlarged from previous models to make room for most capstan winches and longer warp lengths. To provide more flexibility in the choice of electronics, navigation and fish-finding equipment, the flush-mounted instrument panel has also been enlarged.

According to Quicksilver, the Warrior’s level of stability has been enhanced with hydraulic trim tabs, combined with a 22 degree variable dead rise hull. To maximise on-water visibility, the Quicksilver 640 Warrior Hard Top has a full curved glass windscreen and almost two metres of headroom.

Enquiries: Quicksilver Boats, tel: 1800 114 800, or



Bavaria 37 Sport HT

Earlier this year, Bavaria Sports Boats announced the arrival of the newly-redesigned Bavaria 37 Sport Hard Top.

Measuring 12.8 metres LOA, the 37HT has extended cockpit space with a new layout, including a large settee and a backward-looking sun pad with plenty of storage underneath.

Interior features include a separate foreship cabin, a spacious saloon with a complete galley and integrated microwave, as well as a large head with separate shower. The aft cabin offers two beds that can be converted into a large single bed.

According to Bavaria Sports Yachts, the high quality materials, innovative designs and beautiful lines combine to make the 37HT one of the most sought-after vessels on the market.

Enquiries: Bavaria Sports Boats Australia, tel: (02) 9719 9177, or



Coast Inflatables

A new range of inflatable boats has recently been launched in Australia. Offered as a genuine alternative to brands already on the market, Coast inflatable boats are available exclusively through marine retailer, BCF.

BCF claims that all Coast inflatable boats are constructed with high-quality European fabric for strength and portability. When deflated, they can be packed into a boat locker or car boot in minutes.

The Coast range is available in three sizes: the 2.40m Air Deck; the 2.50m Slat Deck and the 2.75. The smaller models can handle 4hp outboard motors, while the 2.75 can be powered by an engine up to 9hp. Rowing is always an option, due to the stability provided by the balanced construction design.

Enquiries: Sun World International, tel: (07) 5593 7799, or