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Monte Fino’s new MF76 has all the quality appointments for which the Taiwanese craft are renowned and complements the vast interior space of the 19-ft beam hull, says local importers, Monte Fino Australia.

Available in open flybridge, hardtop or enclosed sky-lounge configurations, and featuring three guest cabins and a mid-ship full-beam master cabin, the MF76 makes east coast cruising a pleasure without compromising performance.

According to the importers, stability at rest and at cruising speed is unsurpassed and 38hp ABT hydraulic bow and stern thrusters make berthing and low-speed manoeuvring a breeze.

As with all Monte Finos, interior design and styling can be customised to suit individual requirements, with a comprehensive array of standard features able to be complemented with additional options.

Enquiries: Monte Fino Australia, tel: (02) 8825 8300, email:



For the 2008 model year, Monterey Boats has made some changes to its 375 Sport Yacht. The 375SY is now offered with an optional fiberglass hard top, complete with full enclosure. More added options include underwater lights and a premium Kenwood stereo package upgrade, with additional speakers, subwoofer and two amps.

The tiered cockpit layout of the 375 Sport Yacht allows multiple levels of wrap-around lounges. The upper cockpit includes a custom helm captain’s chair, lounge, wet bar, and a chrome-on-silver accented helm, which features a Eurostyle competition tilt-steering wheel and next-generation navigational technology.

An entertainment centre with pressurised water offers a convenient sink and tap, trash receptacle, beverage holders and plenty of storage. The lower cockpit has a sizeable U-shaped lounge with a removable table that converts the seats into an outdoor fresco dining area. An extended swim platform provides easy access for all water sport activities.

The 375 Sport Yacht’s cabin sleeps six adults and comes standard with carpet, wood mini-blinds, companionway lighted stair treads, cedar-lined hanging lockers in both the forward stateroom and mid-cabin, a CD changer in the salon/dinette and a flat-screen LCD TV with DVD/MP3 player.




The new Marquis 500 Sports Coupe Yacht is the product of Italian naval architect, Nuvolari-Lenard and American builder, Marquis Yachts. According to the Australian distributor, Ausail-Pathfinder Marine Group, their combined talents have created a luxury sport yacht that blends global styling with engineering excellence and high quality American yacht building.

The Ausail-Pathfinder Marine Group says the new yacht features head-turning exterior lines and painted colours that will capture the attention of the experienced boater as well as die-hard land-lubbers. The interior features a richly-appointed saloon with power sunroof, fully-equipped galley and three staterooms (with showers).

Like her larger siblings, the 500SC features the Marquis Class A structure, which is designed and built around Volvo’s innovative IPS propulsion system. The new Marquis 500SC can exceed 45mph, and the joystick control will make it easy to dock and manoeuvre the yacht in tight quarters, says Ausail-Pathfinder.




Stacer’s popular Proline range has under­gone a transformation to reveal a new hull designed for use in rivers, estuaries, creeks, dams or lakes. Stacer claims the versatile design allows the boats to skim over water effortlessly, making them ideal for fishing adventures.

The sports hull brings the wide beam of the boat forward to the bow to provide extra stability for fishing. The V-shape of the hull also means it gets up on the plane quickly and can comfortably cope with choppy water, says Stacer.

Measuring 3.99m, the 399 Proline has deep 0.8m sides, a wide 1.82m beam and is built on 1.6mm bottom and top sides.

The list of standard fishing accessories includes a casting platform with storage, fully-carpeted floor, ally core hatches, rod holders, transducer bracket, alloy cleat on the front deck, roto-moulded anchorwell/storage bin, front deck, transom handles and a casting platform with rear storage and splashwell.

Additional standard features include basic flotation, extruded side decks, side pocket (portside), painted hull with stripes, aft short side rails, split low bow rails with navigation light brackets, two seat pedestals and a five-position skipper’s seat.

Optional features include two extra rod holders, side console, small sports console, cast handles and live bait tank in the rear casting platform, two-tone paint, bimini and envelope and transom step and rail.





For 46 years, Novis Marine, based in Ohio, USA, has been the name behind Tartan yachts, considered by many to be some of the fastest, strongest, and most luxurious yachts in the world. Australia’s first Tartan yachts are now being delivered to Yarra’s Edge Yachts, a boutique international brokerage in Melbourne’s Docklands.


Tartan’s 3700 CCR rig sports an integrally-moulded, strong and lightweight masthead and crane. Tartan claims that because the double spreader rig is stronger, stiffer, and lighter than an aluminium mast, the 3700 has an increased righting moment, greater sail carrying ability and great sailing performance.

Tartan developed its “Pocket Boom” on its award-winning Tartan 3400. This feature provides the ability to fit an easy-to-manage, uncompromised performance mainsail. Unlike furling masts or booms, the Pocket Boom mainsail is cut with full roach, full battens and optimised draft.

The 3700 CCR is fitted with a roller furling, self-tacking jib. The cut is a high-aspect ratio upwind blade, with a long luff and tight sheeting angles. Tartan claims that the high stability of the 3700 CCR allows the boat to carry full sail when others are reefing.

Yarra’s Edge Yachts will have Tartan yachts on display during Melbourne’s 2008 International Boat and Lifestyle Show at the Docklands, from February 1 to 3.

Enquiries: Yarra’s Edge Yachts, tel: (03) 9329 0882, web:




Featuring a large cockpit and interior, the 9.50m Arvor 280 AS Deluxe accommodates up to nine people for fishing expeditions and days out with the family. The entertaining areas can also be converted to offer four berths when overnight accommodation is required.

The AS Deluxe features a forward seating area adjacent to the galley, which includes a sink and a tap, pressurised hot water and a two-burner stove. This is in addition to a 65-litre refrigerator and a 25-litre hot water boiler. The heads are equipped with showers, sinks and taps, sea toilets and stowage compartments.

The Arvor 280 AS Deluxe has a large cockpit, with separate shower and baggage compartment, a fish locker with ice, a CD/radio with speakers in the cabin and pilot house, three foldable cockpit benches and a live well with an electric pump.

The pilot house includes an electric switch panel with circuit breaker, full engine instrumentation, weather gauges and hydraulic steering as standard. The Arvor 280 AS Deluxe also comes complete with a bow thruster, three electric bilge pumps and an electric anchor windlass that is controlled from the helm. Additional standard specifications include two windscreen wipers, a stainless steel keel and propeller protection.

Enquiries: Collins Marine, tel: (02) 9319-5222,




Sirocco claims that the unique vee-bottoms on its inflatable boats, made from its patented fabric, save weight and boost performance.

Sirocco’s special fabric consists of two skins linked by fibres. When inflated, the skins form a rigid vee. Sirocco says that the rigid bottom creates better planing characteristics, which makes Sirocco’s air hulls some of the fastest inflatables on the water.

The seven Air Hull models range from 2.2m to 4.5m in length. Weight ranges from 26kg to 67kg; and they can accommodate from three to nine people.

Each inflatable in the Sirocco range includes asymmetric, low-profile stern cones to resist stern squat at speed; an extra-heavy transom; a UV boat cover; telescopic oars with pinned rowlocks and a high-velocity foot pump. The fabric is a tough 1100-grade polymer.

Enquiries: Sirocco Marine, tel: (02) 9667 4422, web: