Chaparral 250 Cruiser

Aussie Boat Sales, the Australian retailer of the Chaparral 250 Cruiser, claims that the 250 offers the kind of comfort, performance and handling that turns most day trips to weekends away.

The hull of the 250 Cruiser, which features an integrated extended swim platform, is hand-laid, quad-radial laminated and Kevlar-reinforced, and comes complete with a lifetime limited hull warranty.

Powered by a single sterndrive unit, the new 250 Cruiser boasts the power and performance for enjoyable boating in all conditions. The 250’s targa bimini top is designed to hinge forward for easy access under low bridges or for towing – providing protection from the elements.

Available with two cockpit seating options, the 250 comes standard with a dual-wide back-to-back fold-down helm seat and fold-away rear bench. The optional seating arrangement sees the boat equipped with a two-passenger rotating helm seat and triple-position rear sun lounge. Both configurations feature a sunlounge to port.

Other standard features include a cockpit drainage system with self-draining fibreglass liner, cockpit table and lighting, stainless steel transom gate, hot/cold transom shower, wetbar with sink, AM/FM CD stereo and more.

Enquiries: Aussie Boat Sales, tel: (03) 9397 6977.




Tiara Yachts Australia describes the new Tiara 3500 as ‘surprisingly spacious’. The cruiser, which is a smaller version of the company’s popular Sovran platform, was designed for cruising couples who like to entertain for a day and occasionally overnight.

The 3500 Sovran is fitted with the latest Volvo IPS technology – twin Volvo 300hp diesels and IPS pod drive propulsion, which allows for effortless cruising at 26 knots. Volvo’s IPS technology has been praised for its superior handling ability, noise and fume reduction, fuel efficiency and 360-degree direction control.

The IPS engines take up less space than traditional inboards, allowing designers to create more storage space and a distinctive single-stateroom floor plan. An open salon was incorporated as well as a theatre room that converts to a second stateroom. The extra space also allowed for a comfortably sized head, with a separate shower and vanity.

Tiara Yachts Australia claims that the Tiara 3500, with an overall length of 11.50 metres, a beam of 3.93 metres and a draft of .94 metres, is the perfect combination of space, amenities and performance.

Enquiries: Tiara Yachts Australia, tel: (02) 9450 1322.




Australian catamaran manufacturer, Powercat Marine claims that the PartyCat is the perfect vessel for enjoying Australia’s waterways.

Designed for entertaining up to 12 passengers, the PartyCat’s galley comes with a three-burner gas cooktop and BBQ plate, refrigerator, esky, sink and large preparation area. The large wrap-around rear lounge/dinette, forward sunbed and ¾ dinette allows for plenty of space for guests to relax in comfort.

Rounding out its list of amenities, the PartyCat comes complete with full camper cover, a rear lounge that folds into a double bed and a fully-enclosed large electric marine toilet, which is large enough to double as a change room.

Up front, a large bow platform, with a wide boarding ladder and grab rails, allows easy access to either the beach or water. In the bow, there is a deck shower, which can be fitted with a hot water system for those who plan to do a lot of over-nighting. Other standard features include full engine instrumentation, VHF radio, sounder and CD player.

The PartyCat comes equipped with twin 100-litre fuel tanks and an 80-litre fresh water tank. The 7.6 metre PartyCat uses the same hull design characteristics as Powercat Marine’s larger sports boats, which, PowerCat claims, means her stability and ride are second to none.

Enquiries: Powercat Marine Pty Ltd, tel: (07) 5428 0043.