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X-Yachts X-55

The new X-55 from Danish sail boat maker, X-Yachts has arrived in Australia and its maker says it comes with many exclusive features that are new to this class of performance cruiser.

X-Yachts claims the X-55 looks larger than it actually is, thanks to its clean layout and various design features, such as the cabin stopping just short of the mast and the use of flush-fitting foredeck hatches.

Below deck, the X-55 offers two main cabin layouts, with either a long sofa or two armchairs on the starboard side, plus a choice of three different berth layouts in the forepeak. The teak interior features a new corner and panel design, with honeycomb-cored teak floorboards. Hatches in the saloon and foredeck are fitted with sky screen roller and mosquito blinds.

The X-55 has a hull length of 16.76m (55ft) and a beam of 4.57m (15ft), with a standard draft of 3.2m (10.5ft) and a standard empty displacement of 16,700kg (36,816lb).

The model was a hit when released last year in Europe, earning the title ‘European Boat of the Year 2007’. Entries were judged by a panel of senior journalists from 10 of Europe’s top yachting magazines, with the winners announced at the last Boat Dusseldorf expo in Germany.

Enquries: X-Yachts Australia, tel: (02) 9998 9600. Web:


Stacer 459, 489 and 519 Barra Pro

Stacer recently added three new models to its SF (Sport Fishing) Series of boats, with the 459 Barra Pro (pictured), 489 Barra Pro and 519 Barra Pro offering a wealth of features for fishos.

Stacer says it introduced the new models to compete head-on with the market leaders in aluminium and glass tournament-style boats, and it claims the three models offer unsurpassed storage, space, styling, stability, safety and suitability.

The boats feature the SF Sports hull, which, Stacer claims, combines the spray-deflecting side sheets of the firm’s Evo Series II hull with a concave bottom sheet design.

Other features across the trio include a 75lt live bait tank, 120lt kill tank, a side console with four rod holders, a bright anodised grab rail, a sports steering wheel and new-for-2008 grey and cream internal colours.

Stacer says power ratings range from 60hp for the 459 Barra Pro, to 100hp for the 519 Barra Pro. All three models have 3mm bottom sides and 2.5mm top sides, while the 519 Barra Pro can be optioned up to 4mm bottom sides to boost its maximum power rating to 115hp.

All three new Barra Pro models are also available in Stacer’s ‘Ready 2 Go’ packages, which include the boat, engine, trailer and a three-year limited warranty.

Enquiries: Stacer. Web:


Buizen 48 Series 3

A recent addition to the Buizen line-up has been turning plenty of heads, with the firm’s Buizen 48 Series 3 taking out the 2008 Australian Marine Awards Boat of the Year (Sail) category.

This ocean-going luxury yacht now features a redesigned cockpit steering pedestal and instrumentation console, with stainless steel throttle controls in both the cockpit and at the helm. Skippers also have the choice of a hydraulic adjustable boom vang that can be operated from the cockpit, while a Raymarine 8002 system now takes care of the standard autopilot function.

According to Buizen, the 48’s pilot house – located just a couple of steps down from the cockpit – has a unique design that allows almost uninterrupted 360-degree views from inside the yacht’s saloon.

New Midnight Blue epoxy paint is an obvious change for the 48’s exterior, while inside you’ll be greeted with handcrafted solid timber joinery finishes, built-in timber furniture and solid teak and ash floors, complemented with Corian bench tops and Italian fittings and fixtures.

The luxury continues in the craft’s forward stateroom, where you’ll find a larger island bed, and on into the bathroom, which also features teak flooring, plus a handcrafted teak seat in the shower stall.

Enquiries: Buizen Pilot House Yachts, tel: (02) 9450 2170.




Horizon 60S Express

Taiwanese motor yacht manufacturer, Horizon has announced it is expanding its line-up of luxury cruising yachts, with the arrival of the new 60S Express. The vessel is scheduled to reach Australia in March 2009, and will be sold in Australia through Sanctuary Cove-based Boats International.

According to Boats International, the Horizon 60S Express sports a modern, sophisticated look, with a space-age helm, stylish wing and a sunroof that opens the cockpit right up. The distributor also says that, powered by either C12 or C18 CAT engines, the Horizon 60S will have plenty of get-up-and-go.

The craft features an aft master cabin and lounge, a forward double bunk cabin, a separate toilet and shower and a well-appointed galley.

Horizon was founded in Taiwan in 1987 by naval architect, John Lu and since then has expanded from an initial team of 30 staff to over 600 employees. In those 20 years, Horizon has built over 400 motor yachts for customers around the world and its current range comprises a variety of models with lengths from 50 to 130ft.

Enquiries: Boats International, tel: (07) 5577 9009. Web:



Haines Hunter 760 Patriot

After 18 months of research and development, Haines Hunter recently announced the launch of its new 760 Patriot, a purpose-built mini game boat and the largest trailerable boat of its kind on the market.

The 760 Patriot features the traditional Haines Hunter 21-degree deadrise, deep-V hull, while its 1700kg weight ensures a smooth ride in offshore conditions, says Haines Hunter. The walkaround side decks and sturdy 32mm bow rails maximise fishability.

The Patriot also boasts a deep freeboard, ergonomically-designed dash and helm layout and plenty of room for electronic systems, including 19in screens. Other standard features include trim tabs and electric winch system, two huge kill tanks, infra-red night lighting and a luxury lounge.

The Patriot comes with a 500lt long-range fuel tank. Owners can choose either twin inboard diesels or single or twin outboard applications.

Enquiries: Haines Hunter, tel: (03) 9394 1540. Web:




350 Amanzi RIB

Built to carry up to four people, the 350 Amanzi has a distinctive centre console and forward steering. An easy-to-read speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and voltage meter are built into the centre console, giving the driver complete control.

Features include leather seating and integrated cup holders, as well as navigation lights, courtesy lights, an integral fuel tank and three air chambers.

With safety in mind, the 350 comes standard with a bow rail and a non-slip floor. And despite its size, the 350 Amanzi allows for ample space for storage, with a bow/anchor locker, stern locker and console locker.

Made of a super-tough Hypalon XD material, the 350 Amanzi is resistant to abrasions, hydrocarbons, fire, ultra-violet light and fading.

The 350 Amanzi comes with a five-year limited warranty.

Enquiries: Quicksilver Boats. Web:



Brava Marine Series II

Queensland-based builder, Brava Marine has just released its new Series II line of power catamarans, which feature larger en suite bathrooms, twin 1400lt fuel tanks and a larger three-quarter starboard aft berth.

The Series II range comes in two guises: the Offshore Sports (pictured) and the Blue-Water Classic. The Offshore Sports is steered from the flybridge for superior visibility while on reefs or game fishing, while the Blue-Water Classic – which Brava Marine says is perhaps more suited to long-range cruising, live-aboard couples – has trawler-style shaded walk-around side decks and the helm located in the main saloon.

Both craft are powered by either 240hp or 315hp Yanmar engines and Brava Marine claims that, with both engines pushing the vessel to its 18-knot cruising speed, it uses an economical 45lt per hour. Given the larger fuel tanks, Brava says its Series II power cats are capable of cruising from Brisbane to Lizard Island or Noumea without refuelling.

The Series II cats also utilise a Peter Brady-designed hull, which features ‘Controlled Vapour Dampening’ technology – Brava says a series of chines and V-pods break up the bow wave in the cat’s tunnel, while the design also harnesses the vapour to provide a smoother ride in rough weather.

The new aft beam can now be customised to include a bait tank and eutectic icebox/freezer, while it also holds a barbecue. The extended aft pontoons have a large duckboard, which, Brava says, makes an ideal platform for anglers.

The master cabin on each features a queen-size bed, while the guest cabin can be configured with either a queen-size bed or two singles. The sizeable flybridge is rated for up to 26 people, while a large cockpit and a luxurious galley/saloon complete the picture.

Enquiries: Brava Marine, tel: (07) 3295 0177. Web:



Haines Signature 543F

The Haines Group has announced it has revamped its popular Signature 542F. It now boasts softened lines, a glass windscreen, a larger cabin hatch and a new name: the Signature 543F.

The Signature 543F features a walk-around deck and binnacle dashboard that flips open for easy servicing. There is also more space on the dash to fit larger sounders and plotters. To make the transformation from fishing to fun boat even easier, there are new side boxes to accommodate a stereo and VHF radio, as well as room for an EPIRB and fire extinguisher.

The cuddy cabin has added cabin windows and the design incorporates a rear transom door for safe and easy boarding.

One thing, however, remains the same: the vessel’s Signature Variable Deadrise Hull for exceptional ride and handling.

The moulded length of the built-in bowsprit is 5.53m and the beam is 2.13m, offering a combination of stability at rest and dynamic stability on the chop.

Enquiries: The Haines Group, tel: (07) 3271 4400.