Whittley Cruiser 2600

Complementing a successful launch, one of the stars of the recent BIA Melbourne Boat Show that is already enjoying a strong forward order book is Whittley Marine Group’s new Cruiser 2600.

Launched just one year after the company’s flagship Cruiser 2800, the 2600 delivers similar European-inspired style in a new “pocket cruiser”.

Now in full production at the rate of one a week at Whittley’s Campbellfield (Vic) factory, the Cruiser 2600 replaces the award-winning CR2590 model in the Whittley range.

With smart styling, luxurious standard equipment and single-level living and sleeping, it offers the classic Whittley package of space, equipment and performance.

Whittley co-owner and Managing Director, Neville Whittley, said the design team had taken the CR2590 single-level floor plan and refined it using knowledge gained from the CR2800 program.

“Our designers use Computer Aided Design software to digitally sculpt the new exterior shape, and all tooling is CNC-operated, ensuring the highest quality and surface finish,” he said.

The new Cruiser 2600 has an overall length of 8.05 metres and is powered by a MerCruiser sterndrive of up to 320hp. It provides spacious day cruising for eight and comfortable berths for four.

Standard features include sun roof, pressurised hot water, fridge-freezer, toilet, shower, timber cabin doors and full clears and camper covers.

A total weight of around three tonnes for boat, motor and trailer makes for easy towing behind a four-wheel-drive.

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Back Cove 33

E Marine Australia, importers of the Back Cove range of cruisers, has announced the addition of the Back Cove 33 to complement the already popular 26 and 29.

The practical design and traditional lines of the Back Cove range has struck a chord, both here and overseas, says E Marine.

Although Back Coves look traditional, they are very modern in their electrical and mechanical systems as well as in their performance.

Powered by a single 380hp Yanmar diesel (with standard bow thruster), the Back Cove 33 will cruise economically up to 20 knots, while remaining surprisingly fuel efficient, says Back Cove.

The hull design has downward-turning chines and long spray rails, providing additional lift and pushing spray down and away from the windshield.

Below, the Back Cove 33 has a forward V-berth, ample head room, a comfortable lounge with inlaid table that can be converted into an extra double, and a large head with holding tank and a separate shower.

On the helm deck, the sense of space is impressive. A raised dinette with yet another elegant inlaid table will seat four for dinner and can also be converted to form an additional sleeping berth. Large opening windows, giving all on board a great view of the waterways, surround this entire space.

To starboard is a well-equipped galley, with a deep stainless sink, cherry cabinets, dovetailed drawers, microwave and a two-burner cooktop. A solid surface countertop adds to the beauty and functionality of the bright and airy galley.

In the cockpit there is a standard bench seat, which Back Cove says provides a comfortable place from which to enjoy a day on the water.

Wide side decks, oversized handrails wherever needed, high quality hatches and portlights and large-dimension mooring cleats are all features that have become expected with the Back Cove brand.

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