Eagle 340 RIB
Sirocco Marine, the exclusive distributor of the Brig Eagle 340 RIB, says that Eagle’s new Rigid Inflatable Boat was designed and manufactured in Europe especially for Australian boats and conditions.
The Brig factory design team flew down under to measure the decks of locally-built boats and to evaluate the davit systems used in the Australian market. The result of their research is the Eagle 340: 3.4m long, 1.78m wide, and designed to carry four people. Maximum power is 40hp and the fully laden weight including engine and fuel is 300kg.
The Brig Eagle 340 uses Hypalon for the inflatable tubes; all mouldings, including the rigid hull, are in fiberglass.
Design features include a built-in fuel tank, storage lockers under seats, two towing eyes, rear locker seating with soft back, electric bilge pump, navigation lights, cover and lifting slings. The steering wheel is in brushed metal.
The Brig Eagle 340 was designed to easily be lifted by most Australian-produced davits. The lifting sling lifts very low down to allow the boat to easily clear the bow rails of Australian-made boats.
Enquiries: Sirocco Marine, tel: (02) 9667 4422 Web: www.siroccomarine.com.
Quintrex 560 Freedom Cruiser
Quintrex is celebrating 40 years of the Flared Bow and to commemorate the milestone, the company has released 40 limited edition 560 Freedom Cruiser models.
Built with the Flared Bow and Millennium Hull, these models feature all the standard features of the 560 Freedom Cruiser, with the addition of two-tone paint with a limited-edition metallic stripe, and upholstery highlights that match the customer’s chosen two-tone paint colour.
The 40 models will be the first in the Quintrex range to feature the MerCruiser 135hp 3.0L MPI stern drive engine, which will soon become available as an option on the 530 and 560 Freedom Cruiser.
The 560 Freedom Cruiser measures 5.88m overall and 2.38m across the beam, and can comfortably cater for seven people with basic flotation.
Conceived by Quintrex founder Terry Quantrill and his right-hand man Bill Pigott in 1968, the Flared Bow was the first accentuated bow flare to be used on aluminium boats. The Flared Bow remains exclusive to Quintrex and has helped establish the brand as Australia’s leading and most awarded aluminium boat range.
Enquiries: Quintrex, tel: 1 300 727 188. Web: www.quintrex.com.au.
65 Aleutian RP
R Marine, the authorised dealers for Grand Banks Yachts in Australia and New Zealand, recently announced the launch of the new 65 Aleutian Raised Pilothouse.
The 65RP is the successor to the 64ft model that launched the Aleutian Series of raised pilothouse yachts in 2001. Grand Banks refreshed and restyled the original design, with an added foot of length and a long list of new features.
A spacious aft deck features dual wing doors and a new enclosure that protects the outside dining area from harsh weather, while opening easily to let in the sun. The 65RP also features port- and starboard-side pilothouse doors, easy engine room access through a new port-side door, and a host of other performance and luxury features.
Throughout the 65RP, Grand Banks has introduced many contemporary and Asian influences to the décor and furnishings, while remaining grounded in Grand Banks’ traditional nautical sensibility.
What has not changed, says R Marine, is the top-performing Fexas-designed hull used by Grand Banks, which is acclaimed for its stability and safety when cruising in open waters.
Enquiries: R Marine, tel: 07 5502 5555. Web: www.rmarine.com.au.
Sea Ray 350 Sundancer
The flagship of Sea Ray’s Sport Cruiser line – the 350 Sundancer – is now available in Australia with Mercury Marine’s new Axius stern drive control system as an option.
The cockpit entertainment centre features a solid-surface countertop with stainless steel wet bar, refrigerator and optional barbecue grill. The cabin boasts two oversized hull windows, a pair of skylights and optional wood flooring. First-class amenities in the saloon include an ultra-leather sofa, solid-wood dinette table, deep-pile carpet and a 26in flat screen TV with remote DVD player.
An island V-berth with elastic foam mattress provides the owner with a retreat that holds another surprise: an electrically-actuated Posturepedic backrest for viewing the optional 17in flip-down TV with built-in DVD player.
The 350 Sundancer comes standard with twin MerCruiser 496 Magnum MPI Bravo III stern drives (375hp) with Digital Throttle and Shift.
Enquiries: Sea Ray. Web: www.searay.com.au.
Crossover Nautique 216V
The Haines Group, exclusive Australian distributor of Nautique wakeboards, says the new Crossover Nautique 216V boasts an impressive list of new equipment for 2009.
The all-new Crossover Nautique 216V features include 180-degree rotating speakers, transom underwater docking lights, the Nautique smart pod-helm, indigo blue LED illumination in the helm gauges, glove box and hull side pockets, and a redesigned stainless steel windshield.
For 2009, Nautique introduces a variety of new options to choose from including the Flight Control Tower 3 (FCT3). The FCT3 features easy folding with integrated spinner board racks and 180-degree rotating speakers.
Also new for 2009, Nautique presents coloured decks and platforms, deck stripes, snap-in Crest carpets, improved Polk Audio speakers and amps and an MP3 input connection at the helm.
Enquiries: The Haines Group. Web: www.thehainesgroup.com.
With a second model already under construction, Salthouse Marine recently launched its first 65Q.
Designed according to the owner’s specifications, the first Salthouse 65Q is equipped with a comprehensive glass bridge system. For navigation, Furuno’s NAVnet 3D system has been installed using its easy to use Time Zero charts. The engine monitoring system is equipped with a Maratron interface.
The galley is located in the aft of the saloon, which allows for easy interaction with people sitting in the alfresco dining area. The area is divided by an electric window. The galley has a De Dictrich oven, convection hob, microwave and warming draw, Gagganu steamer and extraction unit and a Miele dishwasher.
To the aft of the cockpit is the bait and fish filleting station, which has been arranged so all the mess is contained within this area. The large bait table is removable and attached using Tallon marine fittings.
As per the owner’s specifications, the first Salthouse 65Q is powered by four Volvo IPS600 drive units.
Enquiries: Salthouse Marine. Web: www.salthousemarine.com.
Sabre 52 Salon Express
E Marine Australia, the exclusive distributor of Sabre Yachts, says Sabre’s new flagship, the Sabre 52, is modern and light with welcoming spaces throughout.
From her fiberglass swim platform (teak is optional), a transom gate leads into the cockpit and its generous seating area. A forward-facing settee has room for up to four guests, with a two-seat, aft-facing settee shaded by the hardtop overhang.
The 52’s pilothouse features a cherry interior and teak-and-holly soles, and has a 32,000 BTU air conditioner. A portside C-shape settee is finished in beige leather to match the pair of standard Stidd helm seats, located to the rear of the wet bar and icemaker. On days when air conditioning isn’t needed, sliding side windows and an electric sunroof let in cool breezes.
Powering the Sabre 52 are the standard Caterpillar C15 fully electronic Acert engines, each capable of delivering 865hp, which are linked to Twin Disc Shift transmissions. The 52 will cruise comfortably in the upper 30km/h range.
Enquiries: E Marine Australia, tel: (02) 9417 8671 Web: www.emarine.com.au.
Lightwave 45 Grande
Leading catamaran builder, Lightwave Yachts has recently announced it will be launching its new Lightwave 45 Grande, with its ‘Super Size’ deck design, at the 2009 Australian Boat Shows.
The company’s design team has maintained Lightwave’s profile with lots of curves, and the deck has been optimised to provide a generous beam, not just amidships, but both forward and aft, helping create a spacious interior.
Layout options include a four-cabin/four-bathroom layout and an “owner’s layout” featuring an entire hull designated as a private “owner’s retreat”.
Other features include an optional spa up on deck; 360-degree views from the saloon seating, including forward vision through large forward-opening hatches; an enormous cockpit area with outdoor-protected seating for 12; Lightwave’s signature “raised helm station”, with all controls coming back to the cockpit; an optional “galley up”; a large aft cabin with island bed and separate robe and lounging area; ample storage and fridge/freezer capacity; and long-range water/fuel tanks.
Enquiries: Lightwave Yachts, tel: (07) 5556 0030.