Powerful on the long haul, strong and stable in the turns, no-nonsense in the efficiencies it offers every boating occasion, the 296 is a fusion of convenience, performance, and spacious wide-open comfort, says Cobalt. The cabin layout of the Cobalt 296 supports easy interaction among all aboard, especially with portside dual-position seating. Both helm and passenger seats are double-wide, and have adjustable backrests. The aluminium windshield is capped with a stainless-steel top.
According to Cobalt, the vents of the 296 are subtle, but unique indicators of the fresh runabout design. The lines of the 296 culminate in the waterward sweep of the swim platform, now integrated with the hull. The standard sound system (AM/FM radio and CD player) pulses through six speakers, all controllable from the dash-based stereo remote. An iPod/MP3 port is included. The head is both spacious and well-appointed, with a pump-out porta potti and a stainless sink. For the 296, MerCruiser and Volvo Penta powertrains begin at 320hp and then bump up to 425hp and 375hp respectively in single-engine configurations, with twin engines of identical horsepower available.
Enquiries: Cobalt Boats of Australia, tel: (02) 9525 3166. Web: www.jdsboatshed.com.au.
The High Seas 63
To take advantage of the “go anywhere” feature of the High Seas 63, the pilot simply beaches the boat during a high tide and floats off on the next. The High Seas 63 sits high, dry and upright thanks to two steel skegs attached to the hull.
The High Seas 63 is specially designed and purpose-built for trans-ocean passages. The builder, Allan Barnett Motor Yachts, has a reputation throughout Australia for the construction of similar-sized, strong, stable and seaworthy commercial fishing vessels.
Interior accommodations keep the focus on comfort, from the spacious saloon, with its expansive windows, to the two large staterooms and the twin-berth guest cabin. The galley is spacious and efficient, while at the business end of the boat, there is a distinctive wheelhouse. The High Seas 63 can also be piloted from the open air flybridge atop the wheelhouse, where a hard top provides ample fair-weather protection.
The hull of the High Seas 63 is a reinforced steel/aluminium superstructure, powered by twin 301hp Cummins diesels. Among the additional features are teak decks, a large aft deck for outdoor dining and a locker that is large enough for a motorcycle to be stored.
Enquiries: Allan Barnett Motor Yachts, tel: (03) 6356 1733. Web: www.highseas.com.au.
Luhrs 37 Open Canyon Runner
The first in the Canyon Series offered by the Luhrs Corporation, the 37 Open Canyon Runner combines the serious offshore features usually found in larger, shaft-driven sportfish boats with the speed, versatility and low noise of outboard power.
Luhrs claims that while the standard tower, fish box, livewell and bait prep centre was designed with the fisherman in mind, it doesn’t come at the expense of cruising comfort. The 37 Canyon Runner is an open express style boat that offers two cabins and two heads, a high-performance deep blue-water hull and a saloon built for entertaining.
The standard Amtico flooring, designer soft furnishings, and rich curved cabinetry are the distinctive features of the new Canyon Series.
At its premiere in Fort Lauderdale, USA, the Canyon Runner was powered by three Yamaha 350hp outboards and achieved a speed of 74km/h. The three Yamaha 350hp configuration would suit anglers with a need for speed, while the more standard diesel version, powered by Volvo IPS 500 drives (with an option of the IPS 600s) would suit just about anyone else.
Enquiries: Blue Water Power Yachts, tel: (02) 9029 6554. Web: www.bpy.com.au.
Stacer 469 Easy Rider SVS
Iconic aluminium boat manufacturer Stacer says that its new 469 Easy Rider SVS is excellent for first-time family boat owners. Stacer claims that the 469 is easy to drive, park and load onto a trailer, and any family sedan can tow the light-weight boat.
The 469 Easy Rider SVS is fitted with a ski pole mount insert and the mod pod transom acts as a boarding platform, allowing for easy in-and-out access – perfect for water sports.
Plenty of storage space allows this boat to be transformed into a fishing boat. Already fitted with two rod holders, the 469 has several options available, including a casting platform infill, a cutting board and live bait tank.
Stacer’s 469 Easy Rider has a fresh look, with new upholstery and rolled side decks, and will accommodate five people comfortably.
Enquiries: Stacer. Web: www.stacer.com.au.
Riviera 41 Open Flybridge
Since the initial launch in March 2007, Riviera has sold more than 50 of its 41 Open Flybridge models. Recently, Riviera announced that the 41 will now be offered with a more generous starboard guest cabin.
The new layout, developed in response to market feedback, includes a comprehensive redesign of the guest accommodation area, extending and remodelling the guest cabin and deleting the second bathroom. As well as adding floor space, the cabin includes a third fore and aft bunk and additional storage forward. Other refinements include a solid shower unit in the bathroom and additional storage in the galley and saloon.
The interior layout has clean and contemporary lines with timber cabinetry in a high-gloss cherry finish. An open layout brings the saloon lounge, dinette and galley together in one living space, with the galley just one step down from the main living area. The dinette to starboard is set on a slightly raised platform, with Amtico flooring.
The standard engine configuration on the Riviera 41 Open Flybridge is twin Caterpillar C7 ACERT turbo diesels, rated at 339kW/460hp.
Enquiries: Riviera, tel: (07) 5502 5555. Web: www.riviera.com.au