Fresh from Europe, the new Arvor 215AS recently made its Australian debut, after the successful release of the Arvor 280AS.
The asymmetrical style of the 280AS has been adopted, giving even better access to the bow with a large walk-around on the starboard side. The Arvor 215AS maintains spaciousness below decks while offering a generous passage forward thanks to its offset cabin, which also includes a chemical toilet. It also has the new aquarium-style livewell as standard.
The Arvor 215AS has a counter-moulded cockpit which Arvor says is easy to wash down and helps keep the boat looking like new. There are also multiple storage compartments that help keep gear organised.
Equipped with hydraulic steering, the 2009 model Arvor 215s are powered by the new Cummins CMD QSD – a Four-cylinder, 115hp, common rail engine. As with all Arvor boats, the 215AS has a direct-shaft drive.
The vessel comes standard with an electric windlass, fibreglass swim platform and a stainless steel boarding ladder, plumbed live bait tank, fold-down cockpit and helm seats, hydraulic steering, gas stove, chemical toilet and VHF radio.
The 6.36m hull weighs less than 1.65 tonnes and can be towed by a 4WD, or kept in the water permanently. The Arvor 215 has a large self-draining cockpit with a wealth of storage, and there’s a lockable wheelhouse boasting a large double berth and galley.
Enquiries: Collins Marine, tel: 02 9319 5222. Web: www.arvor.com.au.
Officially launched at the Maritimo Spit Boat Show, the Aegean 55 has a lot in common with its 60ft-sibling, the A60. Just like the successful A60, the A55’s main deck has a spacious cockpit with a sliding door leading to the saloon via the galley. The galley includes all the modern conveniences of home, including a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, cooktop with oven and plenty of storage space for food, drinks and utensils.
Accommodations are also very similar to the 60, with a full-width owner’s stateroom with athwartships queen-size bed, bedside units, wardrobes – even a vanity unit with mirror. The signature windows in the hull provide natural light. The ensuite features an electric loo, full-size shower stall and a glass basin.
Forward is the VIP double cabin with ensuite access to the second head, which also is fully equipped. To port and starboard are the bunk cabins with the starboard cabin housing the washer/dryer.
On deck, the external staircase gives access to the flybridge, which features a central helmstation, a big L-shaped lounge to port and another lounge to starboard. Maritimo says the flybridge was designed to add another entertaining area to what is already a very entertaining-friendly boat.
The A55 also features Maritimo’s new ‘garage’ where, at the push of a button, the cockpit sole raises to reveal storage for a tender or all the kids’ water toys.
Maritimo’s Aegean 55 is powered by twin Caterpillar C12 715hp diesels, and can cruise comfortably and economically at 25 knots.
Enquiries: Maritimo, tel: 07 5588 6000. Web: www.maritimo.com.au
Walker Bay Generation 390
Walker Bay has recently launched its new mid-sized RIB, the Generation 390. The boats are available from The Haines Group, exclusive Australian distributors of Walker Bay boats.
The fibreglass hull of the Generation 390 has a deep V in the bow, which cuts through the water providing a smooth, solid ride. Walker Bay designers claim the concave chines deflect the water down, reducing spray and increasing hull traction for aggressive manoeuvring, while the stern of the hull flattens out to facilitate planing at low speeds. Above the water, Generation 390’s sloping design of the bow step pushes the boat down at the front, while the downward curve of the stern lifts the tail to increase stability and handling.
The driver’s seat is situated in the stern and features a high-back cushioned bench with rounded sides to give extra support on sharp turns. The driver’s console includes a large dashboard and a substantial smoked windshield, accented with a stainless steel support rail and cup holder. The L-shaped front seat is large enough to take three people and doubles as a sun bed. All seating has removable dual-layer high-density foam cushioning with reinforced contrast stitching.
The stern deck has a push button hydraulic hatch for storing gear and all seats have integrated storage compartments to keep the interior space clean and open to move about. There is also a built-in fuel tank and quick access battery compartment.
Enquiries: The Haines Group, web: www.thehainesgroup.com