Grand Banks Heritage 41EU
The first of the new Grand Banks Heritage 41EU models arrived in Melbourne recently. Designed from the keel up to include the state-of-the-art Cummins MerCruiser Zeus pod propulsion system, the boat is the first 41EU sold anywhere in the world.
The pod propulsion system, which is linked to a pair of Cummins QSB 5.9 turbo diesel engines rated at 425hp each, offers high efficiency, low noise and low-speed manoeuvrability through a joystick control.
R Marine says that this two cabin/one bathroom cruiser impresses with its luxury as much as its practicality. The main saloon includes a lounge dinette to port with separate chairs or lounge along the starboard side. An impressive U-shaped galley forward on the port side is opposite the lower helm.
The traditional flying bridge, accessed by stairs from the aft deck, is designed for cruising in comfort, while below decks the master stateroom forward has a walk-around double bed, while the second cabin has twin berths. The bathroom is fully equipped, with a separate shower stall.
Enquiries: R Marine. Web: www.rmarine.com.au.
Falcon Rider F620
Weighing just 550kg, Brig’s Falcon Rider F620 is easy to tow and launch. With an engine choice up to a maximum 150hp, or twin 80hp outboards, response is swift and safe. The deep vee fibreglass hull of the F620 ensures excellent stability, while the non-skid rigid fibreglass deck gives passengers a firm footing.
The inflatable pontoons of the F620 are built with ‘Hypalon’, a synthetic rubber material noted for its resistance to chemicals, temperature extremes and exposure to UV light.
Standard equipment includes a built-in bow locker to keep gear secure. A wide reinforced rubbing strake offers protection, while special foundry-cast portage handles along both sides make it easy to handle.
Designed in Europe by inflatable innovators Brig, the F620’s options include a ski mast, an overall cover, bow stowage bag, lifting slings and a sun top.
Enquiries: Sirocco Marine, tel: (02) 9667 4422.
Lifestyle Boats has recently launched its newest creation, a 3.2m tri-hull dinghy called ‘the Squid’.
According to Lifestyle Boats, the Squid has awesome stability and would be great for estuary fishing and crabbing adventures.
Constructed of fibreglass, the Squid can be powered by a 5hp to a 20hp short-shaft motor and can be fitted with a canopy and other options.
Measuring 3.2m by 2m, the Squid can be used either on its own or as a tender for larger vessels. One of the more unique options available is a ‘floor-viewing window’ for looking at reefs or spotting fish.
Foam-filled for safety and level flotation, the Squid is great for recreation or commercial applications.
Enquiries: Lifestyle Boats, tel: (07) 5491 8788. Web:www.lifestyleboats.com.au.
Marten Yachts has launched its latest Marten 49, which garnered rave reviews at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show last month.
The vessel features a teak veneer interior and a contrasting light-coloured lounge, which creates a look that is truly reflective of the sophisticated Marten style.
The Marten 49 is known for its combination of performance and functionality; the newest 49 was designed for the owner of a charter yacht business who wishes to combine the excitement of a performance racing yacht with the ability to make fast, comfortable passages whilst short-handed or cruising.
All Marten 49s include standard key features such as a lift keel for improved draught and performance when racing, and reduced draught for accessibility to harbours and anchorages when cruising.
Aptly named Ocean Affinity, the newest Marten 49 will be available for charter through Ocean Dynamics.
Enquiries: Marten Yachts, tel: (02) 8586 1497. Web:www.martenyachts.com.
Building on its existing range, New Zealand’s Salthouse Marine is proud to announce the addition of the Salthouse 82.
The Salthouse alfresco tradition continues in the 82, as evidenced by the flow that continues from the boarding platform to the aft deck and up the stairs to the alfresco entertaining area.
The Salthouse traditional aft galley can also be found in the 82, central to the internal and external entertainment areas. The aft galley window opens back into the barbeque area; forward of the galley is the formal lounge and dining area.
The accommodation forward is ample, with a full-beam owner’s stateroom and three queen-size cabins all with ensuites. A laundry, day head and crew cabin are also included.
As with every Salthouse, custom building means the focus can move beyond the ordinary; this allows the intimate details of the vessel to be made to the owner’s specifications.
Enquiries: Salthouse Marine Ltd, tel: +64 (0) 9 837 3364. Web:www.salthousemarine.com
obalt calls its new 242 bowrider, with its wide cockpit, refined appointments and handcrafted interior trim, “a study in free-form design”.
The Cobalt 242 has a spacious, fully-enclosed head compartment. It also boasts a big six-speaker surround sound Sony marine entertainment system (including amplifier and iPod jack) with a driver’s seat remote and full complement of Italian sports instruments.
In the lounge, there is wrap-around seating for a dozen guests. The rear sun-lounge has an adjustable backrest. The 242 also has many easy-access wet and dry?storage compartments, including?a?deep anchor locker to store gear and maximises space. Deep pile bow and cockpit carpet is removable and allows the owner to keep things clean with ease.
Enquiries: JD’s Boatshed, tel: (02) 9525 3166. Web: www.jdsboatshed.com.au.
According to Stacer, the key feature of the 549 Wave Runner is its efficient EVO SII Hull, which, Stacer claims, keeps the boat stable and buoyant as it cuts through the water. It also planes faster.
The cabin of the 549 provides shelter, featuring a bimini and front clears as standard to keep the skipper and the passengers dry and out of the weather. The open layout of the 549 Wave Runner means you don’t have to bend, curve and climb to make your way to the front of the boat – you can walk straight through.
Inside the cabin there are cushioned bunks for the kids and adding an optional bunk infill cushion will allow the skipper to pull up on any island beach for a camp.
The 549 Wave Runner holds six people with level flotation and with the Mod Pod Transom, this versatile boat can support the weight of a four-stroke outboard motor.
Enquiries: Stacer. Web:www.stacer.com.au.
Streaker 5.45 Navigator Walk Thru
Streaker says that the stand-out feature of the new 5.45 Navigator is the walk-through deck design. Instead of clambering around the side decks in a rolling sea, big swells or short chop on an open bay, the 5.45 Navigator Walk Thru allows the skipper to swing open the split windscreen centre panel, then hinge up the long deck hatch to reach the anchor locker.
The stern quarter seats are removable, there is also a rear bait board that incorporates rod holders, hinged cutting board and drain tube. Side rod storage holders are a permanent fixture in both moulded side pockets (which are elevated off the cockpit floor), and the helm seat has an in-built tackle tray.
Deluxe bucket seats with under-seat storage come as standard. In the factory-fitted BMT package there is also a Lowrance sounder/GPS unit, engine instrumentation, two-way radio and aerial.
Enquiries: Streaker Boats, tel: (03) 9729 8288. Web:www.streakerboats.com.au.
Bavaria Cruiser 55
The first Bavaria Cruiser 55 was launched recently at the Palma de Mallorca International Boat Show in Spain.
The bow of the Cruiser 55 has a 5m flush sundeck with recessed hatches and a large sail locker. Aft is a spacious cockpit with an adjustable bench seat alternating as helm seat, additional social seating or rotating to become a boarding gangway. Below the cockpit lies the dinghy garage, capable of housing a 3m rigid inflatable with outboard.
Twin rudders make for optimal water flow and minimal drag. Sailing options include: German mainsheet system; headsail options of 135 per cent performance-cut Genoa, self-tacking jib and Code Zero; mainsail options of fully-battened mainsail or roller-furling mainsail with full vertical battens.
The Cruiser 55 is available in a three-, four- or five-cabin configuration, each with separated shower room forward, a huge galley with island unit, full-sized fridge/freezer and ice box, spacious saloon seating and dedicated chart desk.
Enquiries: North South Yachting, tel: (02) 9998 9600. Web:www.bavariayachts.com.au.
Sea Ray 310 Sundancer
Sea Ray unveiled three new cruisers recently. Among the new range, which includes the 280 and 260 Sundeck, is the premium addition 310 Sundancer.
For seating, there is a massive L-shaped lounge served by a removable teak cockpit table. Above the helm hides a solid-surface wet bar, which can also be decked out with an optional refrigerator and built-in barbeque grill.
The cockpit lounge can fold down to create a giant sun lounge and the adjacent swim platform comes complete with a concealed ladder. The upstairs cabin can sleep up to six adults.
The head comes with a VacuFlush unit, full-length mirror, sink with pullout tap sprayer, countertop, vanity, shower curtain and storage. The galley is equipped with a solid-surface countertop, microwave, refrigerator and stove, along with plenty of table space.
There are also numerous options available for the 310 Sundancer, ranging from multiple gas and diesel sterndrives to the Axius drive system with helm joystick control.
Enquiries: Sea Ray. Web:www.searay.com.au