Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 255
New to the 2009 Sea-Doo range of PWCs is the GTX Limited iS 255. The new model, along with the RXT iS 255, comes with a series of innovative features that have never been seen on PWCs before.
The Intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR) feature means the rider can stop the watercraft on demand. If the GTX is moving forward, the rider only has to squeeze the brake to slow down. If it’s stopped, the rider can squeeze the brake to go in reverse.
Intelligent Suspension (iS) allows the hull to move independently of the upper deck, isolating the rider and passenger from the impact of rough water, with 15cm of suspension travel.
The new models also feature Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC), which offers more precision in every riding situation. The GTX iS starts up in neutral mode, allowing the engine to run without propelling the craft forward.
The GTX iS is powered by a Rotax 4-TEC 255hp engine.
Enquiries: Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). Web:www.brp.com.
Sea Ray 350 Sundancer Axius
Sea Ray Sport Cruisers, featuring the Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) Axius sterndrive control system, are now available in Australia.
The 350 Sundancer is the flagship of Sea Ray’s Sport Cruiser line. The Axius system utilises independently-articulating sterndrives, and it allows even a novice captain to easily make intricate slow-speed boat manoeuvres, alleviating much of the anxiety often associated with docking.
The 350 Sundancer features a spacious open cabin with a double island V-berth and convertible double berth mid-cabin, as well as a 26in flat-panel television with DVD player.
The galley of the 350 Sundancer has solid surface countertops with ample storage above and below. The cockpit has a solid surface wet bar with a refrigerator as standard.
The system also includes an integrated autopilot system that provides auto-heading functionality. With the addition of an optional compatible chart-plotter, the operator also has access to advanced waypoint tracking capability.
Enquiries: Sea Ray. Web:www.searay.com
Haines Group Traveller TB172
The Haines Group recently announced a new addition to the Traveller range (formerly known as Haines Traveller): the new TB172 Bowrider.
The length with bowsprit is 5.3m, and it’s 2.2m across the beam. The Haines Group says the proven hull design of the TB172 and its six-person capacity makes it perfect for cruising, wakeboarding, skiing, knee-boarding, tubing, wake surfing or diving.
The TB172 Bowrider is also designed to handle a fishing trip, with options to change the set-up including generous side pockets to pack away your gear, be it water toys or tackle.
Power options include single outboard configurations from 75hp up to 140hp.
Enquiries: The Haines Group. Web: www.travellerboats.com.
Just launched, The Club is the first of the new Salthouse 68 models to hit the water and features all the qualities and features that Salthouse vessels are renowned for, including the ever-popular al fresco dining area.
The new 68 has an aft galley with a built-in coffee machine, and is capped off with the owner’s stunning hand-selected granite bench top and exotic handcrafted timber table that, at the push of a button, is concealed under the floor.
The fine entry bow and warped planing hull design allows for true offshore blue water cruising. Coupling the MTU 8V 2000 series engines and 6000lt of fuel gives the NZ-built Salthouse 68 a cruising range of up to 2000nm.
The large foredeck sports enough room for a tender of up to 5.2m in length and can also include a large sun bed area, which was included in the design for the second of three Salthouse 68s currently being built.
Enquiries: Salthouse Marine, tel: (+64) 9837 3364. Web:www.salthousemarine.com.
Quintrex 610 Tournament
Quintrex has called its new 610 Tournament a “dedicated angler’s boat”, designed to fulfil the needs of serious fishermen. Part of the appeal, says Quintrex, is that the boat boasts a “big fat beam” of 2.38m, a casting platform with underfloor storage, a large kill tank and the big M3 transom.
The 610 also boasts Quintrex’s renowned Millennium Hull and Flared Bow, making it able to cut through rough water with ease and keep passengers safe and dry.
There are also plenty of options available on the 610 Tournament, including a bimini to stay out of rough weather, a cutting board to clean your catch and a burley bucket.
Quintrex has the 610 Tournament packaged and ready for adventure with a 115hp motor, 120lt fuel tank and a genuine Quintrex trailer.
Enquiries: Quintrex, tel: 1300 727 188.Web:www.quintrex.com.au.
Chaparral 250 Cruiser
Chaparral’s new 250 Cruiser comes standard with a back-to-back fold-down dual helm seat and fold-away rear bench. An optional layout is also available, which has a two-passenger rotating helm seat and a triple-position rear sun lounge.
Engineered with Extended V-plane performance, the 250 is at home on lakes and rivers, but is also seaworthy enough to venture offshore.
The standard equipment list includes a hot and cold water transom shower, cockpit lighting and stainless steel cup holders. A moulded drainage system works with the self-bailing cockpit to speed clean-up and channel water overboard. Aft, the 250’s integrated extended swim platform has a protective stainless steel rub rail.
The Chaparral 250 Cruiser is trailerable and is available with a huge range of options, including genset, air-con and diesel power.
Aussie Boat Sales (ABS) has signed a deal with Chaparral Boats to become the exclusive importer of the highly regarded US range of sports boats, deck boats and cruisers.
Haines Hunter Profish Seriesr
Iconic Australian boat builder Haines Hunter recently launched its Profish Series, comprising seven new models from 4.7m up to a massive 6.7m with a focus on fishing.
The Profish Series, which comes with totally new configurations, new colours and new graphics, is designed to cater for the kind of long-range offshore fishing popular with hard-core fishos.
The official launch was at the 49th Annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show. The Profish Series consists of the 475, 495, 525, 535, 575 and 625. In October of this year the 675 Profish will also be released.
Enquiries: Haines Hunter, tel: 1300 Haines Hunter (1300 42 46 37). Web:www.haineshunter.com.au