Quintrex Freedom Cruiser
Quintrex says you should prepare your family for a summer of fun with its new Quintrex Freedom Cruiser bowrider range.
The Freedom Cruiser range features four luxurious sterndrive models, starting with the 510, and according to Quintrex, is the affordable boating option for families.
This award-winning range is so versatile, Quintrex says owners can use their Freedom Cruiser for family water sports one day and fishing adventures the next.
Director of Marketing and Sales, Damien Duncan said the Freedom Cruiser models combine luxury and adventure at an affordable family budget.
“Quintrex’s Freedom Cruisers are the perfect family boating option and have become some of the most popular models in the range,” he said.
All Freedom Cruiser models come with features to suit any family’s needs, such as an underfloor ski locker, central ski hook, a duckboard transom with non-slip grip for safety and a sun lounge with added storage space.
Your summer of fun can start with a Quintrex Freedom Cruiser available as an ‘Instant Boating’ package. The 510 Freedom Cruiser comes at a starting price of $34,358 with all ‘Instant Boating’ packages coming complete with boat, MerCruiser sterndrive engine and Quintrex aluminium trailer (prices exclude dealer delivery, freight, boat and trailer registration and on-water costs).
Enquiries: Quintrex: Web: www.quintrex.com.au.
Boaties who want to take advantage of the maxi-horsepower outboards now available on the market can mate them up to CruiseCraft’s Explorer 685 fishing machine.
Due to the recent re-engineering and revised construction of the CruiseCraft Explorer 685, the maximum power rating has been lifted from 270hp to 300hp. This is effective for all new CruiseCraft Explorer 685 models manufactured after October 1, 2009, but is not applied retrospectively.
The development plan undertaken by CruiseCraft boats involved exhaustive technical and practical testing to ensure that the vessel not only passed the stringent requirements for CE Certification, but also passed rigorous on-water testing.
The new rating allows engines such as the Yamaha F300 four-stroke V8, Mercury Verado 300, Suzuki DF300 and Evinrude E300 to be fitted as single engine installations. Boaties who head way offshore and like the security of twin engines can also up-spec dual engines up to twin 150hp.
According to Nathan Nichols of CruiseCraft, re-rating the top-of-the-line Explorer is directly attributed to customer feedback.
“Our dealers were telling us that many customers had requested the big 300hp outboards on their new Explorer 685,” Nichols said.
“We looked at the engineering implications involved with fitting a more powerful and slightly heavier engine and decided that it was worthwhile to make the change,” he added.
Now all CruiseCraft Explorer 685 boats manufactured will benefit from the re-engineering and new construction process as part of the standard build. Moreover, there has been no cost increase for the upgrade.
Enquiries: CruiseCraft: www.cruisecraft.com.au
Rinker 310 EC
Designed from the hull up to be the most competitive 31ft cruiser in the marketplace, Rinker says its new Rinker 310 EC is the complete package and is built and designed with comfort, functionality and, most importantly, retail cost all in mind.
Rinker says if buyers compare the Rinker 310 EC to other 31-footers, they will find that the same features are available, or even standard on the Rinker 310 EC. Windlass, generator, electronics are also all top of the line and affordable.
The 310’s innovative cockpit is an interesting feature of this boat. It offers a self-stowing, gas-strut-assisted, slide-out bench that transforms the cockpit from wide-open space to sun lounge to high-capacity seating area, all with fingertip ease.
Rinker says the 310 EC’s cabin stimulates the senses with comfort, aesthetics and all the amenities of home, including fold-out couch, TV/DVD player, air-conditioning and heating, forward and aft berths, mid seating and an all-new skylight.
Adam Jackson, of Melbourne Rinker dealer Pier 35 Boat Sales, said that one of the best things about Rinker boats was where they are built: “The factory is just out of Chicago,” he said. “The boats are built for the Great Lakes, where they regularly get 2m stand-up waves. They are tested there and it means that they can handle virtually everything we throw at them. And they do.”
The Rinker 310 will be available with a variety of engine options from either Volvo or MerCruiser, ranging from 260hp to 350hp. There is also a diesel option.
At the time of writing, prices had yet to be set, but Jackson said the price would be competitive and the list of standard equipment would be extensive.
Enquiries: Pier 35 Boat Sales, tel: (03) 9645 1100.
Stacer says its Bowriders are more than just a comfortable ride; they are ready for all-round family fun on the water. The Bowrider range features the Easy Rider models, which start with the 479 and are perfect for a fun-filled day on the water.
Also featured in the Bowrider range are the Sportster models, starting with the 549. These craft have an inboard MerCruiser engine and can cater for more passengers.
Stacer National Sales and Marketing Manager, Damien Duncan says the Bowrider range has been a popular option for families wanting a larger boat.
“The majority of the Bowrider range has been built on the EVO Series II Hull to deliver a soft ride and remarkable stability and with such a wide variety in the range, there is a model to suit every family.
“For first-time boating families, the 509 Easy Rider is the perfect start to on-water adventure, with plenty of space while being great value for money.
“Alternatively, the 549 Sportster is an excellent model for the more experienced boating family, with a duck board for water sports and a sun lounge to relax on afterwards,” he said.
The Bowriders are packed with a long list of features, with the Easy Rider models including rod holders, glove box, drink holders, bimini and envelope for sun protection and an underfloor fuel tank.
The Sportster models feature a deluxe sun lounge, inboard MerCruiser engines, underfloor fuel tank, plenty of rod holders, power steering and upholstered side panels.
With Stacer’s Ready 2 Go packages, families won’t have to wait long to experience what the range has to offer. Easy Rider models are available at a starting price of $25,698 and the Sportster models start at $36,538 (prices exclude dealer delivery, freight, boat and trailer registration and on water costs).
Gemini commercial inflatables
If you work around harbours, waterways or in the aquaculture industry, chances are you often need to move gear and workers across the water. So it may pay to take a look at the latest Gemini rigid-inflatable commercial boats from Sirocco Marine.
All models in the Gemini commercial range have rigid, marine-grade plywood floors to handle big payloads and can be individually equipped to suit specific applications.
Gemini also makes boats for surf rescue and military service, so they’re built to take serious punishment. Part of the story lies in the Hypalon construction, a synthetic rubber material developed by Du Pont that’s also used in applications from power steering hoses to roofing. So Hypalon can handle high pressure, extreme weather and even harsh chemicals, says Gemini.
The Gemini commercial range includes boats from 3.1m to 9.0m, so there are boats nimble enough to ferry gear in congested areas or large enough to carry heavy loads. Lighter than aluminium or fibreglass boats, a Gemini can be easily transported and manoeuvred.
The Gemini range is designed and built in South Africa to handle the arduous conditions of the Cape of Good Hope, as well as for offshore dive charters and even the African diamond mines.
Sirocco Marine has the full range and can custom fit your preferred model to do the job you need.
MasterCraft MariStar 255
Continuing its tradition of manufacturing large, luxury, performance trailer boats, MasterCraft has unveiled its newest model, the MariStar 255. Crafted from its designer brief of innovation and quality, MasterCraft says it has also built a bit of extravagance into the MariStar 255 to meet the growing needs of what it terms “the athletic socialite who chooses to entertain on the water”.
At 25ft 5in, the twin-point MariStar 255 is a big boat for a day boat, says MasterCraft. It boasts a completely new deep-vee hull, which is capable of handling big seas, providing a soft and dry ride for jetting around or hosting a cocktail cruise.
A trip around the inside of the MariStar 255 reveals an intricate balance of substance and style, says MasterCraft.
With its expansive 8ft 6in beam, the MariStar 255 offers plenty of room for a large gathering of friends and family – room for up to 18, to be exact. And there is more than enough to keep them engaged. Up front is the trademark MasterCraft ‘pickle-fork’ bow, providing a large lounge area laced with chic touches like aluminium speaker grills and pull-down armrests.
Down back is the largest wrap-around interior in its class, claims MasterCraft, with features including an observer seat that can transform to face forwards or backwards, a cushy cockpit and an optional entertainment centre that includes a refrigerator and fresh-water sink with Corian benchtops. There is also a head that is fully-equipped with a Vacuflush toilet and fresh-water sink. Other features include a six-speaker sound system, contoured seat backs and integrated and polished grab handles.
The transom walk-through is set in the middle of an oversized sunpad, linked to an integrated step-down and an oversized boarding platform. Put the removable pylon in place and the MariStar 255 becomes a watersports specialist that can easily handle any on-water activity. And with its standard 340lt fuel tank and ample storage, MasterCraft says family and friends can play all day long.
Enquiries: MasterCraft, tel: (07) 3375 9966, or 0404 473 375.
Nimbus goes electric
Swedish company, Nimbus Boats has unveiled the world’s first electrically-powered boat for the commercial market. The Nimbus 27 E-power is 27 feet long, has a cruising speed of 22 knots and takes four hours for a full charge, according to Nimbus.
“We are the first boat builders in the world to take a large, electrically-powered boat from the drawing board to the market,” said Nimbus Boats Managing Director, Magnus Andersson.
The Nimbus 27 E-power has been developed in collaboration with Electroengine AB, a company that develops solutions for electrical power in different kinds of vehicles, including cars.
“We are now showing the way in the development of pro-environmental boats, without losing any comfort or performance,” said Andersson.
Performance is close to a conventionally-driven boat, claims Nimbus. A fully-charged Nimbus 27 E-power has a range of up to 20nm, or 37km, at a cruising speed of 22 knots (40km/h). Top speed is 27 knots (50km/h).
The lifetime of the batteries is calculated at 3000 charges, or more than 10 years’ use.
Nimbus expects a new generation of batteries being developed to double the range of the 27 E-power.
“The electrically-powered boat gives out zero emissions when being driven by electricity and far less maintenance is needed than for a diesel engine. The batteries charge up in three hours from a three-phase 400V/32A power point, and can also be charged using a standard 220V power point in 28 hours,” explained Andersson.
“By creating a new market and developing the pro-environmental boats of the future, we are taking a premeditated risk. Initially, the price is going to be 30 to 40 per cent higher than for an equivalent diesel-powered boat, but because running and maintenance costs are much lower, the Nimbus 27 E-power will, in the long term, be a good buy and good for the environment,” he said.
For more information, go to: www.nimbus.se or call Premier Motor Yachts, tel (07) 5665 6630 or 0410 650 307.
Cobalt 230 new for 2009
The latest from Cobalt is the innovative Cobalt 230. The 230 has been designed specifically to make the best use of every inch of room, from bow to stern. According to Cobalt, this has been achieved without compromising on the renowned finish, stability, ride, handling and quality that Cobalt is renowned for.
Cobalt is a multiple winner of the JD Power awards – the US industry’s most highly-respected consumer awards.
The new 230 has a LOA of 6.65m, including the swim platform. Beam is 2.54m and recommended engine options run from 400 to 425hp.
Cobalt says that the 230 concentrates on details; the niceties that subtly extend a boat’s enjoyment, like the extra room to stretch in the cockpit and bow, and the inclusion of more cup-holders, under-seat storage, new piping on the upholstery and beefed-up engine venting.
Enquiries: JD’s Boatshed, tel: (02) 9525 3166 or 0417 448 600,