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Hunter 39

Hunter 39

Hunter Marine, one of the premier sailboat manufacturers in North America, has launched a new model for the Australian summer.

The Hunter 39 is a mid-size cruiser with maximum space and amenities. The designers claim the twin helms in the T-shaped cockpit allow better vision from every point of sail.

Inside the roomy saloon, the dining table can comfortably seat six, thanks to its wrap-around style. The table also drops down to make a double bed. Hunter Marine says the galley would be suitable for just about any chef wanting to enjoy gourmet fare at sea and the nav station will ensure the skipper can plot his course in comfort.

The master stateroom spans the entire width of the boat, with a queen-sized, inner-spring mattress, padded headboard, seating on both sides and private access to the head, while the forward cabin is spacious, bright and has plenty of storage.

The first 39 in Australia was delivered to US Yachts in January 2010.

Enquiries: US Yachts, tel: (02) 9281 4422.
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Haines Hunter 600 and 650

Haines Hunter 600 and 650

Haines Hunter’s Classic Series comprises models that are suitable for serious offshore fishing or leisurely family cruising.

Combining performance and stability and designed to accept single or twin engine applications, the 600 and 650 Classic Series 21-degree Performance Deadrise Vee (PDV) hull designs are the result of extensive research and development based on an intimate understanding of Australian water conditions, says Haines Hunter.

Measuring 6.25m LOA and 6.75m LOA respectively, the 600 and 650 Classic Offshore boats are purpose-built for bluewater fishing. Each model boasts an ultra-heavy hull for exceptional performance and long-range fuel capacity.

Both models incorporate functional fishing features such as large livebait tanks, stainless steel rod holders, padded cockpit coamings and plenty of side pocket and underfloor storage.

Haines Hunter says despite the family-friendly features, the ‘fishability’ of both models hasn’t been compromised. The wrap-around lounge and table can be simply removed to create a spacious and functional fishing platform, while the comfortable cabin provides an escape for those who don’t want to fish.

Enquiries: Haines Hunter, tel: (03) 9394 1540. Web:


Salthouse 68

Salthouse 68

New Zealand’s Salthouse Marine recently launched its latest creation, a Salthouse 68, for a Perth client. The vessel, named SummerSalt, features a ‘Midnight Blue’ hull and white superstructure.

As with all Salthouse vessels, the owners of this 68 have customised their boat to suit their cruising requirements and the anticipated long hauls up the rugged Western Australian coastline to the Abrolhos Islands and beyond.

The fine-entry bow and warped-planning hull design allow for true offshore blue-water cruising, while the MTU 8V 2000 series engines and 8200lt of fuel offer a huge cruising range of over 3000nm.

With ample amounts of eutectic refrigeration and the full-sized double-door household refrigerator/freezer, constant trips to shore are not needed for perishable supplies.

Other noticeable customisations are the shortened pulpit, with the twin anchor arrangement on the bow, and the hydraulic ‘sports transom’.

Enquiries: Salthouse Marine. Web:


Quicksilver Dinghies

Quicksilver Dinghies

Quicksilver says its new dinghies are smaller, lighter and easier to prepare and store than ever before – but they are still safe, stable and fun. They are also priced to please.

The 200 Dinghy and the 240 Dinghy weigh in at 19kg and 22kg respectively and roll up into a bag which is only one metre long.

The 200 Dinghy can carry a 255kg load and a 2.5hp outboard, while the 240 can handle up to 315kg and a 3.5hp motor.

To ensure the Dinghies are safe, Quicksilver has constructed them with four air chambers – two on the sides, one for the keel and another for the floor.

Made of Mehler Haku PVC, Quicksilver Dinghies have thermo-welded seams (not glued), which guarantee a consistent join that is actually stronger than the base material. Mehler Haku PVC offers long-life, being long-term UV resistant and strong enough to withstand cuts, abrasions and general wear and tear.

Enquiries: Mercury Marine. Web:


Montebello Coupe

Montebello Coupe

Recently, Australian catamaran builder Montebello introduced its new 12.5m Coupe for a Gold Coast client. The Coupe, powered by 500bhp IPS Volvos with a top speed of 70km/h, offers the client a low-profile boat that can explore the city as well as take off on coastal journeys,

The Coupe has been fitted out with a huge master cabin, taking up the full width of the boat with his-and-her cabin door entry, one for each hull.

The Coupe is also fitted with a full Simrad electronics package, fully air-conditioned and a modern galley with refrigerator and freezer.

Montebello will be launching two sailing catamarans later this year. The 12.5m Sailing Catamarans have four cabins with ensuite, and are fully air-conditioned.

Fitted with all the latest technology in 24v systems, 800amp battery banks and eco Genset, the Montebello 12.5m is ideal for the charter boat market, says Montebello.

Enquries: Montebello Yachts. Web:


Cougar Marine R11 Sport

Cougar Marine R11 Sport

According to the Cougar Marine designers behind the new R11 Sport, the luxurious seating in the aft of the vessel comfortably secures all passengers, whilst the electric, bolstered seating provides a superb driving and helm position. The open cockpit has a centre console and a forward sun bed area.

The added luxury of a toilet compartment situated in front of the console unit means that the R11 Sport is a boat that can be enjoyed by all the family, says Cougar Marine.

When making the most of the power generated by either the diesel or petrol engines, the design of the hull ensures manoeuvrability and a smooth ride. Even when driving at a more leisurely pace, the R11 Sport delivers a steady and stable ride.

The R11 Sport has an overall length of 10.7m and a beam of 2.95m. With a range of colour schemes and additional options to choose from, the R11 Sport can be tailored to suit any requirement.

Enquiries: Eagle Yachts Australia, tel: (02) 9328 7400.


Quintrex 430

Quintrex 430

The smallest of Quintrex’s new Escape range is fitted with the unique Millennium Hull and flared bow, which, claims Quintrex, puts this little entry-level runabout in a class above the rest.

This unique feature is exclusive to the Quintrex brand and will allow the 430 Escape to glide through the waterways effortlessly, it’s claimed. The variable deadrise on the Millennium Hull delivers the signature Quintrex smooth and dry ride, and provides superb manoeuvrability, says Quintrex.

Designed with a car-like layout and dash, the 430 Escape has maximum space for fishing, cruising, skiing, diving or everything combined. The large, open back area of the 430 Escape is perfect for storage and the wrap-around windscreen keeps out the weather. Walk-through or lean-through dashes are also featured throughout the range.

Enquiries: Quintrex. Web:


Hanse 320

Hanse 320

Windcraft Australia (International Hanse Dealer of the Year for 2009) has recently launched a promotion for the Hanse 320 – the smallest of the Hanse range of German yachts.

Windcraft Australia says the Hanse 320 has a large sail area, fast lines under water and a T-keel. With its tinted windows, the ‘big little one’ demonstrates in a special way a new design line that also characterises the larger yachts from Hanse Yachts, says Windcraft Australia.

The designers at Hanse Yachts claim that the elongated cockpits and the cleared deck make the yacht look much larger on the outside than it really is. This impression continues below deck, with plenty of space, clear, modern design, new types of wood, a lot of light with two side hatches that can be opened.

Windcraft has packaged the Hanse 320 to be completely ready to sail for under $200,000. Many items that are usually optional extras are included in the price.

Enquiries: Windcraft Australia, tel: (02) 9979 1709.


Arvor 20 Series III

Arvor 20 Series III

Arvor boats are known for their practical walk-around layout, easy-to-wash-down cockpit and low running costs. With the latest improvements, the Arvor 20 Series III is even better, says Arvor.

A power upgrade to the turbo-charged 100hp Nanni diesel engine means a 17.6 per cent increase over the current model and a cruising speed of over 40km/h. Arvor claims that cruising range has been extended even further, with an additional 55lt fuel tank offered as standard equipment.

The skipper can keep a closer eye on engine operation, thanks to the new upgraded engine instrumentation. Steering response has also been improved, thanks to the ‘Hydrive’ hydraulic steering system.

A new Lewmar power boat deck hatch has been fitted, incorporating a telescopic stay for improved cabin ventilation and comfort. For added visibility, the Series III has LED navigation lights, which shine brighter and actually consume less power than conventional bulbs.

Enquiries: Collins Marine, tel: (02) 9319 5222. Web: