Secret Harbour 49
Based in Rockingham, WA, Australia Yachts is the country’s newest entrant into the luxury boat-building business. Recently, the company unveiled the Secret Harbour 46, a fast, ocean-passage maker, which was designed for family cruising, yet is equally-suited to café cruising.
According to Michael Antalec, founder of Australia Yachts, the design of the Secret Harbour has proven itself in a Force 9 gale in Bass Strait and it has cruised from Sydney to Perth on a single tank of fuel. “Through it all,” Antalec states, “the vessel maintained the seaworthiness of a rescue boat, the range of a little ship, the performance of a sports boat and the comfort of a Bentley.”
The new 49ft version has a surprising level of usable space for a 15-metre boat, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, ample storage, central galley, alfresco dining, bbq, and a fishing and diving area. The fishing deck has a unique drop-down transom, which makes diving, fishing and swimming easier and more accessible.
Australia Yachts customises each boat to the individual owner’s taste, with options including varying timbers, soft furnishings and a different configuration in the main saloon and aft deck to either allow for more seating or a bar area.
The 49 is powered by Cummins QSB 480hp Zeus Pod Drives, which offer a high degree of manoeuvrability, fuel efficiency, and a top speed of 32kt (59km/h). A 715hp option is also available with speeds to 40kt (74km/h).
Enquiries: Australia Yachts, tel: (08) 9528 7555.
Powercat’s new 2900 Sports Fisherman is the big brother to the 2500 Sports Fisherman, which won the 2007 AMIF Trailerable Fishing Boat of the Year. But designers at PowerCat Marine are also quick to point out that the 2900 is not just a fishing boat; it’s a stunning luxury day cruiser as well.
As with previous PowerCats, the 2900 is equipped with pop-up stainless steel cleats, stainless steel guardrails, gate entry into the cockpit and a fender storage locker in the aft walkway. The back-to-back seating keeps all passengers under the shelter of the hardtop.
The foredeck of the 2900 is protected by a stainless-steel bowrail and provides plenty of space for the crew beside the bowsprit and the electric anchor winch. The cockpit features a self-draining floor, with gutter drains and padded coaming edges, as well as recessed side lockers for fishing gear.
Below deck, cabin accommodation consists of an attractively-finished, lockable cabin forward, with an entrance door to port. There’s a large double berth as well as a chemical toilet, dresser seat and hanging locker.
Designers of the 2900 PowerCat say that its key feature is the slim centre tunnel that compresses air at speed and produces lift as well as an air-cushioned ride. Smooth topsides and a series of strakes help to deflect spray, while the 28-degree deep-vee sponsons ensure a soft ride through choppy water. The wide sponsons also give the PowerCat 2900 exceptional load-carrying ability.
Powered by 150hp four-stroke Suzuki outboards, the 2900 can reach speeds of up to 40 to 50 knots (74 to 93km/h).
Enquiries: PowerCat Marine, tel: (07) 5428 0043.