Wakesetter VLX


Malibu Boats claims its new Wakesetter VLX is a technically advanced craft that will appeal to riders and drivers alike.

Malibu claims the look of the Wakesetter VLX, with its cove in the hull and aggressive lines, "screams performance, even while on the trailer". The interior design is similar to that of a luxury sports car, says Malibu, yet designers haven't compromised on storage or comfort.

The helm of the VLX features a two-tone, hand-wrapped performance dash that combines all the best Malibu innovations with an ergonomic fit-out. From the push-button rider presets to the Maliview 6.5in colour LCD screen for systems management, Malibu says the VLX features standard conveniences and controls that truly set it apart from other ski boats.

The VLX's Illusion G3 tower features a forward-sweeping design, pre-wired accessory hook-ups for speakers and lights, standard Titan slide-off spinner combo racks and a modern billet aluminium and stainless steel tubing makeover.

Even when fully loaded with boards and accessories, the weight of the G3 tower is essentially negated due to its new gas-spring-assisted set-up, while the Illusion oversized bimini provides protection from the elements.

Enquiries: Malibu Boats, tel: (02) 6040 1174.




285 Cruiser


Bayliner Boats recently introduced its spacious new 285 Cruiser, which it claims is designed to entertain the entire family and is perfect for overnight trips and weekend excursions.

At 8.7m in length and with an exceptionally wide beam of 3m, the 285 Cruiser has the capacity for 10 and sleeping space for six. To keep the focus on entertaining, the 285 includes unique features like the double-wide helm seat and a private aft cabin, the latter making it easy for two couples to enjoy an overnight trip.

The 285 Cruiser has a maple wood interior and black countertops, and the side windows and large overhead hatch flood the interior with natural light.

The 285 Cruiser weighs approximately 3654kg. Its fuel tank holds 392lt, while the boat is powered by a standard-issue 350 MAG Bravo III ECT MerCruiser engine. A variety of other engine packages are available, including a 320hp 377 MerCruiser or the 8.2lt 380hp MerCruiser. Diesel is also an option, thanks to the Cummins/MerCruiser partnership.

Enquiries: Berowra Waters Wholesale, tel: 1800 802 444.

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Archambault M34

The Archambault M34 was conceived as a one-design build for yachting's famous 'Tour De France a la Voile', in which it beat 22 other design submissions.

Archambault says its M34 is a mid-sized racing yacht that is fully trailerable yet perfectly at home offshore, with the speed to leave 40-footers in its wake.


Perfectly suited to Australian regatta conditions, the Archambault M34 has a shallow draft to enter tidal ports and a bowsprit for a powerful asymmetric spinnaker.

The use of SP System multi-axial glass-carbon, Corecell M-Foam and epoxy resin afford maximum strength and a minimum of weight, says Archambault, while the rudder and keel are both carbon, with a lead torpedo bulb on the latter.

The Southern Spars carbon mast comes in two sections, meaning a minimum of fuss when it's on the trailer, while the bowsprit is also removable. Rod rigging is standard, as is Harken deck hardware and a Volvo 20hp diesel engine with racing prop.

The hull weight of the Archambault M34 is only 2400kg. The M34 packs 72sqm of sail upwind and 130sqm of spinnaker off the breeze.

Enquiries: New Castle Yachting, tel: (02) 4962 5288.

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