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Clipper Hudson Bay 50

Australian boat manufacturer Clipper Motor Yachts will show the first of its new Hudson Bay sedan cruiser range, a Hudson Bay 50, at the Sydney International Boat Show this year.

The Hudson Bay 50 offers a comprehensive range of contemporary features, including a combined teppanyaki and lava rock barbecue, sliding sunroof and large port lights in the hull that provide light to the accommodation suite.

The new Hudson Bay also comes fully-equipped with a hydraulic swim platform, Raymarine E140 navigation aids, GPS, fish finder, auto pilot, bow thrusters, a stainless steel anchor and 100m of chain – all standard equipment.

The blue-water hull is constructed in solid hand-laid fibreglass below the waterline and cored fibreglass above. Deck and hardtop are infusion-moulded with a honeycomb core to maintain strength while reducing weight.

Power is provided by optional twin Yanmar 480hp or Cummins 440hp turbo diesel engines. The boat is also equipped with an Onan 11kW generator.

Enquiries: Clipper Motor Yachts, tel: (07) 3890 5000. Web:


Wooden Boat Shop 44 timber launch

Efficient is the very latest custom-design construction to be launched by the Wooden Boat Shop. In the time-honoured tradition of classic timber boats, this is a true launch. And it’s a very big one at that, measuring 13.4m (44ft) LOA and with a generous beam of 4.1m (13ft 6in).

The timber launch has all the onboard amenities of a modern boat (galley, fully-fitted bathroom, hot water and accommodation for four), but it’s a classic timber construction from the keel all the way through to the cabin.

To power Efficient efficiently, the Wooden Boat Shop has installed a powerful Yanmar 6CX-530 marine diesel engine, complete with the new Yanmar KMH70A transmission. The combination is one of the first of its kind installed in Australia.

According to the Wooden Boat Shop, an authorised agent for Yanmar marine diesel engines, the Yanmar 6CX-530 powerplant exhibits superb fuel efficiency and delivers a power-to-weight ratio that can afford both an impressive top speed and a long cruising range.

Enquiries: Yanmar. Web: Wooden Boat Shop, tel: (03) 5984 4333. Web:


Hanse 495

Windcraft Australia, the importer of Hanse Yachts for Australia and New Zealand, recently announced the arrival of the Hanse 495.

This yacht is sleek and contemporary, with standard electric winches and a self-tacking headsail; it is a 49ft yacht that can easily be sailed single-handed, says Windcraft.

The 495 handles beautifully thanks to the long rudder and top quality Jefa yacht steering system, according to Windcraft. It also features Hanse’s new ‘Smart Berthing System’, a combination of a bow and stern-thruster which affords the simplicity of parking by joystick.

Windcraft says the feel below decks is one of space and light. The long galley boasts heaps of bench space and includes extra touches like an espresso maker and twin drawer fridges.

The interior layout configuration can be decided by the owner, who can choose to have the owner’s cabin forward with a separate shower room and head, or a huge aft owner’s cabin with ensuite bathroom.

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


Streaker 5250 Sports

Melbourne-based Streaker Boats recently launched its latest runabout, the Streaker 5250 Sports.

The 5250 Sport’s open cockpit features two forward bucket seats on short pedestals, a rear lounge and a walk-through windscreen for access to the bow.

With an overall length of 5.25m and beam of 2.13m, the 5250 Sports has a conventional vee bottom hull with 17-degree deadrise; it’s rated to carry up to six adults.

The cockpit boasts a classic layout all trimmed in quality marine upholstery and with a fully-carpeted floor. At the dash, the driver benefits from an informative array of engine gauges plus a Lowrance sounder, all factory fitted and installed.

Streaker Boats says the key feature of the 5250 Sports is the comprehensive factory fit-out. The boat comes as a complete turn-key package, with all the essential equipment required for a fun day on the water included as standard.

Enquiries: Streaker Boats, tel: (03) 9729 8288. Web:


CruiseCraft Explorer 685

Brisbane-based boat manufacturer CruiseCraft has recently announced that its Explorer 685 is now available with a factory-installed hardtop.

CruiseCraft’s new hardtop is an integrated innovation which is only available on the Explorer 685 model.

Boaters now have the choice of two hardtop variations as well as the standard SST targa bimini when they order a new Explorer 685. The hardtop can be optioned with a full-height glass window that extends from the front of the dash to the underside of the hardtop moulding.

The hardtop can also be fitted with a standard windscreen, while it utilises CruiseCraft’s unique ‘sail track’ system for the clears. The opened clears allow a breeze to flow through the helm area, while providing protection from the sun and rain.

For those who want even more protection from the elements, there is an optional SST sliding extension which allows a canopy to be extended out over the cockpit.

Enquiries: CruiseCraft, tel: (07) 3390 4877. Web:


Bavaria Cruiser 40

North South Yachting, the Australian importer of Bavaria yachts, recently premiered the Bavaria Cruiser 40 at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

According to Bavaria, the Cruiser 40 was designed for easy handling and rewarding performance. Externally the Cruiser 40 offers a large, lowerable bathing platform, flush hatches, uncluttered deck and huge cockpit. The Cruiser 40 also features a single rudder, twin helm and short-footed headsail.

The long waterline length (12.35m LOA) allows for an impressive interior volume, featuring three large double cabins, two heads and showers and a very spacious and bright saloon/social area. The forward cabin has a private head/shower and the saloon features a traditional, forward-facing chart table, large galley and comfortable seating around a central table.

The option range for the new Cruiser 40 is comprehensive and includes high-tech sails, in-mast roller-furling mainsail, self-tacking jib, two additional wood colour finishes and six upholstery options.

Enquiries: North South Yachting, tel: (02) 9998 9600. Web:


Sydney Yachts GTS43

Sydney Yachts says its new GTS43 blends a performance-bred design with a quality, functional interior; it can serve as a comfortable cruiser, short-handed family weekender or a competitive IRC racer.

Capable of competitive racing at both club and regatta level, this 43-footer can also be easily managed when racing short-handed or when cruising. With its non-overlapping headsail for ease of tacking and an asymmetrical spinnaker, the Sydney GTS43 can be sailed to its full potential without the need for a large and experienced crew.

Its low vertical centre of gravity and its generous sail-area-to-displacement ratio provides exceptional stability, says Sydney Yachts.

The Sydney GTS43 has accommodation for up to six guests. Above deck, the large, open transom cockpit provides ease of movement and comfort whether racing, cruising or entertaining, while below deck its roomy interior is of contemporary design and easy to maintain.

Enquiries: Sydney Yachts. Web: