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Raptor unleashed

Leading Melbourne marine retailer, Streaker Boats has ‘unleashed’ its Raptor.

Shoehorned into the 4.40m Raptor fibreglass hull is 200hp of Mercury OptiMax Sport Jet engine, the same powerplant that Mercury sells in its OptiMax 200 outboard. The difference is that this engine drives a jet pump, mounted directly underneath the hull.

While small in length and beam (2.10m), the Raptor has a full width bolster seat for three plus an upholstered forward lounge.

The boat features a moulded fibreglass interior, which has anti-skid in all the right places and the driver’s position boasts a fully featured dash, with a complete set of engine monitoring gauges.

“The Raptor is a sports boat that appeals to anyone who likes to go fast across the water,” Streaker’s Leon Savage said. “You can certainly get places quickly if that’s what you want to do, but you can also ski or use the Raptor as a very economical commuter for houseboating or cruisers on lake systems.”

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


Moody 45 Classic

British boat builder Moody Yachts has introduced its Moody 45 Classic.

Moody claims the boat is built with quality in mind and features include Lewmar chrome winches, stainless Vetus dorades, Furlex 300 TD furler, 12 opening oval stainless Rutgersen portholes with blinds and two extra-large Lewmar opening deck hatches, with fly screens and blinds as standard.

The deck is safe and clean with concealed lines and ergonomically placed hand rails. At the bow there is a huge anchor locker, with standard stainless steel chain serviced by a Lewmar 1000W anchor winch.

Down below the standard three-cabin, two-head layout complements a large V berth with ample hanging space and a seating area.

The saloon is spacious and comfortable. Touches like beautifully finished drawers under the seats add to the feeling of comfort and luxury.

The boat comes with a tapered mast and performance Selden rig as standard.

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


Williams jet tenders

Williams Performance Tenders are distributed in Australia by Sirocco Marine. The range of jet-propelled inflatable tenders needs little introduction within European motoryacht circles, but here in Australia the brand may be a little less familiar.

With centre-mounted engines, Williams claims the turbojet-powered tenders are easier to fit into the garages of motoryachts and a breeze to mount on the stern or foredeck of power and sailboats.

The tenders have a lower draft than comparable outboard-equipped models, making them ideal for shallow waters. A jet engine also means no propeller danger, making these tenders safer around young children.

Mounting the engine in the centre allows higher horsepower engines to be fitted than with outboard-equipped tenders. In fact, Sirocco Marine says the 2.85m model is the only inflatable under 3m that can tow a waterskiier.

The five-model range begins with a 2.85m craft and extends to a 5.05m tender, which seats seven adults. Power is supplied by a 98hp Turbojet Weber engine.

Enquiries: Sirocco Marine, tel: (02) 9552 3366. Web:


CruiseCraft Outsider 595

Australian boat manufacturer CruiseCraft has announced its new Outsider 595.

The deck is a full walk-around design with a hatch seat included at the bow. Inside the cockpit, heavy use boaters will appreciate the fully-moulded, one-piece fibreglass patterned floor liner, which is hidden under a removable clip-out carpet.

At the helm, a new look dash is expansive enough to carry the full gamut of engine monitoring instruments and marine electronics that boaters now demand. CrusieCraft says fishos will revel in the plumbed underfloor storage tank, which doubles as a generous storage bin on non-fishing days.

CruiseCraft claims the boat’s major focus is comfort and suggests the Outsider 595 lives up to expectations. There is a new-style SST Targa/Bimini canopy (optional), a sliding lockable cabin door (optional) and a full-width removable rear lounge, which can be quickly folded away when not required.

The new CruiseCraft Outsider carries a length overall of 6.35m and a generous beam of 2.44m.

While the maximum power rating is 175hp, the hull efficiency is such that this new hull delivers exceptional performance with a modest 135hp outboard on the transom, says CruiseCraft.

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


Axis A20

The new 2011 Axis A20 from Axis Wake Research is designed for families, offering space that can accommodate up to 11 passengers.

At 20 feet (6m) long from bow to stern, Axis Wake Research claims the A20 is designed to be as convenient to tow and store as it is fun to drive and ride.

The helm welcomes a driver with its oversized driver’s seat equipped with dual density foam. There’s room for as many as four observers and the dash is ergonomically designed for perfect driver control, featuring a gauge package that includes scrolling digital screens displaying everything from fuel and depth, to cruise control functions.

The standard powerplant provides 335hp of fuel-injected power. Axis offers the 400hp Raptor engine as well and both engines are available with a saltwater package.

Enquiries: Axis Wake Research, tel: (02) 6040 1174. Web:


Stacer 539 Ocean Runner

Stacer suggests its 539 Ocean Runner is perfect for a weekend out on the water whether you plan to fish, cruise, camp or indulge in water sports.

Stacer says the entry level cabin boat seats six comfortably, with level flotation and features the brand’s EVO Advance Hull, with a new transom to maximise space, a sharper bow design and a deep V for improved performance and stable ride.

The enclosed cabin provides protection from the elements and the 1.5m cabin bunks allow space for an overnight adventure.

The boat is built with 2.5mm top sides and 4mm bottom sides and supports a 115hp rating.

Measuring 6.85m on the trailer and with an overall boat, motor and trailer weight of 1260kg, it can easily be towed behind the family car.

Options include a ski pole, transom door, CD stereo, live bait tank and bunk infill cushion to make an overnight adventure more enjoyable.

The 539 Ocean Runner also comes with a three-year limited factory warranty.

Enquiries: Telwater, tel: (07) 5585 9898. Web:


Alumina Rigid Inflatables

The Alumina Range of rigid inflatables is suitable for vessels with limited capacity davits. In order to achieve this, the hulls need to be light and able to perform well with smaller horsepower motors to keep the weight down. The dry weight of the ALX 10 (3.2m) with a 20hp four-stroke comes in at just over 160kg and the ALX 15 (4.5m) with a 30hp four-stroke is 260kg. The Alumina 6 model range runs from 3.2m to 4.9m.

The Alumina is built with a heavy duty aluminium hull with a full-length keel guard to give added protection against abrasion on coral beaches. The tubes are made exclusively with Hypalon to give added UV resistance and strength.

Enquiries: RIB Force Inflatables, tel: (07) 5573 7265.


Clipper Cordoba 65

Brisbane-based boat builders, Clipper Motor Yachts has announced a new flagship – the Clipper Cordova 65, a three-cabin luxury cruiser.

The Cordova 65 is a semi-displacement motor yacht powered by optional Cummins or Caterpillar turbo diesel engines that Clipper claims will cruise all day at eight or 18 knots.

Features include wide covered walk-around decks, options of a hardtop or fully enclosed flybridge, a long U-shaped leather lounge with fold-out, high-low table on the starboard side and twin tub chairs around an entertainment unit to port.

The galley is equipped with Miele appliances and a granite benchtop with servery.

The accommodation suite forward includes three cabins and two bathrooms. The master stateroom is amidships and dominated by a queen bed with large wardrobes and a vanity to starboard.

The optional crew quarters, with access from the swim platform via a water-tight door in the transom, includes a double bed and enclosed wet head.

The boat is also equipped standard with Wesmar hydraulic bow thruster and a Wesmar stabiliser package.

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


Smartliner range

Headed by the former owner of Arvor Boats and comprising a team of master boat builders from the US, France, New Zealand and Taiwan, Smartliner has launched its new range into the Australian boating market.

Smartliner claims its boats are designed and built to stringent quality standards. Accredited in Europe and the United States with NMMA and CE certification, Smartliner utilises the latest vacuum infusion and resin transfer technologies to maximise hull strength, consistency and overall finish. That’s why each Smartliner hull is backed by a five-year structural warranty.

The Smartliner 21C is the flagship of the range and is equipped with rod holders, live well, bait board and plenty of storage. It also features ample open deck space for the serious fisherman.

Boat, motor and trailer packages start from $26,400 for the 17C.

Enquiries: Waves Overseas, tel: (02) 9745 5555.


Chaparral 225 Sport Cabin

Chaparral Boats has handed the world release of the new 225 Sport Cabin to its Australian dealer network for this year’s Sydney International Boat Show. The 225 Sport Cabin is the latest new model to come from the massive research and development commitment announced by Chaparral in 2009.

According to Chaparral, the 225 Sport Cabin is a true sports boat, with overnight capability and stunning performance perfect for skiing or boarding and general family use in salt or fresh water.

The cabin space is the biggest in its class, thanks to Chaparral’s wide tech bow design.

Enquiries: Chaparral Boats. Web: