Nominated for European Powerboat of the Year, the latest sports yacht to be launched by German boat builders Bavaria Yachts, the Bavaria Sport 43HT, is the largest in its new Sport range.
Crafted by hull designers Blank Peterson and stylists BMW Group Design Works USA to achieve a look and performance that Bavaria says is pleasing from all angles, the 43HT is surprisingly spacious for a boat of its size.
With an overall length of 13.83m plus bathing platform, Bavaria says the relatively low hp engines (a choice of Volvo 370 or 400 diesels, or IPS500 and IPS600) add to economy and range, while delivering stunning performance with plenty of power.
Below deck, there’s a well-appointed and stylish L-shaped galley equipped with quality appliances, a comfortable dinette large enough to seat six at a pinch and a separate bathroom with head. Numerous deck hatches and hull windows provide plenty of natural light.
Moving forward, a spacious master cabin in the bow has a double bed, en suite shower and separate head, deck hatch and ample storage room. Back towards stern is, depending on the chosen configuration, either a spacious cabin with twin single beds, en suite bathroom and lounge area; or two cabins each with twin single beds. All cabins have headroom of up to 2.1m and are stylishly furnished with great attention to detail and quality. A choice of mahogany, oak or nut timber finishes and a range of fabrics including leather and cloth-feel outdoor materials are offered.
Boasting a large integrated panoramic sunroof, the deck comfortably accommodates a co-pilot seat bench and lounge. Great all-round visibility is offered when the roof is retracted, giving a true outdoor-feeling.
The spacious forward lounge area, with bench-seat around the cockpit table, includes a wetbar and (optional) barbecue and fridge. The cockpit/entertaining area flows to a stern sunpad and hydraulic bathing platform.
Australian dealer BMB Power Boats says prices start from $675,000 drive away, with Volvo D6400 Diesels.
Enquiries: BMB Power Boats, tel: (02) 9960 2799.
MasterCraft X Star
MasterCraft says its new twin-tip 2012 X-Star delivers a wake that is larger, beefier and has a shape that will ultimately change what riders will be able to do.
Tried, tested and approved by what MasterCraft calls its world-class team of riders, it claims the new X-Star has improved on its iconic predecessor’s wake. And measuring 8ft 6in wide and 24ft long (without the platform) with nearly two feet more from stern to bow than its predecessor, the new model also offers more space on board for family and friends.
With an Ilmor MV8 7.4lt 522hp engine ready to pull anything or anybody, riders can hook a rope into the latest ZFT 5p Tower powered by a newly developed hydraulic system to deliver smooth up and down action with the flip of a switch, while providing improved dependability, according to MasterCraft.
At the turn of a key, the command centre comes to life and a hidden 7in Murphy screen rises up from the dash, ready for tasks such as filling ballast, saving rider presets, DJ-ing a party or navigating unfamiliar waters. Two further 4.3in Murphy touch-screens are located either side of the steering wheel, providing the driver three displays from which to operate the boat’s systems.
The newly-designed interior offers seating in the bow, where passengers can comfortably sit forward or aft depending on what action they prefer to watch. The two front seats swing up and lift towards the pickle-fork bow tips providing easy access to the voluminous front storage.
What appears to be a walk-thru from the bow to the rear seating is a seat back that can be lifted to create a back rest for the judge’s seat facing the transom, or flipped up to fashion a back rest for a passenger in the bow. The rear seats have head rests, while a convertible seat in the rear lounge-area flips around so passengers can comfortably watch all the action at the end of the rope.
At the transom, the 2012 MasterCraft X-Star has a new transom step and boarding platform. The step serves as a seat for those ready to boot up and the platform has curved edges making sliding into and climbing out of the water easier.
New World Honda Marine, tel: (03) 9999 3315.
Brig Eagle 580
Australian agent for Brig Inflatable Boats, Sirocco Marine has launched the Brig Eagle 580, a 19ft rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and says it boasts all the sensible inclusions of the larger Brig 645 and 780 models in a crowd-pleasing package.
Featuring full hypalon tubes for extended life and durability, Brig says the Eagle 580 has been built for comfort and performance and is ideal for general recreational use, cruising, skiing and diving or as a tender. It will easily transport up to eight adults comfortably.
Brig designed the Eagle range with a deep V-bottom, a distinctive stern shape and wider tubes to ensure seaworthiness and stability. A striking feature is the T-bar ski pole, which Brig says not only serves its purpose for waterskiing and wakeboarding, but also adds to the style complementing the sleek sporty design cues.
Spacious storage lockers, built-in fuel and water tanks and a fresh-water transom shower are included along with many standard features such as a folding ladder mounted on one of the two stern bathing platforms, anti-slip deck throughout and stainless steel moulded grab rails.
The sundeck with cushions easily transforms into a table for a family picnic and is especially inviting if the optional bimini sun top is mounted. The unique stern central mast offers top moulding for mounting navigation lights and antennas and features an elevated towing point specifically designed with a variety of towsports in mind.
Brig suggests the Eagle 580 is a contemporary boat with its bold, angular design reflecting modern styling trends and will be available in a range of striking colours including red, white, blue and black.
Sirocco Marine recommends a 115hp outboard engine to deliver exceptional performance with superb comfort and control and suggests it’s the not too heavy, not too light craft that will appeal to a wide range of boaters wanting pure, uncompromised boating fun.
Enquiries: Sirocco Marine, tel: (02) 9552 3366. Web: www.siroccomarine.com.