Sealegs 7.7 Cabin
New Zealand amphibious-boat builder, Sealegs has responded to customer requests for more shelter from the elements and has released its 7.7 Cabin after more than three years of development.
In addition to the cabin, Sealegs has incorporated several new integral features, which it suggests will make this amphibious boat more appealing to traditional boating markets.
With a length overall of 7.74m (wheels up) and weight of 1850kg without fuel, the 7.7 manages a top speed of 38 knots (70km/h) on-water and 10km/h on land. Sealegs recommends a 150hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard for on-water operation. On-land power is supplied by a Honda 24hp (18kW) four-stroke, air-cooled inboard petrol engine.
The 7.7 has space onboard to carry six adults and offers plenty of seating: two pedestal seats with gas strut suspension; two queen seats; a twin rear seat; and a cabin bench seat. Under-seat storage is available in the cabin bench seat, plus there are side pockets in the cabin. Anti-slip deck tread is fitted as standard.
The cabin comes complete with windscreen and can be optioned up with a bimini top, rocket launchers and clears to enclose the cabin between the windscreen and bimini top. Bowsprit and windlass are standard, with an enclosed anchor chain locker and dash switch control.
Sealegs claims the 7.7 is able to handle sea state three conditions and has a range of 265km at 4000rpm (measured with two passengers, including driver, fully-fuelled, 150hp outboard, sea state one).
The 7.7 Cabin includes all wheel drive (AWD), extended run time (XRT) and generation-three inboard motor technology that the builder says is quieter, more reliable and less intrusive in the design of the entire boat.
The new inboard motor is mounted in the rear, allowing for better utilisation of space on deck.
Delivery in New Zealand is expected in April, to Australia in May, and other international markets later in the year. Sealegs is offering an introductory price of NZ$199,900, plus GST, to NZ orders placed before June 30.
Enquiries: Sealegs International, Australia: 1300 SEALEGS. New Zealand: 0800 SEALEGS. Web: www.sealegs.com.
Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 RS
BRP has launched its 2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 RS and says it features a new look, new hull and new ergonomic design that allows riders to realise 100 per cent of their performance riding potential.
The all-new T3 (tight-turning t-hull) hull design allows the RXP-X 260 RS to aggressively lean into corners and penetrate chop more efficiently than any of its musclecraft predecessors, says BRP. It uses an advanced dual surface hull design with a unique combination of soft and hard chines, dual axis adjustable sponsons and performance trim tabs.
The new Ergolock system represents a combination of ergonomic features that reduce upper body fatigue and allow greater control while cornering. The system includes a narrow racing seat with knee grab design, adjustable handlebars and angled footwells that allow the rider to lock in when cornering hard. The new seat form fits the rider’s lower body, alleviating strain to the upper body in hard turns, which, BRP suggests, connects the rider to the machine and, ultimately, the water like never before.
BRP claims its intelligent Brake and Reverse system (iBR) lets the rider stop sooner than on any other watercraft, while the electronic reverse adds manoeuvrability for easier docking. The intelligent Throttle Control system (iTC) starts in neutral for easier dockside starts, says BRP, and features an activity-specific touring/sport mode, Eco-mode and Variable Trim System that can be set to accommodate individual riding styles.
The RXP-X 260 RS is powered by a supercharged, intercooled 1503 XHO Rotax 4-TEC engine – a race-proven 1,494cc four-stroke ‘muscle-engine’ with four valves per cylinder and multi-port fuel injection.
Enquiries: BRP Australia. To find the nearest dealer: www.brp.com.
Azimut 53 series
Italian luxury yacht builder, Azimut Yachts has launched its Azimut 53 flybridge and, in true Italian poetic style, says the beauty of its yachts goes hand in hand with elegance, while embracing technology and merging with comfort.
With 14sq m of floor space, Azimut says its 53 flybridge is one of the most spacious in the category. The living area is divided into several functional and luxuriously appointed areas, all designed with attention to detail, functionality and Italian-style elegance, says Azimut.
The galley comes complete with a multitude of accessories, including a 220lt refrigerator. The dinette is set off from the saloon next to the galley and accommodates six comfortably. Practical details include a servo-assisted sliding mechanism that moves the back of the pilot seat back to double as the back-rest to the dinette.
Moving aft and two steps down, the saloon is soaked in natural light through the large windows that define a spacious, full-height room. Sofas and poufs are upholstered with a velvet and satin two-tone fabric that add to the elegance. Air conditioning is distributed through inconspicuous wooden slats in the furnishings. The decapé oak wall units offer ample storage compartments and drawers, while a C-shaped sofa and armchairs along the opposite wall offer even more space to lounge.
Up on the flybridge, the helm is positioned to port, with a compact console that enables agile movement. The generously proportioned guest area includes two sundecks and a lounge, and if that’s not enough space in the sun, there’s a further sundeck at the bow.
Below in the cockpit, a large C-shaped sofa and table offer seating for six under a shady hardtop. The lifting platform out back makes launching the tender a breeze and is a great spot to comfortably climb aboard after a dive or refreshing swim, says Azimut.
Below deck, the sleeping arrangements all offer the comfort and luxury of Italian craftsmanship. There’s a large, full-beam and full-height owner’s suite at the centre of the boat, with natural light filtering in from three windows and an opening porthole. The bed is positioned at an angle, allowing space under the port-side window for a dinette with table for two. The suite is fitted out with mini-bar, safe, 32in TV screen, wardrobes and an array of storage compartments. The owner’s bathroom has basins made of Vetro Freddo and a separate shower with seat and chromotherapy.
The VIP cabin at the bow is spacious, luminous and breezy, thanks to the horizontal windows, and shares a bathroom with the guest cabin that offers twin flatbeds illuminated by portholes. An optional crew cabin, with two further berths, has its own shower and head.
According to Azimut, state-of-the-art equipment includes Easy Docking for joystick-controlled manoeuvring to make docking simple even when faced with strong winds and currents and a Seakeeper gyro stabiliser, which can reduce the boat’s rolling by up to 80 per cent even while at sea. Powered by twin 730hp (536kW) MAN R6 engines, Azimut says the 53 is capable of 33 knots (61km/h) and a cruise speed of 28 knots (51km/h).
Enquiries: 5 Star Motor Cruisers, tel: (02) 9518 7777. Web: www.5starmotorcruisers.com.au.