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Belize 52 Hardtop

Belize Motoryachts, the new Australian-owned and designed luxury marque named after the inspiring Caribbean boating destination, says it draws its aesthetic inspiration from the classic European timber-based boats of the Art Deco era.

With the world-release of its Belize 52 Hardtop at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Belize says that although it's inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, the Belize 52 is thoroughly modern in technology and performance. It boasts twin Cummins Zeus 600hp diesel engines and pod drives to deliver a speed of 30 knots and a cruising range of approximately 400nm, according to Belize.

Belize says its limited-edition, semi-custom Belize 52 is an elegant 52ft 10in cruiser that it has engineered with those in mind who appreciate tradition, timeless style and the quality assurance that comes inherently with the bespoke craftsmanship process and the latest technology.



Bayliner 175/185

Bayliner has re-introduced its 175 and 185 models, which now feature several new design elements and can be upgraded with its Flight Package to transform them from bowriders to wake boats.

A new dashboard on the 175 that consolidates the existing multiple gauges into two multipurpose ones adds a classy feel to the helm, says Bayliner, while a redesigned engine box, a new glove compartment on the passenger side and redesigned seating providing more internal space.

The extended swim platform adds 60cm to the overall length of the boat and is bolted lower to the water. There are multiple storage compartments in the floor, under the seats, in the sides of the hull and in a ski locker running down the middle of the floor.

Bayliner's Flight Package, which it says converts the 175 and 185 bowriders into a wake boat, includes a hull graphics package, an aluminium forward-swept tower and integrated bimini.

Powered by a 135hp MPI MerCruiser delivering 64km/h at wide open throttle, Bayliner says cruise speed is at about 40km/h, giving a tank range of 135km from a 79.5lt tank.

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Sea Fox XT Series

Australian distributor for Sea Fox boats, JSW Powersports, has introduced the Sea Fox XT Series (180XT, 200XT, 220XT and 240XT Bay Fox) and says these bay boats are built to fish both inshore and near-shore waters.

The company says the XT series' design offers the right amount of freeboard to give a low wind profile, while offering the safety and security anglers demand.

JSW Powersports says the XT Series is packed full of fisherman-friendly standard features such as two aerated, oval livewells; lockable rod storage for up to 10 rods; six side-mount rod holders on the console; two oversized folding rear jump seats with cushions; trolling motor plug with harness; and pull-up cleats. The console integrates a finished fibreglass liner with separate lockable compartments.

The helm features an upgraded five-position flip-flop seat with a 90lt removable cooler, recessed toe hold and seat with backrest on the console, plus dash space for flush-mount electronics.

JSW Powersports says it offers several Australian standard features, plus options such as: T-top; blue mood lights; Garmin depth/fishfinders; leaning post with backrest and 68lt removable esky; battery charger; trim tabs and LED livewell lights.

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Jeanneau 57

As Jeanneau celebrates the 100th Jeanneau 57 to roll off its production line, it says ease of handling, luxurious liveability and offshore performance are the model's key elements.

The collaboration between naval architect, Philippe Briand and interior/deck designer, Vittorio Garroni has resulted in an elegant yacht, says Jeanneau. Design, engineering and construction are certified by the Bureau Veritas and built to ISO9001 standard.

According to the company, most of the time spent on a yacht is on the deck, and so special attention was paid to the design of the cockpit. Sailing, dining, entertaining and lounging are all well catered for with a cockpit that incorporates a sundeck and an electrically-operated stern platform with tender stowage.

Two large companionway sliding doors open to a bright and spacious saloon with features such as LED lighting and surround-sound Bose stereo.

Jeanneau suggests sailing enthusiasts will appreciate the long waterline design, the centrally-located tankage, the keel stepped three-spreader rig and the mylar/taffeta sails.

For that additional level of performance, it offers options such as a Gori feathering propeller, a classic mainsail, a German mainsheet system and a Navtec hydraulic backstay.



Northbank 750 Hard Top

South Australian boat builder, Northbank Fibreglass Boats, has released its 750 Hard Top and says the model is designed with offshore fishing in mind.

According to Northbank, the 750HT has a tow weight of around 3000kg and is legally trailerable, and it can be managed by two people. Targeted at the larger trailer-boat market, Northbank says it is rated to 400hp and it plans to fit the 750HT models with twin engines, or diesel or petrol MerCruiser sterndrives.

With a metre of freeboard and self-draining deck options, the builder says the 750HT will be able to travel to far-flung destinations in comfort. Designed for offshore work, the 750HT offers a huge amount of deck space and measures 7.67m length with a 2.45m beam.

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Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12

Hobie has unveiled its lightweight, compact Mirage Pro Angler 12 and says it may be the most versatile fishing kayak to ever come out of its Californian factory.

Weighing just over 54kg fully rigged, the 3.66m (12ft) long, 91cm (36in) wide hull boasts a 227kg weight capacity. Features include a 'Lowrance ready' installation system for adding a fishfinder, Pivoting Tackle Management System and vertical/horizontal storage for up to six rods.

Hobie says the MirageDrive pedal propulsion system has self-centreing, padded pedals which are connected to two underwater flippers that function much like penguin wings. It's a quiet and efficient mode of propulsion that maximises fishability, suggests Hobie.

The Vantage Seating, with Hobie's comfort-mesh for breathability, can be adjusted fore/aft and up/down without having to get up. An integrated Boa System gives lumbar support. The seat folds up out of the way for stand-up fishing, and is easily removed for use elsewhere, says Hobie.

Further features include anti-skid floor mats; front, rear and side handles for easy transport; brass inserts for an optional anchor trolley kit; plus a removable front hatch liner for the daily catch, drinks or gear. Two replaceable mounting boards can handle a variety of electronics and rod holders, says Hobie.

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MasterCraft X55

MasterCraft has announced its X55, which it says it has crafted to meet the growing needs of the athletic socialite who chooses to entertain on the water.

Offering a completely new, modified deep-vee hull, MasterCraft says while great for towing, the X55 is meant to hit the big waters and successfully provides a soft and dry ride for jetting around or hosting a cocktail cruise.

With its 2.59m (102in) beam, the X55 offers room for up to 18 people. Up front, the MasterCraft pickle-fork bow provides a lounge area laced with chic touches like billet aluminium speaker grills and pull-down armrests.

Towards the back, features of the wrap-around interior include an observer seat that can face forwards or backwards; a cushy cockpit; an optional entertainment centre including refrigerator and freshwater sink with Corian countertops; a fully-equipped head; a satellite-radio-ready six-speaker sound system; contoured seat backs and integrated polished grab handles.

The transom walk-thru in the middle of the large aft sunpad has an integrated step down to the generously proportioned boarding platform. Put the removable pylon in place and the X55 becomes a watersports specialist that can easily handle any on-water activity, suggests MasterCraft.



Quintrex 610 Legend

Iconic Australian aluminium boat-builder, Quintrex says its Legend range of boats are serious fishing machines for serious fisherman and offer 360-degree manoeuvrability so fishos can follow their fish anywhere it hides.

With deep sides, plenty of space and a large range of options to choose from, Quintrex suggests the 610 Legend is the ultimate sport-angler's boat.

Featuring the Millennium Blade Hull, the 610 has an increased deadrise, relaxed stem line and new gunnel shape to provide an excellent ride, says Quintrex. It features a universal casting platform with optional interchangeable storage bins or sectioned livebait tank. Aftermarket options, such as an esky or fridge, can easily be added, says Quintrex.

Quintrex says the 610 has gone back to basic wide aluminium side pockets, and suggests that as the Legend is a tough offshore fishing boat, it doesn't need the fancy internals but rather tough conventional features. It features a large two-piece fold-down centre console with hydraulic steering and windscreen as standard, allowing 360-degree vision and manoeuvrability around the boat.

The 610 has a 120lt fuel tank and an impressive 175hp rating, according to Quintrex.

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