LeisureCat 350 SportsCruiser

LeisureCat 350 SportsCruiser

West Australian power catamaran builder, LeisureCat Australia's latest addition to its stable of sleek sports cruiser catamarans is the outboard-powered 350 SportsCruiser.

Combining live-aboard comfort with a fast, stable fishing platform, the 350 has an overall length of 12.7m (42ft) and the same powerful planing hull as other LeisureCats. The builder suggests installing outboards has resulted in a lighter, more economical and more responsive craft, as well as enabling easier outboard maintenance and leaving plenty of space for below-deck stowage.

With twin 300hp Suzuki four-stroke outboards and LeisureCat's full-length wave-breaker to cushion the ride, LeisureCat says the 350 can comfortably cross the seas at 30 knots (55.5km/h) and still have power in reserve, or it can cruise quietly at 25 knots (46.3km/h) all day.

The 350 SportsCruiser offers full family live-aboard comfort, while accommodating the serious fisherman's desire for a fast, stable fishing platform. Two separate double-berth cabins provide ample sleeping space below deck. Additionally, the dining table drops to make a large lower berth, while the backrest can be hooked up to make an upper berth. A large en suite with shower/toilet and wash basin with hot and cold water is set to port. The large stowage area to starboard can be fitted with separate toilet and wash basin if desired.

Included in the saloon is a fully-equipped galley with stove, sink, microwave, hot and cold water and plenty of cupboard space, plus a 110lt fridge that's fitted into the forward bulkhead.

Onboard entertainment is taken care of, too, with a built-in TV, DVD and CD stereo system, plus the concertina-style access doors can be folded right back to make the saloon and cockpit one large entertaining area.

The flybridge is large, with a console big enough for a comprehensive array of electronics. It has dual soft-rider pedestal-based seats facing the console and dual passenger seats moulded into the front of the console. An optional extended rear flybridge deck can be added to create a pleasant lounge area.

The extensive forward deck is ideal for those family members who prefer to lay back while the fishermen are busy at the rear of the boat. When it's time for a swim, a platform, complete with ladder, extends between the engines to give easy access.

Because there are no inboards to take up the space, flush-mounted access hatches open to large stowage areas in the rear hulls.

LeisureCat offers many options designed to fulfil the most dedicated fisherman's needs as well as added comforts for the family.

Enquiries: LeisureCat Australia, tel: (08) 9418 7566. Web: www.leisurecat.com.au.

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VanDutch 40

VanDutch 40

European sophistication meets naval architecture in the VanDutch power boat, suggests the Australian importer and distributor, VanDutch Australia.

Designed by renowned Dutch naval designer, Frank Mulder, the VanDutch 40 is powered by two Yanmar 480hp engines hidden under a hydraulic motor hatch. VanDutch says the 40 will reach a top speed of 40 knots (74km/h) and distinguishes itself with a hull that makes slamming and spray a thing of the past.

Available in a range of colours and designed with great attention to detail, the builder suggests this classic luxury day-cruiser emphasises power and comfort. The inviting cockpit accommodates eight guests on generously proportioned white seating, while the rear sunbathing platform allows three to lounge comfortably.

The deck is fitted with pop-up cleats, flush deck hatches and anchor hatch, and pop-up navigation lights. The swim ladder and fender storage are also recessed, allowing the 40's smooth lines to be fully appreciated. Esthec composite decking on the bridge, floor and swim platform offers all the beauty of teak, without the high maintenance.

VanDuch says the 40 is perfect for admirers of extreme performance, distinctive styling and absolute luxury and suggests Australia, with its impeccable waterways and harbours, is the perfect setting for this boat. Designed with onboard entertaining in mind, the 40 has two refrigerators, a microwave, air-conditioning and a sound system.

A demonstration boat, Coco Noir is docked at d'Albora Marina, Spit Bridge, Sydney. The VanDutch is available in 30ft, 40ft and 55ft models.

Enquiries: VanDutch Australia. Web: www.vandutchaustralia.com.au.