Twelve boats to watch out for at Sydney International Boat Show
Even in this era of seemingly infinite net-knowledge, prospective boat buyers can’t replicate the touch and feel experience of a boat show.
“You can research on the internet, but boat shows are the only way to see the vessel’s features for yourself, compare them with other models, and really immerse yourself in the emotion of boating,” states Howard Glenn, National CEO of the Boating Industry Association.
“Compared to the investment of buying a boat, a day at a boat show is a small cost in time and entry fee to fully experience the boat of your dreams on the water. You make sense of the research, talk to the experts – not just sales people, but the designers and other owners – and you may be surprised; you might discover other options as well.
“The Sydney International Boat Show presents boat, engines, equipment and accessories from all over the world, available here and supported here.”
The show runs from August 3-7 at International Convention Centre Sydney and on adjacent Cockle Bay Marina. Tickets and details: www.sydneyboatshow.com.au
Here are 12 boats not to miss at the Sydney International Boat Show:
MY GHOST II
(Gulf Craft Majesty 122 raised pilot house)
Starting price: $12.5 million
Length: 122 feet
Top speed:20 knots
Accommodation: five luxuriously appointed suites for 10 to 12 guests.
GHOST IIis considered the most technically advanced motor yacht to enter charter in Australia, featuring two large decks for entertaining up to 120 guests, spacious flybridge with Jacuzzi and onboard chef.
Starting price: $15 million
Length: 106 feet
Top speed: 28 knots
Cruising speed:24 knots
Accommodation: Eight guests in four staterooms, four to five crew cabins.
Highlights:Italian-built, fully-customised, lavish Beach Club on the transom with spa and gym.
NISI 2400 80’ ‘NISI’
Starting price: $6.5 million
Length: 80 feet
Top speed:27 knots
Accommodations:Eight guests in four staterooms, plus four crew.
Highlights: Going into charter on Sydney Harbour in time for summer; all one level, 360⁰ glazing for uninterrupted views; six person sunpad on aft deck.
Length: 47 feet
Top speed: Sailing yacht
Accommodation: Three cabins for up to six guests, or available in four cabin layout.
Highlights: Hand-built in Venice, the sportscar of cruisers, designed by iconic designer and experienced offshore sailor, Maurizio Cossutti; winner 2013 European Yacht of the Year, praised for attention to the finest details in aesthetics and performance.
Starting price: $US15 million ($A18.8 million)
Length: 135 feet
Top speed:18 knots
Accommodation:Six staterooms, including owner’s suite occupying entire skylounge with private aft deck, crew quarters for eight.
Highlights: Chinese-built, designed by Italian firm, Unielli and VYD for interiors; massive Beach Club with Opacmare Transformer platform for lifting watertoys.
Starting price:$3 million.
Length: 135 feet.
Top speed: 30 knots.
Accommodation: Four cabins, including a full-beam, apartment-sized master cabin.
Highlights:the S70 is the largest single-level vessel by Maritimo; the serious bluewater passage maker boasts nimble handling, wide beam and a class-leading range of 1600 nautical miles at nine knots.
Starting price: $3.95 million
Top speed: 46 knots
Accommodation: three cabins, each with ensuite, including full-beam Master.
Highlights: The pearlescent hull E200,000 addition; windshield is carbon-fibre reinforced glass; disappearing saloon creates seamless flow of indoor-outdoor entertaining space; hydraulic tender garage with jet tender.
Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht
Starting price:$3.8 million
Top speed: 30 knots
Accommodation: Option of four-cabin Classic or the three-cabin Grand Presidential design with full-beam Master.
Highlights: A true bluewater motor yacht, versatile platform for all; next generation CZone digital switching which can interface with an iPad.
BRIG Eagle 10
Length: 33.6 feet
Top speed:50 knots
Accommodation: two person cabin.
Highlights:Hailed as the “game changer” in rigid inflatable boats; two 300hp engines; deep-V-hull for dry, smooth ride; virtually unsinkable due to its carbon fibre Hypalon tubes.
Fjord 36 Xpress
Top speed: 45 knots
Accommodation: Two person cabin.
Highlights: table and aft bench can be lowered, converting into a sun terrace with a bar, refrigerators and direct access to the water.
Of exceptional interest at this year’s SIBS, two motor yachts, vastly different, one currently in build and scheduled for unveiling with significant fanfare as a new concept, and the other, the dramatic and much-anticipated reworking of the fledgling brand, Elandra, now under the Maritimo marque.
Whitehaven Harbour Classic 4000
Known for their fully-custom built, long-range motor yachts, Whitehaven is branching out into something entirely different, reviving the nostalgia of boating in the era of quiet, contemplative cruising with a thoroughly high-tech dayboat. Described by its designers as “a modern classic with personality and panache”, the 40ft Harbour Classic 4000 will be a beacon of style and sophistication for boaties keen to downsize to something more manageable, more spontaneous and more intimate. With one cabin, there’s just room enough for two, and perhaps the grandkiddies on the convertible dining table, with ample room for entertaining friends and the ability to reach your tranquil mooring swiftly, with a top speed of 30 knots. Due for launch in 2018, the fully-custom designed and built vessel will be priced at “under $1m”.
Tom Barry-Cotter – son of company founder, Bill Barry-Cotter – has recrafted the Elandra motor yacht he designed in tandem with step-brother Luke Durman. Now stamped as the ‘X-Series’, it’s deemed “the largest design and development project ever undertaken in the company’s history”, the new range forms part of the brand’s long-term plan.
The shaft driven, Maritimo X60 will borrow systems and components developed for the World Champion Maritimo Racing Team, making it the most technologically advanced vessel the company has ever manufactured, with all the attributes of oceangoing performance, durability and fuel economy synonymous with the Maritimo brand.
In a world first for a vessel of its size, the Maritimo X60 design features a large aft cabin and ensuite accessible from both swim platform and saloon, which provides the kinds of customisable spaces previously only seen on superyachts.
The Maritimo X60’s aft cabin incorporates twin entry points, via swim platform and the internal staircase from the saloon, extending the X60’s living space to that similar of 70ft vessels. It then enables customers to opt between Beach Club, Queen Stateroom, Euro Galley or Service Cabin with optional tender garage and laundry.
The Maritimo X60 will be available in 2018 and priced at $2.25 million.