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Lifestyle : 2010 Sydney International Boatshow
1HERSA1 S013 DOYLE HAS REEFED MAINSAIL PRICES 20%* DOYLE HAS FURLED GENOA PRICES 20%* The Sydney Morning Herald July 24-25, 2010 13 SPECIAL REPORT PURE PLEASURE SEEKER POWERBOATS DAVID LOCKWOOD Sleek lines, plenty of grunt . . . what's not to like about a five-star cruiser? Cruise control . . . (from left) splash out on a Sunseeker Predator 64 or a Sea Ray 470 Sundancer to really get you moving. G etting out on the water is great in any vessel but there's something special about a five- star cruiser. Despite predictions that luxury would be dead in the wake of the GFC, top-notch vessels are riding high at this year's show. FAIRLINE TARGA 58 The pick of the British yard's three luxury cruiser line-up, the new Targa 58 Gran Turismo is a benchmark of cutting-edge boat design. There's an aft garage for carrying a Williams jet-tender, itself with an 80km/h top speed, an electric sunroof that extends to shade the al fresco waterfront lunch setting and a sunpad that beckons on the bow. But the knock-out punch with this stunning cruiser is a trick called Global Open. To go ''global'' and let the world in, you press the boat's touchscreen control panel. The blinds retract, the side windows open, rear windows drop and the sunroof retreats. Voila! The interior morphs into an open-air environment. The Targa 58 Gran Turismo is selling for $2.45 million or you can buy a share in syndication. FLEMING 65 If you have a bad case of wanderlust and deep pockets, the Fleming 65 is for you. The original 65, Tony Fleming's own boat dubbed Venture, cruised more than 20,000 nautical miles around North and South America. The 65 on show in Sydney is hull 25, a Series II model featuring improved fuel efficiency and a 1500-nautical mile cruising range. An engineering marvel, the cruiser boasts a self- aligning Seatorque enclosed shaft system that reduces running noise and vibration to a whisper. With twin MAN 800hp engines, top speed is 20 knots. But at 9.5 knots, with the stabilisers deployed, this is pleasure cruising. One for the aficionado. About $3.8 million loaded. MARITIMO 440 IPS OFFSHORE CONVERTIBLE The new Australian-made 440 Offshore Convertible is a popular-size owner/driver cruiser made even more so with the additional of Volvo Penta's joystick docking device. It will be the talk of the show. Priced at less than $1 million, the 440 is built by Bill Barry- Cotter at his Gold Coast factory for the Australian way of boating. There's plenty of cockpit space for fishing or relaxing with the family, an enclosed flying bridge for all-weather comfort and roomy interior with two cabins and two heads including a full beam aft cabin. A clever boat. Base price is $844,000 with twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines and joystick. SEA RAY 470 SUNDANCER Sydneysiders tend to have a soft spot for made-in- America Sea Ray cruisers but the new 470 Sundancer ushers in a new generation of pleasure. The boat comes standard with twin 425hp Cummins diesel engines with revolutionary Zeus drives. The underwater pods with rear-facing propellers are independently articulating, thereby granting amazing manoeuvrability, as well as 36 knots top speed. A joystick assists docking, while a Skyhook function speaks with satellites at the press of a button and holds your station like an invisible anchor. The large, open cockpit has an innovative sunpad design that increases seating and can be optioned with a grill and refrigerator. From about $1.07 million. SUNSEEKER PREDATOR 64 Sunseeker is celebrating its 50th anniversary by way of five glorious cruisers on show. The fleet ranges up to an 86 Yacht, a superyacht by any measure, and is collectively worth more than $25 million. The new Predator 64, on display in Sydney for the first time, is a standout in style and cachet. The twin 1100hp engines deliver 35 knots to get you to your port of call in a flash, while the designer accommodation can fit six guests and one crew. Among Sunseeker's high-profile owners is Formula One ace Eddie Jordan. Considered the measure of luxury afloat, the Predator 64 costs $2.65 million. Sunseeker's 30 Metre Yacht, starting from $17 million and the biggest boat of the show, will be hard to miss, too.
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