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Lifestyle : Boat Show 2011
1HERSA1 S012 Come and visit the newest Grand Banks Aleutian, the 53 RP On display daily at the Sydney International Boat Show or call today for your own private inspection. JOHN SISSON - 0412 918 817 HANK COMPTON - 0423 862 264 12 July 23- 24, 2011 smh.com.au SPECIAL REPORT Sydney is a sailing hub, with more hot new keel yachts than any other waterway --- or boat show --- in the southern hemisphere, writes David Lockwood. Speed and style . . . (left) Jeanneau's Sun Odyssey 409; the spacious interior of the Hanse 495. BOOM TOWN Queenslanders struggle to find enough water, Victorians battle to stay upright and those in the west are starved of amenities. But Sydney is a sailor's paradise. At the Sydney International Boat Show, you'll find Europe's biggest and most stylish brands, the top US yachts, touting better value than ever, and our surviving local catamaran or keel boat builders espousing local flair. The French are making a big splash at this year's boat show, with a range of new yachts designed to deliver greater ease of handling, more comfort and, in an almost biblical way, more light below decks. Enter Beneteau, with its exciting show debutantes Sense 43 and Sense 50. These are the latest in open-air cruising yacht designs and will stir the desires of those who want more of their own space rather than extra crew quarters. Meanwhile, Beneteau's First 30 is designed for racing, while remaining well equipped for holiday cruising. Amid the social cruiser-racer clique, the almighty Oceanis 54 and handy Oceanis 37 are bound to be popular. Not to be outdone, compatriot French brand Jeanneau will exhibit its award-winning 2011 European yacht of the year -- the Sun Odyssey 409 -- which has already proven a hit locally, with 14 yachts sold. Even better, the all-new Sun Odyssey (SO) 379 will make its world debut at the Sydney show. Moored alongside will be the SO379 and the SO409. On show for the first time in Australia, the first SO439 has already been sold to an enthusiastic Sydney buyer. Finally, the Sun Odyssey 33i offers an entry to the world of sailing with standard, shoal or swing keel. Also from France is the 2010 European yacht of the year, the Dufour Grand'Large 405. But the debut for this marque is the Grand'Large 375, with almost as much volume as its sibling but easier handling. Check out the new Lagoon 450 catamaran with huge beam and sprawling saloon. The 400 and 380 sister ships will also be displayed but the 450 is the crowd puller. Two other prestigious French-built catamarans from Fountaine Pajot will be at the show -- the new Salina 48 Evolution and the popular Lipari 41. The German Farr-designed Bavaria yachts offer great value and improved performance and, these days, interior design. The flagship 55 costs about $525,000, the entry-level 32 is priced from $148,000 sail away and in between are the new 45, 40 and 36, which cover the spectrum of price points. The 45, on show with three cabins for about $320,000, is the first with the new owner layout. But if you want to flaunt real nautical style, join the throngs aboard the Hanse yachts from Germany. The luxury 545 has trademark self- tacking headsail and interior from acclaimed Birgit Schnaase Interior Design SID. Making its debut at the Sydney show, the new 495 has electric winches as standard, along with a smart berthing system using bow and stern thrusters and a joystick. With 31 sold in the first eight weeks after its European launch, the 495 is something special. The Moody 45 Classic is worth a look as a retro gentleman's cruiser with armrests, self-tacking headsail and a wonderful interior of dark leathers and timbers. Also among the continental clique will be a Moody 41 Classic, an innovative 45 Deck Saloon, German Dehler 35 and a Solona 44. Due to the strength of the Aussie dollar, US Yachts will be lowering the prices of its high-volume Hunter yachts. Prospective owners will be able to see four models from 27 feet to 45 feet, including the e36 , making its debut in Sydney. Among the plethora of award-wining yachts are the American debutantes by way of a Catalina 355 and 455. Both new models look smart, with sportier lines than previous Catalinas but not at the expense of space. The 355 has sold amazingly well and should be popular with recreational Sydney sailors. It wouldn't be a sail-fest without a medley of home-grown multihulls from Seawind. One of Australia's best sailboat builders, it has evolved into a multihull giant after acquiring the Corsair trimaran business last October. The two companies have synergies, with a raft of boats on show including the 24-feet Dash trimaran, nominated recently for the European boat of the year, and the lively, liveable C37. The Australian company will also unveil a new interior in its flagship Seawind 1250 and updated 1000 catamarans.
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