Trawlers in full force at SCIBS
Published: Thursday, 15 March 2018
A gamut of new generation trawler-style vessels will be in full force at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) from May 24-27, with premier brands already on board for the fast-approaching 30th anniversary event.
(Photo: SCIBS - Integrity 340 sedan)
Leading exhibitors to secure on-water space include Clipper Motor Yachts, Grand Banks, Flagstaff Marine displaying the Beneteau Swift Trawler, Fleming Yachts, Integrity Motor Yachts and Leigh-Smith Yachts with their Alaska brand, to name a few.
SCIBS Exhibition Manager Dominic O’Brien said the trawler-style motor yacht is surging in popularity, prized as family-friendly coastal cruisers and liveaboard long-range passagemakers.
“There is a real demand for trawler-style motor yachts thanks to their ‘go-anywhere’ capabilities, and there will be a huge variety of these modern classics on display this year,” O’Brien said.
“We are thrilled to welcome back several long-time exhibitors with exceptional new products this year, as well as some new brands making their Australian debuts. The Gold Coast is the gateway to the Whitsundays and east coast cruising, so we are confident visitors will respond enthusiastically to this expanded segment.”
(Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX)
Grand Banks Yachts pioneered the ‘Downeast-styled’ yacht based on the New England-style American lobster trawlers with the introduction of the 38 Eastbay EX in 1995.
Grand Banks CEO Mark Richards said the new Eastbay 44 (EB44) will be unveiled for the first time in Australia at SCIBS this year.
“The EB44 fully delivers the best of both worlds, with all the comfort and style you appreciate in a Downeast yacht, but with the legs and cruising speeds to take your adventures farther and faster. This latest generation of Eastbay is also lighter and more efficient.” Richards said.
Great Southern Marine will be representing Grand Banks at SCIBS this year and will be launching the new EB44.
From Fleming Yachts Australia comes the new Fleming 58, which will make its Queensland debut at SCIBS.
The 58 – designed by Norman R. Wright & Sons in Brisbane – has a full-beam master cabin below the pilothouse and an engine room with full headroom.
The standard specification contains stabilisers, thrusters, twin anchor winches, davit for tender and much more, including digital switching, latest Raymarine navigational equipment, and Twin Disc Joystick Control with the Position Hold feature, in addition to traditional electronic throttle and gear levers.
Among its multi-million-dollar line-up, Leigh-Smith Yachts will have several trawler-style vessels on show, including the Hampton Endurance 720 and Alaska 44.
“The Endurance 720 is a long-range cruiser that’s ideal for people looking for a bluewater cruising yacht to take to The Kimberley or Tasmania and is even popular with those looking for a floating luxury apartment with the works to cruise the Broadwater, Sydney Harbour or the Whitsundays,” Ryan Leigh-Smith said.
“There’s plenty of elbow room for family and friends, as well as incredible fuel capacity – 10,500 litres with a range of 2,000 nautical miles.”
Alaska is Leigh-Smith’s own brand, which they design, deliver and manage after-sales service and warranty. Since 2004, they have already sold 95 units.
“Alaska Motor Yachts offer a mix of tradition and technology. It’s absolutely boutique, high-grade quality with good range and all the inclusions people are looking for in a long-range cruiser – all this for under $1 million, because we cut out the middle men,” Leigh-Smith said.
Making its Australian debut at SCIBS is the Beneteau Swift Trawler brand, with the 35 and 44 models presented by Flagstaff Marine.
The previous 34 model was sold more than 400 since 2003, and the new 35 – launched at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show and boasts large windows and an offset saloon – will replace it.
The Swift Trawler 44 is a larger version of the 35 – both offer full helms top and bottom and come with bow and stern thrusters.
With all-new generation features and styling, Integrity Motor Yachts will have four models on display at SCIBS including the 320 Express, 340 Sedan, 380 Sedan and 440 Sedan.
(Hudson Bay 540)
Clipper Motor Yachts will have 10 vessels on-water and is proud to host the world debut of the Hudson Bay 540 and Hudson Bay 390.