Several builders revealed new models at the 2010 Sanctuary Cove Boat, May 18 to 23. This is the 22nd year of the show held on Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland and was the third largest in the show’s history. Our edit staff was walking the docks previewing new models before they make their way to the U.S. and other markets.
Kicking off the new launch press conferences was Riviera Yachts with the IPS powered 43 Open Flybridge (shown, right). Although the profile appears to be that of a typical convertible, the 43 is all about cruising and entertaining. The large sliding saloon door and opening rear bulkhead create a seamless outdoor/indoor space creating a hybrid between a convertible and an express cruiser. In true Aussie style, there is a large barbecue at the stern, flanked my mezzanine seating. A transom door opens to a large swim platform well-suited for water activities.
Below, there are two double staterooms, one forward, and another tucked below the saloon area in a space normally reserved for the engines. During initial sea trials, we achieved a top speed of 31 knots with twin 435-horsepower IPS 600s. Look for a full review in the next few months. www.riviera.com.au
Continuing its tradition of rapid product development, Maritimo launched three new models; the 470 Offshore Convertible, the C47 Sports Cabriolet, and the 53 Motor Yacht. We had an opportunity to run the Volvo powered 470 Offshore and achieved a top speed of 34 knots. Three staterooms, a semi-enclosed bridge, and large cockpit will satisfy cruisers and anglers alike. www.maritimo.com.au
Palm Beach Yachts also revealed its new IPS powered 50, and Zeus powered 65-footer. Builder and Mark Richards continue to strive for perfection and report a strong order book. The 50 will be making its way to U.S. shores, and a 65 flying bridge will be launched later this summer. A full test on the IPS powered 50 will be published in September. www.pbmy.com.au