What's New: March 08

Beneteau in Airlie Beach
The exclusive French range of Beneteau yachts and sister companies is now represented in the Whitsundays.
Mike (The dealership includes Beneteau sailboats, Lagoon Catamarans and Wauquiez yachts. As well as selling new boats, Vicsail Whitsunday offers warranty and after-sales service for the Beneteau range plus a listing service for pre-loved boats.
Mike Rider has an extensive marine background. In addition to running a Sydney- based charterboat business for 20 years, he has a Master Class 1 and has built catamarans.
For more information ph (07) 4948 1643 or email mike@vicsailwhitsundays.com

Jensen proofs it
Jensen Marine's new MSR7007 AM/FM/CD stereo unit has been “outdoor-proofed” during every step of the design process.
The unit is MP3/WMA and iPod-compatible. Once an iPod is connected via the rear built-in pigtail, full control of its functions is transferred to the MSR7007 buttons, and the iPod can be safely stored out of harm's way.
The radio is $519, plus speakers, which start from $120 a pair.
For more information contact Bigfish Marine and Outdoor, ph (02) 6676 1012 or visit www.bigfishmarineandoutdoor.com.au

Free for all
Lowrance's full range of 2007 chartplotter-equipped products is set to have future compatibility with Navionics Platinum multi-dimensional electronic charting, for global bluewater navigation.
Lowrance firmware upgrades to run Navionics Platinum will be available as a free download from Lowrance's website in the first quarter of 2008.
Compatibility with Navionics Platinum options, available on plug-and-play Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, represents the most extensive array of compatible product choices of any marine electronics brand. This includes all 2007 Lowrance LCX, LMS and GlobalMap colour models, with 12.7, 17.8, 21.3 and 26.4cm displays.
For more information contact Navico Australia, ph (02) 9936 1000 or visit www.lowrance.com

New from Fountaine Pajot
Fountaine Pajot has enhanced its FlagShip Class with two stunning new power and sailing catamarans, the Galathea 65 and the Queensland 55.
Priced from $3m, the Galathea 65 is the largest cruising vessel ever built by Fountaine Pajot and is constructed with isopthalic resins in an all-infusion composite process, assuring the lightest yet strongest multihull construction method.
“With an expanded waterline length, powerful sail plan, double semi-flybridge cockpit, integrated bimini and saloon, expansive main deck and sleek interior styling, the Galathea 65 will satisfy the most discerning liveaboard sailors and cruisers,” a spokesperson for Australian distributor EC Marine said.
“The unprecedented success of the entire range of Fountaine Pajot's innovative and beautifully styled Trawler yachts has prompted the yard to launch the queen of all power cats, the Queensland 55. Available from $3.395m, the Queensland 55 features superior design, performance and interior styling.”
Four other new models launched last year will be on show at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.
For more information ph 1800 855 338, email info@fountainepajot.com.au or visit www.fountainepajot.com.au

Family cruising from Elan
Elan's latest release takes the lead in the sophisticated family cruising yacht scene, setting new standards for short-handed sailing in her class, according to Australian distributor Navsail.
“Designed by the distinguished Rob Humphreys, the Elan 450 is a calibre of yacht that stands totally in its own league on the Australian market,” a spokesperson said.
“High in visual appeal, the 450 offers the cruising family/couple the ultimate in cruising performance and a much sought-after echelon of style and comfort.
“Features include a large cockpit, twin rudders to assure excellent stability in all sailing conditions and outstanding offshore capabilities (angle of vanishing stability of 133¡), making this model the ideal choice for the serious cruiser.”
Priced from $541,000, the 450 also has an impressive sail plan with tall, keel-stepped fractional rig, swept-back double spreaders, a large mainsail area, non-overlapping headsail and a gennaker handled by retractable bow sprit to maximise performance.
Navsail hopes to have a demonstration model in Australia later this year.
For more information ph (02) 9999 6730, email elan@navsail.com.au or visit www.navsail.com.au, www.elan-yachts.com

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