Trio of New Kiwi Sport Cruiser designs


Barry 2018-09-27

New Zealand designers, Scott Robson, Bill Upfold and Dean Salthouse have all recently launched new sports sedan designs. Read More.

Sports Yacht, Sports Cruiser or Sedan Cruiser, they come by a variety of names, but essentially they are a flybridge boat without the flybridge. Flush top designs with sliding sunroofs or sometimes with a sundeck, they are an ever expanding sector of the big boat market. They are not restricted by size and are available from 9m through to 40m.

Hot off the drawing board for Next Generation boats is the new  ICON 54S motor yacht. The 5.65m (18' 7") beam and nearly 2m headroom, combined with an extensive list of standard features, make the ICON 54S one of the most prominent volume vessels of its kind. Features include a midship's full-width owner's cabin and optional four cabin and three-cabin layouts. A dinghy boot and hydraulic boarding platform for easy use and tender UV protection are standard as is a cockpit retractable sun shade. Conventional drive and IPS/Zeus pod drive options are available.

Bill Upfold, Elite Marine Design's new 20.5m sports sedan is up to the minute in both styling and good looks. The emphasis is on entertaining and comfortable living with the saloon flowing out to the cockpit all on one level. Water sports are well catered for with a garage that can house a considerable sized tender for off boat activities. With cruise speed approaching 30kts, isolated destinations suddenly become very accessible. 

Designed by Scott Robson, the MonteFino R 60 Cabriolet is a new model from KhaShing Enterprises in Taiwan. Standard power will be a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 950.

The standard layout has three cabins with a full-width owners stateroom complete with his and hers sinks and a large shower. A double cabin forward has an ensuite, plus there is another twin cabin also with its own bathroom.  The saloon has the galley aft with a lift up window and fold away multiplane glass doors to create a flow through to the cockpit. The cockpit has a settee and a dining table for outside dining and entertaining. There is seating forward in the saloon with a dinette on port and another sofa to starboard.

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