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Powercat 2500

Sports Fisherman


For people vsrho Powereat's 2500 Sports Fisherman model' represents a mighty interesting change of direction for the multi award winning Bribie Island based boat builder. Powercat Has long built great boats you could fish from, but their set up generally leaned more towards cruising and social boating than wetting the proverbial line.


The 2500 Sports Fisherman though goes the other way."It's pretty much a no holds barred offshore sport fisher - which could be used for cruising any family Social boating. Powercat have done a pretty darn good job of it too: good enough to take out an invariably hard fought "Fishing Trailerable over 6 Metres" category at the 2007 AMIF Boat of the Year Awards.


As for trailerable, well no, you're not going to trailer or launch this boat with a compact sedan. Its trailering weight comes in around 3 tonnes so you're talking larger 4WD's; Cruis- ers Patrols etc; or light trucks such as the FlOO's and F250's so popular with tradesman these days. With one of those available to tow the thing however, basically the entity length of the Qld coastline is available in a way it's never been accessible before. You see the 2500 Spirts Fisherman is based on a hull. I first tested back in 2005 as the "2600 Sprts".


My thoughts at the time went something like "wow; here's a trailerable boat with levels of comfort and safety offshore and in remote areas normally only found in much bigger boats - big enough to have to be moored!" And need I remind anyone about the hassle and expense involved in moored boats; not the least of which being the logistics of moving them any distance - and of course the ex- pense of moorings, slipping etc? Since that 200S test I've since spent quite a lot of time in various renditions of this hull and each time been impressed all over again by its outstanding rough' water perform- ance both on that evil crap we call wind chop iri Moreton Bay, and on the open sea. There's nothing bet- ter across rotigh water than a good power catamaran and my time in the hull Powercat ufe fof their new 2500 Sports Fisherrhan model has proven it to be simply one of the best I've ever ridden in.


It's a massive beast of a trailer boat with towering (confidence inspiring) sides and enough weight to keep it Op. the water. Where a steep deadrise and the cushioning effects of its tun- nel can work properly - instead of bouncing and banging about. Typical of power catamarans too; it responds well to a little aggression at the helm and delivers point to point. Not perhaps a boat for first time, boat buyers; but if you've.been around boats awhile I suspect going out with Steve or Brendan Shaw from Power- cat will soon have you handling the boat-confidently Chances are they'll expand your horizons some by show- ing you just what their Powercats are capable of.


Don't be afraid of putting the boat back on tyhe trailer either.Powercat supply their own own (Unique)trailers and every one I've tested, Steve's in

sisted I drive it on at die end. A test of the tester I suspect; but nonethe- less, with two motors to maneuver and the binnacle control Fowercat's preferred Suzuki putboards supply for twin installations, it's never been anything but easy. As for the all njew interior the 2500 Sports Fisherman brings to a thor- oughly proven hull; well that's the really- interesting part. The original: 2600 Sports model features oile of the most thoroughly thought out and well executed concepts in boat- ing which Powercat call a "central living station." It's basically a huge central console incorporating helm, seating across the forward side and a sink, stove, refrigeration, stowage, worktop, and a pantry all built in behind that.

The "Sports Fisherman" derivation, instead of that comes configured with back to back bucket seats each side of a truly enormous cock- pit. Forward facing seats ingeniously fold away to become padded bolsters you can lean against on rough water - all in all I'd rate the 2500 Sports Fisherman's seating one of the best arrangements for offshore travel I've ever seen! Set below a deck held plenty high enough above the water line to self drain securely are a pair of 220 li- tre fish wells long enough to con- tain economy size pelagics, and wide enough to exceed bag limits. The deck itself has a 20mm camber draining into a channel along each side to the freeing ports.


The entire cockpit is a continuous moulding which makes it great to clean up after messy fishing business due to there being nowhere to trap smelly gunk. In each corner of the aft bulkhead, there's a livewell with a work surface lid. Alternately, stainless steel work- stations/baitboards whatever you prefer to call them, can be mounted above the livewells as an option. Powercat have extended a wide Walkthrough aft between the motors which allows you to actually go past them. This largely, if not completely, minimises any issues with reach- ing over the motors. I should point out here that this is an issue with ail twin outboard powered boats- And Powercat have done a better job than most, of addressing it. Other options include the hardtop (a stainless targa arch comes stand- ard) with convenient grab bars un- derneath. An electric anchor winch is another, as is the electric toilet with 45 Mjtre holding tank (a chemi- cal toilet comes standard.) The fuel tanks too are upgraded to 250 litres (a side) frorn standard 200 litre tanks.

by Warren Steptoe


Published: September 2007 | Fish & Boat


Queen of the Seas

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Less well known than the famous Stellas and Twisters perhaps, but the Super Sovereign 35 came from the same drawing board and shares a similar pedigree. A traditional early 1970s cruiser, she was designed and built to take her owners and crew across oceans in safety and relative comfort, but has the design kept the faith? Duncan Kent sailed a well-maintained model in the West Country to find out.



In the 1960s. Kim Holman & Don Pye joined forces to produce some of the most seaworthy and innovative sailing craft of the period. In the early days, small cruisers like the clinker-built Stella were made entirely from timber, but during the transition to GRP in the late 60s, boats were often produced as GRP hulls with wooden superstructures, and for that reason were known as 'composite' builds. Eventually, almost all boats were built entirely from GRP and, since designers were unsure of the strength and durability of the new material, they were made using incredibly thick layups just to be safe. These older boats have survived for 30-40 years, often without ever falling prey to the dreaded osmosis, and look like continuing to do so for a good few more providing their owners look after them properly. The Super Sovereign was available either as a sloop or ketchrigged cutter, but only 19 of the latter were made. She was moulded by Seaglass Ltd and usually fitted out by Uphams in Brixham - a yard that was also slowly evolving from its days of building wooden boats to order. Early models had a wooden coachroof, but that soon changed to all GRP. Her hull is thoroughly reinforced with moulded stringers and frames, with bulkheads and much of the basic furniture bonded to the hull itself.

The hull/deck join is through-bolted and bonded over to ensure watertightness and overall strength. She has a long keel, slightly cut away at the forefoot to improve manoeuvrability, and her considerable lead ballast is encapsulated by the hull moulding, so there's no messy iron keel to clean and scrape. It also eliminates the expense of checking the kcclbolts and seal regularly. Her rudder pivots on the trailing edge of the keel, enclosing the propeller and offering some protection from floating debris and lines.

Ketch rigs are usually easier to handle due ro their smaller sail sizes and the mizzen can be used with a staysail or stormsail on the inner forestay to balance her out and keep her tramping along to windward in storm conditions if necessary. In lighter winds the addition of a mizzen staysail and a No.l genoa gives her a generous total of 64.3m2 (692ft/2) of upwind sail. With her sweeping lines and proud overhangs, I'm sure you'll agree that she's a beautiful yacht with a powerful 'row away' factor to make owners of modern boats peek out over their companionways with envy.


WHAT'S SHE LIKE BELOW DECKS?

Like all yachts of this era she doesn't have a particularly wide beam and her ends arc rather more pointed than more modern designs. Some prefer this shape, because it often means the boat handles rather more predictably when sailing hard, but in return you pay a penalty by not having so much space below. The Sovereign was a semi custom boat fitted out to suit the owner - within the limitations set by the structural bulkheads, that is - so rarely are two boats precisely the same.

That said, the sleeping arrangements varied only according 10 whether you wanted a quarter berth or a deep cockpit locker. Huge after cabins were impassible with a pinched, overhanging stern as neither the height nor the width would support it. As you step down over her chunky companionway steps and engine box you arrive between the galley to port and navigation station to starboard. Headroom is good at 1.88m (6ft 2in) and the lavish teak woodwork takes you back to when boats had solid timber soles, doors and lockers. Unusually, Queen Bee wasn't fitted out by Uphams as most were, but by a company called ECG Grandsen of Kent. Whoever they were they made a pretty good job of her and she still looks good today. She doesn't have a quarterberth, which was usually created behind a forward-facing chart table. Instead her chart table faces aft and the space is dedicated to cockpit stowage instead. Nevertheless QB's nav area is a reasonable size with a large chart table containing deep chart stowage, an adjacent bookshelf for pilot books etc, nearby locker space and plenty of room for mounting instruments. Peter - a self-confcssed gadget man' - even has a laptop for charting and boat maintenance, plus a host of electronics including chart plotter, radar and navtex. An AIS black box is apparently coming soon, to be linked to the laptop. The galley is a good working size with plenty ol stowage in drawers and lockers all round the work space. The cooker is full size with an oven that gimbals enough each way to use when well heeled - something many modern boats fall down on. It has a single sink and an insulated cool box, but the previous owner also installed a compressor- driven fridge beneath the nav seat.

A 75mm (3in) step down and two quite tall half bulkheads separate the gallcy/nav areas from the saloon. The tall bulkheads, though giving privacy and protection, tend to darken the saloon a little and isolate the cook. However, large portlights in the coach roof let enough natural light in to keep it cheery. The port settee is dead straight and measures 1.9m L x 0.6m W (6ft 3in x 2ft). With the lee cloth up it makes an ideal sea berth. The same can be done to starboard, but ah hough the settee is straight, it has a short return forward, which allows it to make a 1.9m 1. x 1.0m W (6ft 3in x 3ft 3in) 'double' berth in port. Behind both settees are several large, deep lockers and a well fiddled bookshelf. Before the modern trend of 'maximising' internal volume, boat builders put more emphasis on stowage than they did space. This tended to make the cabin a little cosy', but ample stowage is invaluable when cruising for long periods.


The solid wood dining table has two fold down leaves and is offset to starboard, leaving clear access forward. It's also well fiddled for eating under way. There are plenty of solid wood handrails along the base of the portlights, so moving around at sea is safe and easy. While there are a few air vents, including two cowl/dorade types, none of the saloon portlights open, only a small hatch just behind the mast: a sensible move when crossing oceans, but she'll be hot down below in warmer climes! Forward of the saloon to port is the head, which is a reasonable size and has 1.8m (5ft 11 in) headroom. It's obviously not GRP-lined like a new boat would be, but Peter intends to install a shower with a teak grating, though he'll need to line it with plastic/Formica to stop the water penetrating the wood first. The throne' - a smart, genuine Baby Blake original - has been completely refurbished by Peter himself with advice and spare parts still readily available it seems. It also has a fixed sink, although

floor space is limited. Ventilation is through the only opening port on the boat, and via a weatherproof vent above. Opposite the head is a full depth hanging locker for clothes/oilies and further drawers beside it for more clothes.


Published: Sailing Today Magazine | August 2008


PARKER 21

Neat launching, good performance and a sensible interior make this trailer-sailer a prime candidate for club racing or family weekending


Light Weight

With a 10-hp restriction on his lake, Ray Stockwell realized a 1954 FeatherCraft was the only boat he could get up on plane.


classic boat Boating World by Lee Wangstand

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New boats


Edited by David Harding

(prices include vat)


Bavaria 30

NEW BUDGET CRUISER

Price: UK pound: 39,774
(excl. delivery and commissioning)

Bavaria continue to introduce boats at
almost unbelievably low prices. The new baby of the range sells for at least
5,000 less than boats of similar size
that are themselves considered to be at the budget end of the market.
A voluminous little ship with a
conventional accommodation plan, she continues Bavaria's recent move
towards lighter and brighter interiors.
Below the waterline, the standard keel gives a draught of 1.85m (6ft
1 in). There's also a shallow fin (1,4m/4ft 6in), but the ballast ratio of 24% explains the conservative sail plan and suggests that form stability will
play a major role.
Another new model is the 39, which replaces the 38 and sells for just
under 74,000.


-Builder: Bavaria Yachts, Germany
-UK distributor: Opal Marine, Camper & Nicholson's Marina,
Gosport, Hampshire P012 1 AH. Tel: 02392 583242. Fax: 02392
581028.
Email: info@opalmarine.com
Website: www.opalmarine.com


Aquila 27

SEMI-DISPLACEMENT MOTOR CRUISER


Price: from UK pound:110,787

The British tradition of
producing handsome, semidisplacement motor yachts with a hint of gentleman's launch in ther lines continues in the Aquila 27.
Designed by Andrew Wolstenholme, she's powered by shaft-driving diesels from 40hp to 230hp. The 200hp
Yanmar in the boat I tested with
the South-Coast dealer, Latham's
Boatyard in Poole, took her up to
about 21 knots.
She's not cheap, but would
make a stylish weekend cruiser
for a couple.


-Builder: Maritek Craft,Thames Ditton
-Distributor: Imperial Motor
Yachts Ltd, Harefield House,
Harbridge Court, Somerley,
Hampshire BH24 3QG. Tel:
01202 826800. Fax: 01202
828900.

Email: sales@imperial-motoryachts.com Website:
www.imperial-motoryachts.com


Published: Practical Boat Owner 460 | April 2005 | www.pbo.co.uk