Chris Beattie, editor of Club Marine Magazine, is at Maritimo Racing HQ on the Gold Coast. After an exclusive tour of the facilities, he speaks with Tom Barry-Cotter, winner of the 2019 UIM XCAT Powerboat Championship and as a bonus, takes his own turn in the driver's seat.
World exclusive - we drive Maritimo's 200km/h world-championship-winning XCAT and tour the team's Gold Coast headquarters. Ever wondered what it’s like to drive a high-speed XCAT racing powerboat? We certainly did, so when an exclusive opportunity to spend two days with Maritimo’s 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship-winning race team was offered to Club Marine Magazine’s Chris Beattie, he was there in a flash. Full video and magazine feature coming soon!
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John Willis is onboard the first-ever Riviera 505 SUV off the production line. The SUV concept combines the hull of Riviera's true-blue flybridge cruiser and the one-level layout of a sport yacht. Every square millimetre of the 505 is optimised for cruising in cooler or tropical climates. John says the Riviera SUV has beautiful finishes with a general feeling of space, comfort, and luxury. Power comes from 1450HP Volvo-Penta engines. Cruise speed is 28 knots and top-speed is 33 knots.
John Willis is testing out the new Formosa 580 SRT Vision Cab at South West Rocks, New South Wales. This model features the extra high cabin, ideal for big blokes like John. It's a voluptuous boat with good internal beam, full-length bunks, wide shoulders and generous internal freeboard. The 580 is powered by a gutsy and quiet four-stroke 175HP Suzuki featuring troll mode and Humminbird Helix 12.
John Willis is on board the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1095. John says it's the ultimate weekender for family boating or fishing. The layout has an alfresco feel and appointments include stand-up shower, U-shaped lounge, and walkaround for easy docking. John is a big fan of the twin Mercury 300HP V8 outboard motors fed by twin 400L fuel tanks offering a range of 160 nautical miles.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie is on a trailer trip to South West Rocks. He's towing a Formosa plate boat behind a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Power comes from a V6, 3L turbo-diesel engine packing 570Nm of torque. Luxury appointments include a leather steering wheel and seats and a nine-speaker stereo system.
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