Cruise Craft releases R Series bow riders

FOLLOWING a five-year hiatus, Cruise Craft has re-entered the bow rider market with the launch of the stylish Cruise Craft R Series, comprising two new Aussie-built bow rider models.

The Cruise Craft R55 and R6 breathe revitalised life into the Australian family boating market. As one of Australia’s premier and longest-established boat manufacturers, Cruise Craft enjoys an exceptional reputation for quality of design and construction.

The addition of the Cruise Craft R Series bow riders rounds out a comprehensive model range on offer from the multi-award winning boat builder.

When the Australian dollar was high, the Australian market was flooded with bow rider imports, literally arriving by the boatload from the US. As the global financial markets have settled, the US imports have slowed to a trickle.

But, demand for bow riders continues unabated in Australia. Cruise Craft’s Nathan Nichols said, “We decided the time was right to re-enter the Australian market with our Australian designed and Brisbane built CruiseCraft R Series. Cruise Craft has a very long and proud history with bow riders.

“It is a market segment which we are very familiar with. Over the journey we have manufactured many thousands of bow rider boats.”

In classic Cruise Craft pedigree, the Cruise Craft R Series bow riders are stylish and superbly appointed with quality equipment from stem to stern. The Cruise Craft R55 is a design that boasts clean, flowing lines all the way along the 5.67m hull length. A generous beam of 2.37m ensures the hull is capable of carrying a family plus friends, while the excellent beam across the chines delivers unsurpassed stability.

On board, the Cruise Craft R55 is comfort personified. The helm and front passenger bucket seats are very well padded. Across the rear of the cockpit is a broad, wrap-around lounge capable of seating four. In the bow rider section itself, the luxury continues with matching upholstery.

The Cruise Craft R6 has everything the R55 offers, but on a larger scale. The hull measures 6.09m long with a beam of 2.45m. With a slightly wider beam, the rear lounge is a ‘cocktail’ design. Both models are outboard powered and matched with selected Yamaha engines – the R55 rated to 175hp and the R6 capable of carrying 225hp on the transom.

“Despite taking a relatively short break from the bow rider market, customer expectations have progressed significantly,” Nathan said.

“We have taken careful stock of customer needs and these are exceeded with our new offerings.

“Our R Series bow riders have the design capability and on-board appointments to perform as wake boats while also being exceptional family all-rounders for family cruising, fishing and skiing.”

Like every other Cruise Craft model, the Cruise Craft R Series boats are constructed utilising an advanced 3C complete composite construction method that ensures all hulls are now 100-percent timber free. The Cruise Craft 3C composite build process focuses upon two key areas of the hull: the transom and sub-floor system. All Cruise Craft models now have a full-composite, rot-free transom.

This is manufactured by laying up panels to create a thick sheet of composite material to suit each specific Cruise Craft model. With zero timber in the construction, the opportunity for timber rot has been completely eliminated.

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