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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New off the drawing board is the 4.2m Raptor design. Designed specifically to suit aluminium construction, this is a planing hull with an expansive self-draining fishing deck. Set up with an offset steering console incorporated into the Starboard hull this will be a comfortable fishing or day boat. Commissioned for a client with a preference for aluminium as a build medium it will be interesting to see this project being built as compared with composite. The recommended engine size is 30hp with estimated cruise speeds of 25 knots and a top of 30 knots. The design is based on the successful Ripple range with customisation to suit alloy. 

Other models will be added to this range in the future.

The Raptor can be supplied as a laser-cut kit which includes folded hull sections. The folded aft hull sections are supplied ready to install and are cut with some of the forward hull panels as part of this section. This build system reduces the amount of build time and welding required. 

We have a builder to supply this model fully built to various requirements including a trailer. Please contact us if you would like some pricing on these options.

We will post updates of the first Raptor as it progresses. For any enquiries please contact us.

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Monday, 15 September 2014


The Wilson project is heading to completion now, it has been painted and the fittings are coming on. They have chosen the center console configuration for this design with the fishing deck surrounding and forward of this. There is also the option of the targa and hardtop option which would cover the helm and either side. Wes had fitted two 13 gallon tanks and this boat will be powered by a 30hp Nissan outboard engine.
 

' It's a good size at 14ft overall, plenty large for my boys and I
to do some river and bay fishing.'

If you want to see the Wilson project and how its progressing, like their facebook page

 

 

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

 

We have been sent some progress photos of the Spirited 230 project in Brisbane which is close to finsihed. Externally the boat is painted with stripes etc and ready to go, Internally some finishing work is still needed but we will keep you informed when this boat is launched which shouldn't be far off!

The owners have fitted twin 50hp Mercury outboards for a comfortable cruise speed and fuel economy.

This boat was built from a Duflex balsa kit, for anyone interested in this design or kit please follow this link

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

 

This design is being released in a new economical digital format. The soft copy package includes the building 
plans and the use of the CNC cutting files. The building plans also include all boat parts dimensioned for the
builder to develop themselves if wanting to avoid CNC cutting fees.

The cost for this package is AUD$645. See it at our eShop.

Micro cruising is an economical way of going cruising without the price tag!

 
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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

   

Another exciting Spirited project on the go is an 18m carbon fibre racing rotating wing mast and custom composite boom.

The client’s brief was for a racing rig design to push the envelope in performance and efficiency. The rotating aspect of this design improves aerodynamics and wind flow onto the main sail.

The mast will be resin-infused and most fittings will be composite and integral. The rigging will be PBO fibre and have  ‘soft’ connection points to the mast.

The boom is custom designed with a stylish curved underside to compliment the lines of the cabin top. It is also designed to incorporate a ‘stack-pack’ style sail bag which provides a large entry top so  that the sail can be easily flaked as it’s dropped. Yancy Smith from Doyle Sails will be making a full wardrobe of racing sails for this boat which will include a high aspect main with a square-top. Yancy knows this design very well since he has made the sails for almost every Spirited 380 launched. This client plans to race this boat competitively and we look  forward to seeing the results.

 

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Friday, 06 June 2014


Jump on and go! This boat was launched last year but has only done 4 hours on-water work. This was purely sea trials on Lake Macquarie at time of launch. This boat is now listed for sale with Australian Boat Brokers at Marmong Point marina on Lake Macquarie. As can be seen from the photos the boat is well appointed, on a trailer and ready for action. This boat was the first Spirited 230 to be started and is fitted with twin BF40hp Yamaha 4 stroke engines which deliver respectable speeds and performance. Reported speeds were a top speed of just over 20 knots and a comfortable cruise of 18 knots. This is in line with the original brief for this design which was for an economical light weight cruiser. For anyone interested in this boat please contact Australian Boat Brokers directly: mark@australianboatbrokers.com.au, however if anyone would like more information about this boat that we can help with please feel free to contact us also.

More information on this design, please click here.

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Friday, 30 May 2014


A RaceLine kit is available and ready to dispatch from ATL in QLD. Contact us for more information.

 

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Sunday, 27 April 2014


The owners of this Spirited 230 project have been building in a very small shed so have been keen to see their boat outside to get a good view of it. The unconventional way the boat was moved out of the shed was very interesting - we never seem to have a good excavator around when we need one! The workmanship appears to be first class with very little bog used which is always a good sign. The clients will be using this boat as a personal ferry across Moreton Bay to Moreton Island so have customised the interior to provide an open plan layout suited passengers and various loads. Another addition were the two hull portlights into the forward cabin for extra light and ventilation. We will keep you informed as this project progresses. 

   

For information on this design, please view our designs page.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

 

 

The 3.6m Ripple project mentioned previously has now been completed. The owners from Mackay Qld, happened to be on a road trip and collected the boat just after Easter. The load looked a little oversized but was secure once strapped on. This design was modified to include an extra 200mm of beam. The proportions look good offering more space internally. The bridgedeck is widened but still practical for rowing when seated with legs each side. The fit-out included lifting fittings and rubber fender strip. This wider design is available on request, for more information on our tender range, click here

  

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Monday, 31 March 2014

 

Steve Middendorf launched his Spirited 230 on the 13th of March near Gosford NSW. This beautiful example of this design has been built from the Duflex balsa kit. The project took just over two years built in a little shed in a leafy suburb called Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast North of Sydney. Steve's attention to detail should be commended with careful thought given to every task. Only the best quality of equipment was chosen throughout, the boat is fitted with toughened glass windows, flexible solar panels, custom built top loading fridge and weather screens around the cockpit to name a few. A nice feature on this boat is composite bow and stern rails which are built into the deck and painted to match the boat. This boat is fitted with twin 70hp four stroke outboard engines and delivers a top speed of almost 32 knots. These engines have an extra long leg keeping the powerhead further away from the water and spray. 

Last year Frank Mitchell's Spirited 230 was launched with twin 40hp four stroke engines and the performance was respectable with a cruise speed of 20 knots and a top of around 25 knots. The engines at the time were not run in so these figures will likely increase when the engines are run in. 

We will keep everyone informed of 'Sea Dog's' adventures as Steve is planning to do some extended cruising trips aboard her.

The Spirited 230 design can be supplied as a Duflex balsa or foam kit. There is also a DIY plans option for anyone with this preference.

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