by Steve Lague

The latest offering from Marlow, the Marlow 53E, will make its Australian premier at the Gold Coast International Boat Show and Marine Expo next month.

The long-range cruising pilot-house made its international debut the Miami International Boat Show in February, has been designed to compete directly against brands such as Grand Banks and Flemming.

The boat that will be on display at the Expo, which will be held over three days from March 17-19 in the Gold Coast Marine Precinct — the heart of Australia’s recreational boating industry, is powered by twin Cummins 715hp QSM11 diesel engines and will have a cruising speed of 26 knots.

It also has been fitted with bigger fuel tanks for extended range, twin generators, Seakeeper gyro to ensure it remains stable at rest in all conditions and a twin disc joystick docking system for 360 degree docking and control at both helms.

Finished in Oyster white gelcoat it will feature a three-cabin design with King Size Master Stateroom amidships and utility room that can be used for laundry and additional refrigeration. The owner’s suite features a king size bed and has its own ensuite bathroom and walk in robe. The Queen sized VIP cabin is located at the bow with ensuite or shared bathroom for the third cabin.

The saloon boasts a 42-inch flat screen TV, large L- shaped leather sofa and two comfortable tub chairs.

The flybridge has a fibreglass hardtop and second helm, to compliment the lower helm, providing the skipper with two very different options for long cruising days aboard. Chilled water air conditioning has been added for Australia’s humid summers and all appliances are Miele. The galley features a double door full height refrigerator and dinette adjacent to the lower helm.

This Marlow for the Australian market also is designed with an oversized cockpit that is fully covered by the flybridge overhang. For ease of getting in and out of the water a hydraulic swim platform has also been fitted.

Pacific Motor Yacht’s Managing Director, Brett Thurley, described the Marlow 53E as a seriously big long range cruiser that featured some ground breaking technology.

“The Marlow 53E is an economical, pilothouse trawler style cruiser that we think will have great appeal to Australian boaties because it is rugged enough for our conditions, but has levels of comfort and fit out at the forefront of boat manufacturing internationally,” Mr Thurley said.

He described the latest offering from Marlow as the perfect size for a cruising family or couple to be able to explore the entire coastline of Australia and beyond yet be handled by two people without the need for captain or crew.