Feb 8, 2018

Monaro 235S The father and son Dan and Brad Parker with their new Monaro 235 Sport fishing boat

Monaro Marine Ltd. of Richmond, BC, designs and builds its own unique brand of semi-custom 21' to 30' fibreglass powerboats.

To keep up with the trends in the small boat market, the Monaro 235 Sport has been created as an adaptation from the company’s current models. Today's boaters are looking for a low maintenance fuel efficient boat with the comfort and seaworthiness for open water use. This model has been created mainly for day use fishing or commuting, but will have the amenities for limited extended use. Standard power is a Yamaha 250, with the option for other horsepower and brands. Because of the fuel-efficient Monaro hull design only a single engine is required. This provides savings on fuel consumption, motor maintenance, overall weight and upfront cost to power the boat.

The hull shape is based on the Monaro 24 hull, a proven performer. The hull has been shortened by 1-1/2" and stern area cut down to form the swim grid. The keel aft has also been modified. Topside, the deck and cabin have been completely updated and reshaped, however, the boat is still recognizable as a Monaro.

The motor mounts directly on the transom, unlike Monaro’s other models where the motor is mounted to a pod. This makes the overall length close to the 21' outboard model but with performance more similar to the 24' model.

Above deck level, considerable changes have been made. Firstly, the windshield base has been raised 3" and pushed forward 2". This change maximizes space in the cockpit but still leaves 6'3" length in the berth. Secondly, the all-new swim grid is now integrated into the deck and comes with transom door as standard for easy access to the swim grid. Finally, the walkaround deck has been maintained from other models and the bow rail has been extended further aft for added safety.

On the interior, you will now find it almost exclusively finished in gelcoatedfibreglass. This increases longevity of surfaces and reduces maintenance. The floor has been raised to provide the self-bailing feature. For the convenience of reaching the driver and navigator seats the main floor has been extended as far forward as possible. Fibreglass boarding steps are now integrated into the cabinetry for accessing the side decks and double as a footrest. Cabinets are also now fibreglass and integrated into the floor mold. These cabinets have been designed to add an optional sink and 12V fridge. Under the floor aft is a very sizable fish hold. For better balance the large gas tank is located forward of the fish hold with overboard pumpout. In addition, a second fish hold/storage is located under the starboard seating that drains overboard.

The new hard top has also been noticeably reshaped for improved looks and better weather resistance. It is now wider and much longer than its predecessor. The headliner is a molded fibreglass panel with drip edge all around the perimeter to help keep the water out. For those interested in adding radar a pad has been incorporated into the design with a raceway for cables. As a result of the raised floor and to increase headroom, the windshield has also been raised. The access door to the v-berth has been raised 9" and headroom in the berth area has also been increased.

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Gulf Island Marine ParkStory and photos by Catherine Dook

One summer I sold ice cream and knick-knacks at Montague Harbour Marina. I was standing behind the counter one day, when the phone rang. “There’s a boat at anchor in the middle of the bay that’s been playing loud music for three hours,” complained an irate-sounding male voice. “Can you make them stop?”

“Um, no,” I replied. “The marina has no jurisdiction over the anchorage. Besides, my only weapon is a till.” The man hung up on me.

Now when you think about it, you can understand why the poor fellow was annoyed.

Read more about the Gulf Island Marine Park.....

 

 

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Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42By John Armstrong and Andy Adams 

The latest new model from Cruisers Yacht sis the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the fall of 2017, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. We had the pleasure of going all through this newest Cantius there and clearly, the Cruisers Yachts people continue to refine and expand on all the features that have made the Cantius line such a success.

The new 42 continues the Cantius family resemblance with handsome and distinctive lines including a big section of hull side glazing port and starboard that makes the full-beam mid-ship master stateroom feel very bright and open.

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