by Steve Lague

Clipper Motor Yachts is expanding its Hudson Bay model range. The first of the new designs will be a 54-foot semi-displacement cruiser – the biggest sedan ever built by the Gold Coast based manufacturer. The first 54 has already been sold and is being built at its purpose-built factory in China.

New Hudson Bay 35 and 39 models, with single and double cabin options, will also be released next year. They will make their world premiere at the Gold Coast Boat Show next May.

Three more models, the 50, 54 and 64-foot, will be the next added to the range. The 64 is the first one due to land in Australia in late 2017. There is also a new Hudson Bay 47 currently in-build.

Clipper Motor Yacht’s Managing Director, Brett Thurley, said the new Hudson Bay sedan cruisers would complement the existing Clipper Motor Yachts range. He said they would give customers a choice between flybridge, pilothouse and sedan semi-displacement vessels.

“The changes we have made have been from below the waterline right through the whole tooling, design, performance and styling gamut,” Mr Thurley said.

“The real difference will be felt with the volume we have achieved in this range throughout the living and entertaining spaces and the engine rooms. There is a great deal of livable space and you will feel that the moment you step onboard.”

Mr Thurley said the new generation of models had evolved after an extensive search of European and Asian boat builders for new product. He said this was followed by extensive sea trials in France and Croatia to assess seaworthiness and hull attributes and months of intensive interior design and layout plans.

“We spent a lot of time and effort reviewing every aspect of the original Hudson Bay Lobster Boat style of cruisers,” Mr Thurley said. “While they are very good boats we have received client feedback that there is demand for a larger volume range of sedan cruiser. We also were pushed to go larger in overall size hence the 54 and 64 models.”

The new hull designs have embraced some ‘must have’ features and added some industry firsts that will be a significant point of difference for owners.

Full beam master suites, large covered cockpits and hinged rear saloon windows are some of the must have features. The hinged windows opened up the saloon, galley, lounge and cockpit areas into one big, useable, entertaining space.

The new models will also have full height refrigerators and pull out galley pantries.

Mr Hurley said all boats would be built in China with quality control managed by Clipper representatives. He said custom hull painting for the 50, 54 and 64 would be done at the Gold Coast City Marina.

“The new look will feature cutting-edge contemporary interiors with two choices of horizontal wood grain finishes (walnut or light ash) and interior fit outs in European styling and cabinetry giving a bright and open feel to the vessels,” he said.hudson bay-5

hudson-bay-2HUDSON BAY 54
The first Hudson Bay 54 will be powered by twin 550hp Cummins diesel engines. It also will have an Onan 17.5 kva genset will keep everything running at anchor. Any boat in the Hudson Bay range using the same combination will be covered by a three year warranty program, 360 Protect. 360 Protect is a bow to stern warranty package that includes all scheduled servicing and maintenance on engines and genset. With the Cummins engines the 54 will have a top speed of 21 knots. It will cruise comfortably at 17 knots.

It features a six-star resort style full beam master suite with king size bed and half height bed head. The ensuite is an open plan layout featuring double vanities, enclosed shower and toilet.

The second cabin has a queen size bed set against the port sidewall to create a three-quarter walk around berth. The third cabin has two bunks for kids or other visitors.

“This layout really gives you the cabins to comfortably take another couple with kids cruising in comfort,” Mr Thurley.

He said the steps from the saloon down to the sleeping accommodation were wide and straight with a landing instead of the steep spiral steps that are typical on other motor yachts. He said this was done in response to customer feedback.

In the galley of the Hudson Bay 54 you will find a full size refrigerator and a full height pantry. It is equipped with a dishwasher, ice maker, double sink and four burner cooktop. There also is plenty of bench space for meal preparation. The galley opens up to the cockpit for a seamless transition from the saloon into the cockpit. The addition of the hinged rear window creates an entertaining space almost six metres long.

Pricing for the 54 starts at $1.49 million.