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When the "Australis 40' Compact" was originally conceived, and we surveyed past and potential new owners of a boat at that size i.e. 35' to 40', the most common requirement (and what was perceived to be lacking in other craft) was sufficient bunks for family plus their friends or children's friends to be able to have a weekend (or more) where everyone had a bunk without roughing it on the saloon floor.
This resulted in what is Family Cruiser Plan 40-1. We have sleeping for 8 as standard and 9 with optional convertible saloon lounge, but keeping in mind that the boat concept also allowed for easy handling by a husband and wife team. Recognising the fine features of the Australis design, we were then approached by some of the many husband and wife teams who wanted the comfort and privacy of a separate forward stateroom with a queensize island bed, plus midship guest cabin, separate shower/toilet facilities - again privacy combined with a general feeling of comfort and luxury.
To make this work it was back to the Auto Cad computer to design the desired layout and also keep the much admired cockpit layout and flybridge of the Australis. The result is Plan 40-1Awhich is based on our 1200 Euro Flybridge design without the corresponding price tag. Another reason for the 40 footer is to carry more equipment in the machinery space of extended trips.
New cruiser buyers with better boats, equipment and navigational gear seem to be more adventurous with new marinas and quality services to greet your arrival on those extended trips. Even in Western Australia where new world class marinas are built and more a re planned, it is quite feasible to plan cruising holidays, just as they do on the east coast of Australia and many other parts of the world.

For this purpose the Australia 40' machinery space is designed to accommodate 1.500 litres fuel (1,000 litres std) gensets, air-conditioning and 450 litres of water.A complete Australis 40 is available with alternative single or twin engine selections, from gasoline Multi Point fuel injected Mercruisers or Volvo's inboards to the more expensive and popular Cummins Caterpillar and Volvo Marine Diesels.
For more available information, contact your nearest dealer or contact us at Leeder Cruisers.