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.
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
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
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.