Australia’s Clipper Motor Yachts will be taking a major step forward at the 2018 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) in May with the launch of its European-styled series of long-range cruisers.

Work on the new range has been underway for many months and has included intensive research, focus groups, one-on-one interviews with current and prospective owners, and design workshops held in Australia, Asia and the US.

Clipper managing director, Brett Thurley, said: “The company was entering an exciting new era in its growth and development. We will always keep the core elements inherent in the Clipper DNA, such as walk-around decks, semi-displacement keel protected hull design, shaft drive diesel technology, long-range economical cruising capacity, and exemplary seakeeping ability. However, we have given the range a massive step change in styling and aesthetic direction for the future.

"This has been done at a visual, engineering and design level so the new generation of Clipper Motor Yachts, encompassing both flybridge, sedan bridge and sedan vessels, will be cutting-edge contemporary compared with the Clippers of the past. Our heritage is in traditional, solid, trawler-style long-range cruisers and we have now modernised and taken that style of vessel to a completely new level of design and finish."

Thurley indicated that after a painstaking review, the company's strategy to evolve a completely new range came to a head when Clipper met and commissioned Patrizio Facheris Yacht and Product Design Studio based in Florida, USA. Facheris has more than 30 years’ industry experience and is renowned for its design work on vessels ranging from tenders to state-of-the-art superyachts. It is hoped he will be in attendance at SCIBS to be part of the world launch.

Thurley pointed out that SCIBS, in its 30th edition, would see the world premieres of the Hudson Bay 540 Sedan, 470 Sedan and 390. The HB 540 is valued at A$1.6m, the HB 470 at A$1.2m and the HB 390 at A$600,000. “We will have a total of 10 boats in our display, which will be in front of George's Seafood Restaurant," he added. "The fact that it is the 30 anniversary of the show, and we have the world premieres of several of our new vessels, makes it a very exciting time for us.”

Thurley said the company would also be displaying six Cobalt models, including the Cobalt A28, the Cobalt R30 and Cobalt CS 23 which will be having their world premieres.

He said the new generation of motoryachts had already proven a success with an HB 540, HB 540 S and an HB 390 already having been sold. The first of those vessels will arrive in Australia in March or April.

Thurley said there are currently 12 of the new design vessels in build. All Clipper models are built at a shipyard in Ningbo, China.