New boat launches, a new sales centre for an added brand, the commissioning of a new Italian designer for future models, and several boat deliveries are all on the agenda for Brett Thurley and his three Queensland-based companies in 2017. This is set to make it his busiest year in the industry yet.

Thurley is a key player in the Australian, and particularly Queensland, boating markets in his roles as managing director of Clipper Motor Yachts (CMY), Pacific Motor Yachts (PMY) and Cobalt of Australia.

CMY markets three yacht brands – the Hudson Bay, Cordova and Explorer ranges – and also offers pre-owned brokerage and marina berth sales. PMY and Cobalt distribute Marlow Motor Yachts and Cobalt boats, respectively, in Australia.

“The coming 12 months will be our biggest and most exciting ever,” says Thurley. To enhance CMY models in the future, he has commissioned US-based Italian designer and stylist Patrizio Facheris to work with the CMY team on all new Clipper and Hudson Bay models.

Facheris Yacht and Product Design Studio is based in Florida and has been at the forefront of design excellence in the international marine industry for more than 20 years. Patrizio has been working with the CMY team to design the interiors of all new Hudson Bay models. Over the past 20 years, Facheris has worked with companies such as Donzi Marine, Cruiser Yachts, Yamaha, Monterey and others.

In addition to its traditional semi-displacement, flybridge cruisers, CMY will expand its range of ‘lobster boat’-style Hudson Bay sedan vessels in 2017 to include Hudson Bay 350, 390, 470, 500, 540 and 640 models.

In respect of PMY’s Marlow yacht brand, the 18.2m (59ft) Marlow 53 recently arrived in Australia and will be displayed at major boat shows in Australia this year.

“This is an A$3m-plus vessel and will be ideally suited to cruising the Australian coastline and beyond,” says Thurley. “The Marlow 53 is in the same vein as Fleming or a Grand Banks and our first one will feature three luxury cabins, including a full-beam, king-size master suite, crew quarters, gyro, utility room, hydraulic swim platform and a luxurious fit-out and finish that has to be seen to be appreciated.”

As part of Cobalt’s expansion into Australia, Thurley is set to open a large on-water sales and showroom display centre this month, adjacent to his CMY office at Gold Coast City Marina.

“Cobalt is a brand that has an enormous following internationally and they are renowned for their quality, style and performance,” Thurley adds. “Initially we will have six models on display from 7m-8.2m (20ft-27ft). The Cobalt range has been represented in Australia until now by Denis and Tracey Souvleris at Cobalt of NSW and they are familiar to many existing Cobalt owners.

“We will continue to work with them expanding the brand, but we will take the marketing of these boats in Australia to a higher level throughout Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and WA.”