South African powerboat builder Admiral Powercats has launched a new edition of a popular Angelo Lavranos-designed houseboat first introduced in the 1980s.

The 8.6m Leisureliner II is a rejuvenated version of the first generation Leisureliner first built by John Robertson Yachts. More than 90 such boats were built over the years by various builders, buoyed by demand for the practical houseboat design which is well-suited for South Africa’s more protected waterways.

In addition to being more robust and capable, the new generation Leisureline incorporates several new design features including a new-look flybridge and cockpit. Two more plush versions offer rare wood and luxury upholstery finishes.

Admiral Powercats, the exclusive producer of the Leisureliner brand, specialises in powerboats in the 17ft-45ft range, mostly for the export market. It has been operating since 2007.

Of the Leisureliner brand, the company says: “Designed as a trailable, inland waterway vessel, Leisureliner can be found on many of South Africa’s popular waterways, with most of those originally built still providing their owners with memorable experiences.”

Admiral managing director Alan Geeling says the new design hopes to build on the previous model’s success: “It has lots more space, full shower/heads compartment, significantly improved cockpit layout, easy-access flybridge, dual-engine capability and up-to-date regulation compliance within a package size just slightly bigger than the original,” Geeling says.