A Sports Bridge offering family flexibility
Brisbane-based boatbuilder SeaQuest has launched an all-new GRP Sports Bridge cruiser, the SeaQuest 3600.
Though based on the SeaQuest 3000, the 3600 is a new design from the keel up. While the moulded hull length is 10.98m, the length overall is a 12.70m thanks to a big marlin board which extends from the transom. And with a beam of 3.40m, the SeaQuest 3600 has ample on-board living and cockpit space.
Most Australian boaters are familiar with the flybridge layout. The Sports Bridge layout is different in that it has an elevated helm station with a transverse bunk underneath. Common in US boats, this design often comes with an unattractive high-sided hull.
Not so with the SeaQuest 3600. As well as offering two big sleeping cabins, the hull lines remain well proportioned.
The helm station is clean and tidy. A bench seat flanks the pedestal helm seat. The clip-in carpet in the aft cockpit softens the impact of the white gelcoat.
Here’s a nifty trick: at the flick of a button, the cockpit floor lifts on hydraulic rams to give access to the engine room. Dual diesel sterndrive engines are installed alongside one another, while a MASE generator set, hot water system, fuel tank and ancillary gear is all contained in the engine room.
The cockpit, aft of the helm station, has room for a table and deckchairs, and a sun lounge or two. There’s an outdoor galley with sink, icebox and freezer.
There’s more storage in the transom, which features a hinged boot opening to a storage bin that can be used for a rolled up inflatable or an outboard.
Moving into the cabin area, boaters step down a set of curved steps to enter the galley, where they’ll find a fridge, microwave, electric cooktop and so on. To starboard is a dining table and flush settee. Forward of the settee is a double berth with flat screen TV, speakers and personal lighting.
The master cabin, underneath the helm station, can be fitted with a double bed or a double berth plus a single berth.
“This is a true family boat than can go to sea for many days at a time,” says John Young of SeaQuest Boat Sales.
“With lots of storage on board for food and drinks, a 300L water tank and 900L fuel tank, the 3600 gives boating families enormous flexibility to stay at sea for an extended period.”