Escape craft

The new Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40 is just the tonic for today’s hectic lifestyle.

14 May 2019


After a shimmering debut in Sydney in March, the first of Whitehaven’s Harbour Classic 40, christened Tonic, will take the mantle as the showstopper at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

This entirely new offering represents a more genteel boating occasion that will suit denizens of Sydney Harbour, Port Phillip Bay, the Gold Coast Broadwater or the Whitsundays. Whether it’s a day, or an overnight stay aboard, this vessel delivers all of the comforts and amenity you could wish for.

Retro with a modern twist, this 40-footer dayboat combines the timeless appeal of a gentleman’s cruiser with the benefits of high-tech design and engineering.

The first model boasts a brilliant peacock blue hull, which its designers say “conveys the spontaneous, fun, playful character” of the new model.

The original concept with her strong hull lines was created by highly respected New Zealand marine designer and qualified yacht builder, Bill Upfold.



Australian naval architect, Misha Merzliakov has re-imagined the initial designs and created something truly unique that will stimulate the senses and arouse the sentiments in avid boaties craving a change of pace.

Inspired by the allure of the down-east USA lobster boats and the sport boats of the French Riviera and Italian Lakes, yet endowed with Australian practicalities for our climate, the Harbour Classic 40 comprises the Whitehaven hallmarks of superior engineering, luxury entertaining amenity and customisation.

“The concept is simple, spontaneous boating, with all the luxuries of home, and more,” Misha explained.

“We inherited a stable and elegant hull and then researched the genre of American and European picnic boats. For the exterior, we imbued traditional lines with classic automotive cues, to create a European feel on the exterior that is then amplified in the interior.

“This is evident in the Harbour Classic’s diamond quilted leather, with double top stitching detail, hand-bag inspired cushion straps, limewashed walnut timber for a truly unique patina, bringing back historical techniques in a contemporary way.”

Suited to its purpose as the quintessential entertainer’s boat, the aft deck is perfectly planned for languorous lunches at tranquil anchorages, with nothing more taxing than deciding which wine accompanies the seafood spread and which soundtrack best suits your mood.

Taking into account the Australian climate, owners have the option of a solid extended roof for shade, a shorter version to let the sunshine in, or a retractable sunshade for the best of both worlds.

Designed with socialising at its core, the layout offers an easy transition from cockpit, through saloon and to the galley allowing the conversation and hospitality to flow between all aboard. There’s ample refrigeration on the aft deck well as in the galley, which features a stove, microwave and dishwasher.

Whether it’s a relaxed cruise around the harbour or a short jaunt to your favourite sunset cocktail spot the Harbour Classic 40 delivers on both performance and comfort. With its proven hull design, exceptional engineering and hand-built craftsmanship, every aspect of this vessel is both fit-for-purpose and beautiful.

The relaxed and inviting dual cabin arrangement conveys the intimacy of this style of boating. While retaining its picnic boat heritage, the layout offers two full-size beds suitable for an afternoon nap, or a comfortable weekend aboard.

Each Harbour Classic 40 will be a customised masterpiece, brought to life for her owners with the personalised approach, precision and pride that are hallmarks of Whitehaven Motor Yachts.

This first model is fitted with a single Cummins 550hp engine upgrade with joystick control (speeds up to 26 knots and optimal manoeuvrability), Seakeeper 3 stabilizer, and extended roofline for a fully-covered cockpit.

The second Harbour Classic 40 will arrive in time for next summers peak boating season. She is fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS D4 480 engines and sports a sleek, short roof line with Sureshade retractable awning.

Like every Whitehaven, the Harbour Classic 40 can be highly customised, inspiring owners to bring to life their own one-of-kind vessel, testament to their unique boating journey.

“The svelte silhouette of the Harbour Classic 40 will be the first impression that attracts the eye,” said Misha. “But once onboard, you will experience the pinnacle of a luxury day-aboard-stay-aboard boat. It will be love at first, second and third sight!”

The Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40 will be on display at the 31st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 23 to 26 May.

To arrange inspection of the latest addition to the Whitehaven fleet, email info@wmy.com.au or call 1300 758 896.  For more information visit whitehavenmotoryachts.com.au


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