Australian boat builder looks to midcentury car models for inspiration.
AUSTRALIAN BOAT BUILDER, WHITEHAVEN, established by Keith Hanson, builds upscale designs for a niche market, which could best be described as owners with a very specific vision. The boats are built in Taiwan and are highly customizable. The builder’s latest launch is the sleek Harbour Classic 40 that’s a blend of a lobster boat and a roadster.
The design is positioned as a genteel day cruiser but it can do so much more. For weekending, dual sleeping quarters are below for four adults with additional guests accommodated on the convertible dinette in the salon. The master stateroom is in the bow and is open to the rest of the interior, which will work nicely with just a couple aboard but will lack privacy if there are guests or kids in the berth behind the stairs. The galley is down and to port opposite from the enclosed head. The helm is inside on the main deck to starboard with a wide single seat and a dash that is reminiscent of a 1960s race car.
There’s a nice blend of outside and inside with a hinged door and a swing-up window between the salon and the cockpit, both of which are on the same level. The very civilized layout outside includes an L-shaped settee to port that wraps around a teak table and a storage module that can hold an optional refrigerator. Overhead, you have more options. Choose either a composite rooftop that extends the length of the cockpit or an abbreviated cover if you prefer lots of sun.
Standard propulsion includes a single Volvo Penta D6 480 hp diesel with shaft drive. Hull #1 was fitted with a Cummins Q6.7 550 hp engine. Either option should deliver excellent performance including a cruise in the mid-20-knot range. For better maneuverability at slow speeds, joystick control will make docking a snap.
The Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40 comes with seven-figure price tag but if you want a unique design that will turn heads, it should be on your short list.