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CruiseCraft Releases R Series Bow Riders

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Following a five year hiatus, CruiseCraft has reentered the bow-rider market with the launch of the stylish CruiseCraft R Series, two new Aussie built bow rider models. The CruiseCraft R55 and the CruiseCraft R6 breathe revitalised life into the Australian family boating market.

As one of Australia’s premier and longest established boat manufacturers, CruiseCraft enjoys an exceptional reputation for quality of design and construction. The addition of the CruiseCraft R Series bow riders rounds out a comprehensive model range on offer from the multi award winning boat builder.

When the Australian dollar was high, the Australian market was flooded with bow rider imports, literally arriving by the boat load from the US. As the global financial markets have settled, the US imports have slowed to a trickle. But, demand for bow-riders continues unabated in Australia.

“We decided that the time was right to re-enter the Australian market with our Australian designed and Brisbane built CruiseCraft R Series,” said Nathan Nichols.

“CruiseCraft has a very long and proud history with bow-riders. It is a market segment which we are very familiar with. Over the journey we have manufactured many thousands of bow rider boats.”

In classic CruiseCraft pedigree, the CruiseCraft R Series bow riders are stylish and superbly appointed with quality equipment from stem to stern.

The CruiseCraft R55 is a design which boasts clean, flowing lines all the way along the 5.67m hull length. A generous beam of 2.37m ensures that the hull is capable of carrying a family plus friends, while the excellent beam across the chines delivers unsurpassed stability.

On board, the CruiseCraft R55 is comfort personified. The helm and front passenger bucket seats are very well padded. Across the rear of the cockpit is a broad, wrap around lounge capable of seating four. In the bow-rider section itself, the luxury continues with matching upholstery.

The CruiseCraft R6 has everything the R55 offers, but on a larger scale. The hull measures 6.09 m long with a beam of 2.45m. With a slightly wider beam, the rear lounge is a ‘cocktail’ design.

Both models are outboard powered and matched with selected Yamaha engines, the R55 rated to 175hp and the R6 capable of carrying 225hp on the transom.

“Despite taking a relatively short break from the bow rider market, customer expectations have progressed significantly,” Nathan Nichols said.

“We have taken careful stock of customer needs and these are exceeded with our new offerings. Our R Series bow-riders have the design capability and on-board appointments to perform as wake boats, while also being exceptional family all-rounders for family cruising, fishing and skiing.”

Like every other CruiseCraft model, the CruiseCraft R Series boats are constructed utilising an advanced 3C complete composite construction method which ensures that all hulls are now 100% timber free.

The CruiseCraft 3C composite build process focusses upon two key areas of the hull, the transom and the sub floor system. All CruiseCraft models now have a full composite, rot free transom. This is manufactured by laying up panels to create a thick sheet of composite material to suit each specific CruiseCraft model.

With zero timber in the construction, the opportunity for timber rot has been completely eliminated.



  R55 R6
Hull length 5.67m 6.095m
Beam 2.37m 2.45m
Weight BMT (approx.) 1700kgs 2000kgs
Deadrise transom 20 20
Max power 175hp 225hp
Max passengers 7 7
Fuel capacity 160L 160L


CruiseCraft is a wholly family owned, third generation Australian boat manufacturing business, operating from their Brisbane manufacturing facility. CruiseCraft boats are distributed exclusively through a network of Authorised Dealers throughout Australia and selected international markets.


For further information on this story contact:

Peter J. Benston
Sales & Marketing Manager, CruiseCraft Boats Pty Ltd

Ph (07) 3390 4877
Fax (07) 3390 5756