Unique within Australia and packing blistering speed, you’d best not take your eyes off this Frauscher. In fact, don’t even try…
Sometimes a boat is more than just a boat. Sometimes, it’s a sports machine, an engineering marvel and a work of art, all wrapped up in one show-stopping package.
Such terms barely do justice to the attentiongrabbing talents of this Frauscher 1017 GT – an Austrian-built dayboat that genuinely stands alone in its market segment.
If all this hyperbole seems a bit over the top, we urge you to take a closer look at the photos hereabouts… Yep, this one is a real treat for the eyes.
From gleaming gunmetal grey topsides, to the flush teak decks and distinctive plumb bow, this a vessel that draws jealous glances wherever you go. But even more pleasingly, those sharp design cues translate to devastating performance.
At the rear, a pair of 300 horsepower Mercruisers push Bravo 1 sterndrives to on-water velocities their designers surely never imagined.
Twin petrol V8s propel this silver bullet to an eye-watering 30-knots with a flick of the wrist, but what’s truly impressive is the level of response the skipper enjoys at full-noise.
One UK reviewer perceptively observed: “The best way to drive this boat, is to think of it as a sports car,” and he was bang on the money. This is no 911 or run-of-the-mill Ferrari, though – think more like a Bugatti on water…
Under the surface, a double-stepped hull combines with a deep-vee and 23-degree deadrise to produce exceptional stability during highspeed manoeuvres, but also while you’re anchored up socialising with friends in a secluded bay.
A SINGULAR VESSEL
The only one of its kind in Australia, this 1017 GT model won the Performance Boat category at Europe’s 2014 Motor Boat Awards, at which time the judges noted the Frauscher’s “…outstandingly fast, agile hull and outrageously beautiful design.”
In profile, the nouveau-vintage sheerline evokes the spririts of classic wooden speedboats of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but her new owner can be confident knowing that beneath the gleaming paint lies the latest in marine technology.
Hand-laid glass-reinforced polyester combines with weatherproof and saltwater-resistant isophthalic acid resin on the hull, and the coamings remain free of unsightly rails – even the stainless cleats are recessed.
The Frauscher cockpit invites both whiteknuckled speed runs and relaxing with friends; in fact, the perfect day out on the 1017 GT is sure to include both.
For the former, a pair of bolstered helm chairs handsomely support both the skipper and co-pilot, while a deep rear lounge keeps passengers secure as you explore the limits of those growling Mercruisers.
PERFECT DAY OUT
When it’s time to entertain, the helm chairs spin around to meet the lounge, a teak table holds your champagne bucket and a pair of luxe sunbeds invite swimmers to stretch out on the stern.
If an overnight mission beckons, the cabin below is incredibly large given the 10 metre length, comprising a convertible berth for two, shower, head and kitchenette with ceramic hotplates plus a fridge and sink.
All of this adds up to not just a stunning and refined speedboat, but one which offers unique versatility for the Frauscher’s fortunate owners.
Don’t miss your chance to experience blistering performance matched with James Bond-esque good looks, secure in the knowledge your 1017 GT is the only one of its kind in Australia.
“The nouveauvintage sheerline evokes classic wooden speedboats of the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
CLOCKWISE FROM RIGHT Top speeds of around 40 knots come courtesy of howling V8 petrol Mercruisers at the stern; The profile of the Frauscher is all class, but she’s built to accomodate good times as well.