Unique within Aus­tralia and packing blis­ter­ing speed, you’d best not take your eyes off this Frauscher. In fact, don’t even try…

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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.


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.


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.

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