One of New Zealand's most prolific launch designers of the modern era has seen another of his designs take to Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.
Bell Aria is an Elite 13m Sports Sedan from the drawing board of Elite Marine Design chief Bill Upfold.
Built by Allan Tongs Boatbuilders over the past 14 months, Bell Aria was commissioned by an Auckland client keen on family cruising and fishing.
Powered by twin Cummins 330hp engines running through conventional shafts with propeller incorporated tunnels to reduce shaft angle and increase efficiency, the launch returned a speed of 29 knots during her initial sea trials.
Features include El-fresco dining in the cockpit, large boarding platform with stowage lockers outboard and live bait tank central. Also in the cockpit is a built-in BBQ and head with fishing rod stowage.
Accommodation consists of a four berth cabin foward, master stateroom to port of generous proportions, with head and shower to starboard.
The saloon has a "U" shape dinette raised for increased vision while crew and guests are seated while the helm to starboard is also raised to house a "wine cellar" below. The galley is positioned aft and to port to service both the main and el-fresco dinning areas.
Twin sliding sun roofs in the cabin top allow for ventilation and an open feel while dinghy stowage has been allowed for on the cabin top beneath the foil.
The 10,500kg sports sedan is construction is GRP reinforced plywood cored hull with ply, foam, glass superstructure finished with premium two pack polyurethane paint system. Interior finishing timber is teak complemented with leather upholstery.
Her official launch is scheduled for Friday.
Look out for a full review of Bell Aria in an upcoming issue of Boating New Zealand.
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