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RYCK is an exciting new range of luxury sports day boats on the way, that combines all the versatility of a RIB with high-quality appointments usually found on luxury tenders.

RYCK is a freshly launched line of fast, walk-around centre-console boats capable of adapting to a wide variety of uses: family entertainer, fast tender, adventure sports day boat or premium fishing platform.

The first RYCK model is the RYCK 280, made in Germany by the well-known Hanse AG group and developed in cooperation with renown UK yacht designer Bill Dixon. His two-stepped hull and reverse bow design provides an exceptionally smooth, dry ride in all conditions. When you are safely tucked-up at a secluded anchorage, courtesy of an electric windlass, the RYCK 280 seamlessly switches into entertaining mode with cockpit lounge, sun pads, wet bar, grill and dining table. A generous sized cabin downstairs with a separate bathroom ensures a comfortable overnight stay or weekend getaway.

The RYCK 280’s dimensions of length overall of 9.51 metres or just over 31 feet, a 2.81-metre beam, and draft of 0.52 metres means it can be easily moored off a small private jetty or stored on a hard stand and is trailerable if required Out the on water, performance is exhilarating with a top speed of more than 40 knots coupled with the most powerful of three Mercury Verado engine packages available, ranging from to 250hp to 350hp.

Windcraft Yachts, the exclusive importer of RYCK, has secured one of the first RYCK 280 hulls to leave the factory in Greifswald, in Northern Germany, and it will arrive in Australia in late October. Several special events are planned, including a Queensland premiere, to enable interested parties get a first-hand look at the RYCK 280’s sharp styling and array of features.

Windcraft Queensland Manager Gavin Ward believes the 280’s obvious all-round appeal which includes options for fishing rod-holders and a tow bar for water sports, will make it a popular choice to explore the state’s huge lattice of waterways.

“Queensland has lots of great boating destinations,” he agrees. “Even here on the Gold Coast and further north to Moreton Bay, there are plenty to choose from; Tangalooma, Peel Island, Moreton Island, Dux Anchorage, Tipplers, Canaipa and many more.

“But there are quite big distances involved. The Ryck 280 is positioned to get you to any of these places quickly and yet transforms into a chic day boat for entertaining, enjoying a BBQ or taking a swim. Then, back home in super quick time.”

Gavin also points out the RYCK 280 offers a choice of deck layouts that can make the boat the exact fit for your boating requirements.

The base version of the boat completely maximises deck space, taking full advantage of the 280’s stepless cockpit as the largest in its class with great ergonomics. Add options such as teak on the walk around decks, an L- shaped lounge that converts into a large sun pad, wet bar and grill shaded by a T-top and awnings and you have a perfect platform to enjoy lazy afternoons in the Queensland sun. Dry off on the large swim platform after a shower with hot and cold water. Then after sunset, relax around the crafted dining table checking out the marine life attracted by underwater lights.

The helm station is equipped with two extremely comfortable chairs and a state-of-the-art touchscreen. Glass bridge technology makes it easy to operate all features and provides a quick overview of battery levels and key operating data. The RYCK 280 is comfortable to drive, both sitting and standing, with ample arm and legroom.

What sets the new generation of centre-console boats apart from their predecessors is the level of amenities and accommodations. Below deck on the RYCK 280 is a luxurious, light-flooded cabin with a generous double V berth , ample storage space and a bathroom with good headroom, high-quality sink and vanity. A large window keeps the space ventilated.

The raised foredeck gives the interior an extremely airy and voluminous feel that is unrivalled in this size bracket. Designer Bill Dixon has created a modern, stylish interior in which you immediately feel at home and settle into the holiday mood. The cabin makes the RYCK 280 a fully-fledged weekender that is perfect for longer cruises.

The RYCK 280 is the first in a planned line of fantastically adaptable fast adventure boats. Pricing starts from $175,500 with a raft of optional extras to customise each boat to your specific needs.

For more details contact Windcraft’s Queensland Manager, Gavin Ward on 0418 402 809.


Published in print October-December 2021