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Longstanding Australian fibreglass boat builder, Whittley Boats, is leading the market with their CR 2600 OB (outboard) boat. It’s a purpose-built, legally trailerable outboard-powered sports cruiser that’s designed for the unique Australian boating lifestyle.

The CR 2600 OB was created with the Queensland boater in mind. The outboard motor enables beach and shallow water access from the rear with ease. More storage at the rear of the boat is made available where the sterndrive once went without compromising large areas of the swim platform space. The leg and prop can also be tilted up out of the water, lowering maintenance during mooring.

Locally, the company opened a new showroom at The Boat Works on the Gold Coast, where new boat buyers can view the latest outboard-powered packages for larger cruiser models. The research and development team at the Whittley Factory have worked closely with feedback from customers, to design outboard versions of their popular CR models. The key was to be able to trim the engine up, as well as minimise the room lost on the large rear swim platform. Consumers can also enjoy a weight reduction in this new OB model over the traditional sterndrive model, which makes the package lighter to tow behind a suitable vehicle. This boat was built for the Queensland market based on their feedback and input.

Eye-catching and spacious, the tightly drawn lines and subtle curves hint at something special, and stepping on board only confirms your first impression. Making the most of its 2.49m beam, the CR 2600 is both spacious and innovative. An elegant helm console with twin seat provides the captain and first mate a commanding view through the panoramic windscreen. Ergonomics have been well considered, and everything falls easily to hand. The sliding curved, solid cabin door reflects the detail Whittley is renowned for.

The Whittley CR 2600 OB combines the award-winning quality of the sterndrive version, with the widely known benefits of outboard power. The outboard version offers additional storage and cabin space, whilst still providing a wraparound swim platform at the rear of the boat. Customers can enjoy increased reliability and lower service costs from an outboard engine; one of the many reasons why Whittley have seen outboard-powered packages continue to increase in popularity.

The CR 2600 OB ticks many of the boxes that families want in an all-round weekender package. The removable rear clears enable maximised airflow for those hot days, and the lockable cabin door midship means valuables can be kept safe while the boat is docked. Being under the legal towing beam of 2.5m, customers can trailer their boat nearly anywhere, anytime, with a suitable tow vehicle, making trips to unique locations a reality. With every new boat sold, the Whittley customer automatically becomes part of the Club Whittley QLD, where they will have the opportunity to explore new boating locations with the confidence of a friendly and knowledgeable owners’ group.

Making boat ownership a reality has become even easier via seamless boat-motor-trailer finance services where customers can access competitive finance options.

Interested parties can now view detailed videos on the new model online and even take a virtual on-screen tour of the boat from the privacy and convenience of their homes. Quoting for the new model can also be done by consumers via the Whittley website and unique ‘build a boat’ feature.

The Whittley CR 2600 OB is on display at the Whittley Gold Coast Sales showroom. Customers can view details of the package online via

For more information contact Laurie Jackson on 0409 830 078.


Published in print July-September 2021