Sealine launches two new boats at London Boat Show 2002 - the S23 sports cruiser and, entering a new market sector for Sealine, the SX70 jet RIB.

Sealine launches two new boats at London Boat Show 2002 – the S23 sports cruiser and, entering a new market sector for Sealine, the SX70 jet RIB.

The 7.26m (23ft 10in) S23 will supersede the S24 model. A new design for the S23 has been used so it is able to sleep four people; there is a mid-cabin which can sleep two people and the salon offers two extra berths. There is a separate shower/toilet compartment and a well-equipped galley.

A clever fold-down bathing platform ensures that the cockpit is as large as it can be without extending beyond the overall length of the boat. There is seating capacity for four people upstairs and the table also doubles up as part of the sunbed.

The side decks have been designed with safety as the main issue. There are side rails going all the way round.

The engine options for this boat are a single diesel or a petrol engine, both accessible through a hatch in the cockpit floor. Both these options can whizz the boat up to an expected 35 knots.

The all new SX70 from Sealine is a jet RIB. It was originally conceived as a fun boat or a tender to complement the Sealine range of cruisers. This jet RIB is 3.62meters (10ft 9in) long and is powered by a 70hp engine connected to a water jet unit which can propel the RIB up to an expected 40 knots. The white tubes have four separate sections.

The twin-skinned GRP hull provides a rigid ride and also adds extra weight to the RIB, so it aids the turning circle, plus it stops the boat from taking off too easily. The SX70 is fitted with a control console featuring wheel, throttle, fuel gauge, speedometer. There is seating for four in the RIB and the seats can be lifted up to reveal extra stowage space.

The RIB comes complete with ski eye, cover, storage lockers, lifting points and navigation lights are all supplied as standard.

By Toby du Pré/ybw.com