The iconic Halvorsen brand has been revived in the new range of connoisseur craft, launched in 2019 as the Newport 460 .
Blending the allure of the classic lines of a ‘down east’ style cruiser with advanced engineering and unique “Python drive” technology which results in close to silent cruising, the Island Gypsy Newport 460 builds on the seafaring spirit of the Halvorsen brand.
Seasoned motor yacht designer and dealer, Brett Flanagan has been enticed back into the industry as director and CEO, in partnership with Allan Francis, whose mechanical engineering expertise was crucial for the brand’s point of difference.
Two Island Gypsy Newport 460 models are currently based at Sanctuary Cove and available for sale through Sanctuary Cove Boat Sales. The third vessel, a two-bedroom version of this 46-foot (14-metre) model, will arrive in time for Sanctuary Cove International Boat show in May 2020.
There is also a 50-foot (15.24-metre) model on the drawing board and a new incarnation of the original 36 and 40-foot Island Gypsy motor yacht which Brett is eager to get into production.
The Island Gypsy Newport range spanning 40 to 50-feet will have broad appeal for their inventory of features and capacity for customisation. Hallmarks of brand include generous social spaces, full walk-around decks for ease of access and safety, helm side entry door, open plan living, smooth ride, fuel efficiency, low maintenance.
Entertaining is a breeze with the huge wrap-around cockpit with table, ample seating and alfresco dining area flowing seamlessly into the well-equipped galley and lounge as a single level social setting. The 1.2m swim platform ensures safe boarding, launching the tender, or catching your seafood lunch, with plenty of room to accommodate optional barbecue, retractable swim ladder, rod holders and tender supports. At the helm, dual leather chairs and helm station equipped with the latest in Raymarine navigation equipment, while the lounge and dining section cleverly converts to a bed for any spontaneous overnight guests.
Below decks, owners can specify either a one-cabin or two-cabin layout. The single cabin format comprises a huge Queen-sized Island bed, separate WC and shower, as well as full-height robes and impeccable cabinetry.
The first models come with 480hp Cummins diesel engines and Onan generators, coupled to a ZF 2:1 gearbox and running through our new technology “Python” drive system which has been especially designed for this range of boats.
This system equates to minimal maintenance and sensational performance of up to 20 knots, single engine efficiency, along with class-leading fuel economy. An innovative system of self-draining sea water ballast tanks stabilises the boats at anchor or at the marina.