Frauscher, Austria’s increasingly renowned builder of sleek, sculptural, slate-coloured sports boats has released news of a fresh model due for launch in the summer of 2015...
It’s called the 747 Mirage Air. Iif that compels the iPad generation to speculate that it’s basically a 747 Mirage with some of its ‘fatness’ dialed out, then they would be pretty much right. Built at the company’s yard in Ohlsdorf, Austria, it is closely based on the existing closed-bow 747 Mirage from KISKA design, but in place of the forward cabin, this latest model pares things back even further with an open-air, centre-console configuration.
In addition to the same Harry Miesbauer stepped hull, this 25-foot “all-purpose day cruiser” also retains Frauscher’s distinctive supercar-inspired aesthetic, with huge, angular carbon fibre air intakes and the same uninterrupted purity of line that has won the fleet so many awards.
Take a look at our full-length review of the equally sleek Frauscher 858 Fantom.
However, on board, the Air adds some useful extra versatility. An aft, deck-level walkway leads between the cushions to a cockpit where the only impediment to free flowing floor space is a bench and a pair of bucket seats behind the dramatically raked helm console. Up front, the bow is given over to a pair of aft-facing loungers, while at the back end, the backrest for the bench can be folded down to increase the sunbathing area.
As for the performance, the specs suggest that the weight is quite similar to the closed bow model – but with three Mercruiser petrol engine options from 220 to 430hp (plus a diesel option from Volvo Penta), this eight-man 25-footer ought to be capable of as much as 56 knots. That’s impressive (but by no means excessive) for an open family leisure boat – and because it retains the generous 240-litre fuel tank of its sibling, we should also be able to expect a very useful cruising range.
In short, if you love the 747 Mirage but are frustrated by the serious limitations of its cramped cabin, then the more spacious Air might be just what you’re after.