AUSTRIA, Ohlsdorf. Developed from the closed bow 747 Mirage, Frauscher has launched the 747 Mirage Air. The 7.47m tender is the latest open bow boat to come from the Austrian shipyard, following the production of the 686 Lido and 1017 Lido. Among the key design features is its centralised console which adds capacity and practicality.
Conceived of by Frauscher’s head of research and development Thomas Gerzer, the 747 Air is based on the original hull design by hydrodynamic expert Harry Miesbauer. Borrowing many features from her closed bow sister, the 747 Air retains the supercar inspired design and performance, but welcomes improved social space.
A generous bathing platform aft, sensibly set to one side, enables easy access to the central console and main area via a walkway. The main area features a centre console with bucket seats for driver and co-driver, with guest seating provided aft. The aft bench seating contains a foldable backrest that increases the size of the bathing platform when deployed. Forward of the central console are two large seating areas that can be used for sunbathing or seating.
Optional equipment includes a lounge package that forms a bridge between the bow cushions for use as a large sunbed or table. The 747 Air also features a bimini hidden in the bow area that can be used for shade — or sprayhood in unfavourable conditions — creating a diverse all weather tender. The open bow concept provides storage as well as movement. Compartments can be found under the pathway, beneath the seating areas close to the bow and aft of the boat, as well as in the bow itself.
Although practical, the 747 Air still promises to raise a few pulses if put through her paces. Customers can select from three different Mercruiser petrol engines and a Volvo Penta Diesel option. Ranging from 220hp to 430hp, the 747 Air has a top speed of 56 knots and boasts high cornering speeds, staying true to its supercar inspired design. The Frauscher 747 Mirage Air will be premiered from the 5 – 8 March at the 2015 Austrian boat show in Tulln.

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