New SL 27 HT Sports Fishing Trailer Boat.

Whittley Marine Group, Melbourne based fiberglass trailer boat specialists has chosen the 2023 Melbourne Boat Show for the launch of the new flagship Whittley SL 27 HT OB model at Docklands from the 26-29th of October on the Whittley Victoria Sales stand #28.

The Boat Show will be the first time that the Victorian public can see the new SL 27 HT OB and coincides with the Whittley Families seventieth year of boat building and the Whittley Company.
The newly released deep-vee family fishing boat replaces the SL 26 HT model and is the largest production Sea Legend model that the Victorian manufacturer has produced. Designed as a maxi trailerable deep vee family fishing boat, the SL 27 HT offers an Australian-made hybrid boat, designed for Australia’s unique boating lifestyle.

Alan Whittley, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Whittley Marine Group had this to say about the all-new SL 27 HT Victorian release. “The new SL 27 HT has been developed by the Whittley in-house Research and Development team right here in Melbourne, after extensive market research and consideration of what Whittley owners are looking for.

We realize Australian families need more flexibility in the way they boat. The functions that this new cross-over style boat provides, makes this possible for our customers. The new SL 27 HT model offers several adaptable cockpit seat layouts, a dedicated galley, toilet and shower facilities, a large rear fishing area and easier access to the water for diving and water sports via a side door and rear swim platform. We think this fresh design provides the perfect combination of cross-over functions and family-friendly useability in a fishing boat layout.”

With a completely new hull shape and internal layout from the ground up, the SL 27 HT offers a premium offshore ride that is both visually striking and appealing. Complementing the vogueish exterior design is a freshly styled dashboard layout considered to house up to a 19” Simrad multi-function screen and Brunswick’s Fathom full boat integration system option, along with the boat’s key operational functions. Ergonomically designed the SL 27 HT offers a crisp, new and functional look both inside and out. Its V180W windscreen design offers superior strength and increased visibility.

The new sports look hard top features twin hatches for airflow and a newly designed WB180A electric rear sun awning feature. The boat’s layout also enables seamless airflow to the cabin and mid-ship, unlike many imported boats which offer limited airflow due to restrictions of sliding cabin doors.

The release of the new SL 27 HT model coincides with the Group’s 70th year of boat building from the Whittley Family. This detailed knowledge of boat design has been incorporated through-out the new model. Mr. Whittley continued to say, “Our new SL 27 HT sets a new standard in locally made fibreglass trailer boats. The new model hits the target market for maxi trailer boat buyers, with basic outboard packages being able to be towed under 3,500 kg, depending on the options selected and is still under the maximum legal towing width of 2.5 meters for Australian roads. There is nothing else like this new model in the marketplace and we feel this boat has broad appeal. This SL model has many new significant key features which really sets it apart from the competition.”

The SL 27 HT has been designed as a genuine family boat but make no mistake as to its true-blue water appeal for the most serious of anglers. For the first time in the Sea Legend series, the boat’s subfloor features the new WBGRID timber-free stringer construction and is foam filled. The SL 27 HT has the largest rear fishing work area ever offered in a Sea Legend, with a moulded track rear self-draining deck and fishing-focused Fish Master Bait Board option. Combined with a deep vee 23-degree deadrise hull, that features advanced angles for the softest possible ride offshore.

National Dealerships General Manager Brock Cohen, had this to say about the exciting release. “The release of this new maxi trailerable family fishing package, could not come at a better time with Australian families looking for larger trailer boats, given the popularity of larger vehicles to tow them. The new SL 27 HT model takes advantage of this while still being under the maximum legal towing width of 2.5 meters, unlike most imported boats of a similar size. With a suitable tow vehicle, the SL 27 HT is designed to tow and explore Australia.”

The SL 27 HT is designed to be optioned up as a serious offshore fishing boat, bay cruiser or extended weekender, it’s simply a matter of selecting your individual options. You can also select either of the factory optional packages, designed to make the new boat buying process even easier. The Coast Tourer Edition package will set the boat up with all the popular cruiser hybrid options for an extended stay on the water. The Marlin Broadbill Edition package will customize the boat with the most serious of offshore angler options. These new option packages are based on inspiration from the automotive industry, to assist consumers to set up the boat package around their style of boating. The boat’s interior seating layout is also customizable and is available in three unique arrangements. New to the SL 27 HT is the Sea Keeper on-board stabilizer option, ideal to avoid the rolling action in a sea-going environment. This option can also be selected with the boat’s new factory-supplied Relion Lithium Battery option as part of Brunswick’s Fathom technology.

Mr. Cohen continued to say that “The SL 27 HT ticks all the boxes as a family weekender and offshore sports boat. My team and I look forward to welcoming interested parties to our five factory-owned dealerships across the country to experience the most advanced Whittley Boat the Melbourne factory has ever produced. The announcement of the new model also coincides with the design team releasing the new 2024 model changes and colour selection options available across
the Whittley range also on display at this years Melbourne Boat Show.”

The SL 27 HT boasts a bigger volume front cabin, which provides more room in the boat’s overnight facilities. For the first time in a Sea Legend model, the SL 27 HT comes standard with a folding rear lounge which provides additional rear seating for two or three people and the ability to simply fold the lounge away when wanting to fish.

The SL 27 HT is packaged up on an aluminum dual axle high-quality Australian-made Mackay Trailer and powered by a Mercury Outboard or Volvo Penta Stern Drive. Every boat, motor and trailer package are custom-made at the Whittley Marine Group’s Factory. The new SL 27 HT OB will make its Victorian debut at the Melbourne Boat Show in Docklands from the 26-29th of October and will be on display along with selected new 2024 model Whittley Boats on the Whittley Victoria Stand # 28. All new Whittley Boats ordered at the show will receive once-a-year deals and savings and with new build slots available pre-Christmas there has never been a better time to buy, than at this year’s Melbourne Boat Show.
About Whittley Marine Group

Whittley Boats is a third-generation Australian boat builder based in Melbourne and a part of the Whittley Marine Group. The family-owned and operated boat building operation has provided high-quality boats to boating families since 1953. The company produces a strong 13-model range comprising sports boats, fishers, cruisers and day boats.

For further information contact: Alan Whittley, Director of Sales and Marketing, Whittley Marine Group +61 421 170 192 or via

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