THOMASCRAFT 4500 FLYBRIDGE  

Price
AU $285,000 Huge price reduction Need Finance?
Length
50' 0" - 15.25m
Usage
Family, Leisure, Cruising
Location
South of Perth YC Need Insurance?
Year
2000
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP

Price
AU $285,000 Huge price reduction    Need Finance? Need Insurance?
Description: Thomascraft 4500 Flybridge
Possibly the last one ever built! This immaculate three cabin vessel is a time capsule from the day she was launched, still with only minimal hours on her massive Caterpillar 3412 V12

Very economical and fast this vessel also features a new genset, watermaker and a new entertainment system to be installed for the new buyer.

Her annual works were done in September where she has had both the main engine and genset serviced, antifouling, full detail and polish and now ready for her new owner. Cruises effortlessly in the high twenties and tops out in the early thirties, makes this boat one of the best in her class.

You will not be dissapointed by this beautiful girl, she is a credit to her owner and will pass any test. This boat has really had no use at all over the past few years due to the owner being tied up with family and sports.

She is the perfect boat for all waters and all situations, run her as a quiet ship using the gas hot water system and all other appliences running off 12 volts you may not even need to use the almost new genset. Beneath the back deck her 'Lazzerette' is a massive space of 4m x 4m and 1.5m high.

Make the time to have a look at this vessel she is very well priced and just perfect for the new or experienced boat buyer, aggressively priced and hugely discounted from her original asking price as the clears and covers need replacing. We do have quotes ready for that and ar able to supply costings on any other items you may need.

We have managed this boat for at least the past ten years and have done all the works on her over that time, we have been broking boats for our owners since 1995 and have a better holistic view of this vessel and the industry than most, give me a call to inspect

Heres a story done on the Thommo 45 as tested when she hit the market................................ ..

Western Australia's Rottnest Island provides a spectacular backdrop for photographing boats. Recently Trade-A-Boat visited WA, and though we were there to test boats, not to take in the scenery, it was impossible not to admire the natural beauty of this location. Indeed, it's easy to see why Rottnest, with its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches, is such a popular destination for Perth boaties.

We were there to test the Thomascraft 4500 Flybridge, a locally-produced boat which is typically suited to spending social weekends or extended periods anchored up at Rottnest.

The 4500 is the work of Thomascraft 2000, as the company is now known, a family business with more than 40 years of boatbuilding experience. While we don't see a heck of a lot of Thomascrafts on the east coast, the craft are extremely popular in the west,

Thomascraft should be described as a semi-custom boatbuilder because, although its hulls and decks are standard, it allows for personal customisation of interiors. Much of this customisation is possible because Thomascraft mainly uses timber for interior cabinetry as opposed to moulded fibreglass.

The 4500 has an LOA of 15.25m including swim platform and bowsprit, so it's a big 45-footer. I could be cheeky and suggest that many other manufacturers would call this boat a 50-footer.

The testboat is fitted with a single 1200HP !! Caterpillar which provided the 4500 with a cruise speed of 20kt at 1500rpm, while top speed was 35kts at 2800rpm.

It is interesting to note that the Thomascraft 4500 can be specified with a single powerplant.

The 4500 performs very well with a large single diesel shaftdrive.

BUILT TOUGH
One thing I've noticed about WA-built boats (big and small) is that they all seem to be built tough. With nothing between the WA coast and South Africa it goes without saying it gets pretty rough at times, so they have to be solidly built.

The Thomascraft 4500 is no exception, with its dry displacement of 15,500kg providing plenty of beef. It's an example of this 'built tough' attitude that Thomascraft's hull laminates are all to survey standard. The company also specifies a layer of vinylester resin to protect against osmosis.

The Thomascraft 4500 and, in particular the testboat (completed by the owner from lock-up stage) is specifically designed with entertaining in mind. However, a few minor modifications could easily turn the 4500 into a serious sportsfisher or diveboat. The choice is up to you.

The fully-moulded swim platform is huge and provides ample space for donning wetsuits and dive gear, etc. A drop-down 80mm !! stainless ladder aids access to and from the water.

A transom door on the port side provides access to the fully-carpeted cockpit. At around 16sqm, the cockpit is enormous and obviously ideal for entertaining friends. Hell, it's big enough to fish six or seven burly guys or, come evening, convert into a temporary dance floor!

A hatch in the cockpit sole provides access to the engineroom and a large storage compartment. This compartment is an ideal location for battery chargers, invertors, watermaker and the like. Meantime, the cockpit coamings feature no less than four recessed storage compartments with drop-down hatches.

Overhead is a fibreglass overhang which extends from the flybridge, plus a heavy-duty stainless frame which provides ample shade to the cockpit. The frame also supports a tender, which can be lowered to the water via a davit.

At the forward end of the cockpit on the port side is a large icebox, which was refrigerated, while on the starboard side a small sink with gas bottle storage below was featured.

A TOUCH OF GLASS
Laminated double glass doors lead from the cockpit to the saloon.

The saloon on the testboat is very spacious due to the fact that there is no helmstation intruding into the area. As noted above, the interior of the boat was completed by its owner, not Thomascraft.

This is an option Thomascraft has begun to shy away from recently, as it moves towards a more production-based line-up.

That said, the saloon layout on the testboat is fairly basic, with two of three-four seater leather lounges, television, VCR and CD player mounted in an entertainment console on the forward bulkhead. Royal-blue carpet and slimline blinds completed the modern decor.

A spacious galley is located at a dropped level and features a refrigerator, microwave oven, sink, gas four-burner cooktop, stainless splash board and plenty of cupboard space and a dishwasher

Stepping down from the galley to the companionway you locate a twin cabin amidships to starboard. This cabin features a twin berth, basic but functional cabinetry, appropriate lighting and adequate natural ventilation.

Opposite the twin cabin is a crew or kiddies' cabin featuring two bunks and some storage.

Forward is the master cabin and a large bathroom which was well-appointed and nicely finished in polished fibreglass trim. The bathroom included a full-sized shower recess, toilet, washbasin and vanity.

Up front, the forward cabin features a traditional V-berth with storage below and is a good size but could be easily made bigger

UP TOP
Access to the flybridge is via a fixed ladder from the cockpit. The overhang makes the flybridge seem quite spacious and even the large helm console doesn't cramp your style.

The helm console on the testboat features a stainless wheel and Morse dual-lever controls. Raytheon chartplotter, autopilot, VHF radio and engine gauges are all flush-mounted. The Caterpiller standard electronic set are there

Sensibly, a sturdy stainless grabrail runs around the helm console to aid movement around the flybridge in rough conditions. Meantime the helmsman and passenger are treated with comfortable seating, that could take four abreast

A bimini and full set of clears provided necessary protection from the elements.

Forward of the helm console are two semi circular lounges that provided ample seating for passengers when up top. Portside of the helm console is a small sink with freshwater tap and an icebox. Under the console is a gas hot water system, that has controls in both the galley and the bathroom for temperature


BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
The Fremantle doctor was well-and-truly blowing by the time we left Rottnest and headed for port. With the strong sou'wester on our starboard bow the fine entry and deep forefoot of the Thomascraft came into play, providing a very smooth ride. We did need those clears though, with a fair amount of windblown spray making its presence felt on the flybridge.

While looks are a personal issue - especially when it comes to boats - Thomascraft seems to have been able to blend traditional flybridge lines with a touch of the contemporary in the 4500. It's a handsome craft.


The Thomascraft 4500 is a very solidly built boat with many more applications than just heading to Rottnest Island for the weekend. Indeed, it's easy to see that with some judicious modifications and options, the 4500 would be right at home on any of the major waterways around the Lucky Country.


HIGHS
Very solidly constructed hull.
An extremely sea-worthy vessel, with fine entry and deep forefoot providing a smooth, soft ride.

Region
Western Australia
Location
South Of Perth Yc
Reference
GRRLT45
Year
2000
Builder
Thomascraft Boats
Length
50' 0" - 15.25m
Beam
5m
Draft
2m
Hull Material
Fibreglass/GRP
Deck Material
GRP
Engine Make
Caterpillar
Engine
Caterpillar 3412 V12
Number Engines
1
Horse Power
1200
Engine Hours
250
Max Speed
35
Cruise Speed
28
Propulsion
SIngle
Thrusters
Bow
Genset
Yes Northern Lights
Fuel
1800
Water
Lots
Accommodation
3 Cabin
Cabins
3
Berths
10
Galley
Yes
Refrigeration
Yes
Freezer
Yes
Stove
Gas
Water Maker
Yes
Hotwater System
Gas / Electric
Shower
Yes
Toilet
Yes
Entertainment
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Dinghy
Yes
Outboard
Yes
Covers
Yes
Electronics
C120 Raymarine / Raytheon Sounder / Raytheon VHF

SELLER DETAILS
Broker / Dealer
Boatservices Australia
Telephone
Fax
(08) 9337 9113
Address
Unit 1/4 Flindell Street
City
O'Connor
State
WA
Country
Australia
Website


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