Plans of the highly anticipated new model were globally revealed in June last year to Maritimo VIPs and media, who were provided with a complete online presentation, with virtual reveal and walk through experience of a staged prototype crafted within Maritimo’s design and new product development division at their state-of-the-art Gold Coast based manufacturing facility.
Following the Maritimo Global Reveal, the Maritimo M55 has captured the hearts and minds of Maritimo owners around the globe and this month’s Global Launch will give excited owners the first opportunity to finally be able to step aboard the new class defining motor yacht.
“The team at Maritimo have truly redefined the class we created.” said Maritimo Director of Design, Tom Barry-Cotter.
“The new M55 long range cruising flybridge motor yacht fuses the latest advancements in motor yacht technology and design with all of the legacy features of the iconic M-Series models past.
“The new design has not only integrated all of the iconic M-Series features into the vessel, it has advanced them into an entirely new standard, lifting the bar internationally in the enclosed flybridge motor yacht category.
“We have crafted the ultimate flybridge motor yacht that capably delivers to a highly functional, luxurious and practical boating lifestyle, with every attention to every detail of its form considered.”
Defining the M55s striking new exterior form are the moulded bridge wings, which are a legacy feature of Maritimo flybridge motor yachts past.
The Maritimo wings are not all about a powerful form, the wings provide a brand defining function in the space they offer aboard and the protection they provide the main decks.
“Every aspect of the design has been obsessively reflected upon and refined during the design and new product development process to achieve the functional solutions, comfort and living spaces we set out to achieve.
“The wings are a legacy born from the very first Maritimo flybridge designs, which helped define our brand and will continue to define the M-Series into the future.” said Barry- Cotter.
BELOW THE SURFACE
The new M55 hull is an advanced evolution of Maritimo’s longstanding experience in long range cruising design. The variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft has been focused on offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability.
As with all M-Series models, the foundations of the new M55s hull design and engineering are centered on direct shaft drive technology. This focus and dedication to the development of shaft driven technology has positioned Maritimo as world leaders in shaft driven performance and long range cruising.
The direct shaft drives within the M55 will be powered by standard twin Volvo Penta D11-670MHP power units with an option of Volvo Penta D13-800MHP, Volvo Penta D13-1000MHP or Scania Di13-925MHP power units.
The hull design and engineering are based around a 9 degree straight shaft drive system which maximises efficiency, reduces draft to an extremely practical 1.4m (4’6”) and neutrally locates weight distribution within the hull. The M55s hull transitions and chines also provide for wider beam at the transom which increases stability and provides more space on deck. This combination creates a balanced cruising experience that is capable of planing efficiently through a large range of cruising speeds.
The advancements in cruising efficiency are multiplied further when combined with the M55s 4550L (1200 US GAL) fuel capacity, meaning the M55 will be capable of adventuring further than ever before. The fuel system is comprised of three tanks that are designed to lower the vessels centre of gravity and further increase stability.
Wing tanks flanking each hull side, gravity feed a 2300L (607 US GAL) main tank located along the M55s keel line, keeping the main mass of fuel as low as possible in the hull, creating greater stability. Another added benefit of the triangulated fuel system is that refueling can take place through a single filler from either side of the vessel.
The Maritimo M-Series flybridge motor yacht has long been renowned for its catering to a practical boating lifestyle. Features such as the enclosed climate controlled flybridge skylounge, internal flybridge stairs, aft galley, walk around side decks and practical deck spaces have set the international standard for motor yacht design.
The M55 has reimagined the idea of a practical deck space with its new adventure deck lower cockpit design. The adventure deck creates an incredible watersports or adventure haven with practical proximity to the water.
The adventure deck incorporates the option to be opened with electric actuators to unveil a fully lined 2.8m tender garage with 250kg davit for owners looking to conceal tenders away from the platform of forward deck. The adventure deck lower cockpit can also be integrated with an optional 1.4m (4’6”) extended platform to create a mammoth deck space with endless practical applications.
One step up from the lower cockpit, is the upper cockpit alfresco deck space, with easy access to deep walkthrough side decks. The upper cockpit is fully sheltered by the extended flybridge headliner providing complete cover for the alfresco area. Adding further cover is the option for fully concealed roll down clears or breezeway which provide complete 360 degree protection for the deck space.
Maritimo’s iconic aft galley seamlessly connects the upper cockpit deck and the enormous saloon lounging area. Injecting light and air to the saloon and flybridge is the option of Maritimo’s unique two stage vista sliding windows which transform the areas into an indoor/outdoor escape.
Graciously veiling the walk around side decks are the aforementioned free flowing wing mouldings which integrate in with the flybridge design to induce more flybridge beam and living space, creating the most spacious flybridge for a motor yacht in the 50-60ft size category.
The fully enclosed climate controlled flybridge skylounge space incorporates a pair of distinct flybridge lounging areas for cruising and relaxing which can easily convert to additional sleeping berths if required. Beyond the aft bifold doors is an immense flybridge deck space that can be optioned with further alfresco lounging with full hardtop coverage, opening skylights as well as the option for concealed roll down clears or breezeway.
Below deck the M55 offers three spacious staterooms and two ensuites, with full beam king master stateroom, offset queen forward stateroom and twin single starboard guest stateroom.
The lower companionway allocates space for either combination or separate washer and dryer options.
“Below decks we have gone to incredible efforts in creating free flowing spaces that best utilize the hull’s volume, maximises height and minimises the number of steps in the floors and ceilings,” said Barry-Cotter.
“With a global launch as anticipated as this, the wait has felt long, however when you step aboard you will see it has been well worthwhile”.