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Leading Australian motor yacht builder Maritimo set for Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

by Paul Wilson 19 Aug 15:19 PDT October 30 - November 3, 2019
New Maritimo M59 motoryacht © Paul Wilson

The upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will see the Americas' premiere of the latest revolutionary sport coupe and two remodeled enclosed flybridge motor yachts released from Australia's leading luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo.

The three premiere releases will be on display at the Maritimo on water brand experience in Fort Lauderdale October 30 - November 3.

Maritimo Americas' president, Dave Northrop, said he was excited to be displaying the three new models with the opportunity to showcase Maritimo's intelligent design, race infused engineering, and Australian craftsmanship for the first time to FLIBS visitors.

The X50 sport yacht, which is the very latest in the revolutionary X series range of sport coupes from Maritimo, has seen the success of the range continued after the X60 - showcased at FLIBS in 2018, with multiple orders destined for locations across the United States.

Maritimo's lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, said the response to the X series range was a vote of confidence in Maritimo's innovative design and trusted shaft technology and performance.

The X50, with its world first sport coupe aft cabin accommodation options, has been showcased at exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand and now North America where it will be featured during the remainder of 2019.

"The new X50 features a customizable aft accommodation space that increases the size of total living accommodations whilst engineering design neutrally balances the hull, and reduces straight shaft angle for enhanced performance, fuel economy and ride comfort," he said.

"Accessible from both saloon and swim platform deck, the aft accommodation space features a standard beach club cabin with ensuite.

"The area has been perfected for use as an entertainment and watersports hub, with the added ability to convert to guest stateroom via a standard hideaway double bed integrated into the rear bar."

Versatility designed into the X50's aft accommodation space also enables this area to be optioned and utilised as a twin single stateroom with ensuite or tender garage.

Advantages achieved through the X50's innovative accommodation design are not limited to just unique versatile spaces, but also integrate critical balance and performance characteristics via the neutral positioning of engines and mass whilst optimising drive shaft angle

"As world leaders in shaft driven performance, the X50 is designed and constructed to meet expectations of delivering class leading fuel economy, range, high speed cruise and oceangoing comfort that we are recognised for," said Barry-Cotter.

The X50 design department has gone further than ever in the analysis of waterflow over the hull. All underwater components have been analysed and designed with an obsessive consideration of drag reduction, creating as efficient a hull as possible.

In addition to the X-Series' aft accommodation features and options, the new X50 includes two expansive staterooms and ensuites in the forward accommodation spaces.

The full beam master stateroom with queen bed (king optional), desk, day bed, drawer unit, full height hanging locker and panoramic hull windows, is enhanced in size due to the space acquired with the guest accommodations relocating aft when compared with traditional arrangements.

The forward stateroom design features an innovative offset queen bed with connecting ensuite.

The offset bed design maximises available floor space, enabling easier access around and into bed.

Integrated hull side windows inject panoramic vistas into each cabin and there are through hull portlights for further ventilation.

The salon design incorporates optional sliding vista windows that flank each side of the hard top letting in an abundance of light and air. An optional galley positioned sunroof provides even more light and ventilation.

The automotive inspired dashboard and helm is ergonomically designed for both comfort and control. Maritimo Racing function and equipment interface experience is inbuilt at every level.

Barry-Cotter said the Maritimo signature large family galley design was incorporated into the rear of the salon, with upright fridge freezer, dish washer, cooktop, convection microwave, full height pull-out pantry, island bench, and various cupboards and drawers.

The vast cockpit space features either heavy weather bi-fold or sliding cockpit-salon doors dependent on cockpit seating options. Protective walk around decks connect the cockpit with the forward deck entertainment area, featuring sun lounge bed and lift up backrests.

The two fully enclosed flybridge motor yacht models premiering at FLIBS are the upgraded Maritimo M51 and M59.

Maritimo M-Series enclosed flybridge motoryachts are renowned for their ocean going engineering and performance with functional design perfected for waters across America.

Maritimo has engrained the fully enclosed climate controlled skylounge with internal staircase access into its product identity in American markets with a design that creates a totally unique boating experience whether it be in the warm conditions through Florida and the gulf, or cooler conditions of the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest.

The latest M51 and M59 designs have undergone major exterior transformations along with interior refinements from previous editions.

Northrop said boat users will be simply amazed at the quality of craftsmanship, intelligent engineering and performance characteristics of these vessels.

Northrop said the Maritimo M-Series range forms the foundation of product from the brand, with a loyal customer base being its finest endorsement with owner's continually awestruck by the ride, comfort and performance of Maritimo's flybridge models in any conditions.

"Maritimo has continually been leaders of flybridge motor yachts internationally for 15 years. With Maritimo's trusted race infused, industry leading shaft technology, climate controlled sky lounge, comfort and ease of maneuverability around the vessel for owners of all ages, I am confident new visitors to the brand and owners from our Maritimo family will be amazed at these new premiere models," said Northrop.

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