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Excitement builds as Maritimo finalises plans for its FLIBS display

by Paul Wilson 21 Oct 06:30 PDT October 30 - November 3, 2019
Maritimo Sydney © Paul Wilson

The upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will see Maritimo create a first in terms of its USA boat show program with the complete award winning Maritimo on water display stand being shipped to the USA for the upcoming show.

Maritimo USA President Dave Northrop said the display will be the best that Maritimo has ever put together at an American show.

The complete display stand which was named the best on water display at the Sydney International Boat Show has been shipped to the USA for Fort Lauderdale.

"We intend to treat our guests to the finest display ever at an American show," said Northrop.

"Having enjoyed record sales at the first four fall events in Newport, Norwalk, Hilton Head and Annapolis we have very expectations regarding Fort Lauderdale.

"Customer appointments and bookings are the highest we have ever seen."

Maritimo will showcase three luxury motor yachts at Fort Lauderdale.

Two revolutionary sport yachts and a flybridge motor yacht will take pride of place at the Maritimo on water display.

Northrop, said he was excited to be releasing the three new boats and expected them to resonate well with the USA boat buying pubic.

The X50 sport yacht, which is the very latest in the revolutionary X series range of sport yachts from Maritimo, has seen the success of the range continued with total sales since its launch in May now in the double figures.

The X50's success follows on from the record breaking response to its larger sibling, the X60 sport yacht launched in Australia in May 2018, and now there have been circa 25 orders worldwide.

The X60 sport yacht displayed at FLIBS is a new highly customised model.

Maritimo's lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, said the response to the X series range was a vote of confidence in Maritimo's leading edge design and the innovation built into each of the vessels.

The X50, with its unique aft cabin accommodation options, has been showcased at exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand and now North America

"The X50 results build on the phenomenal response to the X60 which drew international acclaim in 2018 as one of the most exciting advances in the sport yacht sector thanks to the model's innovative design features," he said

"Both these models have been embraced by boaters throughout the world with sales made in a multitude of countries and we expect them to draw considerable attention in Fort Lauderdale."

The X60 and new X50 feature a customizable aft accommodation space that increases the size of living spaces in the forward accommodation and neutrally balances the hull for enhanced performance, fuel economy and ride comfort.

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 folding 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 3.2 metre 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 ocean going comfort that we are recognised for," said Barry-Cotter.

The X50 design team 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 saloon 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 signature large Maritimo family galley design was incorporated into the rear of the saloon, 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 heavy weather bi-fold cockpit-saloon doors, rear euro seating, and starboard side entertainment unit. Protective walk around decks connect the cockpit with the forward deck entertainment area, featuring sun lounge bed and lift up backrests.

The new flybridge motor yacht being premiered at FLIBS, the 2019 model M51, is one of the company's best sellers.

These boats have been refined and improved on previous adaptations and provide true blue water passage making capability in a stylish, robust and luxurious bridge cruiser package.

Northrop said the M51 is the company's best selling model worldwide and is 'an awesome boat'.

The new model feature panoramic hull side windows which have completely transformed the ambience of the master cabin, an updated materials palette, new cabinetry design and new lighting packages.

"Maritimo is also at the cutting edge of flybridge designed motor yachts internationally and with the climate controlled upper deck level providing great visibility, comfort and easy of maneuverability I am confident they will sell well," said Northrop.

"The M51 is past years has been one of the company's most popular vessels and this new improved model will be a head turner."

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