Maritimo's new M58 wows

KENT GRAY AT SANCTUARY COVE - BOATING NZ
Last updated 22:14 24/05/2012
The Mustang 43 Sport Cruiser's plush cockpit/saloon.
The Mustang 43 Sport Cruiser's plush cockpit/saloon.

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Australian luxury launch manufacturer Maritimo has unveiled two new models at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and given media a sneak peak of two further cruisers to be released later this year.

The towering Maritimo M58 flybridge motoryacht made an imposing debut on the opening morning of the 24th SCIBS alongside a new Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser which was enthusastically embraced by show patrons.

The sleek M58 is the first of five Maritimo flybridge cruisers remodelled following a business-wide review and corporate restructure undertaken by company founder Bill Barry-Cotter. A remodelled M45 (flybridge) model will be released at August’s Sydney International Boat Show with a new S58 (sedan) to follow later in the year.

Maritimo M58

Despite a pricetag of A$2.050 million, the new M58 has is being marketed as a “boaties boat” at SCIBS with the “DNA of the world renowned Bill Barry-Cotter flybridge cruiser range running right through it”.

Powered by twin Volvo d13 800MHP engines, the behemoth has a cruising speed of 25 knots and long range cruising capability due to its “class leading” fuel efficiency.

The M58’s flybridge is accessed by internal stairs, is fully enclosed and boasts a dinette that converts to a large double bed, providing a second stateroom for guests or extended family.

Stepping in from the wide teak laid cocpit, wide bi-fold doors led into an open plan living space with aft galley, a large dining table for six and plush loungers for relaxing.

The M58 sleeps eight. A full beam master stateroom with ensuite and chaise lounge, make-up vanity (or study) with large port and starboard portholes are the most obvious refinements below decks.

“The M58 is a radical departure for us,” Barry-Cotter said. “There’s the full beam master [cabin] and a lot of innovation throughout. And the fuel figures at 31.7 knots are better than our old 45 and the M58 is a third heavier again.”

Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser

Maritimo aim to bring a “totally new level of style, performance and sophistication to the mid-range price sector of the boating market” with the new Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser.

To be offered with stern drives as standard  and optional shaft drive or IPS pod drives, the 43 fits inbetween the “baby Maritimo“ Mustang 32 Sports Cruiser and the Mustang 50.

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The 43 is predominetly an entertainment platform although fishos will appreciate the cockpit layout with the aft facing L-shaped lounge allowing clear access around the transom.  There is a fully-equipped galley aft to starboard in the spacious saloon behind an entertainment unit.

Stepping down from the main saloon, you’ll find a VIP cabin to port with double berth plus a clever lounge running alng the port side of the vessel which adapts to a double bunk, Pullman style. Forward is the owner’s cabin with walkaround double island berth while the  bathroom to starboard includes a large shgower, vanity, basin and electric toilet.

Maritimo marketing director Luke Durman believes the 43 will be a winner.

“We have reviewed and reviewed this boat and the attention to detail that has gone into this model will ensure its success, I’m sure,” Durman said. “It is the complete package when it comes to comfortable, safe and relaxed family boating, particularly  with a base price of $695,000 fore the standard twin stern drive.”

Meanwhile, the tough market conditions in Australia and internationally has seen Maritimo review its corporate operations, senior management team and model range. Garth Corbitt has been appointed chief executive officer and

Greg Haines, a member of Queensland’s legendary Haines boating family, has joined as sales and marketing manager.

Together the duo have set their sights of “embarking on a growth phase centred around quality, a reducing and refining product line and outstanding service.”

A clear demonstration of the Maritimo’s quality focus is the introduction of an independant marine survey system on all new Maritimo or Mustang models where new buyers can engage an independant surveyor and request reports three times during the build process.

- Stay tuned to Boatingnz.co.nz for more news and new releases from the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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