by Steve Lague

In July last year, we revealed Maritimo’s plans to add three all-new models to its already extensive line-up of luxury motor yachts. This week, just shy of six months since that announcement, the Maritimo M59 Cruiser will make its world debut on the opening day of the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

Maritimo International Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, who is in the US for the show, said he expected the three-cabin, two-bathroom cruiser to attract a great deal of interest.

“Our dealer partners are quietly confident and all reports we are getting suggest there is a level of confidence in the economy in the USA right now that is quite strong,” Mr Haines said.

He also expected the show to be a good litmus test of just how high confidence levels in the US were with Miami the first major international boat show since the election of President Trump.

The Maritimo M59 will have a price tag of $US2.14m (it will be $2.8m here), a figure Mr Haines said made the 17.98m blue water cruiser a very good value proposition.

The M59 sits just under the M65 and M61 that that have been released in the past 18 months and can be set up to accommodate up to eight people comfortably. The standard configuration sleeps six people in three separate state rooms.

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It also has been designed with a wide beam to create extra interior space and large back opening lazerette similar to that on the company’s larger M64, and smallest motor yacht in its range, the M51.

“The back of the boat opens up to a large storage space which is perfect for a tender and all the water toys you could want,” Mr Haines said.

“The cockpit is accessed from both sides with openings to the hydraulic swim platform (optional) and because of the boat’s large beam the space is substantial.”

The 5.36m beam on the Maritimo M59 is 700mm wider than the bigger M62 that has an overall length of 19.16m compared to the 17.98m of the M59.

Standard engine configuration will be D11 – 725hp Volvo Penta diesels in a stern drive configuration. The more powerful D13 800 and D13 900 models will be available as options. The engine room of the Maritimo M59 will be lined with Australian boat builder’s patented engine room liner that further reduces the intrusion of the already quiet engines, even further. The liner will be fitted as standard on all its cruising motor yachts.

The one notable change from the original renderings, shown above, is that the hull windows have been changed from a horizontal design to vertical to keep it more in keeping with the bigger M64.

The Miami International Boat Show runs from February 16-20 and is one of the biggest boat shows in the US with more than 100,000 visitors last year.

The M59 will have its first public viewing in Australian at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.