Externally the styling of the Maritimo M59 looks very much the same as other versions in the Maritimo M Series range, but there are some unique differences that set it apart.
Maritimo has been building boats now for quite a few years and has never been a company that sits back and waits for the market to react. Under the tutelage of Australian marine industry guru, Bill Barry-Cotter, Maritimo has been at the forefront of new and innovative designs, both in flybridge and sport sedan models. They have never been afraid of doing something different, yet at the same time have stayed reasonable mainstream in their designs.
The new M59 continues to grow the M Series for Maritimo and with international sales, before the first boat was completed, it is destined to be another winner for the company. It is a boat designed to appeal to a variety of owners, from those that have a serious fishing interest to others that see the M59 as the perfect family and social cruiser.
The M59, the very latest release from this leading Australian boat builder, derives a lot of its features from areas that have proven popular in other models. For example, the M59 can incorporate a lift-up boot with Euro transom or fish boat transom, the same as the M51, M54 and M64.
The main difference is with the Fishing transom the boot lid is replaced with a fully moulded one-piece transom. There’s also a dedicated central bait station with all the necessary bait and tackle prep areas, complete with live bait tank and tuna tubes. There are plenty of storage areas under the coamings for your tackle, fenders and ropes. While the Euro transom has stainless tube gates, the fishing version has solid grp doors to eliminate any water rushing into the cockpit when backing down on a fish.
The Euro transom has stern seating with a teak table on S/S pedestal, with the optional tender storage below and full access to the lazarette area. The transom includes a plate freezer, provision for optional BBQ, sink and cockpit shower. While the Fish transom is popular in Australia and New Zealand, it’s the Euro transom that is favoured by European and US buyers.
Maritimo offers an optional rise/fall transom lift or you can opt for a Freedom lift for external dinghy storage.
Launched at the recent Miami Boat Show in February and with its first Australian release at SCIBS, the Maritimo M59 (17.98m) fills in the gap between the M62 (19.16m) and the M54 (16.50m). It now brings the Maritimo M Series lineup to six boats, from the M51 (16.19m) through to the M70 (21.51m).
While all boats share a common DNA and styling, they are very much individual inside, with layouts that reflect the different sizes. For example, while the popular M62 has two bathrooms and a day head, the M59 has just the two bathrooms, but due to the extra beam of the M59 (5.46m) compared to 5.29m for the M62, there is more accommodation space available. For example, while the M62 has upper and lower bunks in the third cabin, the M59 has slide-together singles. However, apart from the extra day head of the M62, the layout is very similar.
“The additional beam has allowed us to reconfigure the boat completely and we have gained not only in the lower accommodation area but also throughout the saloon, cockpit and flybridge”, says Maritimo Marketing & Sales Manager, Greg Haines.
It’s a big little boat that intelligently answers the issues of utilising available space to the maximum benefits.
The three-cabin layout features a full beam master aft and forward VIP, both with queen size berths and ensuites. As mentioned due to the extra space available there is also a starboard side guest cabin with twin berths that slide together to form another double.
Both the master stateroom and forward VIP cabins have massive storage drawers, cupboards and hanging lockers, plus full height mirrors, individual air conditioning and portholes providing plenty of natural light. Overhead hatches come with flyscreens and sunshades. Noticeable is the head height and space now available in the cabins.
The master stateroom has an extra large bathroom, with a mezzanine area complete with a makeup desk and room to change, while the ensuite opposite is shared by the VIP and guest cabins, as well as doing double duty as the day head.
Being a semi-custom layout, you have the ability to personalise the accommodation area. For example, the sofa in the master stateroom can be replaced with a vanity unit or even a sideboard. It’s all up to the owner to decide. Maritimo has already had requests for an exercise bike, piano and even a treadmill to be built into the M59. “We’ll consider most reasonable requests and if we can make it work in the space, we are happy to accommodate the owner”, says Greg.
The four-sided enclosed hardtop has triple sliding doors to starboard and an opening door to port, plus an electric Webasto sunroof with shade slide above.
Again because of the extra beam, the ergonomic dash is broad enough to take a trio of 22” MFD screens, although some owners choice a pair of 19” MFDs and use the available space for adding other systems or displays. It is fully equipped with steering, engine controls, engine instrumentation, intermittent wiper controls, bow and stern thruster controls, trim tab controls, winch up/down controls and compass. Plus there’s even a freshwater windscreen washer and rain sensors.
Twin Pompanette chairs look after the skipper and a guest, while an L shape lounge aft allows your friends to join in the party when you’re at the helm. This can also convert to another reasonable large sofa bed for extra guests. A port side wet locker is equipped with everything you need to make a few cocktails and keep the beers cold.
Another new feature is the lack of any windscreen mullions, which improves visibility and gives the forward screen the impression of being one large panel. If you venture out onto the Juliet deck, a stainless steel rail runs around the perimeter for your safety and there’s space for a couple of deck chairs and a fold away table. You can also have a fixed table and seating built in as an option.
Like all Maritimos, the saloon and cockpit are divided with bi-fold glass doors that bring the outdoor and indoor areas together. The M59 has the traditional starboard side aft Maritimo galley with the island counter. This has proven very popular with owners. With the rear doors open, the galley is immediately accessible to the cockpit, so no need to come inside to grab a cold drink or lunch while you’re busy fishing.
Standard on the M59 is high-quality Miele fittings, such as the cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and range hood and you have a choice when it comes to bench tops (Corian or Caesarstone) and galley floorings (Rosewood with Maple or Ebony inserts or Amtico). The timber options throughout the M59 are Teak, Wenge, Myrtle or Walnut in satin or gloss finish. Gloss teak is standard.
Opposite the galley, is the stainless and open teak tread staircase which leads up to the enclosed flybridge. The lockers below form an extension of the galley with an F&P draw fridge, which can we set for wine, pantry, chill or freezer. There’s also extra storage for glasses and an icemaker, plus the entertainment centre.
Due to the extra beam and to also provide extra height in the owner’s stateroom, Maritimo have moved the dinette to the starboard side of the saloon and it is the first of the new Maritimo range with a full U shape lounge. You also have the option of a multi-functional table that can be set up at coffee or dining heights.
No lower helm means the saloon is fresh and open, providing a very social aspect to the layout. Another bonus of the extra beam is the companionway to the accommodation area is now in the centre. I was surprised as to how much the design could benefit from just an extra 170mm (6.7”) of extra width.
Maritimo doesn’t do pod boats and the M59 is offered with either a pair of Volvo Penta D11-725 or D13-800. Our boat ran the larger package and on the mild waters of the Broadwater, we hit just over 28 knots. Not bad for a boat that weighs in at around 30,000 kgs, wet. Cruise speed is around 2000 rpm, which gives a speed of 21 knots and a range of around 500nm. Fuel burn is 9.5 lpnm.
The M59 is not where the M Series will end, with a bigger model planned in the future, plus a sedan version, S59, will be available later this year. This follows a similar trend for some other M Series flybridge models.
Already the M59 has proven an international winner with the sale of the first boat to a Gold Coast client, with the next two boats sold to US-based owners and the fourth to Europe. At the time of writing #5 was staying in Australia as a stock boat, but as is the interest in the new model, by the time you read this it has probably been sold.
If you equip the M59 with all the latest electronics and control systems such as thrusters and EJS, it’s a boat that is easily handled by two people.
- Boat Design Name: Maritimo M59
- Year Launched: 2016
- Designer: Maritimo Design Team
- Interior Designer: ??
- Builder: Maritimo
- LOA: 17.98m
- LOH: 17.68m
- Beam: 5.46m
- Draft: 1.22m
- Displacement (Dry): 27,000 kg
- Max Speed: 28 knots
- Construction: GRP
- Fuel Capacity: 4400 Litres
- Water Capacity: 700 Litres
- Engines Make/HP: 2 x 800hp Volvo Penta D13
- Drive Train: Shaft
- Props: 30” x 37.5” Teinbridge
- Generator: Cummins Onan 17.5 kW
- Anchor Winch: Muir Cheetah
- MFD: Simrad 22” x 3
- Base Price of Boat: $AU2.11M
- Contact: Maritimo, Beattie Rd, Coomera, QLD 4209 Australia | Ph +61
Range is based on 90% of the 4400 litre capacity.