The M58 started out life as a replacement for the popular 56. The M58 has a waterline length 3’ 6’’ (1.06 m) longer than the 56 and has improved weight distribution. She’s also an efficient boat thanks to her beam-to-length ratio created by keeping the former in the 17’ (5.2 m) range. This is all in keeping with the Maritimo core values of simplicity, fuel-efficiency, and comfortable cruisability.
The Maritimo M58 is a cruising motoryacht built for those who are serious about cruising and have had some long experience being on the water. That’s not to say that one needs to be experienced for this yacht, but rather the demands on the yacht itself are more stringent when appealing to a more experienced customer. Such is the case with the M58. She couples and exemplary fit and finish with a layout that craves crowds. For overnights, she has accommodations for 6 in three staterooms with two heads. Entertaining can be had with two saloons and a pair of aft cockpit decks that will keep everyone impressed and comfortable. Her most notable feature… a fully enclosed flying bridge.
A Maritimo is instantly recognizable with its enclosed pilothouse. Notice she’s a shaft drive boat but we had her maneuvering like a lady with thrusters. Yes, a joystick option is available.
Of course most evident are those features that can be immediately seen by eye. We’re talking about the level of attention to detail with the fit-and-finish along with the choice of materials throughout. Clearly this was intended to be an upscale yacht appealing to discerning buyers.
The M58 cruises with a 7-degree bow high attitude.
All it takes is a glance to see the main distinguishing feature on the M58, her enclosed flying bridge. Few if any builders in this size and price offer the fully enclosed flying bridge. And Maritimo takes it to a new level with regard to joinery work, décor and presentation. There is high-gloss teak throughout and full carpeting.
It’s also a functional gathering and social area with three separate spaces to relax and converse... two sofas inside and an aft balcony abaft the sky lounge/pilothouse.
This is a yacht that can host a lot of people when the party starts. She has open space on the aft deck as well as the “aft patio” up above. A main deck salon, coupled with the enclosed pilothouse serving as a second salon, adds another gathering area. The galley being aft on the main deck keeps the hosts, or more likely the caterers, in the middle of the three gathering areas, making it handy to the dinette, aft deck, and "sky" lounging areas. Below she’s got three staterooms, including a full-beam ensuite master stateroom, and two heads.
With open space on the main and bridge decks, there’s no shortage of places for groups to gather on the M58.
We’ll start our features inspection of the M58 by looking at her from a viewpoint of functionality. With guests coming aboard we’ll first discuss where they’ll be dispersed around the boat. Then move to where we’ll accommodate our overnight guests, and lastly, how we’ll feed them.
The first place to relax would be the first place we see as we come aboard…up two steps from the swim platform to the aft deck. It’s accessed from stairs to both port and starboard. Four across seating is forward facing. Teak decking is standard.
Above is an extended hardtop, but this can be further extended with a three-quarter length awning extending from the aft end of the balcony above ($6,670). This provides added shade and rain protection. Then, it is just a short and inexpensive step to buttoning up the aft deck completely with cruising canvas. Now, another "indoor" venue has been created that can be used for three seasons for every little added expense. We like this idea because it can extend the boating season by months.
The cockpit is the first place where guests will be seeing the M58 and it provides a welcome introduction to the yacht’s fit-and-finish.
The Main Salon
The cockpit is accessed from steps to both sides. The galley is just inside the triple doors. Salon is fully forward with opposing seating.
The three-across doors open fully to allow a seamless transition to the interior that leads us to the second gathering area, the main salon. (We say "main" because there is another, smaller one on the top deck.) By building an island counter in the galley, Maritimo has created a passage way to the main salon between the galley and stairs to the flying bridge.
Here we have multiple seating choices starting with two optional ottomans ($2,254) that also allow sitting at the galley counter on stools. This makes a great option for those quick snacks that we don’t necessarily need, or want, to carry over to a table setting.
The salon doors being able to open fully is a trend we’ve grown accustomed to and allows a seamless transition between the inside and the outside.
Padded stools serve as seats for sitting at the galley counter.
Just ahead to the starboard side is a two-person loveseat, and now those optional ottomans really show their comfort level. Another optional choice is a fold-out coffee table that converts to ottomans with storage underneath ($2,760). A flatscreen TV on an electric lift is just behind the sofa.
A loveseat lies to starboard and it can be upholstered in a choice of Sable leather or Panna leather.
Over to the port side is an L-shaped sofa and, as with the loveseat just across, this also has storage space underneath. A fold out table serves as a dining area and the ottomans again add to the seating space.
An L-shaped sofa to port makes for opposing seating for social gatherings. Notice the optional opening side windows.
The dinette table is high gloss teak with a leather upholstery inlay.
So now we have opposing seating, but more importantly, we have massive amounts of outside visibility providing for both natural light and a feeling of openness. With the back doors opened and the optional opening side windows in the salon ($9,660) there’s little need for keeping the generator running to power the twin 16,000 BTU air conditioners.
The entire salon is carpeted, which to our eye gives the room more of a homey feel, and can be less slippery in a nasty seaway. A full Amtico deck can be installed ($6,785) as well as genuine teak decking ($13,225).
The flying bridge has a small salon, two sofas and an aft balcony, in addition to the helm. Stairs are to the port side.
The gathering areas continue up a set of high-gloss, "floating" tread stairs (to maximize openness and visibility) that lead to the flying bridge. Here we have a two-person sofa facing the captain and observer at the helm to starboard. Behind the helm seats is another L-shaped settee. Through a set of doublewide sliding doors is an exposed balcony that gets protection from the extended overhead and, as with the cockpit below, an optional three-quarter length awning ($4,198) extends the shade a bit further.
As this area is enjoying the protection of the full enclosure, the same upholstery treatments we saw in the main salon, the Sable or Panna leathers, are present here as well. If the sliding windows are selected for the main salon ($9,660) then the flying bridge also gets them as part of the package. A stainless gate at the top of the stairs is available ($2,645) and includes a fiddle rail to the dash.
A two-person sofa is to the port side of the bridge deck. Notice how the low windows are offering an exceptional view even from the seated position.
Behind the helm seats is an L-shaped sofa with a folding, high-gloss, teak pedestal table much like the one in the salon.
Here is what is arguably the two best seats in the house… the aft balcony of the flying bridge. It’s just missing an umbrella drink.
With opening side windows, and a large overhead sunroof, plus the aft doors that can open fully, there’s an easy transition to making this enclosed flybridge have the feel of an open bridge. In that manner there’s really limited need for having the twin 12,0000 BTU air conditioners cranking at all times.
In this optional layout, the lower deck has three staterooms and three heads. Many owners opt to have three staterooms and two heads and use the gained head space for a stacked washer and dryer, which every real cruising boat should have. The master has a diagonal berth to provide more room.
Let’s take a look at the accommodations deck and see where our company will be spending the night. The lower deck is accessed from an offset companionway at the forward end of the main salon. It features three staterooms and two heads, plus room for a washer and dryer stacked. The high-gloss teak that we had seen as highlights on the main and flying bridge decks is now seemingly everywhere on this deck as well, and it adds a rich upscale look.
The VIP stateroom is tucked into the bow, as expected, and it consists of a queen island berth with an innerspring mattress. The headboard is a combination of leather and teak with shelving to both sides. The 12,000 BTU air conditioner shares its load with the guest stateroom but there are two separate controllers. Opening portlights are to both port and starboard. And there’s a private entrance to the ensuite head that also serves as a day head with its entrance to the companionway. An LED TV is optional ($1,265).
The VIP stateroom shows no shortage of quality materials as we see here with the teak and leather headboard. Wall linings are available in either Mink or Iron Corrugae.
The guest stateroom has a single bunk as standard but Maritimo will easily accommodate those who desire twin bunks by adding a Pullman berth at no extra charge. Climate control comes from a shared 12,000 BTU air conditioner with the forward stateroom but as we’ve stated, both have separate controls heads.
The guest stateroom comes standard with a single berth, but a Pullman upper berth is available and adds utility to the yacht at no extra cost.
Both of the forward staterooms share this guest head. The VIP has a private entrance. Note the separate shower stall.
The master stateroom is more like a luxury apartment, minus the kitchen. It’s on two levels with the entry, ensuite head, and vanity on the upper level. The master bed, offset on the diagonal to provide more room, a TV and a window-side chaise are on the lower level.
Because Maritimo was able to reconfigure the fuel tank from a forward single to tandem saddle tanks, the forward engine room bulkhead was moved back, allowing the creation of this full-beam master, a non-negotiable characteristic according to customer feedback.
Everything in this stateroom is standard and there’s an option for only one item… opening hull side windows. They are offered at no upcharge but Maritimo is quick to correctly point out that they may leak. An unlikely occurrence,but a caveat that needs to be stated.
At the upper level to the master stateroom is this vanity. The centerpiece lifts to reveal storage and a mirrored lid.
Clearly this vanity makes a great addition to the master stateroom.
A settee to the starboard side is against the hull side windows.
Looking from the settee we can see the offset berth and the TV. The vanity top is just above the TV.
There’s storage beneath the berth and under the TV cabinet. Up the steps is the vanity and head.
Feeding the Masses
Lastly, we’ll look at how we’ll be handling food and beverage service for our guests. Naturally, this will start with the galley on the main deck. It’s located aft of the salon, against the triple wide glass doors. This puts the galley square in the middle of the main gathering areas of the cockpit, salon and flying bridge. The host never has to be far from any of the social areas.
The galley is L-shaped with an additional island providing additional counter space as well as a separation to the walkthrough to the saloon. The finest appliances from Miele are included as standard. There’s a two-door, stand-up refrigerator/freezer, a 4-burner cooktop with range hood, a microwave/convection oven and a dishwasher in the island.
Well Equipped. This is one of the best appliance packages we have seen on this size and class of boat. Many builders offer just two or three stovetop burners, and all too many builders install below-the-counter refrigerators and freezers which requires bending over and takes up precious floor space in the process. Every boat this size should have a dishwasher in our opinion, and this boat has one.
The galley has a high level of fit-and-finish with Corian counters and solid teak cabinetry.
Of course, the trim level that we’ve now come to expect from Maritimo continues here. All cabinetry, including the doors to the refrigerator and pantry are matching grain high-gloss teak. The decking is Rosewood and Maple Amtico. Teak and Ebony Amtico are offered as an option with no upcharge. Authentic teak decking is offered ($8,222). Counters are Corian.
The cabinet to the left is the door to the refrigerator. To the right (opened) is the pantry. The interior shelving pulls out as the door is opened.
To the opposite side of the room is a teak credenza housing a freezer drawer in the center, icemaker to the left, and bottle and glass storage to the right.
A high-gloss teak credenza to port serves as an extension of the galley appliances.
A freezer drawer adds to the distance cruising capabilities of the M58.
Of course not everything a guest demands needs to come from the galley. Sometimes drinks are all that are needed to complement a good night with friends. In addition to the bottle and glass storage across from the galley, there’s a separate bar area at the forward end of the salon. Inside another high-gloss teak cabinet is a bar with the perimeter dedicated to holding bottles and stemware. Plenty of open space can hold the various accouterments that make a bar functional.
A bar resides in a cabinet to the forward end of the salon.
In the closed position the bar exudes the same beautiful fit-and-finish seen elsewhere on the boat.
Again, our entertainment takes us to the flying bridge, where out on the balcony is another sink and icemaker. Just inside the door is pull-out bottle and stemware storage.
A sink and icemaker are out on the balcony behind the flying bridge.
Bottle and stemware storage are just inside the doors to the balcony.
There’s also a strong argument for cooking outdoors. What home doesn’t have an outdoor grill to accommodate gatherings outside the house? Same can be said for yachting and in this case Maritimo delivers with an optional Euro Transom ($14,375). It includes a refrigerated compartment, electric grill, sink, transom shower, and a center mounted access door to the lazarette.
Added Utility. We like the added utility of the optional Euro Transom with outdoor BBQ. By placing it in the transom, the large swim platform now can serve yet another purpose – as an outside galley deck and socializing venue. Now the cook can have company when throwing burgers or freshly caught fish on the barbie.
The Euro Transom adds the ability to do some outdoor grilling and entertaining.
An electric grill and sink are just two of the features of this optional transom.
Dedicated readers will have noticed by now that we have used the term "fit-and-finish" several times in this report. Generally we try not to become too enthusiastic about interior treatments because everyone's taste is slightly -- or maybe more than slightly -- different. One thing that strikes at the core of this yacht is her impeccable interior treatment. Maritimo put a high level of attention to detail that can be seen everywhere onboard and it speaks volumes for not only the boat but her owners -- people who obviously know the difference from top quality and something that pretends to be top quality. Everything fits -- exactly. Upholstery is crafted as well as one might find in a high-priced sports car. Joinery work is installed with precision.
Options for the Application. Maritimo knows its customers and knows that they have widely divergent requirements. Some want nothing more than a rough-and-ready workboat made for a large family to use the boat as a summer cottage. For this customer, the emphasis should be on practicality, durability and low maintenance. For this purpose, Maritimo offers materials to match the job.
Other owners will want an elegant, traditional yacht that will be kept in Bristol fashion throughout its lifetime. For those, other materials, such as teak, are more appropriate. We think the builder has done a good job of making high-quality standard, and creating options only where there is a definite dichotomy of owner application that warrants it.
The bow is easily accessed by side decks to both sides allowing a safe transition in any conditions. We’d like to see rails added to the cabin sides for a little more safety, but the aft section is easily worked around by going out the starboard side door.
A sliding door leads to the side decks from the main salon.
Rail height certainly exceeds ABYC standards for safety.
At the working end of the bow there’s a standard 24V horizontal anchor windlass with controls at the deck and helm. An 88 lb. (44 kg) stainless steel anchor with 200' (61 m) of chain rode is also included. Heavy-duty bow rollers are self-loading. Hatches accessing the rode lockers are to either side.
Upgrades include a heavier 110 lb. (50 kg) anchor with an extra 66’ (20 m) of chain ($1,725). The windlass can be converted from electric to hydraulic ($4,428).
The ground tackle is managed by a standard Muir windlass. A washdown is mounted just ahead.
Love Me Tender
Every cruising yacht needs a tender, but the big question is where to put it. Many will want to consider the hydraulic stern platform ($56,925) for launching a tender. The platform doubles as a beach, which is literally a cool place to hang out on a hot summer day in the tropics. It includes teak decking to match the cockpit deck.
Bow Tender. A far less expensive approach and a very practical one is to mount the tender on the bow and launch it with a hydraulic davit. This will cost less than half as much. Since there is no lower helm station this option is a viable one, something not possible on most sedans. We also think this makes the boat look more attractive. Plus, the inside of the tender, under its cover, is a good place to stow fenders, mooring, mops and buckets.
The engine room is one area that truly exemplifies the core value of keeping things simple. Maritimo did a lot of research into whether any systems were needed, and if not they were left off the boat. Critical components were given redundant backups. The result is this clean and uncluttered engine room, probably the best example we’ve seen.
Less Mess. What we have in the M58 is probably the most orderly and functional engine room we’ve ever seen. Gone are the banks of power panels, rows of manifold switches and mechanical clutter. What we do see is clean white everywhere and only the essentials. On the forward bulkhead are only three fuel filters, not six. One for each main and one for the generator. That’s it. Next to that is a reservoir for the hydraulic oil.
The engine room is accessed from a hatch in the center of the aft deck.
Main power comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D13 800-hp diesels. These make a good match for the hull and negate the desires of some buyers to add larger engines for the simple sake of having larger engines. Maritimo’s customer feedback, and indeed industry-wide feedback, shows that buyers are no longer concerned with massive amounts of power -- and 40-knot speeds -- and the attendant fuel consumption, and are instead more interested in economy, range, riding comfort and engine reliability. For that reason, no engine options are offered for the M58. There’s no need to fix what isn’t broken.
We Concur With This Decision. The fact is that offshore a boat can't hit her top speed in anything other than a mill pond and still provide a comfortable ride. So why go to the expense of a larger and heavier engine just to show off on calm days? The fact is, the Maritimo performs remarkably well with the twin 800-hp engines. See below.
The two mains are easily accessible and there’s walking headroom between the two engines. All checkpoints are in the center walkway. At the back of both engines are power take-offs powering all the hydraulics on the boat.
While the brand is known for sea-kindly hulls, our tests in calm water showed her grace and poise, to say nothing of her impressive speed. Notice the opening sunroof in the enclosed flying bridge.
At the forward bulkhead are single filters for the mains and generator, plus the hydraulic reservoir.
Power take-offs are at the back of both mains to run the hydraulics.
One Change to this Model, vs. the 56 is With the Fuel Tankage. Rather than a single tank forward, here we have two tanks, one to each outboard side of the mains. Both have sight gauges showing levels (in liters, she’s built in Australia.) at a glance.
To the aft end of the engine room is the standard 21.5 kW generator housed in a sound shield to starboard, and the dual banks of batteries to port, each housing four 210 Amp batteries for house and engine start respectively.
Not only is this an orderly engine room but every component is properly labeled.
2-1/4” (5.7 cm) prop shafts with dripless seals.
The ship’s electrical panel is at the back of the salon. Note how it even includes the battery switches, safely locked when the aft sliding doors are secured.
One thing that isn’t immediately apparent is that the whole boat can be opened up from stem to stern to allow flow-through ventilation. In this manner there’s really little need for having the 17.5 kW generator running at all times just to maintain climate control. Also, the main deck outlets all have two plugs, as we usually see, but the generator powers one of the plugs, the other is powered by an inverter and is ideal for charging personal devices of all sorts. Again, no need to keep the generator running at all times.
With an empty weight of 54,059 lbs. (24,521 kg), 60% fuel, 48% water and three people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 60,736 lbs. (27,549 kg). The M58 has a fuel capacity of 1,321 gallons (5,000 L).
Top speed came in at 30.1 knots at 2380 rpm. At that speed we had a measured fuel burn of 79.5 gph, which translates to a range of 450 nm. Best planing economy came in at 1750 rpm and 18 knots. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 37 gph and opened up the range to 578 nautical miles -- both ranges have a built-in 10% reserve.
Noteworthy Performance. For those who are not familiar with the performance of sedans and convertibles in this size range let us give a "heads-up". This is impressive fuel consumption at both best cruise (18 knots) and at top speed (30 knots). That, together with its 1,300-gallon (4,921 L) fuel capacity gives the M58 prodigious range for a boat in this class and type. Dial her back to 9 knots and she will go over 1300 nmiles with a 10% reserve. That means she can go most anywhere on a single load of fuel except transoceanic.
Look Ma, No Pods. As an important aside, the above performance was accomplished without pod drives. Pods are heavy, require a relatively high level of maintenance compared to a conventional inboard system, and of course are far more expensive. Their one redeeming feature on a boat of this size in years past would be a joystick. But in the last few years control software has come a long way, and now with the addition of a bow thruster, a joystick can be had as an option on the M58.
Handling. Maritimos are well known for their handling capabilities so we were excited to be able to finally get this M58 on the water and see what she had to offer. Only thing is, test day showed glass like conditions in the Gulf of Mexico with not a wave in sight clear to the horizon.
At least we got to play in our self-generated waves and that showed that no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t get the hull to pound, and instead she’d just cruise right through with the spray being thrown back at the midships area near the front of the windshield.
She’d lean only marginally into the turns and was easily controllable with the hydraulic steering, providing zero feedback to the steering. We did find ourselves longing for a rudder indicator but that is a feature that was lacking in the helm panel, as the autopilot had not yet been setup.
With the enclosed pilothouse offering all weather protection, the flying bridge helm becomes the primary with no lower helm option offered. It’s mounted to the starboard side forward and climate is controlled artificially by a pair of 12,000 BTU air conditioners, or naturally from opening side windows, an opening sunroof, and double wide opening aft doors. The boat comes standard with a pneumatic helm chair for perfect visibility for all captains.
The panel is blank on the standard boat, waiting to be populated with the owner’s choice of electronic packages. Maritimo offers two choices, a twin pair of 15” (38 cm) displays ($32,271) or a triple set ($43,137). Both come with radar, sonar, VHF and autopilot.
The helm on our test boat had the twin electronics displays. Three are also offered.
To the side of the helm are the engine controls flanked by the navigation display controller and the bow thrusters. Just ahead are the trim tab controls.
The standard helm seats are Pompanette Signature Series with the captain’s being electrically adjustable for height and distance. Converting the second helm seat to electric adds $2,875.
Guests can remain in close company with the captain and observer.
Where’s the Joystick???
With the current trend of joystick maneuverability it seems that many people can’t seem to grasp purchasing a boat that doesn’t have one anymore. And indeed, Maritimo will be glad to fit one on this boat for an upcharge ($103,590). It links the main drives to standard bow and stern thrusters with two control stations, one in the bridge and one in the cockpit. However, in our opinion, Maritimo was correct to leave it off of our test boat, and as this boat is catering to more experienced operators, we don’t see the need for this at all.
What we did have was a pair of standard thrusters with a handheld remote that we took out to the optional cockpit control station ($8,450). That allowed us full maneuverability without the huge cost of doing it all with a single stick. Electric thrusters are standard but a hydraulic upgrade is available ($27,750). An additional control station is also available for the flying bridge portside balcony ($8,450).
A second set of controls can be added to the portside cockpit or the portside of the flybridge balcony.
A handheld remote allowed us to control the bow and stern thrusters from anywhere on the boat. This came in particularly handy for retrieving the bow lines from the pilings.
The Maritimo M58 has a base price of $2,191,000, robustly equipped. Most of the options offered have to do with aesthetics and the like, but to be sure, choices exist. Our test boat was equipped with many extra amenities such as a hydraulic stern platform, a Garmin glass cockpit, teak deck, and a flying bridge awning, underwater lights and other things, and has an MSRP of $2,480,000.
Regular readers know that we like large sedans and convertibles as cruising boats because of their low CG, sea keeping abilities, and comfort offshore. The trouble with most convertibles (i.e., convertible to both fishing and cruising), is that they come with engines that are overly large to satisfy the hot-shot anglers who want to be first out to the fishing grounds, thus need a high top speed. Maritimo solves that wasteful and expensive issue with a pair of 800-hp engines that provide what we think is superb performance. Other things we like on this boat are --
• Standard bow and stern thrusters with a remote. These make the boat as easy to dock as one with joystick.
• The enclosed flying bridge which adds a second salon at little added expense.
• One helm, the upper one, which has excellent visibility forward, and frees-up space below.
• Inside stairway to the bridge deck which eliminates a hard-to-negotiate outside vertical ladder and keeps people dry and safe in all weather.
• Performance that is noteworthy.
• Relatively uncomplicated for this size and type of yacht.
Originally published by: BoatTest.com