A company’s flagship, as a rule, is the model that it is most proud of. It encompasses everything the company has to offer all rolled into one model that is the best of the best. This is the case with the M65 from Maritimo, its largest and most luxurious long range motoryacht to date. She features four cabins, including a full-beam master and three heads. She also includes the trademark Maritimo enclosed flying bridge with inside stairway that has come to define the brand. There we discovered a sky lounge that is truly amazing on a 65' yacht.
Being founded in Australia, the Maritimo models have the benefit of three oceans, the Indian, Southern, and Pacific to serve as the proving grounds and they’re designed to take on them all. These yachts also have premium features and an exemplary level of fit-and-finish that is augmented by their most recognizable feature -- the enclosed flying bridge.
With the enclosed flying bridge feature, the elevated helm becomes the primary operational station with no lower. The flying bridge also becomes a second salon in every respect, with the notable exception of size. We’ll start our features inspection there.
The M65's six foredeck hatches bring light and air to three of the boat's four cabins below. The sun roof is optional.
The flying bridge includes a spacious elevated salon which some builders have been calling a sky lounge for years. Certainly the M65's enclosed flying bridge fits the definition because it has so much comfortable seating as well as a cocktail table and cabinet for a wet bar. This is where guests will want to be when underway not only for the view but also to be able to interact with the owner/operator.
To starboard is the helm which has two seats, full instrumentation, and a commanding view forward and to both sides.
The enclosed flying bridge is accessed from an internal staircase. It’s as luxurious a gathering area as the rest of the yacht.
As social areas go, the enclosed flying bridge is as welcoming a sight as the rest of the yacht, perhaps even more so. For it is here that all can experience the astounding views enjoyed by the captain. Being fully enclosed, inclement weather is no longer a factor and operations from this elevated position are now all-weather.
Of course with a large amount of glass we will need either opening windows or serious air conditioning. Maritimo allows for both. Standard is a set of dual 24,000 BTU air conditioning units. The hardtop has a standard electrically opening sunroof that will allow flow through ventilation right out through the opening back doors to the balcony. Additionally, optional opening side windows ($10,295) will further allow natural ventilation.
Additional options to consider for the flying bridge include a stainless gate at the top of the stairs ($3,300) that includes a fiddle rail to the helm station, a stainless bar refrigerator ($3,565) and a natural teak balcony table ($3,335).
On the flying bridge -- sky lounge/pilothouse -- looking forward from the balcony. To the left of the helm in the background is a comfortable L-shaped sofa, in addition to the one at left with the two ottomans. Notice the optional icemaker in the side table.
In the enclosed flying bridge looking aft: to the far right are the inside stairs coming up from the main deck. With the bi-fold doors completely open, the sky lounge will be the place to be.
From a gathering point of view the flying bridge is one of the most welcoming that we’ve seen, even when compared to larger yachts. A pair of sofas to either side of the helm provide for dual gathering areas. Both are luxuriously upholstered in leather. Two stainless steel pedestals at the aft sofa support a teak dining table. High-gloss teak can be seen throughout. An entertainment unit is to port, along the stairwell. It includes six storage drawers, two cupboards, a vinyl inlay top and a handrail. Provisions are included for an LED television.
There is a glass rear bulkhead with bi-fold doors leading to the balcony. This entire area is surrounded by stainless steel rails. There is a wet bar with a stainless steel sink and Corian top. LED lights make the area accessible after the sun sets.
Sky Lounge Extraordinaire. Without question, this is the best executed sky lounge we have ever seen in this size of sedan or convertible. In our opinion, the builder has done a superb job of squeezing a lot into this space. We would definitely opt for all of the amenities available for this salon as it adds mightily to the utility and entertainment possibilities of this yacht.
The aft balcony provides what is among the best views available on the boat. Notice the optional joystick control station at the rail ($9,315). We think this is a "must" for owner/operators.
The helm includes a pair of luxurious seats, with the captain’s being electrically actuated. The panel is large enough to accommodate triple 19” (48.3 cm) glass screen multifunction displays. We like the uncluttered nature of the instrument panel as well as the excellent visibility afforded because the builder kept the screens low as they should be, but often are not.
The main deck of this 65' (19.8 m) yacht is something special: her aft deck is huge and is deal size for a cocktail party; her salon/formal dining area is versatile and comfortably seats a crowd.
The main deck encompasses two more of the M65’s social areas, the aft deck and salon.
The aft deck is entered by stairs to both port and starboard and a large forward-facing sofa allows relaxing under the protection of the extended overhead. The square footage of the deck is large enough for a square dance. Maritimo has wisely left a table off the standard boat so that owners can configure this space to fit their application.
One of the reasons this space is so large and versatile is that there is no ladder or stairway to the flying bridge taking up space. To port and starboard are compartments for storing fenders and lines. A set of engine controls can be added to the port side of the cockpit ($8,450).
Now that's an aft deck! Maritimo kept the aft deck open and uncluttered so that each owner could fit it out for individual applications. The hatches lead to the engine room, but there is another access door in the transom.
The galley is laid out with both ergonomics and aesthetics in mind. Inside of the large island there is enough clearance for two people to pass each other. Because the layout has an island rather than a dead-end alley that we sometimes see on boats of this type, two people can comfortably work in the galley.
Maritimo used high-gloss teak for cabinetry and Corian for the countertops. The island features a much-appreciated grab handle running its full length on the aisle way side. This counter together with an L-shaped counter to starboard provides more food prep space than we normally see in this size and type of boat.
Standard appliances are from Miele and include a two-door stand-up refrigerator freezer, a 25-bottle wine cooler, a four-burner cooktop, a microwave, a dishwasher, a full-size opening pantry with adjustable shelves, a double basin stainless steel sink, two rubbish receptacle drawers and eight LED lights. Galley decking is Amtico. Optional teak decking is available ($8,222).
Notice the teak inlay to the overhead leading all the way forward into the salon. Decking is teak and holly Amtico.
One major benefit to having the galley centrally located is that the host or hostess is never far away from either of the boats gathering areas. It is just a few steps to the dining area forward or the aft deck. Further, with the inside flying stairway adjacent to the counter it is easy to pass sandwiches and snacks above.
As first impressions go, when first stepping into the salon, this one might well last a lifetime. The entire area is surrounded by windows for outstanding views. Adding sliding side windows ($10,925) will improve ventilation, eliminating the need to continually running the 24.5 kW generator. We would also recommend the sliding starboard salon door ($13,202) as it further increases airflow and makes for a welcome transition from outside to the inside.
Looking forward in the main salon: all guests will be able to see out from the dinette or the sofa in all directions.
Looking aft from the companionway: Seating for eight can be had at the dining table that includes storage underneath. Remember, this yacht has four staterooms so seating must accommodate eight people.
Take a second, good look at that picture. Note the size of the place mats, dinner and salad plates and cutlery. This is a large table with its leafs folded out and it can serve 8 with a little economy of plating.
While Smoky Quartz carpeting in the salon is standard, Maritimo will accommodate requests for either Amtico decking ($6,785), or genuine teak ($13,225). Furnishings are upholstered in an owner's choice of either Sable leather or Panna leather.
The lower deck has four staterooms -- the master, two VIP staterooms, and a bunk bed or Pullman cabin -- and three heads. This is somewhat unusual in a 65' yacht and we like it because it gives the vessel such versatility. Four staterooms make the boat ideal for chartering and it solves lots of problems when children with grandchildren are aboard.
The size of the M65 becomes evident when looking at this interior layout. First, note that the boat's 18'8” (5.71 m) beam pays off in numerous ways: 1) it permits a true household size king bed that does not have to "cheat" on the corners; 2) note that the vanity and stool have clearance in the master; 3) there is room for a modified queen bed in the port VIP stateroom, a cabin that is about the size of a master in a 55-footer; 4) there is room in the starboard guest cabin to close the door without having to negotiate around it, etc.
The master stateroom's king-size island berth has an innerspring mattress, and upholstered headboard with two reading lights and floating teak side tables. Full height hanging lockers to the sides are high-gloss teak and drawers are located below. A pair of 12,000 BTU units provides air conditioning. Natural light is provided from four fixed portholes, two to either side of the stateroom. There is a day lounge to one side and a desk/vanity with four drawers to the other.
Maritimo struck a natural balance of beauty and functionality by mixing the high-gloss teak with varying shades of gray.
A love seat to port in the master stateroom makes a comfortable place to unwind at the end of the day. Notice the chest of drawers set into the bulkhead forward, something that is a bit unusual but quite functional. A large hanging locker is at left.
Master Bath. The master stateroom is separated from the forward engine room bulkhead by the full beam head. It includes a separate toilet and bidet, a walk-in shower, vanity with mirrors, four top lockers, two down lights, two robe hooks, and a pair of his and her sinks. A pair of opening port lights provides ventilation along with an exhaust fan.
The master head features a full-beam layout that includes a pair of sinks recessed into a Corian counter. Note the large shower stall in the background. The medicine chest with mirrors above the sinks makes it just like home.
It’s certainly not a bad state of affairs being a guest on board the Maritimo M65. Up to six guests can be accommodated in three separate staterooms. We think that both VIP staterooms have lots to recommend them and owners will not be embarrassed to invite two other couples for a cruise and then have to pick which one gets the better stateroom -- both are top-notch.
Each stateroom includes a 12,000 BTU air conditioner, upholstered headboards and plenty of storage accommodated in varnished teak lockers. Both have easy access around the bed, although it is slightly better in the port cabin. The forward stateroom does have to share the head if there are any guests in the fourth cabin, and it also doubles as the day head.
The port VIP stateroom easily resembles a master stateroom on other yachts.
The VIP stateroom nestled into the bow is made cozy by the use of high-gloss teak. We’d like to see storage added to the open space on the upper bulkheads, but that can be added in the aftermarket by people planning on serious cruising.
Both guest bathrooms feature separate walk-in showers and Corian counters. The beautiful teak woodwork makes a stunning contrast to the gleaming white of the rest of the room.
The Fourth Stateroom
Typically sedans and convertibles of this size have three staterooms, but because of the M65's prodigious beam (18'8”) she has the width to get two staterooms and a passage way across the beam of the boat. This is never easy, and we think Maritimo has done a good job of fitting this in.
Different Strokes. Every owner will use this boat slightly differently. For some this cabin will be used for children or grandchildren. Other might use if for a nanny or a steward. Still other will use it for a couple who drew the short straw. Maritimo would be glad to reconfigure this space into an office, a laundry room, or a mammoth storage compartment.
Not all guests can be considered couples, and as such having a set of bunk beds makes a wise choice. Note that there is enough room between the open door and the bed for a person to stand -- this is the acid test for a cabin of this type.
Power for the Glory
Standard power for the M65 comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D13 engines putting out 900-hp each. This is the only boat in the motoryacht series that Maritimo will offer optional engines on. Owners can choose to upgrade to a pair of 1000-hp MAN V8s ($134,550) or 1200-hp MAN V8s ($162,150).
What Speed Glory? We have not yet tested this boat so can make no suggestion as to the most appropriate engines for any particularly application. However, we can say that at a displacement of 79,000 lbs. (35,834 kg), dry, her standard engines should be able to give her a cursing speed of from 18 to 20 knots, maybe a bit more. WOT will be several knots faster. We like cruising at those speeds, so we would be happy with the standard engines. Those who want to hit 30 knots will have to go for the bigger engines.
Those boaters who want to use the boat for long distance cruising at displacement speeds will be happy with a pair of 900s.
Standard Thrusters. A pair of standard electric bow and stern thrusters provides maneuverability that in our opinion is every bit as good as what one might expect with pod drives and a joystick. An upgrade to hydraulic thrusters is offered ($28,750). Our tests of Maritimo yachts have shown that this is a great combination, offering complete maneuverability around the dock and in close quarters.
A Joystick Option. Some owner/operators may not feel comfortable operating a boat of this size unless it has joystick functionality. That being said, Maritimo offers a system that includes an upgrade to the hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, dual lever control at the helm and separate joystick stations for both the helm and cockpit ($107,905).
Because of the boat's 18'8’’ (5.71 m) beam she can have both wide side decks and a large interior.
Depending on how the owner plans to use the boat, it might be advisable to opt for the option of having two 17 kW generators instead of one 24 kW generator set. That will cost an extra $28,000, but it can have its advantages. First, the electrical load should match the generator's constant output to prolong the life of the unit. Clearly this is easier to do with the 17 kW unit. As more power is needed -- say, when all of the AC units are on, plus the stove and then mom and daughter turn on their hair dryers -- the second genny can be brought on line. This will allow a lower fuel usage while electricity is used for smaller things like refrigerators and freezers.
The Maritimo M65 has a MSRP base price of $2.923M, well-equipped. As we stated, options are available, but the M65 boat is among the most luxurious we've seen in class, pretty much as is.
Note the relatively deep bulwarks on the foredeck of this 65' (19.8 m) yacht. We like this design as it provides a lot more safety than on a flush foredeck when going forward to anchor in snotty conditions at night.
Maritimo takes great pride in its level of fine finish work and its attention to detail is self-evident as one walks throughout the boat. While we have not yet tested the M65, our tests of other Maritimo models have shown exemplary handling characteristics, and a level of comfort and amenities that are world class. We expect that when we get on board the M65, that feeling will be matched yet again.
Cruise-Worthy Offshore. Regular readers know that we happen to think that a sedan motoryacht design makes a fine cruising yacht because generally they can be more comfortable in a sloppy seaway than a conventional flush deck motoryacht with a lot of top hamper. Because the M65 has a relatively low CG -- even with the added weight of the enclosed flying bridge -- and because her hull was designed for those three oceans around Australia, we think she will be exceedingly seaworthy.
Offshore Ride. But to make a good thing even better, Maritimo has made provisions for an optional SeaKeeper gyrostabilizer to be mounted abaft of the engine room. Experienced boaters know what to expect offshore. For those concerned about guests on long cruises, this option is a good one in our opinion.
Our general suggestion is that people in the market for a flush deck or raised pilothouse motoryacht of this size and capability, should take a good look at the Maritimo M65. We think they will be surprised at what they find.
Originally published by: BoatTest.com