The Maritimo product line continues to grow and evolve, and with it comes the introduction of the new M48 presently under construction in the company’s Queensland Australia factory. She’s destined to replace the popular M45 as a two stateroom/two head long range cruising yacht. We're told that the fit-and-finish and exhaustive attention to detail that we’ve seen in the larger Maritimo yachts will be equally represented here as well. Let’s take a sneak preview of what we can expect.
Bow stowage locker with saltwater deck/anchor wash with divider
Flybridge 4-sided enclosed hardtop
Large dinette area upholstered station equipped with teak dining table
Salon starboard aft lounge upholstered
Internal staircase to flybridge
Full-beam master stateroom
Kenyon BBQ grill
32'' TV and lift behind to entertainment unit
The new Maritimo M48 will have a LOA of 49’2” (15.5 m), a beam of 16’5” (5.03 m) and a draft of 3’9” (1.20 m). Maritimo is well-known for its enclosed flying bridges.
The Maritimo M48 was around previously as a three stateroom yacht, but it ended up being replaced by the M45, a two stateroom yacht with the master forward that was slightly smaller. It was a popular model and showed that there is a strong interest in the two stateroom design. Customer feedback on the model revealed that customers still wanted the luxury and full features of larger yachts but preferred two staterooms instead of three.
Enter the M48 Series II. She is a two stateroom yacht but this time the master is moved aft and it’s full-beam. A guest stateroom is located at the bow and both are unsuited, offering private access to their respective heads.
Externally, the new M48 carries much the same looks as the rest of the Maritimo lineup. The differences are in the interior layout.
Looking at the overall picture of the M48, it’s easy to see that she retains the DNA that has come to define the brand. Maritimo is one of the few builders in the world that makes the enclosed flying bridge a standard feature, and with it provides much added functionality.
The flying bridge is in all respects a second salon, albeit a smaller one. A set of internal stairs (another Maritimo signature design) provides a protected transition from the main deck to the flying bridge and a sofa that can be optioned as a fold out sofa bed, and teak dining table to the aft end allows a social atmosphere that includes the captain, and an observer if the optional second seat is chosen at the helm forward.
Here is a plan overview of the flying bridge deck with its aft balcony which can handle chaise lounge chairs for sunning while at anchor.
A 16,000 BTU air conditioner maintains the climate control of the glass-enclosed pilothouse/sky lounge. The side windows are fixed, but an optional sunroof ($18,860) is available that, in conjunction with the aft door, will allow air flow ventilation.
The Balcony. Out the aft door there’s a large balcony that simply begs for the addition of deck chairs and a small table. It can provide simply one of the best views the boat has to offer whether underway or at rest. Since backing into a slip may prove challenging for some owners, Maritimo makes optional controls available for the aft end of the balcony, or in the cockpit.
Options for the Enclosed Flying Bridge are Many. Choose from teak decking on the aft balcony ($8,970), a stainless steel bar refrigerator ($2,415), an icemaker ($3,565) and a teak balcony table on a fixed base ($1,610),
On the main deck there are separate social areas, both inside and out, and fully opening doors blur the line between the two. All of the exterior decking is finished in non-skid FRP, the cockpit comes standard with teak, with optional teak to the swim platform ($7,820.00). There are accommodations for gathering both on the aft deck and the forward salon. A table and fold-up chairs can be added on the aft deck for entertaining, and the salon seats seven or eight. Between the two is the galley, right in the center of everything and handy to the stairs aloft for passing up sandwiches and snacks.
The main deck has a social area to either side of the galley, keeping the host always at the center of the guests.
The cockpit can be accessed from the swim platform by steps to both sides. A large bench seat lies just behind a hatch to the engine room The square footage of the aft deck is significant and allows this space to be used for any number of purposes.
Teak decking can be added ($7,820) running right out to the swim platform. Port and starboard there are concealed compartments for fenders and lines.
The hot and cold shower on the aft deck is standard.
The galley is just inside and to port and quite well equipped as standard. It includes a 2-door refrigerator/freezer, 4-burner cooktop, microwave, a pull-out pantry with pull out shelves, a single basin stainless steel sink, Corian counters and an island with storage below. The deck is all Amtico flooring available in Rosewood with pale maple inserts or teak with ebony strips. (Amtico is now the preferred interior deck inside covering for many luxury yachts due to its durability and ease of repair.)
Options include a dishwasher ($1,955) and an upgrade to all Miele appliances ($14,145).
Moving forward, the salon represents what is sure to be the main gathering area on the boat. An L-shaped sofa lies across from a three-across sofa for opposing seating. There’s an entertainment unit that can accommodate an icemaker ($3,565) and a stainless bar refrigerator can also be added ($2,415).
High-gloss polished teak can be seen throughout. The windows come standard in a fixed position and the 16,000 BTU air conditioning maintains the climate control. Sliding windows can be added ($9,028) in a package that will also include the windows in the flying bridge.
The lower deck is accessed from a slightly offset companionway lined with high-gloss teak and stainless rails wrapped in leather. The M48 has a two stateroom/two head layout with the
full beam master located aft. As with her larger sisters, the master is on two levels, giving it a feeling of a loft apartment.
The master berth is offset to provide a bit more room to the stateroom. The guest quarters are in the bow.
The master is laid out in keeping with the rest of the motoryachts from Maritimo in that there are really two levels. Upon entering, the head and a large closet are on the upper level. The sleeping and relaxing areas are on the lower level down a small set of stairs. In this manner, the master enjoys higher headroom without impeding on the usable space in the salon above.
The berth is queen sized with an innerspring mattress. Air conditioning is 12,000 BTU but there are three large opening portlights for natural ventilation. A 32” (81 cm) TV is standard.
VIP Stateroom. This berth is not quite a queen size but still consists of an innerspring mattress. The headboard is upholstered. Another 12,000 BTU air conditioner adds climate control. There’s carpeting throughout and there is a private entrance to the ensuite head that also serves as the day head.
Both heads are air conditioned.
Some Construction Details
The M48 hull sides and superstructure are cored but below the water line the hull is all glass. She has watertight "collision bulkheads". Fuel tanks are made of integral fiberglass, which we prefer to aluminum tanks, and have sight gauges. The engine room has a fiberglass liner which is quite unusual in this size vessel.
Ground Tackle is Covered
The fact that the M48 is intended for serious cruising can be found in the builder's attention to detail when it comes to ground tackle. The 66-lb. stainless steel anchor is standard along with nearly 200" of CE-compliant chain. The bow anchor locker is divided and has a horizontal windlass which can be operated from the bow or the helm. There are both fresh and saltwater bibs located in the locker for a washdown.
Main Engines and Thrusters
Power is provided by twin Cummins 600-hp engines turning straight shafts. Bow and stern thrusters are standard and our tests of Maritimo yachts have shown that this combination provides excellent maneuverability around the dock and through close-quarters situations.
Observations and Pricing
Early pricing coming from Maritimo indicates that the M48 will run roughly $1.29M. That keeps her inline with a premium level boat and her attention to detail speaks of nothing less than that. So far, we’ve been quite impressed with the brand and with each consecutive model we’ve tested. Given that, we have no reason to think that the M48 will not be as equally impressive.
Originally published by: BoatTest.com