By Jeanne Craig
Maritimo M50: Aussie Attitude in an Enclosed Flybridge
Here comes another stunner from Down Under, courtesy of Maritimo, one of largest boat builders in Australia.
Maritimo Yachts of Australia debuted its M50 on the docks at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage show, and this flybridge yacht–a smaller sibling of the builder’s popular M58–brings with it a new look, updated layouts, and improved accommodations that include a full-beam master suite. And how suite it is.
The M50 received a strong reception from dockwalkers in Miami, which is good news for the builder as the M48 it replaces is one tough act for any family cruising yacht to follow. It was one of the company’s most successful models with more than 100 sold internationally, from Singapore to Spain to Seattle. Like the M48 and the M58, the M50 also has an enclosed flybridge, internal staircase, walkaround decks and a galley at the aft end of the salon, although those features are further refined and improved here. Also present is the variable deadrise hull design that makes Maritimo yachts reliable vessels for those who cruise in open water, although even the ride has been refined. According to Maritimo, in a run from Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia to Sydney, the M50 ran 10 percent more efficiently than the M48.
The big difference between the M50 and its predecessor is the full-beam master stateroom. It has a king-sized berth, chaise lounge, vanity/desk, double wardrobe and en suite head. The M50 also has a VIP cabin with double berth and another guest cabin with bunks.
“The major change in the new M50 is the master suite,” says Greg Haines, marketing director at Maritimo. “It’s luxurious and spacious, making the boat perfect for families who have several children or for cruising couples who want their own space and privacy while also being able to take up to two other couples with them. When we first launched the M48 it was the smallest cruiser in our range to offer a three-cabin layout, which basically provided the same livability of the larger vessels in the fleet, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. Now with the added benefit of the full-beam master, this boat really is a mini-super yacht—and it will sell very well I am sure.” Considering how suite it is, that sounds to us like a sure bet.
For more information, visit Maritimo.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.