Australian industry leaders Maritimo are back once again with an all new and exciting announcement in the shape of the M60 Flybridge motor yacht. After the more recent release of the S55, the M60 looks to be an excellent addition to the Maritimo product line-up, seeming to simultaneously relay the brand’s history and expertise in the enclosed flybridge space, whilst also pushing the brand and its range into a new era.
I had a chance to sit down with Lead Designer at Maritimo, Tom Barry-Cotter, to discuss this exciting new prospect and what it means for the Maritimo brand.
How does the M60 follow on from your delivery of the S55?
Obviously back when we started with the S55 and the development of a new era for the flybridge motor yacht we knew we were looking at the beginnings of a complete range. It’s no secret that the M60 is a continuation of this lineage, and this becomes more apparent with new model launches and reveals. There are several similarities with the S55 and M60. They were designed with commonality and share some of the same parts, Maritimo taking inspiration from the modern automotive industry and their approach to projects, getting maximum use out of our development and innovation process. So, in saying that, the M60 is a perfect natural successor to the S55 but there are certainly a marked number of new differences and changes.
What’s brand new with the M60?
Well, for starters, it is longer in hull form, it has an all-new longer adventure deck, and a new flybridge superstructure and cockpit. Furthermore, the garage hatch is the biggest we’ve designed into any of our boats to date. With room to fit a jet ski or a 3.2-metre tender lengthways within the storage area, your 60-foot vessel will be fully equipped with a sizeable tender. Around the industry you’re not seeing a tender garage as commonplace on enclosed flybridge boats, and I feel this feature really sets the M60 apart. Also, the M60 has a different running gear to the S55, and a shallower shaft angle. The 8-degree shaft angle is going to give owners excellent efficiency and performance characteristics and also improve the draft of the M60. The 1.35-metre draft is very handy for a vessel of this size and opens up destination possibilities for owners.
As I mentioned, the flybridge structure is bigger and longer, and the superstructure itself is truly impressive, providing further coverage for the upper cockpit.
The saloon layout onboard the M60 takes a lot of inspiration from the S55, with the saloon onboard the 55 both spacious and impressive, and that is really because it is packing the saloon of a 60-footer. We have pushed the interior and exterior spaces even further with the M60 and this can certainly be seen with the saloon. Anytime we add length to any model, the stretching of lines certainly assists aesthetically, and it really pulls everything into visual balance. When you see the M60 up close in real life you can see that it is very impressive in exterior form.
On top of that we’ve got the bigger base engine installed on the M60. The D13-800 Volvo is installed as the standard engine, and then obviously being a bigger hull, owners have the option for a 16-litre engine in the SCANIA 1150 or 1200, for those who want to have more power, get that cruising speed up higher or want to see those bigger wide open throttle numbers.
What is the top speed of the M60?
Currently, metrics like speed and range are just based on calculations, so unfortunately, I don’t have a solid answer for you as we haven’t actually got one in the water yet. The M60 won’t be hitting waters officially until next year, but with the standard engine, I’d see the M60 as a 30-knot boat with wide open numbers. Then moving up the engine specifications you can certainly look to add a few more knots on to that. We now have all the official performance numbers for the S55 across a range of engines, so the M60 performance wise would shape up to be somewhat similar to that. It’ll be interesting to see how the calculations come out for the M60 compared to the S55, because theoretically they’re pretty close.
How does the M60 relay the history of Maritimo whilst also pushing the brand forwards?
When Maritimo first came to fruition, there were a few key aspects that really defined our brand that were at the time very new. Those aspects being the enclosed flybridge, the walkaround decks, the aft galley, and the internal staircase. Paired with that you have the long-range capability built into the boat also.
When you’re developing a long-range motor yacht, obviously the aim is to have owners do some real miles in it. We quickly decided on the importance of having a comfortable helm position as a key component of Maritimo. This means you’re in an elevated position, you’ve got great visibility, and if you’re going long distances and voyaging into unfamiliar waters these are important aspects, especially when you may be unsure of your surroundings.
On top of having this great elevated space, the fact that you’re not up there in clears climbing an exterior ladder, opens the vessel up to a much wider market, and makes it a much more comfortable cruising experience. The enclosed flybridge is an area that you can heat or cool, it is quiet, comfortable and heightens visibility onboard. It essentially allows for a whole new space onboard, not only from an operational standpoint but also to entertain or even accommodate at anchor – even on the M60 we have the option for a flybridge head, the bridge proving to be a very versatile space. The other advantage is that by moving the driving position upwards, it then allows for extra lounging space in the saloon of the vessel. When you’re fully enclosed with internal stairs it negates the need to have a helm down on the main deck and aft stations can be used for docking, but any sort of driving can all be done from the bridge.
The aft galley has also been a hallmark of Maritimo, and I think that historically comes from catering to an Australian market and lifestyle. Maritimo’s are designed to be owner operated, and the aft galley initially was a feature that appeared on larger crewed vessels, gradually becoming more prominent aboard smaller vessels around the world. Maritimo were one of the first manufacturers to spearhead the main deck aft galley as a feature as it really suits the Australian owner operator boating lifestyle and has since become something which is synonymous with the brand. Socialising becomes a key focus onboard as a result, and with the expansive aft galleys on our more recent vessels, it in turn becomes the central social hub of the boat, allowing flexibility like never before.
What were your main considerations when designing the M60, or any Maritimo for that matter?
Our three main considerations I would say when designing our vessels are comfort, capability, and capacity. When you’re undertaking the design of a long-range vessel it is of upmost importance that you have all the capacity to go with that. That is fuel, water, power generation and cabin volumes, but storage is a capacity that is important to consider as well. We always have expansive storage areas allocated onboard all Maritimo’s, but capacity in the galley is also a key consideration.
It’s pointless building a long-range boat that can go to sea for 6 months when the galley is equipped with only has 2 cupboards and a bar fridge. Capacity wise, parameters must be set in a brief with regards to what sort of time people are going to be spending onboard and how this boat going to be used, and then everything must be designed with this in mind. Major emphasis is always put onto the capacity of our galleys, not only from a storage standpoint, but also in terms of appliances and equipment. If you compare our galleys to those of other Australian or European brands, Maritimo always comes out on top. One thing our owners love about our product is the galley, its expansive storage, it’s ease of use and of course its comfort. You have the capacity to do more from the galley of a Maritimo.
In terms of capability, that comes down to the way in which our hull design has developed over time, the engineering, the experience, and the evolution of our product line. Again, there’s not much point building a boat that can travel 800 nautical miles if it hasn’t got a hull that can withstand all conditions. People don’t just want to do laps around lakes, if they’re going long distance, they want the flexibility to go to a variety of places, so the hulls, the engineering, and the systems must be designed to deliver. Even down to the electrical systems, engineering is kept simple.
As a result, if you’re having an issue in a remote location service is easy and painless, as our technology is at its core not overcomplicated. This philosophy is continued with our straight shafts, and our engineering; it is simple but highly evolved, everything working in harmony with each other. If you have an issue, you pull into the nearest port and there are going to be service people who are going to know how to work on the type of technology in the vessel. We aim to make Maritimo systems as familiar as possible.
Lastly, considering user comfort runs through everything that we do from start to finish in the design process and this is applicable to every square inch of the boat. We design each area of the boat with purpose, and with comfort in mind. Maritimo’s are time and time again proved to be well designed, easy to navigate and comfortable through positive owner feedback.
What would you say really defines the M60 in the Maritimo range?
One thing I feel is most impressive with the M60 is the incredible amount of deck space offered. For boaters who enjoy the great outdoors, entertaining in exterior spaces, and the hybrid indoor-outdoor boating lifestyle, the M60 is definitely something to consider. The amount of deck space on this boat is just incredible. Just looking at the teak, if you go from the optional hydraulic platform at the rear and look at the deck space to the saloon doors, what you’ll find is a serious amount of real estate there. When we’re standing on the mock-up at work it’s difficult to comprehend that this is the deck of a 60-footer. It really is a new era flybridge motor yacht, and once anchored, owners can enjoy time in this protected area behind the superstructure at the rear end of the boat.
We do offer sunbeds on the foredeck, but a high percentage of our market has always used the foredeck for tender or safety storage. Looking at our primary markets, through Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Northwest, one common theme is the very harsh climates. Sitting out on the foredeck then can certainly be limited, so having the functional capacity to relax in the rear of the boat makes the M60 much more appealing and more versatile in our key markets.
The exterior deck space, along with the expansive flybridge really define the M60 in our range, with a lot of room for both entertaining and lounging, on a very seaworthy long-range vessel that is a comfortable cruise.
The M60 is really testament to the constant improvement and attention to detail that Maritimo clearly strive for on a daily basis.
Not only it is at natural successor to the S55, but also an ode to everything we love and have loved about Maritimo. The M60 represents true progress in motor yacht engineering and design, and successfully moves Maritimo’s product line forward into a brand new era of flybridge motor yachts. We cannot wait to see the finished product.
Tom Baker, Editor