Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo, has unveiled the second new model launch of 2021, with the sensational Global Launch of the brand new S55 Sedan Motor Yacht at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show last month.
The new S55 is the latest addition to the esteemed sedan motor yacht series, a series renowned for long range adventuring, offshore cruising, and ocean tested stability and performance – features which form the foundation of Maritimo’s motor yacht building ethos.
Maritimo’s “Ultimate Adventurer” has been designed to meet the lifestyle expectations of a dedicated group of sedan motor yacht enthusiasts seeking space, comfort, and luxury with a focal emphasis on long range offshore cruising and adventuring.
Plans of the highly anticipated new model were revealed late in 2020, and has since seen the S55 Sedan already capture the attention of current Maritimo owners, and other boaters from around the globe.
More S55 Sedan orders were placed prior to the official SCIBS Global Launch last month, than any Maritimo S-Series predecessor, positioning the Australian designed and manufactured S55 Sedan as one of Australia’s future global star sedan models.
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show set the scene for an action packed Official Global Launch for Maritimo VIP’s and media.
Guests finally stepping aboard the S55 Sedan for the first time since its reveal were greeted with an abundance of open space, volume, and quality of design and construction known to Maritimo.
“The new S55 sedan motor yacht marks a new age for our S-Series sedan motor yacht range,” said Maritimo’s Director of Design Tom Barry-Cotter.
“It has been exciting to welcome both existing and new owner’s into Maritimo’s S-Series range, and the response to the new S55 has been incredibly exciting feedback for the entire team.
“The most common feedback from the Global Launch has been the warm response from our customers and media around the abundance of internal volume, the flow from space to space, and of course the exciting new features, such as the adventure deck and hardtop utility space”.
The new S55 hull is an advanced evolution of Maritimo’s longstanding experience in long range cruising design. The variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft has been focused on offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability.
The foundations of the new S55’s hull design and engineering are centered on direct shaft drive technology. Maritimo has continually developed hull and engineering design specifically for shaft technology.
This focus and dedication to the development of shaft driven technology has positioned Maritimo as world leaders in shaft driven performance and long range cruising design. The direct shaft drives will be powered by standard twin Volvo Penta D11-670MHP power units with an option of Volvo Penta, Scania or CAT Power units up to 1000MHP.
On display at SCIBS, S55-01 with optional Volvo Penta D13 800 MHP power units provides a smooth, quiet, comfortable driving experience.
“It performs exceptionally, with very comfortable 30 knot performance, with exceptional visibility and running attitude from the helm position”.
“It effortlessly transitions to plane with no tab required, and cruises throughout the RPM range, with a comfortable 26 knot cruise at 80 percent load” said Barry-Cotter.
Where the S55 Sedan really separates itself is in its long-range capabilities with the 4550L fuel capacity and highly efficient performance enabling the ultimate adventurer to cruise to a range of destinations.
“With the Volvo Penta D13 800MHP optional power, the S55 can cruise an incredible 488 NM at 20 knots with a 10% reserve, which opens up an array of destinations for any owner”.
The neutrally balanced wide beam hull and deep keel combined with low the centre of gravity will also give the S55 rock-like stability, creating the ultimate platform for adventuring, fishing and cruising.
The hull design and engineering are based around an ultra-shallow angle straight shaft drive system which maximises efficiency, and focuses heavily on reduced draft to enhance versatility and create more cruising and destination options for owners.
The Maritimo S-Series sedan motor yacht has long been renowned for catering to a practical single level boating lifestyle. Socializing and entertaining flow seamlessly inside and outside from the upper cockpit to saloon on a singular level.
The S55 has encompassed the successful idea of a practical deck space with its new adventure deck lower cockpit design. The adventure deck creates an incredible watersports or adventure haven with practical proximity to the water.
It incorporates the option to be opened with electric actuators to unveil a fully lined 2.8m (9’2”) tender garage with 250kg davit for owners looking to conceal tenders away from the rear platform.
The adventure deck lower cockpit can also be integrated with an optional 1.4m (4’6”) extended platform to create a mammoth deck space with endless practical applications.
One step up from the lower cockpit, is the upper cockpit alfresco deck space, with easy access to deep walkthrough side decks. The upper cockpit is fully sheltered by the extended hardtop headliner, providing complete cover for the alfresco area.
Adding further cover is the option for roll down breezeway or clears which provide complete 360 degree protection for the deck space. The design also conveniently conceals the clears with molded headliner recesses when stored.
The amount of floor space offered in the upper cockpit alfresco deck leads the market in the mid 50 foot category, with standard rear U-shape lounging and dining table and further option of opposing lounging flanking each side of the area.
“The S55 provides a first impression that is hard to comprehend”.
“We recognized that the area onboard where our owners spend their time, is in the rear cockpit and deck, so the amount of space we have offered here really goes above and beyond, and the result just needs to be felt, when standing within the space”.
Maritimo is renowned for breaking the status quo, and the S55 is no exception. The expanded cockpit hardtop coverage has amplified the amount of area above, on the often-inaccessible sedan hardtop.
“Maritimo’s design division has maximised the practical deck spaces onboard the S55 by enabling the often-un-used sedan hardtop to be accessed from the upper cockpit deck, via overhead hatch and ladder, in order for the hardtop to be utilised as a utility deck space,” said Barry-Cotter.
“The hardtop has been designed and engineered to be capable of carrying the weight of 350kg davit and tender freeing up the adventure deck and aft garage spaces for more entertaining or storage capability.
“The hardtop utility deck is also capable of storing large items such as kayaks, paddle boards or life rafts, for adventuring enthusiasts.
”Maritimo’s iconic aft galley seamlessly connects the upper cockpit deck and the enormous saloon lounging area injecting light and air to the saloon and helm is the option of Maritimo’s unique two stage vista sliding windows which transform the areas into an indoor/outdoor escape.
The saloon lounging area graciously integrates comfort, relaxation and the social hub of the vessel with the helm position.
Below deck the S55 offers three spacious staterooms and two ensuites, with full beam king master stateroom, offset queen forward stateroom and twin single starboard guest stateroom.
Each stateroom offers a vast amount of space and comfort thanks to the voluminous wide beam hull enabling the Maritimo design team to be creative with the accommodation layout.
The lower companionway allocates space for either combination or separate washer and dryer options.
“The S55 Sedan Motor Yacht Global Launch begins what looks to be an exciting new era for S-Series owner’s and our S-Series range”.