Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo, which struck a winner with its Maritimo M65 cruising motor yacht, has now launched a ‘mini version’, the M61 cruising motor yacht which has a lower price while providing many of the same features and benefits of its bigger sibling.
The M65, which was publicly launched at the 2015 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, has been a popular model for the company with a total of nine now sold, but Maritimo saw a niche for a similar styled vessel that sat between the M65 and the M58.
The first M61 cruising motor yacht has just been finished and was unveiled for the first time at an invitation only VIP event for Maritimo customers and media on May 7th.
Its international public launch at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show follows the sale of five vessels, all to South East Queensland buyers who have previously owned Maritimos.
Maritimo M61 hull number one has been purchased by a Gold Coast based boatie who has previously owned three Maritimos.
Maritimo’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the M61 had exceeded all expectations and the company was confident it would be a very popular model.
Big boat enthusiasts are expected to embrace the new M61 which requires less berthing space than its larger sibling, has almost all the same features, albeit proportionally smaller, and is priced under $2.6 million.
“Like the M65 this is a serious motoryacht and the interest we have had in this new model has been tremendous,” according to Haines.
“The boat comes as a three cabin three bathroom configuration or four cabins and two bathrooms or you can even have an office by eliminating one of the bathrooms.
“It has the full beam master suite and virtually everything else that the M65 delivers only slightly smaller. “It will be ideal for people who have limited berthing area and cannot accommodate the M65.
“It is a go anywhere motoryacht which can accommodate a family in style, safety and comfort for some genuine blue water passage making.”
Mr Haines said the M61 standard power is a pair of Volvo D13 900’s, boat number one is fitted with the first Australian release of the new Scania D16 – 1150hp common rail engines. The M61 can be set up to include crew quarters or accommodate a gyro. Interiors would include the standard gloss teak or the popular Wenge timber finish and the soft furnishings and fit out would be the same as the M65 in terms of quality.
Mr Haines said with Maritimo’s super efficient shaft drive and hull design technology the company is able to deliver even better fuel consumption figures than its competitors using pod-drives across the full range of Maritimo models and he says the M61 will be no exception.
Maritimo has estimated that with fuel capacity of 5800 litres it will have a range of 720 nautical miles at a speed of 21-22 knots.
Catering is a breeze with a massive galley with the option of side-by-side domestic sized refrigerators. Miele appliances are standard.
Room to relax and kick back is no problem with the saloon lounge being 1.8 metres long.
Mr Haines said the flybridge is larger than the saloon on most of our competitors 50 foot boats and there were options for convertible berths, relocatable tables and a wet bar.
“Some our buyers like the idea of having a separate area for their teenage children to have their own space,” he said.
He said like the M65 the new M61 could have the popular Euro style transom or it could be optioned to have Maritimo’s traditional island transom or a fishing version.