September 4, 2015

Project: Maritimo M61

Maritimo, which struck a winner with its all new M65 cruising motor yacht, has now launched a smaller version of this well received model, the M61 cruising motor yacht which has a lower price entry level while providing many of the same features and benefits of its bigger sibling. The M65, which was launched at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, has been a popular model for the company with hull number seven being 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 is in build and will be delivered to its Gold Coast owner in February 2016. The owner has had three Maritimo's previously.  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.  The M61 can come as a three cabin three bathroom configuration or four cabins and two bathrooms or can even have an office by eliminating one of the bathrooms. The M61 is powered by D13 900's and could be set up to include crew quarters or accommodate a gyro. Interiors would include the popular Wenge timber finish and the soft furnishings and fit out will be the same as the M65 in terms of quality. The M61 will be propelled with efficient shaft drive and hull design that deliver even better fuel consumption figures than pod-drives.  Maritimo has estimated that with fuel capacity of 5700 liters the M61 will have a range of 750 nautical miles at a speed of 21-22 knots. Catering is a breeze with a massive galley with the option of  domestic sized refrigerators. The M65 like 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.