|Beam||17 ft., 1 in.|
|Draft||4 ft., 2 in.|
|Displacement||(dry) 48,502 lbs.|
|Engines||Twin Volvo D11, 670 hp each|
|Base Price||(as tested) $1.559 million|
|Twin Volvo D11 670 hp diesels, 17.5 kw generator, air conditioning, 4 bilge pumps, Racor fuel filters, electric trim tabs, bow and stern thrusters w/handheld remote, enclosed flybridge, refrigerator/freezer, 4-burner cooktop, microwave, wet bar on bridge and much more.|
|Twin Cummins QSM11 715 hp diesels, drawer dishwasher, washer/dryer in master, grill in aft entertainment module and much more.|
|Maritimo, Queensland, Australia; maritimo.com.au|
|West Coast Dealer|
|Hampton Yacht Group, Seattle; (206) 623-5200; hamptonyachtgroup.com
Hampton Yacht Group, Newport Beach, Calif.; (949) 515-0006; hygofcalifornia.com
Posted: December 1, 2013 | Boat Type: Motoryacht
A full-beam master creates a signature featureIn a crowded marketplace, whether it’s smartphones, golf clubs, athletic shoes or yachts in the 50-foot range, manufacturers have to do something to make their product stand out. Smartphones add better cameras and more functions; golf clubs add adjustable face angles and lighter materials; athletic shoes add air, gel or moon dust; and manufacturers of 50-foot yachts add a full-beam master stateroom, a fully enclosed flybridge with interior access, the latest electronics and more — at least Maritimo does.
The Maritimo M50 Motoryacht is 53 feet of comfort, openness, space, beauty and toughness that add up to a cruising yacht that can handle rough conditions. But then, Australian boat builders are known for designing boats that can handle the seas off the coast of Down Under.
And speaking of Down Under, or at least belowdecks, that’s where you’ll find the signature feature of the M50: the master stateroom. Its entrance is to port at the bottom of the steps from the salon, and besides spanning the full beam of the boat, it has another feature that makes it stand out and even seem a little bigger: a split-level design. When you step through the door, you’re standing on a full-height landing, potentially a study, that looks down at the area of the room with the berth. To your right, which is forward slightly, is the head, which has a single vanity with storage underneath, twin medicine cabinets, a full separate shower stall and a freshwater toilet. Slightly to the left is a desktop with an ottoman-style chair. The desk could serve as an office space, a vanity or both. A hanging locker with three drawers beneath it — made of the same high-gloss teak that graces the rest of the yacht — is against the port hull side.
Down three steps is the actual bedroom, a sanctuary for rest, relaxation and maybe a movie. To port is the queen-size island berth, which is situated at a slight angle, opening up some space aft for the person who sleeps on that side to get around. To starboard is a settee/lounger with a bolster-like cushion that makes the lounger perfect for reading a good book or catching an afternoon nap under the twin opening port windows. A bureau and mirror are at the aft end of the settee, set against the bulkhead. Headroom in the lower half of the stateroom is about 6 feet, 3 inches, which is enough for all but the tallest of us.
Two more staterooms — a VIP with a queen berth forward and a bunk room to starboard — and a second head with a separate shower stall round out the belowdecks accommodations. I took a decibel meter below while Hampton Yacht Group’s Jason Smith kept the yacht at cruise speed, and the needle never exceeded 75 decibels, coming to about 73 in the master. Easy to have a conversation or watch a movie underway.
We pushed the throttles for the twin Volvo D11 diesels full forward from a dead stop and jumped to 20 knots in about 11 seconds, with help from the Nibral five-blade props, with very little bowrise, even with the tabs off. Once the tabs were engaged, the boat eliminated what little bowrise there was, and hard turns and figure-8 maneuvers resulted in very little lean with the tabs below half. The deep-V hull with a flat transom (just 7 degrees of deadrise) does a nice job keeping things level and smooth, throwing water to the sides and keeping it off the foredeck and windshield. Smith pointed to the shallow shaft angle, just 7 or 8 degrees, as a reason for the M50’s out-of-the-hole performance and level attitude.
Somewhere in the 2000 to 2100 rpm range, the 670 hp Volvos settled the M50 into a nice cruise speed. At 2000 rpm, we were traveling 24.2 knots while burning 42 gph. By my calculations, that results in a range of 492 miles (using a 10 percent reserve). Bump it to 2100 rpm, and speed goes to 25.6 knots with a burn of 49 gph, yielding a range of 446 miles. Top speed on test day, on a choppy Lake Washington in Seattle, was 30.5 knots at 2390 rpm. Fuel burn there was 64 gph, taking the range to 407 miles. Interestingly, at 9.7 knots — about trawler speed — the yacht’s range is just shy of 1,100 miles, because of an efficient 7.6 gph fuel burn.
From our testing perch in the twin captain’s chairs in the enclosed flybridge, the view all around was excellent, thanks to windows forward and on the sides and a large sliding glass door aft, which leads to a deck that could accommodate four chairs. The flybridge is home to the only full helm station on the yacht, but there is an option for a cockpit driving station with engine controls and a joystick, which our test boat has. What it doesn’t have at this point is full electronics, awaiting a buyer to select everything, but the helm has room for twin 8000 Series Garmin multifunction displays (and maybe a third), an autopilot, engine and thruster controls, and of course all the switches a captain desires.
The port third of the helm station appears to be an extension of the dash — maybe a chart table and storage — but in reality the section lifts to reveal a wet bar. Combine that with the refrigerator and an L-shaped settee with room for at least four, and the bridge goes from gathering place to happening place. A 3-foot sunroof brings in light and air.
On the main deck, triple accordion-like doors fold open to connect the open cockpit with the rest of the space. Immediately inside to port is the staircase leading to the flybridge, and to starboard is the galley — now level with the rest of the deck, not down a step as Maritimo fans might remember. Instead of being U-shaped, the galley has an island with storage underneath, a ceiling-height pantry, all the appliances you need, including a dishwasher, and more storage. As an added bonus, under the steps to the bridge is a wooden wet bar that houses a small refrigerator and an ice-maker and has glass and bottle storage. That’s in addition to the refrigerator/freezer in the galley. The top of the wet bar is home to the TV that faces into the salon.
Forward and up two steps is the salon, which is the rightful focal point of the main deck. Its twin L-shaped settees face each other and create room for eight to 10 people. The port settee has a wood table for dining or playing games. A walkway between the settees leads to the stairs to the belowdecks accommodations. Windows wrap around the salon and the rest of the main deck, their run broken only at the aft corners by the galley pantry and a storage unit at the base of the stairs. If the doors are open, the main deck is a single space, from the grill/refrigeration unit in the cockpit to the snack-prep area of the galley to the forward section of the port settee, which actually faces aft.
The glossy teak walls, cabinets and tables, and the gray, blue and white upholstery, trim and headers create a soothing, nautical setting. With a master stateroom that’s really a retreat, a flybridge that can accommodate six (more if you put chairs on the aft fly deck), a gourmet galley that’s part of the social scene fore and aft, and the efficiency to reach almost 500 miles at cruise and 1,000 at trawler speed, the M50 lets you cruise in comfort for days or weeks at a time.