Fullbeam Ahead

Barry Thompson | VOLUME 32, ISSUE 3

Maritimo’s new M59 motoryacht is a floating tribute to the art of luxury long-distance cruiser design.

The new M59 continues to grow the M Series for Maritimo and, with strong international sales before the first boat was completed, is destined to be another winner for the company. It’s a boat designed to appeal to a variety of owners, from serious fishers to others who see the M59 as the perfect family and social cruiser.

The M59 derives many of its features from Maritimo’s other popular models and fills the gap between the M62 (62.8ft/19m) and the M54 (54ft/16.5m).

The main difference is the M59’s Fish transom, with the boot lid replaced by a fully moulded, one-piece transom. There’s also a dedicated central bait station with all the necessary bait and tackle prep areas, as well as a livebait tank and tuna tubes, and plenty of storage areas for tackle, fenders and ropes under the coamings.

The Euro transom version has stern seating and a teak table, with optional tender storage below and full access to the lazarette area. The transom includes a freezer, provision for an optional barbecue, sink and cockpit shower.

An optional rise/fall transom lift is offered, or buyers can opt for a Freedom lift for external dinghy storage.


While all Maritimo motoryachts share a common heritage and styling, they’re very individual inside, with layouts that exploit the different sizes.

For example, while the popular M62 has two bathrooms and a day head, the M59 has just the two bathrooms – however, thanks to the M59’s extra beam (5.46m, compared to 5.29m for the M62), it has more accommodation space.

“The additional beam has allowed us to reconfigure the boat completely and we have gained space not only in the lower accommodation area, but also throughout the saloon, cockpit and flybridge,” says Maritimo Marketing and Sales Manager, Greg Haines.

The three-cabin layout features a full-beam master aft and a forward VIP, both with queen-sized berths and en suites. And thanks to the extra space, there’s also a starboard-side guest cabin with twin berths that slide together to form a double.

The master stateroom and VIP cabin have plenty of storage, plus full-height mirrors, individual air-conditioning, and portholes providing plenty of natural light. Overhead hatches come with flyscreens and sunshades. Noticeable is the extra cabin head height.

The master stateroom has an extra-large bathroom, with a mezzanine area that includes a makeup desk and room to change, while the en suite opposite is shared by the VIP and guest cabins, as well as doing double duty as the day head.

With Maritimo allowing customers to add their own personal touches, novel extras have included an exercise bike, a treadmill and even a flybridge piano for owners who like a little musical accompaniment with their boating.

“We’ll consider most reasonable requests and if we can make it work in the space, we are happy to accommodate the owner,” says Haines.


The fully enclosed hardtop has triple sliding windows to starboard and an opening window to port, plus an electric Webasto sunroof with shade slide above.

Again because of the extra beam, the dash is broad enough to take a trio of 22in multifunction screens, although some owners choose a pair of 19in units and use the available space for adding other systems or displays. All controls are within easy reach, including engine controls, instrumentation, intermittent wipers, bow and stern thrusters, trim tabs, winch controls and compass. There’s even a freshwater windscreen washer with rain sensors.

Twin Pompanette chairs look after the skipper and first mate, while an L-shaped lounge allows guests to join the party. This can also convert to another reasonably large sofa bed. A port-side wetbar helps keep the beer cold.

Another new feature is the lack of windscreen mullions, which improves visibility and makes the forward screen look like one large panel. A stainless-steel rail runs around the perimeter of the upper rear deck, where there’s space for a couple of deck chairs and a fold-away table. A fixed table and seating is an option.

Like all Maritimos, bifold glass doors between the saloon and cockpit merge the outdoor and indoor areas. The M59 has Maritimo’s traditional starboard-side aft galley, with island counter. With the rear doors open, the galley is immediately accessible to the cockpit, so there’s no need to come inside to grab a cold drink or lunch while fishing.

Standard on the M59 are high-quality Miele galley fittings, including a cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and rangehood. There’s a choice of bench tops (Corian or Caesarstone) and galley floorings (rosewood with maple or ebony inserts, or Amtico). Timber options throughout the M59 are teak, wenge, myrtle or walnut, in satin or gloss finish. Gloss teak is standard.

Opposite the galley is the stainless and teak flybridge staircase. The lockers below form an extension of the galley, including a drawer fridge with wine, pantry, chill or freezer settings. There’s also extra storage for glasses and an icemaker, plus an entertainment centre.

With the extra beam and to provide extra height in the owner’s stateroom, Maritimo has moved the dinette to the starboard side of the saloon, which includes a full U-shaped lounge serviced by an adjustable table – the first for the new Maritimo range.


The lack of a lower helm means the saloon is fresh and open, providing a very social feel to the layout. The companionway to the accommodation area is now in the centre, courtesy of the extra beam … I was surprised as to how much the design could benefit from just an extra 170mm of width.

Maritimo doesn’t do pod boats, so the M59 is offered with either a pair of Volvo Penta D11-725 or D13-800 engines. Our test boat ran the larger package and on the mild waters of the Broadwater, we hit just over 28 knots (52km/h). Not bad for a boat that weighs around 30 tonnes, wet. Cruise speed is at around 2000rpm, which gives a speed of 21 knots (39km/h) and a range of around 500nm (930km). Fuel burn is 9.5lt/nm.

Already the M59 has proven a winner, with the sale of the first boat to a Gold Coast client, the next two boats sold to US-based owners and the fourth to Europe.

Equipped with all the latest electronics and control systems, such as thrusters and Electronic Joystick System (EJS), the M59 motoryacht is a boat that will easily look after a crew of two with ease and comfort. With world-class build quality and all the detail touches and solid engineering that Maritimo incorporates into its boats, the M59 is on course as a major sales success for the award-winning Gold Coast builder.


LOA: 17.98m

Beam: 5.46m

Draft: 1.22m

Displacement (dry): 27 tonnes

Fuel capacity: 4400lt

Water capacity: 700lt

Power as tested: 2 x 800hp Volvo Penta D13

Price from: $2.11M

More information: Maritimo, tel (07) 5588 6000, web: maritimo.com.au.