01 June 2020
Revealed in a virtual presentation, the new M55 flybridge motor yacht is set for its world premiere in early 2021.
The new M55 is the latest addition to Maritimo’s flybridge motor yacht series. Maritimo Director of Design, Tom Barry-Cotter explains, “The new M55 long-range cruising flybridge motor yacht fuses the latest advancements in motor yacht technology and design with all of the features of the iconic M-Series models past.”
The variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft has been focused on for offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability.
As with all M-Series models, the foundations of the new M55’s hull design and engineering are centred on direct shaft-drive technology.
The direct shaft drives in the M55 will be powered by standard twin Volvo Penta D11-670MHP power units with an option of Volvo Penta D13-800MHP or Scania Di13-825MHP power units.
“Cruising efficiency and ocean-proven dependability are key to the concept of any long-range motor yacht, and the new M55 is set to be revolutionary in these categories,” said Barry-Cotter.
The hull design and engineering are based around a nine-degree straight shaft-drive system that maximises efficiency, reduces draft to an extremely practical 1.4 metres and neutrally locates weight distribution within the hull. This combination creates a balanced cruising experience that is capable of planing efficiently at all speeds.
The advancements in cruising efficiency are multiplied even further when combined with the M55’s 4,550-litre fuel capacity, meaning the M55 will be capable of adventuring further than ever before.
The fuel system is comprised of three tanks that are designed to lower the vessel’s centre of gravity and further increase stability. Wing tanks flanking each hull side gravity feed a 2,300-litre main tank located along the M55’s keel line, keeping the main mass of fuel as low as possible in the hull, creating greater stability.
“Every aspect of the design has been obsessively reflected upon and refined during the design and new product development process to achieve the functional solutions, comfort and living spaces we set out to achieve,” said Barry-Cotter.
The M55 has made use of its extra deck space, incorporating a new adventure deck, lower-cockpit design.
The adventure deck incorporates the option to be opened with electric actuators to unveil a fully lined 3-metre tender garage with 250-kilogram davit for owners looking to conceal tenders away from the platform of the forward deck.
The adventure deck lower cockpit can also be integrated with an optional 1-metre extended platform. 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 flybridge headliner, providing complete cover for the alfresco area. Adding further cover is the option for roll-down isinglass clears that provide complete 360-degree protection for the deck space. The design also conveniently conceals the clears with moulded headliner recesses when stored.
The aft galley seamlessly connects the upper cockpit deck and the saloon lounging area. Injecting light and air to the saloon and flybridge is the option of Maritimo’s unique two-stage vista sliding windows that transform the areas into an indoor/outdoor escape.
Wing mouldings on the side decks are integrated into the flybridge design for more flybridge beam and living space. The fully enclosed, climate-controlled flybridge skylounge space incorporates a pair of distinct flybridge lounging areas for cruising and relaxing that can easily convert to additional sleeping berths if required.
Beyond the aft bi-fold doors is the flybridge deck space that can be optioned with further alfresco lounging with full hardtop coverage, opening skylights as well as the option for concealed roll-down clears.
Below deck, the M55 offers three spacious staterooms and two ensuites with full-beam king master stateroom, offset queen forward stateroom and twin single starboard guest stateroom. The lower companionway allocates space for either combination or separate washer and dryer options.
“Below decks, we have gone to an incredible effort to create free-flowing spaces that best utilise the hull’s volume, maximising height and minimising the number of steps in the floors and ceilings,” said Barry-Cotter.