12 November 2020
Australian motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo will unveil the new S55 sedan motor yacht at the Sanctuary Cove Boating Festival, taking place from 13 to 15 November.
Maritimo has confirmed that the world premiere of the S55 will be in May 2021.
The new S55 is the latest addition to their sedan motor yacht series, a series built for long range adventuring and offshore cruising.
“The new S55 offshore adventuring sedan motor yacht marks the first of an evolutionary design shift to the exterior form and styling within the S-Series sedan motor yacht range,” said Maritimo’s Director of Design Tom Barry-Cotter.
“The key practical design features of S-Series models past remain, with an array of exterior form advancements and additional features included.
The new S55 hull is an advanced evolution of Maritimo’s longstanding experience in long range cruising design. The variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft has been focused on offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability.
The foundations of the new S55’s hull design and engineering are centered on direct shaft drive technology. Maritimo has continually developed hull and engineering design specifically for shaft technology.
The direct shaft drives will be powered by standard twin Volvo Penta D11-670MHP power units with an option of Volvo Penta, Scania or CAT Power units up to 1000MHP.
“Cruising efficiency and ocean proven dependability, are key to the concept of any long range motor yacht, and the S55 new generation hull design is set to be revolutionary in these categories.
“The neutrally balanced wide beam hull and deep keel combined with low the centre of gravity will also give the S55 rock-like stability, creating the ultimate platform for adventuring, fishing and cruising” said Barry-Cotter.
The hull design and engineering are based around an ultra-shallow angle straight shaft drive system which maximises efficiency, and focuses heavily on reduced draft to enhance versatility and create more cruising and destination options for owners.
A neutrally balanced weight distribution within the hull creates a well trimmed cruising experience that is capable of planning efficiently at all speeds, and aids visual sightlines from the helm position.
The advancements in cruising efficiency are multiplied further when combined with the S55’s 4550-litre fuel capacity, meaning the new sedan motor yacht will be capable of adventuring further than ever before. The fuel system is comprised of three tanks that are designed to further lower the vessel’s centre of gravity and further increase stability.
Wing tanks flanking each hull side gravity feed a 2300-litre main tank located along the S55’s keel line, keeping the main mass of fuel as low as possible in the hull, creating greater stability.
The Maritimo S-Series sedan motor yacht features a practical single level layout, seamlessly merging inside and outside from the upper cockpit to saloon.
The S55 includes Maritimo’s new “adventure deck” lower cockpit design that provides a space for watersports or toys to be launched close to the water.
It incorporates the option to be opened with electric actuators to unveil a fully lined 2.8-metre tender garage with 250kg davit for owners looking to conceal tenders away from the rear platform. The adventure deck lower cockpit can also be integrated with an optional 1.4-metre extended platform to create a mammoth deck space with endless practical applications.
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 hardtop headliner, providing complete cover for the alfresco area. Adding further cover is the option for roll down breezeway or clears which provide complete 360 degree protection for the deck space. The design also conveniently conceals the clears with moulded headliner recesses when stored.
In the upper cockpit alfresco deck there is rear U-shape lounging and dining table, with an option of opposing lounging flanking each side of the area.
The expanded cockpit hardtop coverage has amplified the amount of area above, on the often-inaccessible sedan hardtop.
“Maritimo’s design division has maximised the practical deck spaces onboard the S55 by enabling the often un-used sedan hardtop to be accessed from the upper cockpit deck via overhead hatch and ladder, in order for the hardtop to be utilised as a utility deck space,” said Barry-Cotter.
“The hardtop has been designed and engineered to be capable of carrying the weight of 350kg davit and tender freeing up the adventure deck and aft garage spaces for more entertaining or storage capability.
“The hardtop utility deck is also capable of storing large items such as kayaks, paddle boards or life rafts, for adventuring enthusiasts.”
Maritimo’s aft galley connects the upper cockpit deck to the saloon lounging area. There is an option for Maritimo’s two stage vista sliding windows.
Below deck the S55 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.
“The new S55 brings together the combined skills and expertise of world class Maritimo craftsmen and epitomises our corporate culture and unyielding commitment to reaching motor yacht perfection,” said Barry-Cotter.