It’s an easy trade-off to make, however, because the Maestro’s high, flared freeboard forward and narrow stem make for an exceedingly dry, smooth ride even in rough conditions. Standard power is twin 1,100-horsepower MAN V-10 diesels that take the boat up to 30 knots. The engine-room headroom is more than six feet, and systems that regularly need inspections, such as fuel filters and sea strainers, are all plainly visible on the forward bulkhead. The boat we tested had the optional 1,360-horsepower MAN V-12 diesels, and on a nice day off Miami we registered 33.8 knots using trim tabs, a good-looking speed that reinforced Broich’s objection to the word trawler to describe the boat. “This boat isn’t meant to be a trawler,” he insists. “It’s meant to be a fast boat, to get you to certain places.” Standard fuel capacity is 1,585 gallons in three tanks, two just forward of the engine room and one underneath. (There’s an option for two additional 264-gallon tanks farther aft.) The top 34-knot speed gives the Maestro a range of 470 miles with the standard fuel capacity; if it runs at 30 knots (2,100 rpm), the range is about 540 miles. It’s significant that despite all the additional weight on the American model (lengthened bridge deck, marble countertops in the bathrooms, 400 feet of anchor chain forward — that’s standard, by the way — and other heavy items), the yacht we tested went only about a knot slower than the lighter European version.
For all the changes made to the American version, the company still offers a lot of options. The interior paneling, which on our test boat was a light teak with African wenge trim, can be ordered in mahogany, cherry or one of several other exotic wood choices. Gloss, semigloss or a matte finish can be ordered. A single 23 kW Mase generator is standard, but a second one can be installed. Items such as Bose stereos in all staterooms, extra ice makers and wine coolers are also optional.
Those drop-down salon windows, however, are standard items. Broich corrected me when I said that the open windows meant this was a boat intended primarily for the tropics. In warm climates the boat would need air conditioning so the windows would likely be closed. The Maestro 65 will also be appreciated in New England or Puget Sound, when the evenings’ cool and soft breezes waft across the vessel. What better way to enjoy the moment than to open all the windows and feel the outside on your skin, yet know you’re inside, lost in conversation or a good chess game. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend some time, knowing that you’re on one of the most interesting boats under 70 feet launched this year.
Displ.: 54 metric tons
Fuel: 1,585 gal. (two additional 264-gal. tanks optional)
Water: 264 gal.
Standard Power: 2 x 1,100-hp MAN V-10 diesels
Test Power: 2 x 1,360-hp MAN V-12 diesels
Base Price: $2,950,000 (may vary based on exchange rate)
Maestro Yachts LLC, 954-651-9210; www.apreamareyachts.com