Equipped with twin 670-horsepower Volvo D11 diesels, we maintained an average top speed of 32.9 knots. It should be noted that this was not in the shelter of an inland waterway, but in Australia’s unforgiving Coral Sea surrounded by large swells. As we blazed over the rollers at top speed, I cringed, not wanting to hurt Barry- Cotter’s new baby. Yet upon impact, there was hardly a creak or protest. The beefy stringer system and stout construction employed by Maritimo were overwhelmingly evident. At 1,900 rpm, or about 80 percent of load, we easily maintained an average speed of 26 knots.