Amid a flurry of new models announced by Australian motoryacht-builder Maritimo in 2021, the M60 Flybridge takes its position as the next-generation evolution of the 18-year-old brand’s very first motoryacht.
The fifth of eight new yacht models introduced as part of an ambitious development strategy, the M60 Flybridge has been reimagined by the firm’s in-house design team with the input of Maritimo’s global network of experienced owners and enjoyed a successful global debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.
“The Maritimo 60 was the brand’s very first motoryacht,” says Maritimo’s design director Tom Barry-Cotter of the company’s original flagship that debuted in 2004 and gained a diehard following as a standout bluewater cruiser. Growth in other areas put production of the original M60 on hiatus, but the new M60 Flybridge has emerged from the drawing boards with a new design and refreshed layout boasting the extra space and plentiful deck areas that Maritimo owners demand.
Space to Adventure
As confirmed by Maritimo’s network of owners, today’s boaters prefer to connect with the water, and multifunctional exterior deck areas are favored. The new M60 Flybridge boasts a strikingly balanced exterior profile with a reimagined flybridge superstructure that flows aft, the brand’s signature flybridge wings protecting the wraparound side decks and the 118-square-foot flybridge balcony deck, whose overhang then protects an expansive cockpit deck housing an aft dining and lounging space one deck below. An immense open “adventure deck” catering to multiple waterborne activities extends aft of the cockpit space, divided only by a centerline barbecue, sink and refrigeration unit that conveniently serves both spaces. Deep walkthrough side decks on this level echo the seaworthiness of the Maritimo builds, while providing access to the foredeck utility and lounging area with sun pad.
The proportions of each deck space were carefully considered by the Maritimo design team, not only to appeal to the exterior aesthetic, but to also cater to the variety of entertaining, relaxation and exploration activities that Maritimo owners desire. Optional clear retractable partitions create hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces and offer protection from the elements in both the flybridge balcony and cockpit deck areas.
A must-have element to any long-range yacht is storage, and the M60 Flybridge has been well-planned with storage in mind. Beneath the adventure deck, which can be lifted hydraulically, is the largest garage lazarette area Maritimo has fitted aboard any of its builds to date. Capable of housing a 10-foot-3-inch tender or two-person Jet Skis when optioned with the 350-kilogram/772-pound rear davit, the space also easily stows water toys, dive gear, kayaks and paddleboards. Clients are afforded additional tender storage options in the foredeck, atop the adventure deck, or with an optional hydraulic platform.
Space to Unwind
Conveniently accessed via an internal staircase, the M60’s namesake flybridge sky lounge comprises both a forward wheelhouse with lounge, and an aft television lounge that converts to an additional sleeping berth. Bi-fold doors separating the flybridge balcony deck and the interior sky lounge create an expansive indoor/outdoor space when opened.
On the main deck, natural light is maximized by large sections of glazing, providing panoramic views. The bright and airy main salon features a galley-aft configuration and multifunctional dining/lounging space forward, and Maritimo owners are also afforded the option of adding unique two-stage vista windows to transform the entire salon into one indoor/outdoor retreat.
The M60 Flybridge houses guests in three staterooms and two en suites on the lower deck, the accommodations comprising an offset queen forward, a convertible twin cabin to starboard, and a full-beam king master stateroom and en suite amidships.
Designed to maximize natural light in the lower accommodations, the companionway leads to the lower foyer that can be fitted with either a combination washer/dryer unit or separate washer and dryer, per owner preference. The elongated hull windows that add style to the exterior profile serve an even more welcome purpose in this space by bringing in copious natural light and enhancing the overall sense of space provided by the yacht’s 17-foot-2-inch hull beam.
Designed to Explore
The M60 Flybridge continues the brand’s long-range cruising heritage that is built upon straight-shaft drive technology and a signature variable deadrise hull design featuring a sharp bow entry, deep keel, and flattened progression aft that maximizes offshore cruising efficiency, stability, and comfort. Powered by twin Volvo Penta D13 800-megahorsepower units as standard, with D13 1,000 mhp or Scania Di16 1150 mhp units as optional upgrades, and assisted by five-blade NiBrAl propellers and a 1,200-gallon fuel capacity with a stability-balancing triple-tank fuel system, the M60 Flybridge is perfectly positioned to comfortably transport the next generation of Maritimo owners and guests to their next adventure.
The Maritimo M600 Offshore Flybridge
Taking the successful flybridge design to the next level, the brand new Maritimo M600 Offshore Flybridge was introduced in tandem with the new M60 Flybridge model, both of which debuted together with the new Maritimo S600 Offshore Sedan at the 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
The first offshore-specific model in the host of new Maritimo designs unveiled in 2021, the M600 Offshore Flybridge is designed as the ultimate bluewater offshore-cruising flybridge motoryacht. The design should come as no surprise from an experienced builder and in-house design team based on Australia’s Gold Coast, a region known for its often-unpredictable sailing conditions.
Similar in its basic layout to the aforementioned M60 Flybridge and offered in either a Flybridge or a Sedan configuration, the three-stateroom, two en suite M600 Offshore is designed specifically to accommodate open-water fishing as well as long-range passagemaking. Special attention was paid during the design process to the functionality of the aft deck, which features an upper lounging and entertainment cockpit that is protected by the flybridge deck above, and the offshore cockpit, which features an expansive and uninterrupted open deck with the option for a fighting chair. The entertainment center is positioned forward, and this area is equipped with large wing lockers, transom baitwells, in-deck fish boxes, rod holders, flush gunwale capping, and an enclosed transom gate for a truly comfortable and state-of-the-art fishing experience. A large lazarette storage area is situated beneath the cockpit floor and is accessible either via a day hatch or through the hydraulic-lift opening; a swim platform is optional. Avid anglers will appreciate the optional flybridge-level rear helm station and its clear sightlines to the cockpit deck and transom.
“We are beyond excited with the new Maritimo Offshore Series and where this series will lead our brand,” says Maritimo design director Tom Barry-Cotter and, judging by the response garnered at the model’s debut in Sanctuary Cove, the market is as well.
To learn more about Maritimo, the M60 Flybridge and the M600 Offshore, visit their website at maritimoamericas.com.