Mar­itimo X60

The lux­ury’s a given, but when you com­bine that with a sporty de­sign you have an ex­cep­tional cruiser.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

Warm sun­shine bathed the X60 at its tem­po­rary Pittwa­ter ma­rina berth, where I joined the ves­sel for the last leg of its jour­ney down the coast to Syd­ney. The new boat had left the fac­tory in Queensland for a multi-day pro­mo­tional tour, stop­ping at ports along the south Queensland and New South Wales coasts on its way to the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

Af­ter Syd­ney, the X60 was sched­uled to head over the ditch to her new own­ers in Auck­land, where this same ves­sel would fea­ture promi­nently at the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show in Septem­ber.

The X60, re­leased at Sanc­tu­ary Cove Boat Show in May, is an im­por­tant model for Mar­itimo. The first in the X-se­ries range, it is the tem­plate for the new X50, which will de­but next year. The X-se­ries is caus­ing quite a stir on both sides of the Tas­man, as well as in over­seas mar­kets: Mar­itimo re­ported record sales suc­cess at the Sanc­tu­ary Cove Boat Show, which it at­tributes to the in­tro­duc­tion of this model.

The X60 is a sedan-style sport yacht. Sport yachts are a pop­u­lar con­fig­u­ra­tion in many mar­kets, in­clud­ing New Zealand. On this trip, I couldn’t help but no­tice just how many sport yachts there are in Aus­tralian mari­nas, so the chal­lenge for Mar­itimo was to come up with some­thing that was dif­fer­ent enough to make an im­pres­sion in a rel­a­tively sat­u­rated, highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. The blue­wa­ter X-60 cer­tainly does that.

HANG­ING AT THE CLUB

What sets Mar­itimo’s X60 apart from the rest is the way the aft ac­com­mo­da­tion is or­gan­ised. Ac­cessed from the sa­loon and the swim plat­form deck, this space can be con­fig­ured as a Beach Club, a queen state­room or a 3.2m ten­der garage, all with en­suite bath­room.

The air-con­di­tioned Beach Club works very well. A full­width elec­tric clamshell door opens to the ves­sel’s ex­tra-large sub­mersible swim plat­form, which of­fers easy ac­cess to the ocean. The ex­pan­sive teak plat­form is raised and low­ered hy­drauli­cally.

The aft cabin’s in­te­rior is set up like a lux­ury beach bar with fold­ing bar stools, a mar­ble counter top, a ful­lye­quipped bar with ice-maker, fridge and sink, teak stairs and ac­cents, a huge Sam­sung flat panel TV above the bar and a high-qual­ity sound sys­tem.

Sit­ting in a bar stool be­hind the mar­ble bench look­ing out across the wa­ter with the sea al­most at eye level, the space feels like a stylishly up­mar­ket sunken lounge. There’s plenty of head­room too – my host, Mar­itimo’s Tom Barry-cot­ter, is al­most two me­tres tall and there was still day­light be­tween his head and the ceil­ing.

Tucked away on the port side is a bath­room with a shower, toi­let and panoramic hull win­dows. There’s ac­cess up to the sa­loon via com­pan­ion­way stairs on the star­board side. A door off the com­pan­ion­way lets in to the spa­cious en­gine room, home to a pair of 925hp Sca­nias and a whole range of an­cil­lary ma­chin­ery and equip­ment.

“We spent a lot of time and en­ergy get­ting the bal­ance right,” said Tom, “like our race boats, po­si­tion­ing of change­able load such as fuel, wa­ter, op­tional gy­ros and wa­ter­mak­ers are all con­cen­trated to­wards the hull’s cen­tre of buoy­ancy to re­duce changes in trim un­der dif­fer­ent loads and op­tions.”

SPOILED FOR CHOICE

Of course, the Beach Club is only one of the X60’s in­doorout­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. There’s the cock­pit as well, shaded by the moulded cabin roof which ex­tends all the way to the tran­som, and also the ex­pan­sive fore­deck with a sun lounger and for­ward-fac­ing seats with ad­justable back­rests.

Stairs ei­ther side of the tran­som lead down to the swim plat­form and they can also be used with the Beach Club door open. The cock­pit fea­tures an aft lounger and can in­clude an L-shaped set­tee on the port side that ad­dresses a re­mov­able cock­pit ta­ble. Ex­tra seat­ing is fur­nished by fold­ing deck chairs.

To star­board, there’s a fully-equipped out­door gal­ley with elec­tric cook­ing sur­faces and the sec­ond helm sta­tion, fea­tur­ing Twin Disc Ex­press joy­stick con­trols to as­sist with dock­ing, is sit­u­ated on the port side.

Walk through the X60’s tri-fold glass and alu­minium doors into the light-filled sa­loon, its floor flush with the cock­pit, and the im­pres­sion of spa­cious­ness and chic lux­ury con­tin­ues. Aft on the port side, handy to the cock­pit, is the large L-shaped gal­ley – all lovely stone counter tops and tim­ber cabinetry con­ceal­ing a full-size re­frig­er­a­tor-freezer, dish-drawer, a pull­out pantry and an op­tional wine fridge. Cook­ing is elec­tric.

A no­table fea­ture of the gal­ley is the large is­land bench, which comes into its own when en­ter­tain­ing, with a handrail along the out­side of the bench – great in a se­away.

Op­po­site the gal­ley, a large cab­i­net con­ceals the pop-up 43-inch LED TV and houses the ves­sel’s en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, drinks draw­ers and ice­maker.

LIGHT AND AIR

A fea­ture of the X-60 is the op­tional dou­ble sun­roof – one for­ward and one aft – fit­ted to this boat. They flood the sa­loon with nat­u­ral light, but shade and in­sect screens can be pulled across them at any time. Open, they let in air as well, com­ple­ment­ing the X60’s slid­ing vista side win­dows and the wide-open rear doors. The tran­si­tion be­tween out­side and in­side is so seam­less it is hard to pick.

The X60’s main helm sta­tion is in the sa­loon. Twin leather­clad helm seats are lux­u­ri­ous and very sup­port­ive, in­clud­ing fold-up bol­sters, and the rest of the sa­loon is ex­tremely so­cia­ble. A U-shaped, fab­ric-up­hol­stered set­tee wraps around a drop-leaf sa­loon ta­ble with a sec­ond bench-style set­tee along the star­board side un­der the win­dow. Seats af­ford un­in­ter­rupted views through the sa­loon’s large win­dows.

The helm con­sole is stylish and thor­oughly mod­ern, with plenty of space for large multi-func­tion dis­plays, in this case twin 22-inch Garmins. It also ac­com­mo­dates a pair of Scania en­gine data dis­plays, a Garmin au­topi­lot, the SS Ex­press panel and thruster con­trols.

The leather-stitched dash takes its cue from au­to­mo­tive styling, in­clud­ing the wheel. Gauges and dis­plays are clus­tered into groups, with nav­i­ga­tion above, en­gine data in its own bin­na­cle and the thrusters, Ben­nett trim tab con­trols etc. in the mid­dle. Throt­tle con­trols are on the arm­rest, which fea­tures a handy glove­box, and pol­ished me­tal but­ton switches are a fea­ture.

This boat has Ve­tus stern and bow thrusters, which can be used in­de­pen­dently, but also func­tion in com­bi­na­tion with the ves­sel’s pro­pel­lers when SS Ex­press joy­stick con­trol is en­gaged. Mir­rored in the cock­pit, Twin Disc’s SS Ex­press joy­stick sys­tem af­fords su­perb low-speed con­trol for stress-free dock­ing.

LUX­URY DIGS

Down the wide com­pan­ion­way stairs there’s a light-filled atrium land­ing and three cab­ins. Sev­eral cabin op­tions are avail­able, but this one works very well.

To star­board, twin sin­gle berths, one fore and aft and the other athwartships, make ex­cel­lent use of cabin space and en­sure gen­er­ous stor­age. In the bow a large queen berth is ori­ented at an an­gle to make full use of the boat’s gen­er­ous beam and al­low the bed to be fully walk-around – no clam­ber­ing re­quired. These two cab­ins share a good-sized bath­room, which is semi-en­suite off the bow cabin, with a sep­a­rate shower box.

A combo washer-dryer is tucked away be­side the stairs.

Off the land­ing down a sec­ond short flight of stairs is the loft apart­ment-style mas­ter cabin. Lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed, it in­cor­po­rates an ex­ec­u­tive leather-topped desk con­sole/make-up van­ity, a com­fort­able bench seat or day bed un­der the win­dow, stylish bed­side ta­bles, a walk-in wardrobe and a sump­tu­ous open-plan bath­room on the port side. The bath­room has the shower and toi­let at ei­ther end, par­ti­tioned off with frosted glass doors and a flat screen TV is fixed to the cabin bulk­head.

The mas­ter cabin, in par­tic­u­lar, has a lovely open feel, but all three en­joy the ben­e­fits of the X60’s dis­tinc­tive hull win­dows. These not only look stylish, they fur­nish the cab­ins with light and views. Every cabin has win­dows and ven­ti­la­tion.

RACE HER­ITAGE

The X60 is no slouch when it comes to per­for­mance.

We had be­nign con­di­tions for our 30-nau­ti­cal-mile run down the coast, so we could make good speed. In light-ish spec the X60 mo­tored out of Pittwa­ter at a serene 26.5 knots, burn­ing 100lph per side.

Once out in the open, we di­alled up an aver­age speed of 32 knots; at 29 knots the en­gines were only at 80% load. I no­ticed the tran­si­tion onto the plane was not only ef­fort­less, there was very lit­tle bow lift. The X60 runs level with a bow an­gle of only 9o and the swim plat­form lifts well clear of the wa­ter when the ves­sel is un­der­way.

Like the en­tire Mar­itimo range, the X60 has a solid GRP hull that in­cor­po­rates more than a lit­tle rac­ing DNA, cour­tesy of the Barry-cot­ter fam­ily power­boat rac­ing legacy. Top­sides, decks, and su­per­struc­ture are

The bridge deck en­ter­tain­ing area is nat­u­rally so­cial with seat­ing for up to 11 peo­ple...

balsa-cored com­pos­ite to keep weight down, while struc­tural lin­ers are moulded GRP.

The end-re­sult is a strong, stiff boat that can ac­cept a range of en­gines, from 725hp Volvos (32 knots) through to op­tional 925hp Sca­nias (34 knots). The X60 is 30.5 tonnes dry and 34 tonnes heavy.

Ac­cord­ing to Tom, the X-se­ries, of which the X60 is the first, has en­joyed the long­est and most ex­ten­sive R&D pro­gramme of any prod­uct line in the Mar­itimo range. As one of its de­sign­ers, Tom ex­plained the team went for more ag­gres­sive styling and more in­no­va­tive lay­out spa­ces to prop­erly in­te­grate the aft cabin.

COM­FORT, POISE AND STYLE

Our run from the ma­rina in Pittwa­ter to the ma­rina in Mid­dle Har­bour, Syd­ney took just one-and-a-quar­ter hours, in­clud­ing the re­stricted speed sec­tions. Most of it was spent watch­ing the spec­tac­u­lar cliff-girt coast­line slip by from the com­fort of the sa­loon, where we en­joyed great sight­lines in every di­rec­tion. The ride was smooth – and quiet too – and for my money the trip was over much too quickly. This is cer­tainly a ves­sel in which you can cover ground quickly with­out ever know­ing you are do­ing so.

This ves­sel is now in the hands of its Auck­land own­ers – the first X60 in New Zealand, but not the last. We can also ex­pect to see its smaller sib­ling, the X50, which will de­but at next year’s Sanc­tu­ary Cove Boat Show, very soon. These stylish sport yachts will be hard to miss.

RIGHT AND BELOW The sa­loon is a sym­phony of space and light. The mas­ter cabin amid­ships is spa­cious and very pri­vate. BOT­TOM The X60’s lux­u­ri­ous helm sta­tion is log­i­cally laid out and fea­tures au­to­mo­tive styling.

ABOVE With the sea al­most at eye level, sit­ting in one of the fold­ing bar stools at the Beach Club feels like sit­ting in a stylishly up­mar­ket sunken lounge.

BELOW Twin sun­roofs and the mas­sive sun­lounger on the fore­deck, along with a mas­sive swim plat­form, are dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of this model.

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