One boat to rule them all? This Maritimo fly­bridge cruiser is de­signed to han­dle any chal­lenge her new owner might dream up.

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Whether your boat­ing dreams involve el­e­gant har­bour cruises or ex­tended blue­wa­ter voy­ag­ing, there’s no doubt a Maritimo fly­bridge cruiser will fit the bill.

And there’s a rea­son the Gold Coast boat­builders’ ver­sa­tile 54-footer has quickly be­come one of the most pop­u­lar in the range

– the M54 hits the sweet spot be­tween ease of han­dling for a cou­ple, solid sea­keep­ing abil­ity and gen­er­ous ac­com­mo­da­tion spa­ces.

Even bet­ter, this 2017 model rep­re­sents the first of the gen­uine 54-foot Mar­iti­mos – iden­ti­fied by the inclusion of a fully-re­cessed swim ladder on the swim­plat­form which makes a per­fect in-wa­ter perch while at an­chor.

Time­less lines of the Bill Barry-cot­ter de­signed hull are matched with shaft-drive re­li­a­bil­ity below the wa­ter and as seen in the pho­tos here­abouts, that fully-en­closed fly­bridge helm of­fers com­mand­ing 360-de­gree views for the skipper.

Guests will be equally com­fort­able in the so­cia­ble up­per cockpit with two lounges to choose from, plus a fold-out ta­ble, bar fridge and a se­cond helm chair for the first mate to call the shots from.

At the wheel, all pos­si­ble ship’s data is avail­able to the cap­tain from twin Sim­rad 19inch touch­screens and slid­ing side win­dows are com­ple­mented by a lux­u­ri­ous over­head sun­roof for that wind-in-your-hair speed­boat vibe when con­di­tions beckon.

The roomy aft deck is a pop­u­lar spot for sun­down­ers, but more extravagan­ce awaits down­stairs, via Maritimo’s sig­na­ture in­te­rior stair­case to the gal­ley and sa­loon zone.

“Pow­er­ful off­shore cruiser or so­phis­ti­cated en­ter­tainer; the choice is yours.”


The for­ward area of the sa­loon is ded­i­cated to a lounge/din­ing space right next to the high-low LCD tele­vi­sion, and hull win­dows here of­fer terrific wa­ter-level views, with slid­ing sec­tions for cross­flow ven­ti­la­tion, negat­ing the need for air­con (and gen­er­a­tors) in quiet an­chor­ages.

The M54’s aft gal­ley in­cor­po­rates a full-size fridge and well-ap­pointed pantry, plus a com­plete Miele ap­pli­ance pack­age, while the is­land bench makes life easy for ea­ger chefs when pre­par­ing or serv­ing meals.

From here it’s just a hop and a skip out through the bi-fold doors to the enor­mous aft cockpit and this clever inclusion con­nects what is es­sen­tially one huge al­fresco zone de­signed for so­cial­is­ing with friends and fam­ily.

Out­door en­ter­tain­ing in the finest Aussie tra­di­tion is made sim­ple here with Maritimo’s in­cor­po­rated Euro lounge and raw teak cockpit ta­ble, while an over­head awning ex­tends out from the hard­top to keep the sun at bay.

If the fish are bit­ing off the teak-laid swim­plat­form, there also is a stain­less bar­be­cue con­cealed nearby for cook­ing up your catch, along with a handy built-in fridge/freezer.


Dock­ing your M54 is ef­fort­less and stress-free with the ad­di­tion of an aft con­trol sta­tion on the port­side and a re­mote-con­trol unit means even han­dling dock­lines is a sim­ple af­fair if you’re caught short-handed.

Launch­ing the ten­der is equally straight­for­ward – a pow­er­ful davit on the bow will lift your launch clear of the wa­ter and a cus­tom cra­dle keeps it se­curely stowed on the fore­deck, en­sur­ing the rear swim­plat­form re­mains clear at all times.

So­phis­ti­cated high-gloss tim­ber­work lends a tra­di­tional feel to the in­te­rior of this ves­sel and this trend con­tin­ues belowdecks in the ac­com­mo­da­tion spa­ces, which com­prise a full­beam mas­ter state­room, for­ward VIP dou­ble and a twin bunk cabin.

The beau­ti­ful mas­ter suite has an abun­dance of stor­age in draw­ers, hang­ing lock­ers and be­neath the bed, which is clev­erly set at 45-de­grees – max­imis­ing avail­able space.

The spa­cious mez­za­nine en­suite boasts a full-length mir­ror and van­ity, while a daybed set un­der the open­ing port­lights and a desk round out this stylish own­ers’ re­treat.

It is often said in yacht­ing that you’ll never find the per­fect boat which ‘does it all’ but it’s fair to say this Maritimo M54 comes very close.

Pow­er­ful off­shore cruiser or so­phis­ti­cated en­ter­tainer; the choice is yours – this is one mo­to­ry­acht that can han­dle ev­ery­thing you de­sire.

“The roomy aft deck is a pop­u­lar spot for sun­down­ers, but more extravagan­ce awaits down­stairs.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Wide bi-fold rear doors en­sure the gal­ley con­nects seam­lessly with the aft cockpit for so­cial­is­ing; Twin Sim­rad screens aid nav­i­ga­tion while slid­ing helm win­dows keep the in­te­rior cool.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The for­ward area of the sa­loon of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous din­ing zone, away from the el­e­ments; High-gloss cab­i­netry lends a tra­di­tonal feel to the in­te­rior; The bow con­tains a roomy VIP dou­ble with shared bath­room; A dinghy cra­dle and davit on the fore­deck will keep your ten­der se­cure.

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