X Marks the Spot

MAR­ITIMO LOOKS TO ITS RAC­ING HER­ITAGE AND THE SU­PERY­ACHT SET TO CRE­ATE THE FLAG­SHIP FOR ITS X-SE­RIES OF SPORT YACHTS. BY BARRY THOMP­SON

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With a ver­sa­tile aft cabin and race-driven per­for­mance, the Mar­itimo X60 is sure to get the blood pump­ing.

If there had been an award for “Boat Most Ogled By At­ten­dees” at the 2018 Sanc­tu­ary Cove Boat Show, I would have given it to the Mar­itimo X60. The re­sponse to the boat, both from the in­dus­try and the pub­lic, was ex­cep­tional. It was an in­spir­ing recog­ni­tion for Tom Barry-Cot­ter, the chief de­signer be­hind the Aus­tralian-based brand’s new X-Se­ries.

Son of Mar­itimo founder Bill Barry-Cot­ter, Tom has re­cently taken a more ac­tive po­si­tion in the business. While ini­tially com­ing on board to head the X-Se­ries line, his role has been ex­panded to in­clude mar­ket­ing and sales. With his fa­ther tak­ing a less pub­lic role—though still very much in­volved with the business—Tom is un­doubt­edly be­ing groomed as the new face of Mar­itimo. The X60 should help raise the pro­file of the line and the man be­hind it.

Ap­proach­ing the boat from the stern, you’re im­me­di­ately faceto-face with the pièce de ré­sis­tance of the X60: the “beach club,” a fea­ture typ­i­cally re­served for the su­pery­acht set. It’s this fea­ture that sets the X60—and the soon-to-be re­leased X50—apart from its com­peti­tors: A ver­sa­tile aft cabin en­abling a high level of cus­tomiza­tion for own­ers to cater the space to their spe­cific re­quire­ments. Ac­ces­si­ble from the sa­lon via its own com­pan­ion­way or from the swim plat­form through the large, elec­tri­cally ac­tu­ated hatch, it can be ar­ranged as a beach club, state­room, ten­der garage, gal­ley or what­ever you want it to be.

“The ad­di­tional aft cabin is com­pletely unique and is res­onat­ing with buy­ers within the sports yacht mar­ket,” said Tom. “The abil­ity to add ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tion space that is sim­i­lar in size to an ad­di­tional mas­ter cabin in terms of vol­ume is clearly some­thing spe­cial.”

In fact, the whole boat was ini­tially de­signed around the aft cabin fea­ture and in­volved com­plex en­gi­neer­ing to get the bal­ance and struc­ture per­fect. In this way, the X60 feels like a small su­pery­acht.

In­her­ent in the X-Se­ries blood­line is the com­pany’s race-driven per­for­mance prow­ess. Tom has been the face of the Mar­itimo rac­ing pro­gram and a fierce com­peti­tor for years. (This past April, he was knocked un­con­scious in a col­li­sion at the X-Cat World Cham­pi­onships, nar­rowly avoid­ing more se­ri­ous in­jury.) With a com­pletely new and ef­fi­cient hull de­sign, the X60 has reached

speeds of up to 34 knots with its Aus­tralian power op­tion (925hp Sca­nia diesels). State­side power will be pro­vided via 800-hp or 1000-hp Volvo Penta D13 shaft drives. Ac­cord­ing to Tom, Mar­itimo has had in­quiries for even more horse­power from po­ten­tial own­ers that are look­ing for speeds in ex­cess of 40 knots; he’s con­fi­dent that a pair of 1200-hp en­gines will get her there.

Hull ef­fi­ciency within the cruis­ing speed range was a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus of the hull and driv­e­line de­sign, and the X60 has the best ef­fi­ciency num­bers of all the Mar­itimo-built boats. At 27.9 knots, the X60 burned 66 gph at a range of 483 miles when I tested it this sum­mer. I found around 18 to 22 knots was an ideal cruis­ing speed for the X60, and re­turned a range of about 517 miles. At those speeds, you could cruise for over 2,300 miles be­fore run­ning out of fuel.

One of the things I noted when be­hind the helm was how she tran­si­tions from idle to plane: There is no no­tice­able bow lift. Re­ally. The vari­able-dead­rise hull de­sign with a deep-V en­try also of­fers a soft, dry ride, while at­ten­tion to weight dis­tri­bu­tion al­lows for a low run­ning at­ti­tude through­out the rpm range. It is a well-bal­anced boat that is ef­fort­less to drive. We were on plane at 10 to 12 knots with­out tabs.

It’s easy to see where the race-bred tech­nol­ogy was im­ple­mented. Close-quar­ters ma­neu­ver­ing is sim­pli­fied with the Twin Disc EJS joy­stick mated to the Quick­shift trans­mis­sions and the op­tional Ex­press Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem tech­nol­ogy which en­ables pre­cise and con­tin­u­ous po­si­tion and head­ing hold.

While the aft cabin de­fined the rest of the hull, the sa­lon’s de­sign was dic­tated by fea­tures that make your crew feel more con­nected to the wa­ter. Panoramic side win­dows open an im­pres­sive 9 feet—these mas­sive slid­ing win­dows cas­cade aft and in­ten­sify the bright­ness and nat­u­ral air flow of the sa­lon. This space was a real crowd-pleaser at the Sanc­tu­ary Cove show; it got al­most as much

praise from show-go­ers as the beach club.

In ad­di­tion, while most sedan cruis­ers have a for­ward sun­roof, the X60 has two, with a sep­a­rate sun­roof over the aft gal­ley. “We felt that a rear sun­roof gave us the abil­ity to light up the rear of the sa­lon and es­pe­cially in the gal­ley, where solid side pan­el­ing tends to shade this es­sen­tial space,” said Tom.

De­pend­ing on how many beds you want aboard, you can have up to four cab­ins, or as few as two. If you go for the beach club or ten­der garage aft, then you can still have the stan­dard three cab­ins, with a full-beam mas­ter, for­ward VIP and port-side guest cabin. How­ever, you can just go for two mas­sive for­ward cab­ins with en suites and a third cabin aft. There are plenty of choices to suit your needs.

The X60 is Mar­itimo’s first se­ri­ous foray into the lux­ury sports yacht seg­ment, and has been de­signed to give the builder a com­pet­i­tive edge in what is a very com­pet­i­tive mar­ket. “We wanted to come out of the gate fir­ing, and we reckon we have achieved it with the X60,” said Tom. “It was a huge un­der­tak­ing: in fact the long­est ges­ta­tion pe­riod ever by the com­pany, as we wanted to make sure that from the day boat num­ber one was launched, we had every­thing right.”

After spend­ing some time aboard the boat with Tom, I couldn’t help but see sim­i­lar­i­ties in the two: Young, fresh and driven to be dif­fer­ent. The X-Se­ries and Barry-Cot­ter are two ris­ing stars that are look­ing to make waves in the U.S. this month at the Ft. Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

LOA: 63'9" Beam: 17'1" Draft: 5'1" Displ. (dry): 67,200 lbs. Fuel: 1,100 gal. Wa­ter: 211 gal. Stan­dard Power: 2/800-hp Volvo Penta D13 Op­tional Power: 2/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13 Price: Upon re­quest

Cus­tomiza­tion is the name of the game with the aft cabin, which can be ar­ranged as a beach club, state­room, ten­der garage and more.

Spa­ces have been de­signed to make you feel closer to the wa­ter.

The X60 has the best ef­fi­ciency num­bers of all Mar­itimo-built boats, mak­ing a cruise around Syd­ney’s ex­pan­sive wa­ter­ways a breeze.

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