ON BOARD

Mar­itimo’s S59 is sea­wor­thy, safe and highly func­tional.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - By Kevin Koenig

The Mar­itimo S59 han­dled sporty seas well dur­ing our sea trial in 3- to 4-foot swells along the Aus­tralian coast­line.

Aus­tralian boat­builders tend to in­fuse their ves­sels with a cer­tain DNA: They are ruggedly built, en­ter­tain­men­to­ri­ented and low-fuss for owner-op­er­a­tors. To that end, the Mar­itimo S59 is a quintessen­tially Aus­tralian yacht. ¶ The Mar­itimo’s beami­ness jumped out at me when I tested her in the wa­ters just off Syd­ney Har­bor. At 17 feet 11 inches, her beam ac­tu­ally makes her wider than her big sis­ter, the S62, which is 11 inches nar­rower. ¶ Mar­itimo put the added space to work in terms of lay­out, fea­tures

and crea­ture com­forts. Her cock­pit has bench seat­ing span­ning the tran­som that can fit six peo­ple. That area also has a Twin Disc ex­press joy­stick sys­tem to use dur­ing dock­ing, as well as stain­less-steel hand­holds run­ning along the gun­wales for added safety when walk­ing in a rough se­away or while load­ing and un­load­ing pro­vi­sions at the dock. A slick JL Au­dio sound sys­tem pro­vides the tunes for any fans of the Aus­tralian band Men at Work. ¶ The yacht’s en­gine room has 6 feet of head­room through­out — not a trait seen on all ex­press cruis­ers this size. The sole is painted with gel­coat to make spot­ting spills easy, and there’s a fresh­wa­ter tap to star­board. ¶ The S59 has a sin­glelevel main deck and no fly­bridge, a de­sign that Mar­itimo says will ap­peal to a wide age range of boaters. Older yachts­men don’t have to sub­ject creaky knees to ex­tra steps, and younger fam­i­lies can have every­body on one level, for safety and fun. The one-level liv­ing also should speed up clean­ing at the end of the day, and should re­quire fewer peo­ple to run the ves­sel. ¶ The boat’s air draft of 12 feet 6 inches is de­signed to make boat­ing pos­si­ble in re­gions with low bridges. We didn’t have to deal with any of those as we splashed along un­der blue­bird skies on the Aus­tralian coast at 25 knots in rolling 3- and 4-foot swells. The yacht’s hull sim­ply ate them up. And at slow speeds, the joy­stick steer­ing was re­spon­sive and pow­er­ful, mak­ing dock­ing and other tor­toise-paced ma­neu­ver­ing easy af­fairs. ¶ No sur­prises there: Mar­itimo is known for build­ing boats that all but dance with the ocean. And with the S59’s fo­cus on com­fort, safety and ease of use, all every­body on board has to do is sit back and en­joy the ride.

LOA 59'3" MAX BEAM 17'11"

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