Yachting

Three staterooms, 30-knot speed and sleek, express-cruiser styling are just the start of the Australia-built Maritimo S55’s story.

The Maritimo S55 combines 30-knot speed with a 3,150-nautical-mile range.

- BY VICTOR TAN

Maritimo’s s55 is the Australian builder’s midsize model in the S (sedan) series, which also includes 53- and 70-footers. The S55 combines performanc­e and long-range cruising ability with accommodat­ions and entertaini­ng space for six guests. This express cruiser is powered by twin 660 hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels and can hit a reported top speed of 30.1 knots or cruise at 6.1 knots for 3,150 nautical miles. ¶ A good bit of the S55’s 17-foot-2-inch beam is carried forward, increasing interior volume and creating room for a forepeak VIP stateroom with an offset queen berth to starboard and an en suite head to port. The full-beam master stateroom is amidships with a king berth, an en suite head to port and a lounge

to starboard. Hullside windows flank the master, letting natural light fill the space. A guest stateroom to starboard has twin berths. ¶ The galley is aft with a sink and stovetop to starboard, as well as a pantry and wine cooler to port. There is also a more than 4-square-foot island countertop for meal prep. Its location lets the chef serve guests in the salon and cockpit, which has U-shaped seating that faces forward. Additional, opposing L-shaped seating flanks the sliding-door entrance to the galley. Abaft the U-shaped seating are a top-loading cooler/fridge in the port hatch, garage access in the center hatch, and a sink and an electric grill in the starboard hatch. ¶ The 66-square-foot salon has L-shaped seating and a table with folding wings that can be set up to create a dining space or a coffee table opposite a portside L-shaped sofa that accommodat­es at least six guests. The helm station is to starboard with two seats, including a companion seat that can adjust to face aft. Optional sliding windows in the salon give owners the ability to bring in a salty cross breeze when desired. ¶ Maritimo included a lot to like in the yacht’s exterior too: A foredeck sun pad accommodat­es at least two sunbathers, and the S55 has 125 square feet of space atop its hardtop that can be accessed from an overhead hatch and ladder in the main-deck lounge space aft. ¶ Look for the Maritimo S55 to make its debut at the Fort Lauderdale Internatio­nal Boat Show next month.

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1,200 GAL.

FUEL CAPACITY

198 GAL.

WATER CAPACITY

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56'8" LENGTH OVERALL 17'2" MAXIMUM BEAM

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