To the American ear, Australian slang can often sound strangely whimsical. A watering hole is a billabong. An arrogant person is a figjam. And a dingo’s breakfast isn’t even a meal at all. That being said, when Down Under boatbuilder Maritimo calls their new M58 a “boatie’s boat” it doesn’t take much of a leap to make the translation, even if it’s not a term you’ll often hear tossed around stateside docks.
The M58—which will make a North Amercian debut at this year’s Lauderdale show—is certainly designed for people who are serious about their time spent on the water. A quick look at the boat’s running package will confirm just that. She features a hand-laid, variable-deadrise hull with a five-year structural guarantee that promises a soft ride, and an optional Twin Disc Express Joystick System that offers exceptional maneuverability, particularly when docking. Out on the water a pair of economical, reliable 800-hp Volvo Penta D13s will have this vessel rumbling along at a respectable 25-knot cruise speed.
Onboard features are marked by notable attention to detail, such as a stainless steel railing for the internal staircase and a molded fiberglass engine-room liner that’s bonded to the hull and finished in gelcoat. The cockpit offers an array of amenities like a barbecue, sink, and freezer, while the fully enclosed flying bridge complements a convertible berth with a skylight for some open-air enjoyment. Upon inspection, it should become quite clear that this boat was designed by boaters, for boaters—and that kind of quality never seems to get lost in the translation.
This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.