While the M64 is not a new model, it is the evolution of the M61 that was first launched in 2015. Now 20 boats and five years later, the newly released M64 comprises both established and new ideas, encompassing some very significant changes.
The first and most noticeable is the much larger, reshaped hullside windows. According to Tom Barry-Cotter, chief designer for Maritimo, this is only the beginning. “Currently the windows are to the maximum allowable depth for CV classification, but we are looking at considerably increasing that, once we have all the necessary testing done and approvals through.”
Gallery: Maritimo M64
With a change in the hull windows also comes a complete redesign of the master stateroom. The side hanging lockers have gone, with the forward bulkhead now home to all of the storage. This has given the full-width master stateroom a more spacious atmosphere, with the deep side windows radiating plenty of light. Low-profile cupboards have been retained to port with a lounge chair starboard and king-size berth in the center. However, variations are available.
As well as the sumptuous master, the M64 has two more cabins and bathrooms. To port is the VIP cabin, with a pair of sliding single berths that can be pulled together to form one large double, plus a foldaway Pullman upper berth. You have the option of manually moving the beds together, or you can choose an electrically operated system. The VIP also has its own en suite head and shower. Forward is the guest cabin, which also boasts plenty of hanging locker space, twin overhead hatches and, again, its private en suite. This also doubles as a day head.
Barry-Cotter points out that the new M64 shares all the same technical Maritimo DNA, such as the hull shape and construction which has been developed in conjunction with the brand’s legendary racing division. “Every aspect of the hull from the way it handles, trims and balances are heavily influenced by what we learn from our racing program,” said Tom.
Maritimo hallmarks are evident everywhere. Safe and secure walkaround side decks give a sense of comfort and peace of mind when moving around the vessel. Like all Maritimos, power is transmitted via a conventional shaft drive. “Our latest low-profile driveline has been tuned to be more efficient than ever while reducing noise, vibration and required maintenance,” added Barry-Cotter.
Standard power is a pair of Volvo Penta D13-900s;our test boat upgraded to a pair of 1,00-hp Volvo Penta D13s. Top speed is just shy of 30 knots, with the best cruise around 25 knots. Based on 90 percent of the 1,479-gallon fuel capacity, you have approximately 420 nm cruise range at 2200 rpm. You also have the choice of Scania D16 1150 or Caterpillar C18 1150, which will both push the M64 to over 30 knots.
During our morning run on the Broadwater and off the Gold Coast, we encountered no more than a low swell with relatively smooth seas—effortless for the M64. (Having run the same hull in moderately rough waters a couple of years ago, I can vouch for the boat’s smooth ride.) Barry-Cotter points out that by developing a collaboration of weight distribution, shaft angle, gear ratios, propeller choice and hull design, the M64 performs exceptionally at cruise and even when fully loaded it maintains excellent efficiencies.
I was impressed by how quiet it was on the flybridge. Another hallmark of the Maritimo M Series is the fully enclosed, climate-controlled flybridge with internal staircase. It makes you feel you can cruise all day in any weather conditions.
Maritimo M64 Specifications:
Displ.: 86,000 lb. (dry)
Top Speed: 29 knots
Fuel: 1,479 gal.
Water: 198 gal.
Standard Power: 2/900-hp Volvo D13-900
Optional Power: 2/1,000-hp Volvo D13-1000; 2/1,150-hp Scania D16; 2/1,150-hp Caterpillar C-18
Base Price: $2.9 million