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.
- Builder: Maritimo Yachts
- Model: Maritimo M58
- Year: 2012
- Base Price: $2,050,000
- LOA: 61'4"
- Draft: 4'5"
- Beam: 17'0"
- Standard Power: 2/800-hp Volvo Penta D13 diesels
- Cruise speed: 25 knots
- Top speed: 32 knots
This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.