John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Maritimo 52
JUNE 2007
 
   
Length overall  54'6"
Beam  17'
Draft  4'5"
Displacement(approx)26 Tons
Fuel Capacity(approx) 1,000 gals
Water Capacity(approx) 200 gals
Base Price  $1,370,642

My introduction to the Maritimo 52 was at the Miami Boat Show. I stepped onto the swim platform, kicked off my flip-flops and made my way through the cockpit to the saloon to discover a truly unique boat. I felt as though I had walked into a well appointed seagoing beach house. The saloon was big and open, with great visibility and plenty of light from the large windows that surrounded the cabin. But more than that, this boat was solid.

Standing in the saloon I struck up a conversation with my test ride captain, Mark Schulstad from the Yacht Center in Chester, Md. He explained that the Maritimo line is the brainchild of CEO and founder Bill Barry-Cotter, a world class offshore powerboat racer and seven time Australian Class 1 champion. Bill's passion for racing is paralleled only by his passion for cruising, but his efforts to find a suitable cruising boat fell flat. It seemed like offshore boats were all laid out for fishing, and the cruisers weren't tough enough for offshore conditions. Enter the Maritimo line of offshore-capable cruisers.

A great deal of time and effort went into designing the accommodation spaces. Unlike most sedan-style sport fishermen, the galley is all the way aft. This puts it just forward of the sliding glass doors that lead to the cockpit. With a glass slider that opens from both sides, the galley is equally accessible for outdoor and indoor entertaining. The galley is also slightly sunken, which puts the chef nearly at eye level with guests sitting in the saloon. Galley equipment includes a stainless drawer-style dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, electric cook-top and microwave. An additional cooking area, with a sink, refrigerator and griddle-style barbecue is located in the ample cockpit.

Saloon seating is plentiful with two large L-shaped settees positioned caddy-corner port forward and starboard aft. The port side features a pop-up LCD TV. A door to the starboard-side deck is next to what could be a lower helm station (optional). Moving forward and down a few steps, you enter the stateroom area. The master stateroom is to port with a walk-around queen bunk and a full head with separate stall shower. The master bunk hinges up on gas shocks to reveal a walk-in wardrobe/storage area. To starboard is a Pullman cabin with over/under bunks. Forward of this cabin is the second head with separate stall shower. All the way forward is the guest cabin, also furnished with a walk-around queen bunk.

Access to the fully enclosed bridge is made via an elegant stairway located at the port aft corner of the saloon. Upon seeing the bridge, I was impressed with how much attention was paid to visibility. While some enclosed bridges can feel confining, Maritimo has created an open space bathed in natural light that is well suited for entertaining, enjoying the scenery and operating the boat. The helm station is to starboard and forward. Forward of the helm and running all the way from port to starboard is a cushioned "window seat." To port there is another settee, and aft of the helm to starboard there is an L-shaped dinette. To port and aft is a wet bar with sink, wine storage and yet another refrigerator. Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the bridge is the sliding glass door aft that leads to another outdoor raised deck just above the cockpit, where an auxiliary helm station (to make backing down easier) is located to port.  

Underway, the Maritimo was a joy to drive. The helm was light thanks to the power-assisted steering system designed for the CEO's race boats. Cruising along at 26 to 28 knots, the ride was smooth, quiet and comfortable. I even told Mark that if he ever needs a delivery captain for a Maritimo to be sure to give me a call. "Get in line," he said.