IN late breaking news, a Kiwi has had something nice to say about Australia. In fact, the well-heeled New Zealand businessman also put his money where his mouth is and ordered the first new Maritimo S70 sedan cruiser hot off the three-dimensional plans.
Approaching retirement, the buyer was originally leaning towards a heavy displacement passage-maker in the Nordhaven style. He even flirted with custom-building a one-off boat to his preferred specs in New Zealand.
He then travelled the world studying a variety of brands at international boat shows and serendipitously happened upon the S70 concept at the recent Sydney International Boat Show.
“After years of sailing our own yacht we decided that, as we entered the retirement phase of our lives, we were more interested in cruising in a launch rather than standing in the wind, on an angle to get anywhere slowly,” the businessman, who didn’t want to be named, said.
“We went to the Auckland International Boat Show, the Sydney International Boat Show and the world’s largest boat show in Fort Lauderdale and we found the whole experience to be an over-load.”
What he learned, and what surprised him most, was that the boat brands best suited for the New Zealand environment were Australian-built vessels.
“The boat we fell in love with was the Maritimo M65,” he said. “The stunning kitchen, saloon and master cabin and bathroom impressed us.
“A quick trip out into large seas off the Gold Coast supported our belief that the M65 could go anywhere we wanted on the Australian coastline, throughout the Pacific and around New Zealand.”
The buyer didn’t really want a flybridge cruiser so Maritimo offered to build a single-level sport cabriolet version of the M65. They presented 3D plans for the S70 and the buyer and his wife were instantly sold.
Their boat should be ready around May in time for the 2017 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
Maritimo’s Australasian sales manager Ormonde Britton said the buyer knew what he wanted from the beginning.
“He wanted a single-level boat and he wanted some serious volume, so we kept fine tuning and adding things here and there.
“He spent a lot of time sea-trialling the M61 and the M65 and he also loved the design of the S58. It was a case of us listening to him and understanding what he wanted, then delivering a product that ticked all the boxes.”
Marketing and international sales manager Greg Haines said the M65 had been a runaway success for the company with 12 vessels now sold to buyers throughout Australia and as far afield as New Zealand, the US, France and Singapore.
“This is a serious passage-maker and the S70 will deliver all that the M65 does and more on a single level,” he said. “The buyer is planning on going to town with the interior fit-out to make it proudly his own.”
The vessel will have four cabins and three bathrooms and an exceptionally large saloon and helm area.
At this stage the first boat is likely to be powered by 900hp Scania motors.