Maritimo boss's personal choice raises the bar | Mark Rothfield

LUXURIOUS: A Maritimo S70 like the one ordered by company owner Bill Barry-Cotter.
LUXURIOUS: A Maritimo S70 like the one ordered by company owner Bill Barry-Cotter.

YOU’D reckon that Maritimo owner and founder Bill Barry-Cotter would have the pick of the litter when it comes to choosing a personal conveyance from his own luxury cruiser range.

Apparently, he’s just settled on an S70 sedan cruiser after being so taken by the style and functionality of the first one his team produced last year.

The new model came about after New Zealanders Brian and Cathy Carran challenged Maritimo to produce a true bluewater passage-maker in a sedan version, as opposed to its large flybridge motor cruisers.

They had embarked on a worldwide search for their ideal retirement vessel, which didn't include a flybridge. The finished product immediately caught the eye of BB-C, who has a waterfront home on the Gold Coast Broadwater surrounded by a plethora of low-hanging road bridges.

“We worked closely with Brian and Cathy to design a motoryacht from the ground up that suited their personal needs and had the very latest in design innovation and styling,” Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said.

“They were very hands-on in the design and build phase and were thrilled with the outcome, as was our team. Bill was equally impressed and decided an S70 would suit him and his family perfectly.”

Boat number two has some significant customised changes, including swapping sides for the study desk and daybed in the full-beam master suite and opting for stone floor tiling in the bathroom.

The saloon has a more streamlined flow on the port side by repositioning the icemaker and wine fridge. Down below, with four separate cabins, the 70-footer can comfortably sleep seven.

“Overall the boat has refined ergonomics with elements like the dash design continuing a design evolution with cleaner flow and more stitching,” Corbitt added. “It continues externally with the portholes all recessed into the hull to create cleaner lines and better protection from water flow, giving it more of a mega-yacht appearance.

“It is fair to say that the first S70 was stunning and the second one will raise the bar even higher.”

Barry-Cotter specified twin Scania 1200hp diesels, along with a 17 KVA Cummins/Onan genset, hydraulic swim platform, bow and stern thrusters plus Twin Disc EJS joystick system.

Sea trials will be held this month and it’s anticipated the S70 will perform in line with its predecessor, cruising at 25 knots for about 2000 rpm and with a top speed of 30 knots at 2300 rpm.

Being designed for extended trips in luxury and comfort, it has an expected range of 520 nautical miles at 21 knots and 1600 nautical miles at nine knots. The ability to add fuel tanks ensures that the adventure possibilities are endless.

The first S70 travelled from the Gold Coast to New Zealand in 100 hours late last year, with the professional captain who piloted the vessel across the Tasman saying it was the best-performing vessel he’d ever made the crossing in. It was his 50th crossing.

Maritimo will debut Barry-Cotter’s pride and joy at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 24-27.

OPTIMISED: Designers used carbon fibre where possible in the new Seawind, the 1190 Sport.

OPTIMISED: Designers used carbon fibre where possible in the new Seawind, the 1190 Sport.

MULTIHULL’S BIG PRESENCE

MULTIHULL Central are planning their biggest exhibit at Sanctuary Cove as more buyers consider a hard-earned sea-bbatical – either by putting the boat into charter or taking a mid-career escape.

The latest Seawind, the 1190 Sport, will be displayed for the first time in Australia – it’s a hybrid between high performance and cruising comfort, optimised by designers Francois Perus and Alan Carwardine to use carbon fibre where possible in the build.

Its weight has been reduced by 600kg compared to the Seawind 1160 Lite.

Also debuting will be a fishing version of the Aquila 36, Aquila 48 and Corsair 760 trailable sailing trimaran.

SEAKEEPER 2 STABLE CHOICE

GOOD news if the motion of smaller sportscruisers leaves you feeling green – a new 12-volt gyro called the Seakeeper 2 has been launched for boats 27-32 feet in length.

It’s 25 per cent lighter and 20 per cent more compact than the model it replaces, yet importer Twin Disc Pacific claims the new gyro eliminates up to 95 per cent of boat roll.

“It will be popular with recreational outboard craft looking for stability, safety and a pleasant day on the water for all,” managing director Glenn Frettingham said.

The Seakeeper 2 is apparently effective at all boat speeds and sea states. Price is $32,400 + GST.