Maritimo looks to its racing heritage and the superyacht set to create the flagship for its X-Series of Sport Yachts.
Of all the surprises wrapped up in Maritimo’s revolutionary X60 yacht, perhaps the most startling occurs when you dump the gleaming Twin Disc throttle. The initial surge of power is followed by seamless acceleration, and as you approach planing speed around 16kts; impressively, the hull transitionas seamlessly as the nose trims down.
That Maritimo’s vast racing pedigree sums up what young gun designer Tom Barry-Cotter has delivered with the X60, a carefully considered, rigorously engineered sports yacht that blends inspired design with lessons learned from Maritimo’s years of building and racing boats.
The X60 combines cleverly engineered hull-form and layout with a modular aft cabin. Taking inspiration from superyachts , the X60’s masterstroke is an aft Beach Club, offering water-level access, a full bar, dayhead, storage and more. There’s much to like about a shady, comfortable nook where parents can keep a close eye on novice swimmers, sun-worshippers can lounge on the water’s edge and scuba missions can be launched with ease.
Also, the X60 can alternatively be optioned with this aft space as an extra guest cabin, tender garage or even a deluxe galley. Each of these options can easily retain the convenience of an ocean-level dayhead too, so wet or sandy swimmers need not longer trek through your pride and joy.
The X60 has been engineered with adaptable space in mind. The engineering systems, the balance, everything has been tweaked to make that space work. All the heavy engineering equipment was placed close to the X60’s centre of gravity, so that regardless of the choices a buyer might tick on the options list, every vessel will perform just as it was intended to. This means the trim attitude of the running hull is perfectly balanced throughout the rev range, offering a more comfortable ride, and better economy and performance
Electric sunroofs roll back over the helm station and the galley creating an enviable, airy flow throughout the X60. Custom-designed by Alfab, these huge expanses of cyclone-rated glass open up the entire topsides of the X60, from the helm right back to the galley, giving a whole new meaning to ‘al fresco living’.
The structure of the X60 was created to include both the sunroofs and those massive windows along the cabin sides, with engineers forming extra strength into the hardtop to accommodate these concepts as a building block, not an afterthought. Both the forward and aft sunroof include blockout blinds and bug screens to keep owners comfortable in any weather.
Skippers will appreciate the fantastic lines of sight opened up while docking with the helm-side windows rolled back. Taking inspiration from Maritimo’s race boats, the reinvented helm is set to be rolled out across the brand’s range, including features such as a hand-stitched leather boot around the steering column and mood lighting beneath the armrest.
Two Garmin touchscreens sit just above the Scania engine monitoring units, which are right next to the autopilot and thruster controls. All this critical information is clustered together neatly, and just outboard of the screens are the Twin Disc throttles and Express Joystick System for unrivalled manoeuvrability in docking situations.
The variable deadrise hull, coupled with the efficiency of shaft-drives, mean that even at 27kts, the X60’s fuel rate is less than 100lt/hr. Coupled with a 4200lt tank, this will see owners able to knock off more than 1000nm at a high-speed cruise, including a safety reserve.
The engine room comes with a gyro bed ready-to-go for clients wishing to install a Seakeeper gyro and fitting a watermaker is an equally simple proposition.
If a full-beam master suite doesn’t offer quite enough room, there’s an opportunity to extend this cabin down the starboard side a little further, in a configuration known as the Regency Suite. This sees the starboard bunk cabin optioned into a luxe ensuite plus walk-in robe servicing the master cabin, though to be fair, the standard configuration does offer acres of space as is. This sees a desk and daybed adjacent to the centrally-located queen bed, while elliptical portlights provide welcome ventilation belowdecks.
The satin walnut timber used throughout the X60 contrasts softly with muted grey fabrics of the daybed and wall panels, including the stylish headliner. This understated design palette continues through the accommodation deck to the starboard twin with its crossover beds and the VIP forward stateroom. The queen bed is offset at around 60? into the starboard bow, opening up unheard-of space around the cabin. The forward and twin cabins share access to the lower dayhead and a Miele washer and dryer are concealed beneath the stairs as you head aft to the master.
The open spaces overhead and to the side, afforded by the dual sunroofs and panoramic windows respectively, create the impression of a much larger yacht – you’re not hemmed in by bulkheads; you’re literally at one with the outdoors.
This is amplified by the vast range of seating options at your disposal: a U-shaped lounge around the flip-out dining table, a double-seater behind the helm and a classic Euro lounge in the cockpit nestled up to a minimalist raw teak table.
There’s also an electric barbecue and chef station just through the bifold aft doors (which can be swapped for a sliding arrangement if you feel the need for extra cockpit seating).
The posibility to offer such an enormous level of customisation provides Maritimo with a solid footing and distinct advantage.