Preloved: Maritimo S50

Kevin Green — 13 February 2020
This 2015 Maritimo S50 is a clear example of Bill barry-Cotter's legendary design prowess

Maritimo’s S50 combines all the proven popular features from the best-selling flybridge models into a go-anywhere cruiser. The sedan comes with a sporty sunroof and elevated foredeck to give volume to the VIP fore-cabin. The look is slick and European but with plenty of Aussie sensibilities such as a fully shaded overhang in the aft cockpit. The cockpit is open with a handy hydraulic swim platform at the transom, lazarette and integrated electric barbecue. Looking forward, deck space is uncluttered at the bow, ideal for sunbathing once the large capstan-windlass has set the rode. Mooring is also well taken care of with two sets of midships cleats plus those fore and aft.

Cooking is easily done inside the open plan saloon, as the rear positioned galley is ideal for serving both the cockpit diners and those around the inside dinette. Dressed with teak throughout, the galley is extensively equipped, allowing more than mere weekending. The island bench is a handy centre for food preparation and casual drinks but also hides a dishwasher for quick clean-ups after the revellers have gone ashore. Around it is an apartment-sized double doored fridge-pantry, ample Corian worktops and a deep sink, fitted with a Zip hot tap. Safety is good as there's no gas aboard, instead an electrical Miele ceramic hob with four hot plates and oven beneath, plus microwave. Powering this and other whitegoods will require switching on the 17.5kVA generator. Dishwasher usage and showers aren't limited either, thanks to the watermaker. 

The forward lounge has a nice standard of opulence with cream leather upholstery contrasting with the dark lacquered teak. The layout has the dinette to port with convenient folding table, with extra seating from moveable chairs. Opposite, another bench offers views through the tall side windows. Being an Aussie boat, the builders are mindful of shade so the forward windows are steeply angled and have a fibreglass lip above for sun protection, while the electrical sunroof has sliding shades as well.


Given Maritimo's traditional approach to propulsion that dictates shaft drives on all their boats, the new owner of this 2015 example can relax when manoeuvring, thanks to thrusters fore and aft, along with Volvo D11 throttles. The console is dominated by the twin Simrad NSS 12-inch displays with GPS, sounder and radar (all recently software-upgraded). There's good ergonomics throughout the console thanks to the adjustable skipper's seat giving commanding views and a traditional layout of controls — twin throttles outboard with trim tabs above them plus thruster joysticks. Handily, there's a remote control for the thrusters as well.


A stand-out in this class of boat is the full beam master cabin midships along with VIP in the bow and a third bunk cabin. Set deep in the hull for comfort at sea, the owner has three steps down in the midships cabin and should enjoy a restful sleep on the large island bed (with deep storage beneath). It's offset to port in order to maximise leg room and to create a lounge to starboard, using the available space well. The forepeak VIP cabin shows an equally comfortable double with more headroom than the six feet available in the owner's cabin, thanks to the elevated foredeck. For ablutions the S50 has two bathrooms with spacious shower cubicles and electrical heads. A large opening skylight in each gives plenty of natural light and ventilation as well. Over in the single cabin there are two adult sized bunks with an elongated porthole for light and ventilation.


Efficient power delivery is ensured on the S50 by using a shallow angled, shaft driven propulsion via the well proven Volvo D11 670 horse power motors (2018 serviced). Fuel comes from wing tanks holding 6,800 litres, giving an estimated range of about 500 nautical miles (based on figures of 150 litres per hour at 23 knot cruising speeds).

Hull shape is classic warped, with fairly deep forefoot for directional stability tailing off to flatter aft sections to promote planing with modest deadrise to minimise drag. Construction is hand-laid GRP. Sensibly, it's monolithic vinylester below the water with cored above to reduce weight. A good feature of these sedans is working space around the engines, entered via the aft deck and there's deep bilges beneath to minimise the impact of water ingress, so rugged enough for offshore. “This is a well-maintained example with low engine hours so worth a serious look,” BMS broker Justin Thorpe told Trade-a-Boat. 


PRICE $1,299,000

YEAR 2015

LOCATION Sanctuary Cove, QLD

LENGTH OVERALL  16.15m (53’)  

BEAM 5.08m

DRAFT 1.23m

FUEL 6,800L   

WATER 800L  


WEIGHT 21,250kg





DESIGN Bill Barry-Cotter


BMS Gold Coast

44a The Promenade

Sanctuary Cove, QLD 4212

P +61 7 5514 8628




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