Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo has been encouraged by the response to its new 45 foot cruising motor yacht with two orders for the vessel before production has been finalized.
The company says the M45 will be one of its standout models in 2012.
The Maritimo M45 Cruising Motor yacht has evolved after considerable research and development including one-on-one research sessions not only with dealers but also current Maritimo owners to ensure that it meets all market expectations.
The first boat is currently under production.
Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the response to the M45 had been tremendous.
“We released images and details of the new model at the recent Sanctuary Cove boat show and it has caused a great deal of excitement.” he said. “It’s set to be a stunning, high performance vessel which will have broad appeal.
“We have our views of what the market is looking for in this type of vessel and size range, but we wanted to make sure we were correct before we went into full production so we have done considerable research and listened to those in the market,” he said.
“The vessel will have all the hallmarks of quality, design, style and excellent sea-keeping abilities evident in our other Maritimo models but it will also have a number of unique features.
“For instance recessed walk-around side decks will make it easy to move around the vessel.”
Mr Corbitt said the M45 would feature a generous saloon comparable to the Maritimo M48 and M53, saloon windows forward allowing plenty of natural light and a sense of space, a cleverly designed saloon daybed/lounge that converts to a double berth, an aft galley and wide opening bi-fold saloon doors, internal staircase to flybridge, a three sided enclosed flybridge with forward helm, an aft full width flybridge dinette lounge that converts to a double berth,, transom barbeque console and a two cabin, two bathroom layout.
In all the boat will have the capacity to sleep eight people and will come with the choice of twin shaft or two IPS propulsion models.
“We have run a number of sessions with dealers and customers and taken on board their feedback and desires in terms of what the boat will ultimately look like and include,” he said.
“Maritimo is all about delivering high quality, stylish vessels that actually work and function brilliantly in everyday use.
“We are at the forefront of the industry when it comes to performance and much of that can be attributed to Bill Barry Cotter who instinctively knows what will work the best mechanically and in terms of hull design.”
Mr Corbitt said Maritimo’s size enabled it to be agile and adaptable to the changing market demands and meant it could add more individuality to the range of vessels it produced.
“This is a perfect example of that maneuverability in action,” he said. The M45 will be priced from $995,000.