Maritimo unveils smaller sports-fisher...

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Maritimo unveils smaller sports-fisher...

Design

The first 470 Offshore Convertible should go into the water in December ‘09.

AUGUST 2009

Australian motorcruiser builder Maritimo has released details of a new addition to its Offshore Convertible range, the 470. This enclosed-flybridge model offers three cabin/two shower-room accommodation. It will slot in beneath the existing 500 and 550 models.
With an internal staircase to the enclosed bridge, an aft-helm position and a large fishing-friendly cockpit, the 470 Offshore Convertible is aimed at people who love both cruising and the thrill of big-game fishing.
The cockpit includes an optional live-bait well in the transom and bait-prep station over a coolbox forward, as well as a sink with mixer tap. A reinforced plate under the cockpit floor provides for installation of a game chair and the wide coaming overlaps into the cockpit for comfortable stand-up fishing and installation of rod holders.
The saloon provides a fully equipped galley forward, leather L-shape lounger around a fold-out table in the starboard aft quarter and a large lounge in the forward port quarter opposite the galley.
In the enclosed flybridge an L-shape sofa and solid table can comfortably seat five guests forward of the helm. The bridge is open at the rear with mid-rails and clears providing protection in difficult weather conditions.
Forward of the saloon, the accommodation space includes three cabins – a master to port with queen double bed and ensuite bathroom, a double guest cabin forward and bunk cabin amidships on the starboard aside. The forward and starboard cabins share the second bathroom.
“The flybridge and the cockpit are the same length as the 500 Offshore,” says Maritimo’s marketing director Luke Durman. “With a slightly narrower beam and a metre shorter in overall length, we expect similar performance.
Pushed along by twin 575hp C9 Cats, she should provide a comfortable cruise speed of about 25 knots and top speed in excess of 30 knots.”
“Demand for sportfishers remains strong both in Australia and overseas,” says Bill Barry-Cotter, Maritimo founder and CEO. “We’ve built an enviable reputation for long-range luxury cruisers; now we are expanding those skills to the mid-range sport-fish market.”
And Barry-Cotter should know what he’s talking about. He was the one that built up and sold the neighbouring business Riviera, which is presently in administration.
The Maritimo range spans a dozen or so models based on half a dozen hulls from 15-22m (47-73ft).

Basic Spec – Maritimo 470 Offshore Convertible...
LOA: 15.7m (51ft 6in)
Beam: 4.8m (15ft 8in)
Draught: 1.3m (4ft 3in)
Fuel: 3,000 litres (792 US gals)
Water: 700 litres (185 US gals)
Holding Tank: 300 litres (79 US gals)
Weight: 20 tonnes (22 US tons)
Sleeping Capacity: Five
Cruise Speed: 25 knots
Engines (Std): 2 x Caterpillar C9 423 kW (575mhp)

For more, www.maritimo.com.au.

© Phil Draper