Setting Sail with the Maritimo S75: A Yacht Review
Distances are not only vast around the shoreline of Australia, but unlike the U.S., they are often unpopulated. So, self-sufficiency and resilience are perquisites for motor cruising. The inability to find a safe haven often means staying offshore and to do that you need a sturdy hull and decent range. From its inception, by industry legend Bill Barry-Cotter, this ethos was embedded in the shaft-driven hulls of Maritimo, and the latest is not only the largest at 75 feet but also the most advanced. Let’s dive into this Maritimo S75 luxury yacht review.
Australian builder Maritimo’s S75 is its latest, largest, and most advanced offering.
I saw this during its launch at the May 2023 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia. “The global launch of the S75 heralds the start of Maritimo’s twentieth anniversary celebrations and what could be more fitting in our twentieth year than releasing this grand vessel, the epitome of everything that is Maritimo,” said Managing Director Tom Barry-Cotter, who has successfully stepped into his father’s shoes at the helm of this Gold Coast-based yard. Also, as we go to press, a flybridge version has just splashed (the M75).
My first impression of the S75 is its striking and sleek profile, thanks to nearly 75 feet of waterline, including the vast 194-square-foot Adventure Deck. Some reverse shear along the topsides also enhances the look, while the tall hull is stylishly punctuated with elongated dark windows that match the targa bar, housing radar and satellite domes, clearly making a sporty statement even at rest. Of course, style without substance is not much good offshore, so there’s a solid glass hull underwater and an elongated keel, both for stiffness and linear stability.