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Selene 66 (73 Feet)

Listed at YachtFinders Global http://www.yachtfindersglobal.com/used-boats/detail/1322  and available for inspection from Singapore.

At 73 feet in length and very highly spec’ed this is a serious offshore Passage Maker or Coastal Cruiser.

Capable of extended cruising without having to put into port thanks to large fuel capacity, great economy and an impressive list of equipment.
Water Maker, Trash Compactor, Stabilisers, Gensets x 2 , Air Conditioning, Washer, Dryer, Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters and a walk in engine room to name a few.

The full living and dining area of the Selene 66 is on the saloon level and is entered from the cockpit. Owners will enjoy three staterooms with crew quarters aft of the engine room and all staterooms have ensuite heads. The full width master stateroom is complete with a large ensuite, full length closets, and writing desk. The flybridge can be accessed from the stairway in the pilothouse. The Selene 66 flybridge allows for extended deck space that can accommodate a large tender as well as a perfect platform to fish, dive and just relax on.

Machinery spaces aboard are easily accessed through a transom door or main saloon and the engine room features full standing headroom up to 6’2”. All major components are within reach for ease of maintenance. In addition to clean engine room spaces, a massive lazarette includes washer and dryer units stored under a workbench.

Like all Selene yachts, she features fabulous interior woodwork, exotic granite, a selection of glamorous draperies and fabrics, as well as high quality European lighting and interior fittings. She is designed for extended cruising in style, comfort and safety.

  • General

  • Year: 2008
  • Price: $1,950,000 USD
  • Price Details: + GST & Duty
  • Boat Type: Power
  • Boat Type Detail: Trawler
  • Location: Offshore
  • Hull Material: GRP
  • Engine/Fuel: Diesel
  • ID No: #1322
  • Dimensions:

  • LOA: 73′ 5″ ft / 22.38 m
  • LWL: 62′ 3″ ft / 18.98 m
  • Beam: 18′ 8″ ft / 5.69 m
  • Draft: 6′ 4″ ft / 1.93 m
  • Displacement: 70.25 Tonnes
  • Engines:

  • No. of Engines: 1
  • Engine(s) HP: 610 HP
  • Engine Brand: Cummins QSM11
  • Cruising Speed: 10 kn
  • Max Speed: 12 kn
  • Hours: 1301
  • Builder/Designer:

  • Builder: Jet Tern Marine
  • Designer: Howard Chen
  • Tankage:

  • Fuel: 9,841 L
  • Water: 2,271 L
  • Holding: 870 L
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Selene 66 – The ideal Long Range Slow Cruise boat

Selene 66 (73 Feet)

Listed at YachtFinders Global http://www.yachtfindersglobal.com/used-boats/detail/1322  and available for inspection from Singapore.

At 73 feet in length and very highly spec’ed this is a serious offshore Passage Maker or Coastal Cruiser.

Capable of extended cruising without having to put into port thanks to large fuel capacity, great economy and an impressive list of equipment.
Water Maker, Trash Compactor, Stabilisers, Gensets x 2 , Air Conditioning, Washer, Dryer, Hydraulic bow and stern thrusters and a walk in engine room to name a few.

The full living and dining area of the Selene 66 is on the saloon level and is entered from the cockpit. Owners will enjoy three staterooms with crew quarters aft of the engine room and all staterooms have ensuite heads. The full width master stateroom is complete with a large ensuite, full length closets, and writing desk. The flybridge can be accessed from the stairway in the pilothouse. The Selene 66 flybridge allows for extended deck space that can accommodate a large tender as well as a perfect platform to fish, dive and just relax on.

Machinery spaces aboard are easily accessed through a transom door or main saloon and the engine room features full standing headroom up to 6’2”. All major components are within reach for ease of maintenance. In addition to clean engine room spaces, a massive lazarette includes washer and dryer units stored under a workbench.

Like all Selene yachts, she features fabulous interior woodwork, exotic granite, a selection of glamorous draperies and fabrics, as well as high quality European lighting and interior fittings. She is designed for extended cruising in style, comfort and safety.

  • General

  • Year: 2008
  • Price: $1,950,000 USD
  • Price Details: + GST & Duty
  • Boat Type: Power
  • Boat Type Detail: Trawler
  • Location: Offshore
  • Hull Material: GRP
  • Engine/Fuel: Diesel
  • ID No: #1322
  • Dimensions:

  • LOA: 73′ 5″ ft / 22.38 m
  • LWL: 62′ 3″ ft / 18.98 m
  • Beam: 18′ 8″ ft / 5.69 m
  • Draft: 6′ 4″ ft / 1.93 m
  • Displacement: 70.25 Tonnes
  • Engines:

  • No. of Engines: 1
  • Engine(s) HP: 610 HP
  • Engine Brand: Cummins QSM11
  • Cruising Speed: 10 kn
  • Max Speed: 12 kn
  • Hours: 1301
  • Builder/Designer:

  • Builder: Jet Tern Marine
  • Designer: Howard Chen
  • Tankage:

  • Fuel: 9,841 L
  • Water: 2,271 L
  • Holding: 870 L

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HanseYachts buys Sealine


The latest update on the fate of Sealine from Boatpoint.com.au. Read the original article over at http://www.boatpoint.com.au/news/2013/hanseyachts-buys-sealine-40438

Also read the previous story on SEALINE here https://maritimo48.com/2013/06/02/another-one-bites-the-dust-sealine/

German yacht manufacturer purchases English powerboat company

HanseYachts, the second-largest manufacturer of sailing boats in the world, has taken over Sealine GmbH and entered the powerboat market ranked number 12.
In a statement announcing the acquisition, Hanse said that the move marks the consistent expansion of the HanseGroup’s multi-brand strategy and the acquisition of Sealine is a quick way to gain a share of the powerboat market.
“The motorboat market is not only larger than the sailing market, but has also been experiencing growth for some years now contrary to the trend in the sailing sector. Motorboats are also a good way of opening doors to the newer nautical markets, such as China and Brazil.” said Jens Gerhardt, CEO of HanseYachts AG. “I am sure that the sales of both our Fjord motorboats and our sailing boats will benefit from adding the Sealines to our range,” he added.

Following the acquisition of Moody in 2007, Sealine is now the second traditional English brand and the sixth brand overall in the company: Hanse, Dehler, Moody, Fjord, Varianta and now Sealine.
Previously Hanse’s only entry in the motorboat market was the sporty Fjord boats. Hanse said that Sealine now marks a step into the mass-market. For over 40 years, Sealine has been manufacturing luxury motoryachts. The company recently achieved a turnover of around 40 million Euros, however a weak capital base meant the company was forced to file for administration earlier this year.
Production of Sealine boats will be moved to the Hanse production facility in the city of Greifswald situated on the Baltic Sea in Germany. The F380 model announced by Sealine will be completed and is due to celebrate its world premiere at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. There are plans to expand the product range even further in 2014 and details will be announced after Düsseldorf.
Hanse says that worldwide sales will be handled “mainly via the existing Sealine dealers.”

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Boating industry websites are reporting the following story.

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倪浩 Sunseeker

UK boatbuilder Sunseeker is in talks with a prospective Chinese owner, Chinese property firm Dalian Wanda, in a deal worth US$471m. Subject to regulatory approval, the purchase is imminent. ‘We are buying the best yacht company in the UK,’ Wang Jianlin, chairman of Beijing-based Dalian Wanda, was quoted as saying. If the deal is concluded, new investment will be forthcoming from the existing management and founder Robert Braithwaite.

Stewart McIntyre, Sunseeker’s CEO, said, ‘The discussions are ongoing and I cannot add any more. If they are successful it will not be a matter of months before reaching an outcome. Nothing will change. The current management team will remain including founder Robert Braithwaite. That was a pre-requisite for the talks going ahead.’

McIntyre declined to comment on reports that the possible purchaser is the Chinese group Dalian Wanda, the same company that McIntyre told IBI a few weeks ago was buying into Sunseeker China, one of the two Chinese mainland distributors of Sunseekers. On the prospect that these talks might draw other potential buyers, McIntyre said: ‘We will not be talking with anyone else.’

Gordon Hui of Hong Kong-based Sunseeker Asia, one of the top Sunseeker dealers in the world, pointed out that ‘This is a great step. I am delighted. The company is going to benefit from a huge boost in R&D. Wang Jianlin is himself a Sunseeker owner.’

The Sunseeker statement confirmed: ‘Sunseeker will remain a British company, headquartered in Poole, Dorset and will maintain its existing primary production bases in the UK, along with its current workforce and infrastructure. The existing management team and representatives of FL Partners will remain on the Sunseeker Boards, and founder Robert Braithwaite will continue to be involved in the business and remain as Group President.

‘The new majority shareholder, who has no current interest in the luxury motor yacht sector, supports Sunseeker’s commitment to superior products and its premium brand, both of which would be further enhanced by its investment,’ Sunseeker said.

‘If a deal is concluded, it will be fantastic news for the business, the wider Sunseeker ‘family’ and the motor yacht industry and will allow Sunseeker to expand its global base still further while retaining its current operational and manufacturing infrastructure at our headquarters in Poole.’

This isn’t the first move by a big Chinese firm into the luxury yacht sector – in January 2012, the Ferretti Group was sold to Shandong Heavy Industry Group-Weichai Group in a deal worth around €178 million.

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Nǐ hǎo – Suunseeker

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OK I’m in the Maritimo camp on the 50, so somewhat critical of the New (yet to be built) Riviera 50, especially when I read their somewhat overzealous PR material. (IMHO).

Anyways it seems Riv is starting to “spread the word” with some marketing on the new boat. Here is the PR release on the boats Key Features, word for word from their web site with my take on that with views and comments at the foot of this post.

The original Riviera PR is here http://www.rivieraaustralia.com.au/modelOverview.cfm?type=flybridge&prdID=44&subType=Enclosed

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The stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge  is expected to prove equally enticing as her big sister, the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new model is currently under construction and will make her world debut in 2013. (Note 1)
The design of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge, as always, is based on boat owner input, gleaned and distilled over the past two years at specifically held owner forums.
Powered by new generation fuel efficient twin Cummins QSC Zeus 600 pod drives, or alternatively twin Volvo Penta IPS 900s, Riviera’s new 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to top 32 knots, cruising between 25 and 28 knots and delivering a range of 400 nautical miles. (Note 2)
Created in-house on Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera’s team of talented and passionate designers and engineers have focused on absolute maximisation of design and space, so they can see the exact size, space and scale of the vessel in the computer long before a single piece of timber is cut for the plug work.
Riviera’s design team has retained that unique Riviera look while introducing some exciting new design aspects such as double side transom doors (Note 3) which allow better access from both the port and starboard sides, mezzanine seating with integrated table, enhanced cockpit storage with a self-draining moulded lazarette bin that has been integrated into the cockpit floor,(Note 4) tender storage on the boarding platform, increased side deck access, a large aft C-shaped lounge that runs the width of the flybridge, flexible accommodation plan, full head room in the two aft cabins,(Note 5) attractive enhancements to the exterior profile lines balancing the flybridge and saloon window, and huge hull windows with opening port holes on both sides giving the two aft cabins an abundance of natural light and fresh air.
An additional 1.7 metres more of overall living space between the bow and stern has been made available through the incorporation of pod drives as compared to a similar sized shaft-driven boat. (Note 6)
“All round this boat feels bigger and fuller than similar sized vessels,  which can be attributed to the openness and an abundance of natural  light,” says Riviera CEO Wes Moxey. “And we know from experience that it will perform well with its standard engine package.(Note 7)
“When you step aboard the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge, you instantly enter a world of the most modern technology encased in time honoured craftsmanship.
“Our design team has been very innovative with the internal plan providing exceptional accommodation without compromising the height or exterior lines of the boat.”(Note 8)
The new 50 Enclosed Flybridge features three luxuriously appointed staterooms and two bathrooms. Acoustic fabric panelling creates a sense of calm and combined with varnished cabinetry gives a feel of contemporary elegance. A washer and dryer are concealed behind varnished cabinetry in the companionway.

In a first for Riviera, there is the option to have the master stateroom forward or aft on the port side. The aft port side option offers a scenic outlook from the large hull window with opening porthole as well as being in a quieter and more stable part of the boat being closer to the centre of gravity, (Note 9) while the full-width master stateroom forward(Note 10)  boasts windows either side, ample under bed storage, an elegantly crafted cedar-lined wardrobe featuring book-ended panelling, built-in bedside tables and a timber vanity – the owners have the choice.
“With that in mind, this new vessel is also the perfect size for three couples or a large extended family,” says Mr Moxey. “At 50 feet, it fits into standard size marina berths without compromising on space and the hallmark qualities of Riviera.”(Note 11)

The new 50 Enclosed Flybridge features a huge cockpit with aft barbecue centre or optional bait tank or fish bins. The barbecue is located aft centre in the middle of the transom doors either side, thus giving easy access to the vessel, especially when rafted up with friends or at the marina. (Note 12)
The vision from the three-sided enclosed flybridge is second to none. (Note 13)

The mezzanine seating has been lowered to allow for a fridge and freezer to be positioned between the galley window and mezzanine seat. There is also a removable table opposite the mezzanine lounge which can be rearranged depending on entertaining requirements. It can be positioned in front of the mezzanine lounge when enjoying a lazy breakfast with the best view in the world or one leg can be lifted and repositioned by turning the table 180 degrees so that a group of people can sit around the table for a social afternoon on board.
Two steps up and you enter the saloon through the full-length sliding glass door. To port there is a huge U-shaped modern galley with polished Corian solid surface benchtops, high quality appliances and accoutrements and ‘timber’ Amtico flooring.

Forward of the galley is a U-Shaped dinette to port and plush L-shaped lounge to starboard with several ottomans allowing for extra seating around the dinette or can be pushed up against the settee to create a large chaise.
An internal staircase adjacent to the galley leads up to the impressive flybridge which features a helm station forward on the port side with an adjacent L-shaped lounge allowing guests to easily converse with the skipper.

A wet bar is located behind the helm chairs and aft in the flybridge is an enormous C-Shaped lounge that runs full beam of the flybridge, making it a great conversation and entertaining space not only when the boat is underway but also at anchor. (Note 14)

From a technological point of view, the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge will have the latest in LED lighting and C-Zone digital switching, which allows you to monitor all your entertainment, electronics and lighting with the touch of a button. (Note 15)
Every engineering detail in the design and construction of this new model has been considered from the engine room with standing head room and its gleaming white gel coat finish making it spotlessly clean, to the location of the cockpit switch panel at eye-level.

Riviera has already taken several orders ‘off the plan’ for the stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge which is scheduled for her world release in 2013. (Note 16)

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  1. Yes, we have been hearing about it’s impending release since May 2012. Launch date was then said to be May 2013.
  2. This is when it gets really interesting. It’s a POD boat remember. At cruise speed you get 400nm on 3200 litres, ie 8 litre/nm. According to Boatpoint   http://www.boatpoint.com.au/reviews/2013/maritimo-m50-cruising-motoryacht-36720  the Maritimo goes 517nm at cruise speed with 4,000 litres that is 7.74 litre/nm. What about the much hyped POD’s 15%-30% fuel savings then ??
  3. What’s exciting about double transom doors for goodness sake. They have been around in Maritimo’s for years.
  4. That’s just trying to talk a negative into a positive. As it is a POD boat all the machinery goes into one large space, so no lazarette. In it’s place you get a “bin” No such thing in a shaft boat. Separate Engine room and Lazarette.
  5.  Again what’s new and exciting about “full head room” in the two aft cabins. Riv 47’s have had that for a long time.
  6. Just a big shame they did not use the extra space for a WOW accommodation layout.
  7. The Cummins QSC Zeus 600 pod are stated as 600Hp I believe. (8.3 litre displacement with WOT @ 3,000RPM). It will be interesting to see some actual test results on how she goes with two of those. The optional Volvo IPS 900 are stated as “700Hp, but equivalent” to a conventional 900Hp installation. (10.8 litre displacement with WOT @ 2,350RPM). What cruise range with those I wonder?
  8. What is so ground braking about Three Cabins with Two heads. Sorry I just don’t get it.
  9. They are basically condemning their own Fwd Master Layout. The central Master has the best COG position so is the best location for the Master, and ideally a Full Beam Master !
  10. Since when has a Fwd Cabin been described as “Full Width Master” It is BS PR on steroids.
  11. I don’t berth in Australia so I don’t know what a “standard size marina berth” is but I know from the Specs the boat is 56′ 6″ LOA and not 50′.
  12. Maritimo have been doing that as standard for Ten years.
  13. It does not look anything special. The Helm is Fwd so just like the Maritimo seeing the Transom when backing into the slip will be a challenge. Note The Maritimo is fully enclosed on four sides not just three.
  14. No Flybridge Aft Deck. Shame. Shame.
  15. C-Zone is nice but it’s complicated electronics. Does everyone need it and it is pricey. Switches work fine !
  16. It was launched in May 2012, so I’m sure those owners will be getting a bit toey  by now !!

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The following Press Release is from the Maritimo site on the following link. http://www.maritimo.com.au/news-events/news/2013/joystick-option-brings-boating-ease-to-a-whole-new-level.aspx

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With some of the weather conditions that are experienced around Port Lincoln boaties often need all the help they can get in maneuvering their vessels in that part of the world and Maritimo 56 Motor Yacht owner Roy Wells is one step ahead of all his counterparts.

In fact Roy and his family are the first people in the world to be experiencing the benefits of a new addition to the joystick control system phenomena that has swept the marine industry in recent years and he says it takes vessel control to a whole new level.

An addition to the traditional joystick system called Express Positioning System (EPS) now enables skippers to manoeuvre their vessels to a desired position and heading and at the press of a button the system then controls automatically the propellers and proportional thrusters to maintain the desired position regardless of wind and tide conditions.

Roy’s Maritimo is the first vessel in the world to have the system fitted.

Maritimo 56

About to be released globally by Twin Disc the  EPS system is an option exclusively for shaft drive boat owners who have the company’s Express Joystick System (EJS) in place and it can be supplied with a new build or can be retro fitted.

The EPS operates off a roof mounted GPS receiver and has a colour display at the main helm. It enables boat owners to ‘virtually park’ their vessels in what ever position they like and the system will maintain station.

For Roy the benefits have been amazing. “We can all get into a bit of trouble docking in big weather and we get a lot of that around Port Lincoln,” he said.

“Even in a strong wind I can hold this big boat close to the dock for as long as I wish, it’s invaluable even when alone without a crew, press the hold station and you have time to set your fenders, sort the ropes all knowing you will stay were you have selected. The hold system buys you time even in a strong wind “I also use the system when I am out tuna fishing. “I have joystick controls in the cockpit and I can finesse the boat to keep the fish exactly where I want it with just my thumb and forefinger then hold the boat when and where I choose by a simple press of a button.

“The EPS option also enables me to position the boat right above a deep fishing hole and hold it there regardless of wind and tide without any need to anchor or keep drifting over a reef or select hot spot and returning to do another drift. “I can now position the boat much closer to those rocks to lay a cray pot down knowing I that I am safe and will stay in position selected.  “I would never consider without the hold station. “Imagine all those times you would just like to freeze the boat where it is, now it’s available, it makes boating more enjoyable and safer. It is remarkable.”

Twin Disc’s Pacific Managing Director, Glenn Frettingham said the company’s Express Joystick System released in 2011 was widely regarded as the smoothest and most precise joystick system on the market.

“The extension of this system is now the Express Positioning System and with our patented Quickshift transmissions we can proportionally control propeller and hydraulic thruster speeds and activate fast and smooth direction changes,” he said.

“The response is instant so the EPS can react quickly to change in wind and current. ” It enables skippers to maintain station in a wide range of conditions.”

Maritimo sales and marketing manager Greg Haines said the systems by Twin Disc made boat handling a breeze for all owners no matter what their experience.

“Many of our buyers are multiple boat owners and they are quite comfortable handling their vessels using engine controls only, but these new systems provide a level of precision and easy of operation that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago,” he said.

“The give shaft drive vessels a level of maneuverability that is superior to anything else on the market.”

Mr Haines said the response to the new systems by Roy Wells was testimony to the benefits they provided.

“It means that coming in and out of the dock, picking up a mooring buoy, maintaining position over a fishing hot spot, holding station to position fenders before docking and boating in bad weather are all now a breeze thanks to the combination of the joystick and the EPS option,” he said.

“I think you will see a lot more Maritimo owners looking at this addition to their vessels.”

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The next boat battle down under seems well on its way….well at least for one of the combatants. Maritimo announced the evolution of the M50 from the foundation of the Maritimo 48 earlier this year, and lo and behold they had one on display at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) held recently (May 23rd till May 26th).

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Maritimo 50

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Riviera 50

Riviera on the other hand announced their 50 last year around the time of the 2012 SCIBS, and it was then “officially announced” in September 2012 with a May 2013 Launch Date, but apparently all they had to show of the new boat at SCIBS this week is a “factory mock up”.

All this despite the fact that we are told it is computer designed with “Unigraphics 3D software”. If they coupled their computer files with a 5 Axis CNC milling device then they would be on the fast track to produce moulds and a prototype well ahead of the pack.

However we then learn through press statements that ” while much of the componentry, the plugs and moulds can be produced in Taiwan, Riviera will not consider manufacturing offshore……”  Mmmmm so are they making moulds offshore ? Seems they quietly snuck that one in ?

In any event whenever Riveria do launch their 50, there may likely be a battle royale between the Marques to get hold of the deposit from Mr Prospective Buyer looking for a Nifty Fifty.

So how do the two Fifty’s stack up against each other, well here’s my take on things.

First up, personal declaration, I’ve owned a Maritimo but never a Rivieria. That said over the last couple of years I believe that Riviera’s internal layout and finishes have taken them back into the lead over Maritimo, whereas Maritimo’s build, liveability features and engineering initially took them well out in front from Riviera in the ‘early years”.

OK onto the Builders published Outline Specs.

M50 Outline Specs

Maritimo 50

R50 Outline Specs

Riviera 50

Straight out of the Gate the main difference between the two boats are POD Drives vs. Traditional Shafts. Up front the POD builders will tell you of POD efficiency, through smaller engines and better fuel consumptions, for similar performance. They don’t tell you of the higher maintenance, corrosion issues and sinking dangers through catastrophic damage. I know of at least one POD boat that broke a POD off and the “safety seals” did not stop seawater to come flooding in.

That said POD’s make handling boats in tight spaces with currents and wind gusts easier and give some people more confidence to tackle these events, but everyone knows that boats with Shafts and Bow and Stern thrusters are also very well mannered in tight spaces. There are also now Joystick systems to work with conventional shaft boats. So why go with POD’s ?

Secondly, I have read several reviews on various Maritimo’s and Riviera’s models that come outfitted with POD’s or optionally Shafts, it seems that performance and economy are not so radically different between the two variants. For what it’s worth Maritimo claim their Hulls with shafts can outperform POD’s. So why go with POD’s.

Next looking at overall length, the Riv 50 is really a 56.5 ft boat, and it will cost you another three feet six inches over the Maritimo (53 ft) for berthing. The M50 also gives you more internal volume with an extra half a foot in beam, which costs you nothing for berthing.

Maritimo re jigged their fuel tank design from the 48 to 50 and you can now carry up to 4,000 litres versus only 3,200 litres for the Riv. The Maritimo also carries a tad more water at 800 litres versus 700. Either way you will still need a water maker for serious cruising.

Accommodation wise the Maritimo now has a ‘classic’ full width Master cabin located close to the COG, which should allow some gentle zzz’s on the water. Fwd cabin with Queen and bunks cabin makes for sleeping for six. At a pinch you could sleep two in the saloon and one child on the Master lounger. It’s said the over under bunks are now a better size. Good as the M48 bunks were definitely for the kids.

Maritimo 50 Full Beam Master

Maritimo 50 Master Lounger

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Maritimo 50 Layout

Riviera have not yet published an accommodation layout but it seems from initial sketches there will be no full beam master cabin. At the recent SCIBS they were offering the choice between a Fwd or Aft Master cabin, with Twin side by side bunks on the Stbd side. Given the extra space they get from POD’s (compare the layouts) I guess we might have expected something a bit more trend setting, more like the layout in the Riv 53. In any case it may all change by the time of the launch.

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Looking at living and lounging spaces, the Riv has a rear facing twin seat in the cockpit with an optional table. (As seen in the Layout above) It looks a nice feature but is way off the size and practical usefulness of the mezzanine seating and table off the larger boats (63 & 75) for obvious reasons.

Riviera 75 Mezanine Seating & Table

The Maritimo has in place full opening glass rear doors so that the cockpit and saloon can open as one for playing at anchor or perhaps entertaining.

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Maritimo 50 Saloon opens to Cockpit

Where the Maritimo scores big in my opinion is with the flybridge extended aft to give shade to the cockpit and yield an expansive open deck area for lounging, dining and just watching the world go by. That will be an great place to be whether at anchor, in the marina or underway. It’ll be up to each owner to install or arrange fixed or free seating, loungers and tables etc.

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Maritimo 50 Flybridge Aft Deck

The Riv designers have added a kid and pet friendly feature  for the swim platform where the two side gates to access the cockpit lock in place to provide a gated swim platform area. Opinions will vary on this, and for myself I would not see me using it and I think it is a bit of a gimmick. If you are serious about protecting kids and pets stay in the saloon or cockpit with the gates closed.

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The slide above shows the central entertainment module that Riv have developed for the 50. In truth Maritimo first started make boats this way ten years ago and have perfected the layout and equipment for this.

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One last point concerning POD’s vs Shafts and Engineering, take a look at the Profile of the Riv 50  below.

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Riviera 50 Profile

Being a POD boat, she has the POD’s as the lowest point on the boat, and that’s the part that will touch what’s below the boat first; be it Mud, Sand, Rock or whatever. Of course that would be very skinny water or bad luck with an uncharted or isolated obstruction, but as they say “Shit happens”

Maritimo 50 Profile

The Matitimo has a deeper keel that is the lowest point on the boat. Also for me her deeper forefoot Hull looks like a much better cruising boat Hull.

While looking at the layouts, take a look at the machinery spaces. The Maritimo has a separate engine room with fixed bulkheads. Immediately aft of the engine room is the separate Lazarette for storing all manner of stuff, in what is a separate compartment.

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Maritimo 50 Engine Room FWD

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Maritimo 50 Engine Room Aft

As the Riv has PODS, she will likely have one “large” machinery space for engines and POD’s and general storage. Remember if a POD breaks or leaks that is a big space to take water into.

One last word on Engineering, Riviera are specifying Twin Cummins 442 Hp engines for a total horsepower on-board of 884 Hp. Maritimo has twin Volvo D11 670 Hp engines as standard for a total of 1,340 Hp. That is a huge 456 Hp difference between the two. I’d really like to see what performance Riviera claim from that set up.

By comparison the 22 Tonne Riviera 53 was originally launched with Three Volvo IPS 600 with each engine rated at 435 Hp for a total of 1,305 Hp. That Riv 50 standard engine package looks seriously underpowered.

So that is a quick look at the two different offerings of comfortable Aussie Style Cruising for a family.

Price wise we know the Aussie List Price for the Martitimo is around AUD 1.4 million in standard specification. It’s to be noted that Maritimo now seem to build in a lot more “needed” items into their basic spec. A change to the launch days of the 48 when the Enclosed Flybridge Air Con was “optional”.

As for Riviera, they haven’t launched yet so no prices, although we can expect they may want to be tight with the Maritimo pricing.

Leaving sticker price out of it, for me personally if I was looking for a Fifty there could only be one choice, Maritimo.

The Full Beam Master alone is a clincher, but added with the overall flexibility of the Maritimo, her engineering, performance & economy, and the internal space and layout then for me in any case there is only one boat in it.

The top ten points that put the Maritimo ahead of the Riviera for me are as follows.

  1. Master Cabin – Would you really pass over the midships Full Beam Master for a Fwd Master. If yes then you must like chine slap !
  2. Saloon Layout – the new layout with Two L lounges and Dining looks great and practical,
  3. Enclosed Flybridge with aft Deck space – You can have a table & chairs, bean bags or even sun loungers up there. Cocktails anyone ?
  4. Overall Aesthetics – She just looks the business in my opinion and maximises available spaces.
  5. No Gimmicks, just solid features – No kiddies gates just, great layout and livability
  6. Shafts & Thrusters – Low shaft angle efficiency with good Hull design give speed and economy. Why do you need POD’s ?
  7. Storage – Separate Lazarette for toys and cruising gear, upgraded galley storage, great Master Cabin storage features.
  8. Cruising Range & Tankage – you carry 800 litres more fuel. Slow cruise range (10 knots) over 1,200nm (PMY test) Mid cruise range (~16 knots) around 600 nm. That’s serious cruising.
  9. Galley arrangement is traditional Maritimo updated with island worktop & storage make it very practical and elegant.
  10. Open Flow arrangement between Cockpit and Saloon looks great

Any how that is may take on things. I have certainly nailed my colours to the mast, even though we have not yet even seen a Riviera 50, despite the fact it was announced over a year ago. Who knows it may never even get built.

I think one thing is for sure, if anyone is undecided between the two boats then they will definitely get the full attention of both respective sales teams, and likely get a good deal. That said, based on a boat to boat comparison I defy anyone to come up with ten solid reasons why the Riviera is a better buy than the Maritimo.

Just my take on things.

I leave you with some shots of the 50 to show her good points.

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Maritimo 50 at speed – Great Flowing Lines

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Maritimo 50 Helm

Maritimo 50 Helm

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Maritimo 50 – Cockpit & Flybridge Aft Deck

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Maritimo 50 Master Comforts

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M50 Master Entrance

Maritimo 50 Master Entrance & Vanity

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M50 Galley Saloon Cockpit

Galley Island Worktop with good Saloon & Cockpit Access

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M50 Dining

Maritimo 50 Dining Table

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M50 Saloon Lounge

Maritimo 50 Lounge Seating

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