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Maritimo’s S55 Combines Speed and Range

DATE POSTED:October 14, 2021
With 125 square feet of usable space above it, the Maritimo S55’s hardtop adds stowage.
With 125 square feet of usable space above it, the Maritimo S55’s hardtop adds stowage. (Courtesy Maritimo/)

Maritimo’s S55 is the Australian builder’s midsize model in the S (sedan) series, which also includes 53- and 70-footers. The S55 combines performance and long-range cruising ability with accommodations and entertaining space for six guests. This express cruiser is powered by twin 660 hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels and can hit a reported top speed of 30.1 knots or cruise at 6.1 knots for 3,150 nautical miles.

A good bit of the S55′s 17-foot-2-inch beam is carried forward, increasing interior volume and creating room for a forepeak VIP stateroom with an offset queen berth to starboard and an en suite head to port. The full-beam master stateroom is amidships with a king berth, an en suite head to port and a lounge to starboard. Hullside windows flank the master, letting natural light fill the space. A guest stateroom to starboard has twin berths.

Headroom in the S55’s ­salon is 6 feet, 6 inches. In the full-beam, amidships master stateroom and the VIP guest stateroom, it’s a comparable 6 feet, 5 inches.
Headroom in the S55’s ­salon is 6 feet, 6 inches. In the full-beam, amidships master stateroom and the VIP guest stateroom, it’s a comparable 6 feet, 5 inches. (Courtesy Maritimo/)

The galley is aft with a sink and stovetop to starboard, as well as a pantry and wine cooler to port. There is also a more than 4-square-foot island countertop for meal prep. Its location lets the chef serve guests in the salon and cockpit, which has U-shaped seating that faces forward. Additional, opposing L-shaped seating flanks the sliding-door entrance to the galley. Abaft the U-shaped seating are a top-loading cooler/fridge in the port hatch, garage access in the center hatch, and a sink and an electric grill in the starboard hatch.

The 66-square-foot salon has L-shaped seating and a table with folding wings that can be set up to create a dining space or a coffee table opposite a portside L-shaped sofa that accommodates at least six guests. The helm station is to starboard with two seats, including a companion seat that can adjust to face aft. Optional sliding windows in the salon give owners the ability to bring in a salty cross breeze when desired.

Up to six guests can occupy the U-shaped seating area aft on the main deck. An additional five guests can occupy opposite flanking seating at the salon’s sliding-door entrance.
Up to six guests can occupy the U-shaped seating area aft on the main deck. An additional five guests can occupy opposite flanking seating at the salon’s sliding-door entrance. (Courtesy Maritimo/)

Maritimo included a lot to like in the yacht’s exterior too: A foredeck sun pad accommodates at least two sunbathers, and the S55 has 125 square feet of space atop its hardtop that can be accessed from an overhead hatch and ladder in the main-deck lounge space aft.

Take the next step: maritimo.com.au