Maritimo is set for a big 2021, with plans to launch models and introduce new designs, all while upgrading its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The Gold Coast motor yacht manufacturer revealed it will continue to focus on the US market, and plans are underway for American boaters to get on board their yachts.
In a bid to attract knowledgeable yachting enthusiasts attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show from March 25 to 28, Maritimo plans to have factory representatives on hand at the show to discuss the builder's designs and show off recent models.
Dave Northrop, director of Maritimo Americas, says that the staff at the show will share insights into the way yachtsmen use their boats, and also what goes into making a Maritimo motor yacht.
"We're always excited to share Maritimo's world-class yachts with our current and future customers," he says.
"Enthusiasts who understand quality construction and excellent design are surely our best customers, and we enjoy taking the time to share our models and also show them what's just over the horizon."
Maritimo will show three boats at Palm Beach, and will highlight the X-Series models, introduced as the flagship of the yard.
The X50 and X60 were both major evolutions for Maritimo, featuring improved engineering and impressive design.
The eye-catching aft accommodation is one of the innovative layout developments that created more space onboard, with options to suit virtually any cruising application.
Maritimo plans to bring new models to the US market in time for their summer in 2021.
The first highlight of the new model releases in the first half of the year will be the anticipated M55 flybridge motor yacht, which has already enjoyed worldwide sales success.
The M55 will also make an appearance at Maritimo's on water display at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Australia's Gold Coast in May.
Also highlighted at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be the world premiere of the S55 sedan motor yacht, which, with the M55, will debut on US shores later this summer.
These new models are designed to appeal to every member of the family, with open-deck areas for enjoying the open air while on the water, and interior spaces laid out to optimise gatherings of family and friends.
The accommodation makes the most of the expanded hull volume found in Maritimo's latest offerings.
"This year will mark a momentous year for Maritimo, with as many as eight new model releases or announcements," brand and design director Tom Barry-Cotter says.
"The extensive new model roll-out has been in development behind the scenes since the beginning of last year, so we are beyond excited to announce each new model over the coming months."
Barry-Cotter attributes Maritimo models' appeal to the technology used onboard and their ocean-proven construction, particularly popular with seasoned long-range cruisers.
For the first time, organisers of Sail Port Stephens will hold a full off-the-beach regatta from April 24 to 25.
The event hopes to attract the best dinghy, skiff, catamaran and sailboard racers from across the region. There will be junior and open divisions, with all classes invited to attend. The NSW Finn class has already expressed interest in competing.
"Sail Port Stephens started in 2007 with just 25 yachts, a far cry from the 160 entries received for our last regatta in 2019, and once again we're at absolute full capacity for marina berths and moorings in 2021," race director Jennie Hughes says.
"So, we're aiming to build the off-the-beach component in a similar way, starting from the ground up. It's a great time to be at Port Stephens, with ideal weather conditions, lots of social activities and a relaxed sailing carnival atmosphere throughout the area.
"Plus, we'll be ramping up the media coverage with drone footage and professional photography to give class associations a major publicity boost."
A number of satellite regattas are also being run at Bay Sailing Centre before Sail Port Stephens, including the RS Aero Intergalactic Championship (March 27-28) and the NS14 Nationals at Easter.
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