For better performance, Maritimo designed the X50 with the dual Volvo D11 670 diesel engines forward, close to midships to afford a more balanced weight distribution. By doing so, they created an innovative aft accommodation space accessible from the salon and swim platform deck. Maritimo offers several options for this space, including a convertible living space that changes from a lower salon-like venue to an additional stateroom.
- Innovative aft accommodation space
- Yacht Controller Joystick Control System
- Hydraulic swim platform that lowers
- Galley with island counter
- Engines forward for more balanced weight distribution
- Straight shafts
- Full walkaround oblique berth in the forward stateroom
- Full beam master stateroom
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||N/A|
|0 to 30||N/A|
|Load||5 persons, 1/2 fuel, 3/5 water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||70 deg., 5-10 mph; seas: calm|
2 x 670-hp Volvo Penta D11
2 x 670-hp Volvo Penta D11
2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11
By Capt. Mark Kellum
Maritimo designed and built the X50 to be a luxury performance cruising yacht that achieves efficient fuel economy while being blue water capable. Throughout the Maritimo X50 are innovative features that contribute to that mission. The galley, salon, and below deck accommodations provide additional livability for long distance cruising.
- Aft accommodation space with en-suite head accessible from the salon or the swim platform.
- Forward Mounted, Dual Straight-Shaft Diesel Engines. For a more balanced weight distribution, the engines are mounted more forward than traditional sport yachts. The straight shafts eliminate the weight and expense of pod drives.
- Yacht Controller Joystick Control System. Utilizing the main engines and the bow and stern thrusters, the Yacht Controller systems allows for precise close in maneuvering using the joystick controller.
- Walkaround Double Berths. Both the master and the forward stateroom offer double berths that can be walked around.
- Full Galley. The fully equipped galley is accessible from the salon and the aft deck and features an island counter with icemaker and storage.
- Forward Sun Pad. The forward deck has side-by-side sun pads with adjustable backrests.
- Hydraulic Swim Platform. The swim platform lowers into the water hydraulically.
- Summer Kitchen. On the aft deck is a built-in grill, sink, and refrigerator.
By placing the engines further forward than a traditional sport yacht, Maritimo created several innovative results. Better fuel efficiencies, an aft accommodation space where the engines would typically be, and a better running attitude.
The Maritimo X50 has a LOA of 52’7” (19.42 m), a beam of 14’11” (4.55 m), and a draft of 4’10” (1.48 m). With an empty weight of 41,887 lbs. (19,000 kg), 48 percent fuel, 60 percent water and with five people onboard, we estimated our test weight at 45,708 lbs. (20,733 kg).
Top Speed. With the Volvo Penta D11 670-hp engines run up to wide open throttle, the Maritimo X50 reached a top speed of 33.6 knots.
Best Cruise. Best cruise was measured at 2200 rpm and 28.7 knots. At that speed, the 54.3 gph fuel burn translated into .5 nmpg and a range of 364.7 nm. All while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat's 766-gallon (2,900 L) total fuel capacity in reserve. These impressive numbers were achieved because of Maritimo’s dedicated analysis if water flow over the hull, and carefully balancing the weight by moving the engines further forward.
On the day of testing there were calm conditions. To demonstrate how the Maritimo X50 transitions through waves, she was run through the wakes of the camera boat. The Maritimo X50 threw the water to the sides and there was no hull slap or pounding... not surprising based on BoatTEST.com’s experience with Maritimo Yachts.
The inspection starts at the stern which is where one of the most obvious benefits of moving the engines closer to midships is displayed. That is the addition of flexible aft accommodations. Maritimo offers three different configurations of this space; beach, twin aft cabin or tender garage. The Maritimo X50 that was tested was configured as the standard beach mode.
Maritimo kept the aft deck simple with few innovative touches. The aft bench seating has a contemporary look. The safety gates are substantial and well designed to lock open or closed.
Glass Divider System. Maritimo understand how their customers use their boats. By having a single door in the glass divider, people can move from the galley to the aft deck without fully opening the divider thus keep the air conditioning in and the heat out or visa versa. However, when wanting outside air to flow, the entire glass divider accordions open.
Entering from the aft deck to the main deck via the door in the glass divider the galley is immediate to port with an island countertop on the centerline. Immediately to starboard are the stairs leading to the aft accommodations. By having the galley just inside, it can serve both the salon and aft deck equally well.
Moving forward from the galley on the Maritimo X50 is the salon area for entertaining indoors. Storage is a credenza-style cabinet for storage and bench seating behind the helm seating on the starboard side. On the port side of the salon is U-shaped bench seating with a convertible dining table.
Swiveling Dining Table. When dining in the salon, if someone wants to leave or join the group, the table can be swiveled 90-degrees to allow for access to the seating.
The helm on the Maritimo is designed with the operator in mind. The helm is upholstered in soft touch vinyl. The dash has room for two multifunction Simrad 16” displays and a smaller engine diagnostic display below. The helm seats reflect Maritimo’s racing heritage.
Yacht Controller Joystick Control System. The Maritimo X50 features a Yacht Controller Joystick Control System that allows the boat to be controlled at low speed from anywhere on the boat. Utilizing the two main engines along with bow and stern thrusters the boat can be maneuvered with the joystick or a remote.
Forward Entertaining Area
The forward deck on the Maritimo X50 is designed to be another al fresco entertaining area.
Side Decks. The side decks measure 11” (27.94 cm) and have a generous toe rail that is approximately 14” (35.56 cm) high.
Forward VIP Stateroom
Moving below, the forward VIP stateroom has a double berth that is oblique with the headboard on the starboard side and the berth angled toward the centerline. Unlike traditional centerline forward berths, this approach allowed Maritimo to design a forward berth that is completely walkaround with no steps. Much easier to get in and out as well as making the berth.
VIP Stateroom Head
Maritimo designed the X50 with privacy in mind. The VIP stateroom has an en-suite head with a private entry from the VIP stateroom. It also has an entry from the forward stairwell landing to use as a day-head.
The full-beam master stateroom has a large centerline double berth with a chaise lounge on the starboard side and built-in storage drawers on the port side. Stylish hull-side window brings in natural light and opening portlights allow fresh air into the stateroom.
As would be expected from Maritimo, the master head has all the amenities that would be anticipated from a luxury sport yacht of its class.
The full standup mechanical space houses the dual Volvo Penta D11 670 diesels with straight shafts and dripless shaft seals with all-round access to the diesels and systems.
Options to Consider
The aft accommodation space and engines are the primary options to consider. BoatTEST.com tested the Maritimo X50 with the aft accommodations configured as the beach layout with Volvo Penta D11 670 diesels. Maritimo offers two other aft accommodations and the option to power with D11 725 diesels.
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon.
Pricing Range: $1,498,000
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The Maritimo X50's weight distribution and hull form were a carefully thought out in the initial design and it shows in her performance. By moving the engines further forward, Maritimo effectively added useable space aft and did some out of the box thinking that really brought this otherwise dead space to clever use. Add to that Maritimo’s quality build and innovative touches, and the latest X Series yacht proves to be a flexible sport yacht to consider for cruising and island-hopping adventures.