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RTIZY RIDE: The newly released Maritimo M64, which recently crossed the Tasman under its own steam.AS the sun sets on 2016, Maritimo is putting the finishing touches to three 70-foot motor yachts, among quite a few others. One is heading to Fiji, another to Singapore and a third will be shipped to Texas with a piano installed in the flybridge.

It’s a Steinway no less, capable of hitting high Cs on the high seas. You can also expect to see features like pop-up treadmills in cabins as part of an increasing focus on customisation.

Literally nothing surprises in the current market where the rich get ritzier.

It’s all part of a crazily big year for the Gold Coast builder, and an even brighter future beckons. Six new models will debut at either Sanctuary Cove in May or the 50th Sydney International Boat Show in early August.

The aforementioned M70 has been a stand-out model for Maritimo, with 12 sold at a starting price of $3.04 million, and it’s to be followed by a S70 sedan developed for a Kiwi buyer.

A new M64 also crossed the ditch recently, not aboard a ship but on its own bum. The voyage from the Gold Coast to New Zealand took 138 sea hours and used 7500 litres of diesel at a 9-knot average. It was the eighth 64 sold since May at a $2.6 million base price.

European dealer Spencer Ship Monaco has landed multiple sales and a new Sri Lankan dealer has just been appointed, yet Australian sales still represent more than half of the manufacturing output.

“We’re proud of the fact that many of our customers are multiple boat owners, sometimes on their third or fourth Maritimo,” Australasian sales manager Ormonde Britton said. “They’re very loyal to the brand and our research shows they love the lifestyle.”

For the 2017 Sanctuary Cove boat show there will be a new M54 on show. It’s based on the best-selling M50 but has an extended fishing-oriented transom and some interior tweaks.

The all-new M59 will be tagged and released in February at Miami Boat Show before doing the Australian boat show rounds. A S59 single-level sedan variant called the S59 will follow suit at Sydney, sporting twin 725hp Volvo Penta D11 engines as standard and offering 800hp diesels as an option.

A new S64 is also scheduled for later in 2017.

Elandra, which Maritimo bought this year, has been read its last rites as a brand but will be reincarnated as a three-boat X Series. The X6 is based on the existing Elandra 53 but has had a hull extension to reach 60 feet … as have blueprints for the Elandra 46 that will become the X5 to signify 50 foot. An X7 – you guessed it, 70 feet – is also planned.A core feature of the X-tended X boats is a transom cabana that can be customised as a fourth cabin with queen bed, a bar and beach club, water sports centre or perhaps a flugelhorn conservatorium.

There’s also rumours of a new Maritimo being built as a high-end luxury offering competing for the hearts and minds of Palm Beach and Grand Banks buyers in the US. As the Bentley of picnic boats, it’s likely to be a 53-footer with long-range capabilities.

A new Maritimo Experience Centre will also open next month at Sanctuary Cove. See maritimo苏州美甲培训南京性息.

THEY’RE COMING: A small flotilla of Catalina yachts will join a rendezvous on Lake Macquarie in January.

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