By: JOHN WILLIS, Photography by: Supplied

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Step aboard this beauty and you’ll understand that Maritimo’s expertise goes far beyond stylish design.


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Second Hand Maritimo C53 Cabriolet For Sale

Gold Coast boating icon Bill Barry-Cotter and his team at Maritimo certainly hit the nail on the head with the beautiful Cabriolet 53. If there were one good thing about the difficult economy around the GFC it was that every manufacturer of all products, not just boats, had to work harder to present the ultimate temptations. It was also a period of change in chic design, and in my opinion the smooth flowing lines and futuristic styling of the era was generally more appealing than the sharpness of today’s razor cut swank.

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The Cabriolet 53 isn’t only nautical eye candy, it’s a spacious aquatic penthouse with an exceptionally high level of comfort and appeal, yet with inherent shaft driven seafaring tradition. It’s a versatile craft that is happy to tackle the high seas for long coastal voyages before retiring to a secluded mooring to enjoy a more sedate cruising lifestyle.

When it comes time to party it's an entertainers delight, and the ideal platform when the kids arrive with the great facility of the large hydraulic rear platform. There are many advantages to single level living with flowing traffic throughout the cockpit and saloon, and even the skipper is on the same level as the rest of the party. The aft galley and al fresco-style window bring the inside out and the outside in, and the large windows of the Cabriolet enhance the vista.

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The huge rear platform is fully teak trimmed, as is the rear deck and there’s a PWC mount already in place for your water toy or tender. Should you prefer outside cooking there is an integrated barbecue unit under hatches in the rear deck with rear door access to the tender garage.

It’s an easy transition up through the twin rear gates and into the deck where we find not one, but two lounge/dinettes – one facing forward integrated with the transom moldings and the other an L-shaped lounge to the starboard under the restaurant style rear window. It is truly a wonderful arena for outdoor entertaining that flows beautifully into the saloon.
Recent years have seen an increasing demand for single level vessels of this caliber, and why not? There are a host of good reasons. Unless you are a keen offshore fisho, there’s no real need for a flybridge. The ride is always more stable from a downstairs helm and you can navigate under many more highway bridges and even explore more creeks and rivers with low overhanging foliage. Communication and camaraderie is also just so much easier. Plus, the skipper can keep an eye on the whole party.

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The saloon is exceptionally warm and inviting. There’s a full galley on entry complete with Corian benchtops, a big square sink with flip mixer, four burner cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.

The port-side has integrated cabinetry to the rear and then a huge U-shaped formal dinette with flip top table and superb beige leather upholstery. Seafarers will simply love the sporty helm that is complete with a pair of large Simrad multi-function screens, a beautiful sports steering wheel, twin Caterpillar digital engine displays, switch gear, trim tab, windlass, bow and stern thruster controls. You will feel like a king perched up on the deluxe dual skippers throne, yet another beautiful leather appointment.

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Downstairs provides accommodation for six passengers in three cabins. The master cabin has an en suite, the second bathroom has double doors to allow direct access from the VIP double cabin and also serves the third bunkroom and doubles as the day head. All are beautifully appointed in a manner you have grown to expect from premium Maritimo fittings and craftsmanship.


The C53 stays with the proven efficiency of twin shaft drive from a pair of the sensational 715HP C12 Caterpillar fully electronic six-cylinder, 12-litre turbo-diesel engines, upgraded from the standard 670 horse power Volvo Penta D11s.

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Previous testing of a sister ship revealed a wide-open throttle of a sporty 32 knots at 2,354 rpm and using total of 270 litres per hour giving a range of 320 nautical miles from the (larger) 3,000-litre fuel tank with 10% reserve. David said, "at fast cruise of 2,140 rpm, we were scooting along at 27.2 knots for 210 litres per hour. But at 1,940 rpm, 400 rpm off top revs, you'll usually find the cruising groove. Here, the C53 made an impression, reeling in the sea miles at 23.3 knots for 170 litres per hour, which is among the best consumption you'll find on any shaft- or pod-driven 53."


This beautiful Maritimo C53 is available for immediate delivery from the dealer, making it even more attractive for the current boating season. This Cabriolet is simply loaded with quality accessories including air conditioning, satellite TV, Idromar water maker, 17 kVA generator, bow and stern thrusters, Muir windless, radar dome, rear awning, electric sunroof, underwater lights, and with 800 litres of fresh water capacity you won’t need a desalinator.

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With a hull length of 17 metres overall and a beam of 5.2 metres plus a variable deadrise mono fibreglass hull with hard chines, you find an exceptionally efficient craft with terrific seaworthiness plus immense stability.

She would have cost over $1.4 million in 2012 and considering it is quoted in excellent condition and low engine hours seems great value at the current asking price $895,000.



PRICE $895,000

Location Gold Coast
Year 2012
Length 17m
Beam 5.2m
Weight ~21,500kg (approx.)

ENGINES 2 × Caterpiller C12 (715hp each)

Fuel 2,600L
Water 800L

Available from BMS Gold Coast

A 44a The Promenade
Sanctuary Cove QLD
P (07) 5514 8628

This story was originally published in issue #512 of Trade-a-Boat magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest boat news, reviews and travel inspiration.


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