|Max Headroom||N/A||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
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|Std. Power||2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
Transom gates port and starboard make easy access to the wide platform; pod drives are tucked way under so you won’t whack an ankle on them. The white box holds an entertainment module and wet bar – under it is a garage for dinghy stowage.
She Always Wears Her Lifejacket
We’ve known a lot of seafaring Aussies, and they’ve all been pretty rugged; their boats are, too. Heck, they have to be: In many parts of Australia, when you pass the sea buoy, you’re in the Southern Ocean, so you both better be tough. And one thing you learn if you spend a lot of time in blue water is always to have A Plan: What will you do if this happens, or that happens, or the engine dies in heavy seas, and so forth. Practice this, and before long you’re dreaming up every worst-case scenario in the book, which is what Barry-Cotter must have been doing when he thought about building a permanent lifejacket into his new C47.
It’s a lot easier to slide the inflatable into the garage than haul it onto the foredeck or lash it on its side on the swim platform – and you can leave the motor mounted, too. The access door opens electrically.
According to Andrew Nicholson, National Sales Manager at Volvo Penta in Australia, this is the first IPS boat in the leisure market that has watertight bulkheads combined with buoyancy compartments. Working together, the two components will provide positive buoyancy if the hull is breached in the engine room. Naval Architect Stuart Ballantyne designed the system.
The centerline helm has a single seat. Passage belowdecks is to starboard. This is the first Maritimo that’s needed an IPS joystick, but we predict it won’t be the last. Four wipers and washers keep the windshield clear. An autopilot is standard.
Nicholson added that the C47 Cabriolet was the “first in the Oceania region to achieve Volvo Penta 'Certified Installation' status." This means, he explained, that in the event of an extreme underwater collision, the pods will sheer off without damaging the integrity of the hull.
The single-level saloon opens completely to the aft cockpit through bi-fold black aluminum-framed glass doors, creating one space. An electric sunroof is optional, leather upholstery standard.
Earning "Certified Installation" status isn’t easy, and requires building to a “rigorous set of standards ranging from the lamination schedule of the hull - particularly the rings through which the pods extend - to fuel return lines running to the bottom of the fuel tank.” Although there are a number of accredited installations in the region, the Maritimo C47 is the first boat to earn the ultimate “Certified Installation” status.
The on-deck galley has a four-burner cooktop, microwave oven and a dishwasher! There’s a microwave oven, too, and excellent views for the cook. Drawers hold crockery, cutlery and pans.
The C47’s accommodations include two staterooms and two heads. The full-beam master is amidships, where more builders are locating it these days. This is a side benefit of moving the engines aft – there’s plenty of room in what would have been the engine compartment in a straight-shaft boat. Large portlights in the hull provide daylight.
The queen-sized berth in the master stateroom lies athwartships on the port side. There’s lots of stowage on bedside shelves and in drawers, and in a full-height wardrobe.
Forward, the VIP cabin has the expected island double berth. Both cabins have ensuite heads with separate shower stalls and freshwater-flush toilets to keep the holding tanks smelling sweet. Or sweeter, anyway.
Access to the bow thruster is under the island berth in the VIP cabin. This is common – that’s where the bow thruster is – but we can’t remember any builder mentioning it in the specs.
As noted earlier, the C47 Sport Cabriolet relies on twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600 turbo diesels, the first Maritimo to use this popular package. Maritimo’s Marketing Director, Luke Durman, said the slow-speed maneuverability of pod systems clearly provides many owners in the mid-range market with an added sense of security. This is no surprise to folks in other parts of the world – we’re surprised it took Maritimo this long to adopt pods. But it’s always preferable to design the boat around the pods, not re-work an existing model.
With large tempered-glass windows all around, the saloon is the next best thing to being outside. The sunroof is optional.
A Caterpillar 11-kW genset is also standard, as is three-zone air conditioning – 12,000 BTU capacity in the saloon, master stateroom and VIP cabin. All through-hulls below the waterline are stainless steel, fitted with ball valves. There are six electric bilge pumps with 11,000 gph total capacity. And don’t forget the buoyancy system. If any boat’s going to keep you safe, it’s the Maritimo C47.
The Maritimo C47 Sports Cabriolet is so new – it was introduced in May 2010 – that we haven’t yet seen it in person. We haven’t tested it yet, so can’t comment on its performance or handling. We don’t have a price, either. But based on our knowledge of Maritimo, on our experience with similar Australian boats and our acquaintance with Aussie boaters in general – they do not suffer fools or crappy boats, and Maritimo is very highly regarded Down Under – we think you’d be doing yourself a favor to check this boat out if you’re in the market for an express cruiser. Contact the company for information on where to find a dealer in your area. Or book a flight to Australia and try one in the Southern Ocean. We hope you won’t need to test the buoyancy system.
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