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The Maritimo Aegean Flybridge line consists of three boats, of which this A53 at 55'8" (17 m) LOA is the smallest. We haven't tested this model to verify, but Maritimo calls it a “long range cruiser”.
Captain's Report by Capt. Steve
If it's true you never get a second chance at a first impression, the A53 won't have to worry. The cruising class of this boat is immediately evident. She's certainly large enough to catch the eye, but with the enclosed pilothouse up above, the look of mass is greatly increased. With her massive windows all around, the owners and guests will have an amazing view of the scenery from either the upper or mid decks.
With no lower helm station the salon area is quite roomy and this makes the A53 a great boat to load up with party guests. Opening up the large sliding aft doors literally brings the outside in.
The continual gathering area is interrupted only by the galley aft, and I think that's a great reason to interrupt a room. Having the galley aft keeps the host in the center of the action, and no one really wants to be far away from either the host or the food.
Underway, the open and airy salon continues to wow, with the stunning views from the dinette area. The windows are clearly large enough to allow a view of the horizon even from the seated positions, and that alone does a surprisingly good job of keeping mal-de-mer at bay should you entertain more land-based guests.
Imagine having traveled to a distant port and planning your day while having breakfast or dinner here. Notice the opening side windows, a rarity in a boat with so much weight up above.
The galley is located aft on the salon deck and it really takes in both sides of the walkthrough. A full size refrigerator is to port while a smaller refer drawer is in the cabinetry to starboard. Big glass doors open double wide to expose the whole space to the outdoors.
No Sitting on the Laurels
The entire yacht benefits from a recent change at Maritimo. CEO Bill Barry-Cotter has commissioned award-winning designer David Stewart to audit and update the interior of every one of Maritimo's 16 models, as well as the new Mustang acquisition.
Maritimo tells us the result is an update to the interiors that includes details such as the range of fabrics, wallpapers and a greater use of gloss teak. Probably the most significant changes are in the design of stateroom beds, more squared giving more room. French-stitched fabric pelmets and mullions, and new choices in leather and fabric color have also been added. While these changes may be more noticeable at order time, a simple walkthrough will reveal a new feeling of space along with the more subtle rounded edges on the cabinetry, arm rests on the lounges, larger, more comfortable lounge cushions, custom door catches, LED lighting throughout to save power, and new discreet air conditioning vents and feature wall panels.
Down below, the entrance to the day head is right at the bottom of the companionway. A small single berth stateroom lies to starboard and the occupant of this cabin is fortunate to be directly across from the master stateroom with its big hull side window. Thanks to the symmetry of having another large window directly across, this cabin also gets a commanding side view. The downsides are that this stateroom has no direct access to the shared head, and it also holds the combination washer/dryer. Fair enough.
Directly ahead lies the forward VIP stateroom with a centerline mounted island berth. The usual array of storage solutions can be found here as well as a second access to the shared head.
To port is the owner's ensuite stateroom. A queen berth tapers slightly at the foot to offer just a bit more room. Both this private head and the shared head feature enclosed showers. That's a big plus when two people want to get ready at the same time for a night on the town.
The staterooms are forward of the longitudinal centerline that is marked by the forward engine room bulkhead. Abaft the engine room is the boat garage. The owner's stateroom gets an ensuite head.
If you are the lone occupant of this berth, you not only get to do the laundry, you can lie right in front of this beautiful window while doing it. It's likely intended to be used as a crew cabin.
The owner's berth is on an island just off the centerline. That big hull-side window makes a great place to get your first glimpse of the day's weather. The ensuite head lies just forward.
The forward VIP cabin still has natural light, but not nearly the view of the other two staterooms. But the accommodations are just as luxurious and include a private access to the shared head.
The only access to the pilothouse is via internal stairs in the salon. At first glance, I didn't care for this, as the stairs could just as easily have been located on the aft deck. Now they seemed to take up too much space in the salon. But after seeing it from the pilothouse, I appreciate the methodology. If the stairs were aft in the pilothouse, there would have to be a railing around the hatch, which would also have to remain closed lest children, or adults acting like children, managed to accidently fall through. It would also eat up a lot of valuable gathering space.
Moving the stairs forward allowed for unobstructed gathering in the pilothouse, which is so large that it also becomes a “sky lounge.” Also, with this arrangement you don't have to go out in inclement weather to transit the two decks.
With a center mounted helm, the view is equal to both sides. Notice the second observer's seat. There can never be an argument against a second set of eyes looking forward. Plenty of gathering space lies just aft with no intrusion from a stairway.
The center console helm is large enough to accommodate three 15" (38 cm) displays, but the panel seems quite high, only to accommodate the twin engine displays and a VHF. Notice that this helm also features the Volvo Penta EVC display system, and to port is the ZF inboard joystick. To starboard are digital controllers connected to the twin 800-hp Volvo Penta D12 engines, and then a bow thruster control. No one should have any problem maneuvering this boat in a tight slip.
Looking aft in the pilothouse, we see enough seating for the complement of overnight guests, and a choice of either enclosing and air conditioning the pilothouse, or leaving it open to the fresh air. Overhead is an electrically actuated sunroof.
In my opinion, this boat has so many things going right that any minor downsides are left in the shadows. I love a boat with an enclosed pilothouse as it makes little sense to me to spend a sizable amount of money on any yacht only to have to look through plastic windows. And as for the sheer amount of gathering space onboard this A53, being able to entertain anyone and everyone just adds to the pride of owning a class act boat such as this.
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