Maritimo amps up the extras

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Maritimo's most sophisticated yacht to date - the Dragon Pearl.
Maritimo's most sophisticated yacht to date - the Dragon Pearl.

$1.3 million spent on luxury yacht – and that’s just the optional extras.

Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, has delivered a new M70 cruising motor yacht to clients in South-east Asia with what it says is the most sophisticated and high tech design it has ever produced.

Named Dragon Pearl, the new yacht is decked out with more than $1.3 million in optional extras such as satellite navigation and entertainment equipment including more than $80,000 spent on the sound systems and televisions alone.

According to Maritimo, the owner’s brief was that he must have telephone and television reception no matter where he was in the world so the vessel has been fitted out with the most up-to-the-minute communication systems available. General manager of operations, Phil Candler, said the company had never before produced a bespoke boat such as Dragon Pearl.

“There were more than 250 custom options included in the vessel and the owner has spared no expense decking it out with the very latest equipment from all over the globe,” he said.

“The sound system is to die for with three Bang & Olufsen televisions including a 55 inch screen in the flybridge.”

Candler said the owner’s representatives supervised the entire manufacture of the boat, including full time supervision in the final six weeks. The owner also commissioned a videographer to photograph and video the entire build process of the vessel from day one to the formal handover ceremony.

“This owner is fastidious in terms of what he wants and the standards that he expects and I am pleased to say that we have been able to work closely with he and his representatives in delivering the ultimate pre-Christmas present,” he said.

"We have never spent more man-hours on a boat than we have on Dragon Pearl and our production, design and development teams have done an exceptional job with this boat. The end result is stunning.”

The owner has engaged a full time captain, chef/hostess and a first mate to crew the vessel. It has aft crew quarters in the lazarette and additional accommodation for crew in the flybridge. It is also equipped with a gyro stabilizer and features Maritimo's signature Wenge timber finish throughout.

Dragon Pearl will spend the immediate future cruising the waters off the Australian coastline and will then embark further afield. It may possibly be on display at the Singapore International Boat Show in April.

The vessel is accompanied by a 26 foot Chris Craft tender which will be dispatched around the world in advance of the motor yacht arriving at her next destination. The Chris Craft will be transported on her own trailer along with a specially fitted out 40 foot container filled with 'water toys' including two Sea Doo’s, two Seabobs, paddle boards, surf boards, kayaks, fishing and diving gear, compressors and assorted water sports equipment.

The vessel was sold to the South East Asian businessman by Spencer Ship based in Monaco through one of its affiliated brokers, G Yachts, also based in Monaco.

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