Bill Barry-Cotter sometimes jokes that it takes 40 years to build a Maritimo. In all seriousness, he means that it's the culmination of his lifetime's work - a career that's made him Australia'a most awarded boat builder. This experience can be seen all over the Maritimo 48, a long-range luxury motoryacht with all features of the 60 and 52 marques. In fact, you'll pinch yourself to make sure you are not seeing double. Two double staterooms, two saloons, two aft decks, two designer-styled bathrooms and two helm stations. You would be hard pressed to find any cruiser with so many luxurious appointments woven seamlessly into its design. And no other motoryacht is easier to operate, maintain or enjoy. Like every Maritimo, the 48 is also incredibly frugal on fuel without compromising performance. Designed with an advanced variable deadrise hull, engines mounted forward and fuel tanks positioned amid ships, the 48 has superb balance and poise. Apply the power and you'll never bury the stern, ride bow high - or use fuel inefficiently. Which all goes to prove that good things really do come in small packages.