The MJM 50z was awarded the 2014 "Best Down East Cruiser 50 Feet Plus” by a panel of editors from Power & Motor Yacht, Passagemaker, Soundings, Soundings Trade Only, Yachts International and SAIL.
With reason... 50z was built with advanced epoxy composites; was powered with triple IPS 600’s having a 10 knot faster speed than the others in class; burned 50 gallons per hour cruising at 35-knots, what others burned at 25-knots; AND the first yacht in the world to have the no-roll comfort of a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer... as standard equipment. Those who have operated the 50z in all conditions claim it to be the smoothest-running and least-fatiguing boat to operate they’ve experienced.
It gets better. Fully-opening powered windshields were introduced to bring the outdoors in with the push of a button. Then for model year 2017... triple, sliding safety glass sides were offered. The main bridge deck of a 50z compares to an all-weather, upper flybridge deck of a much larger motoryacht... the choice location underway.
The main bridge deck of a 50z compares to an all-weather, upper flybridge deck of a much larger motoryacht... the choice location underway.
There are 5 ways a 50z overcomes the biggest obstacle of an owner/driver: Docking. (1) IPS joystick, (2) DPS hovering, (3) 360° sightlines, (4) Flush deck, and (5) Side access doors... making this 50 footer easier to maneuver than a center console.
MJM 50z is the most innovative cruising yacht available, offering the best of three worlds.
Performance with Fuel Efficiency, Cruising Comfort and Ease of Docking.
MJM introduces what many aspire to own....a fast, twin-outboard cruiser (50 mph with Verado 350s) having legendary MJM yachts all-weather family comfort... superior fuel efficiency, only achieved with a narrow hull of advanced epoxy composites...
and a package option for tournament fishing.
MJM’s has “real” performance, which isn't just speed... it’s how efficiently available horsepower overcomes hull drag to reach a given speed. A heavy barn door can go 50 mph pushed by a half-dozen 350 HP outboards. In the 1960s, advent of heavy, mass-produced fiberglass hulls and more-powerful engines sidelined lessons of the past and continue to do so today. It’s more expensive to do it right.
But history has a way of repeating itself. "Lighter-narrower-stronger,” hulls, using advanced technology, gave Herreshoff designs an edge in the early 1900s.
The same was true for Huntform powerboats in the late 1940s. Both Herreshoff and Hunt designed from a racing sailboat background (as has MJM Yachts) with only wind to provide power.
These designs proved more seaworthy, efficient and faster using less-powerful engines of the day. The powerboat industry pushed aside that performance lesson and went the cheap, heavy route.
In 2003, MJM Yachts came along with its narrower (3.5:1 L:B ratio) Doug Zurn-designed modified deep-V hull and Boston BoatWorks pre-preg epoxy composite construction, to become the leader in fuel-efficient production diesel inboards capable of 35 knot cruising speeds.
Now, 15 years later, MJM Yachts steps into the larger outboard world. The NEW 35z with its advanced epoxy composite construction and slippery hull design is surely to be a wake-up call for those looking for a better boat.
That's a quote by owners. 40z is ISO Certified Category A Ocean; as easy to dock as a 30-footer; comfortable for extended cruising; and narrow enough (12') to be trucked with just a "Wide Load" sign north for the summer and south for the winter.
The 40z utilizes epoxy composite construction to deliver a level of Eco®-Smart performance, efficiency, operating ease and peace of mind that’s not available on other luxury cruising yachts. Enjoy cruising at 33 knots (top speed 38 knots) and docking solo with magical Volvo Penta IPS joystick control. Hover in place with DPS station-keeping. Treat your guests to a boat that doesn't roll, with the optional Seakeeper gyro. MJM 40z is the only Downeast yacht (and one of only two 40-footers worldwide) designed and built with the strength and stability to be ISO Certified Category A Ocean... the highest level of seaworthiness and safety available. Her innovative layout features side-opening access doors at floating dock height,
a flush deck from wheel to transom, fully-opening windshields and unobstructed sight lines... all the comfort you'd want for a weekend cruise or Great Loop adventure.Of 68 boats delivered, it's rare to find one on the brokerage market. 40z seats 14 people on deck plus 4 in the dinette below. At a cruising speed of 33-35 knots, she throws minimal wake. With side access doors, flush deck, IPS joystick docking and DPS hovering, no crew is needed. 40z's unique "flybridge without ladders" design is more sociable and avoids long bridge waits. There's no wood to varnish on deck and wash-down takes 10 minutes. No wonder new owners put 3 times more hours on their 40z than on their previous boat... perfect for the Great Loop.
Small Yacht with Joystick Docking
MJM produced 136 hulls of 29z, 34z and 36z models prior to 2016. No longer built, these wonderful boats are destined to become classics, joining the new 35z as introduction to the MJM brand. As Eric Sorensen of Soundings commented, "Those MJMs will last 100 years or more!" An epoxy hull has far greater flexural strength to resist breaking down with age and is less prone to water ingress than polyester or vinylester boats. A pre-owned MJM is a better long-term investment than others new. 36z offers the best in joystick-controlled, twin sterndrive power. It's fast, dry, fun to drive, responsive and predictable in waves and economical to run. Top speed is 35 knots. Anyone in the family can operate its joystick docking system. Explore more >>
The Perfect Inboard Cruiser for Two
The first MJM design, introduced in 2003, is still very much in demand, but only available on the brokerage market. The primary design objective was: Create a good-looking, seaworthy, fast and functional cruising boat for two... that could be operated solo by founder Bob Johnstone's wife, Mary. Lighter, stronger and narrower was the answer. The only way to get there was to use high-tech epoxy construction. Voila! A wonderful side benefit was doubling fuel efficiency vs. other boats: 2 nmpg at 25 knots. Another goal met was comfortable seating for three couples in an all-weather pilothouse. Dual bow and stern thrusters with a single throttle/shift make the 34z, with its 440 HP Yanmar diesel, easier to park than a car and just as controllable as modern joystick systems.Explore more >>
Day Boat & Weekender
Rare on the brokerage market and loved by their owners. 29z at 3 nmpg at 25 knots is more fuel-efficient with its single 260 HP Volvo Penta sterndrive than even diesel/electric hybrids. With swim platform and a single-level, convertible all-weather pilothouse, 29z offers great versatility and comfort for fishing, swimming, day trips and family weekend cruises. It is the best-looking and best sea boat of its size. Professional captains who have driven just about everything afloat pay 29z the ultimate compliment: "sweet"... drier, and more stable and responsive to the helm in waves than anything they've driven. Explore more >>
MJM owner benefits are significant: A smaller carbon footprint with 50-100% better fuel efficiency; more speed for horsepower applied; the luxury of effortless driving and greater safety offshore thanks to a lower vertical center of gravity (VCG).
MJM 50z and MJM 40z are the only two Downeast designs of any size ISO Certified Category A "Ocean". When it comes to a responsible boat purchase with optimum functionality, diversity of use and minimal long-term investment risk, MJM Yachts goes to the top of the class.
Sea Trialed to "0" Defects Before Delivery
MJM Yachts licensee Boston BoatWorks (BBW) builds and services MJMs in a new 35,000-square-foot. plant in Charlestown, MA. BBW is the one American boat builder, power or sail, having a 35-plus-year track record using advanced materials such as epoxy, Kevlar, carbon and Corecell. In its pursuit of excellence, BBW uses a proprietary wet pre-preg, post cure, epoxy composite construction method. Master Builder Mark Lindsay has America’s Cup, World Championship and Olympic medal-winning racing sailboats to his credit because they're lighter, stronger and faster. All systems and finishes are "builder installs.”
Leaving nothing to chance, each MJM yacht is launched for sea trials before delivery. Tests of systems and calibration of instruments are conducted to ensure "0" defects. This extra attention to detail costs more. Customer service, quality of construction, top-of-the-line hardware and performance are not compromised to meet a price. Today's buyer won't be satisfied with anything less than the absolute best in terms of timeless design, the latest technology, functionality and performance. Such a strategy offers the best guarantee for daily enjoyment and long-term investment value.