Thanks to input/insistence from MJM owners, experience in the Carolina Low Country and SW Florida markets... MJM Yachts, with model year 2018 introduction of two new designs, the 35z and 43z, takes the lead in creating a new category in the large, growing outboard market… best described as comfortable, all-weather, 50 mph express cruisers.
There have been impressive technological and control advances with new outboards, particularly with Mercury. In addition, lower maintenance costs, less demanding daily checks, greater performance, reduced risk of damage when grounding or snaring pots, and quiet running of these engines offer attractive consumer benefits.
It was just a matter of time before MJM received inquiries about the availability of outboards on its larger models.
One interesting consumer perception has been: the longevity and quality of an inboard boat is defined by that of the engine... while the life and quality of an outboard boat is not, because it's no big deal to clamp on a new engine. And this is what has lead to the 43z... a more likely successor to the 35z than a larger inboard diesel. Length of deck on top of the extended hull (rather than a swim platform) supporting the propulsion unit is 42’ 7”, rounded off to 43 feet. LOA with engines down and anchor roller is over 46 feet.
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.