Day Boat, Weekender or Water Taxi.
The 29z is a powerboat designed to be comfortable for harbor cruising, fun and easy to drive, exceptionally seaworthy and dry, fast, and fuel-efficient. The reason we go boating is to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. The 29z accomplishes this by having Strataglass pilothouse side windows that roll up and are strapped in place. Additionally, as with all MJM Yachts, the front windshields hinge up parallel with the water for optimum ventilation as well as unobstructed visibility in fog or at night. Notice that MJM's spotlights are mounted on the bowrail so that there's no reflection off the deck or stainless to blind the helmsman.
Dry, Controlled Ride in Waves
A length-to-waterline beam ratio greater than 3:1 allows a better transition from modified V-shaped hull with knife-like entry to a 9-foot-long planing surface with 17-degree deadrise, producing a softer entry into waves than is not possible with wider powerboats. 29z’s bow flare, apart from directing airflow and spray out and away from the pilothouse and cockpit to keep guests dry, works its magic with waves. Reserve buoyancy of the Carolina bow flare keeps the bow up when running fast down into the backside of waves, eliminating severe yaw (bow steer) to one side or the other … solving the problem of many Downeast or deep-V designs that have deep forefoots that tend to bury the keel and/or have a shape that causes too much directional control of the hull, resulting in delayed helm response. 29z steers with the secure, predictable touch of a sports car, properly leaning into turns and handling large seas. One owner, on the notoriously rough Buzzard's Bay, likes his 29z far better than his previous boat, a recent-model Downeast style 38-footer.
A solid swim platform suppresses exhaust and prop noise and is also an important safety feature. If one falls overboard with nobody near to help, a 37-inch telescoping swim ladder with transom handle makes reboarding easy. One major benefit of a sterndrive is that after several years of operation in lobster pot congested waterways in Maine, there is no record of a 29z snaring a pot when underway. On the outside chance you back into one inadvertently, the drive can be raised to clear the warps or a fouled prop by kneeling on the swim platform rather than having to go swimming in 50-degree water. Furthermore, a sterndrive will usually pop up if hitting an underwater obstruction, then bounce back down again and continue to function.
The aft seat hinges up on counter-balanced pistons to provide excellent engine access. Notice also the absence of uncovered wood on deck and the midship deck drains to keep topsides from streaking. A built-in freshwater anchor and rode washdown system that works from the helm is a unique MJM feature on this size powerboat. 29zs stay new-looking longer so you can spend more time boating than time preparing to go boating.
- Volvo Penta 260-300 HP D4 4-cylinder diesel
- Epoxy unidirectional tri-axial Kevlar and S-glass hull and deck
- Bow thruster and trim tabs.
- 30-35 knots top speed
- Best-in-class fuel mileage- environmentally friendly fuel-efficiency, a very "green" 3 nautical miles per gallon at 25 knots.
- Comfortable V-berth interiors & cockpit seating for 10