53z® Articles & Reviews

Yachting Review of the MJM 53z Double Duty - The latest dual-capability cruiser from MJM balances the scales between small-boat exploration and yachtlike comfort. Update: Since the release of our original story (which appears below) on the 53z, the builder launched an inboard version of the popular model, the 53zi. According to MJM, the triple IPS 53zi outperforms its competition by 10 knots, with… Read More
MJM 53z Reviewed: MJM 53z® - MJM introduces the outboard-powered, 50-knot 53z By Patrick Sciacca | Yachting The MJM 53z is a Down East-inspired design, accented by stainless-steel bow rails that average around 30 inches high and mirror the form of the yacht’s fine entry. The rails sweep down the vessel’s razorlike profile and resolve amidships, where a cleverly placed handrail… Read More
Come Along On A Sea Trial Of The MJM Yacht 53z® - Join us onboard the MJM Yacht 53z, the world’s largest outboard-powered express cruiser, to learn how she performs in this boat test. Click Here to Watch the Video on YouTube | Video Length 5:02 By: Christopher Hughes for MJM Yachts I'm on board the 53z, this is the world's largest outboard-powered Express cruiser. And I'm… Read More
MJM 53z Front Row Seat - It’s almost 10 a.m. and the 12 Metres have headed out to the racecourse for the third day of the 2019 World Champion- ships. Except for a lone tender, the docks at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island, are empty. Then, MJM Yachts CEO Bob Johnstone pulls up in Breeze, the builder’s first 53z and… Read More
Speed and Safety When you Need Them Most - Like anything in life, boating doesn’t always go to plan when it comes to the weather. MJM design and construction address many issues that can impact your boating experience, weather included. This article will look at two- speed, as it relates to outrunning the weather, and overcoming the anxiety we experience in rough sea conditions.… Read More
Breakfast in New York, Dinner in Annapolis - It was a beautiful morning on September 27th; the temperature was at a cool 57 degrees, with a light breeze, and crystal-clear skies. My wife and I loaded up our lunch and headed down to Mamaroneck, NY to the McMichael Yacht Brokers Rushmore Yard. We boarded MJM Yachts 53z BREEZE at 0745 and started to… Read More
How to Choose The Best Boat For You - “What is the best boat for…?” Experts in the marine field, captains, dockmasters, long-time boaters, hear this question a lot. The answer really is, “it depends.” It depends on how you intend to use a boat, where you intend to go, how much time you have for maintenance and upkeep, reviews of the boat (important… Read More
The 53z Is Commissioned in Newport - On a spectacular summer evening in front of dozens of MJM owners and friends the Reverend Mary Johnstone pronounced “I christen thee Breeze,” and with a crack of the champagne bottle, CEO Bob Johnstone and his wife made MJM’s 53z the flagship of the fleet. Just days before, Mercury Marine clocked the boat topping out… Read More
Here’s Why Outboards Are Better on the Transom of an MJM. - Considering a move to better accommodations than your current center console or sport boat? Now you can move all the way up to 35, 43 or even 53 feet without compromising performance in the new MJM Outboard Express Cruisers. The Right Stuff. MJM‘s unique design/build makes it happen. Take a variable-deadrise hull, flat aft and… Read More
MJM Yachts Advanced Manufacturing and Materials - To improve sailboat performance with the wind as a finite source of energy, Bob Johnstone knew that stronger, stiffer, and lighter high-tech construction with a low VCG worked wonders. Typically, powerboat builders didn't care: They just built boats heavy and cheap, then added more horsepower. This left the door wide open for some sailors to… Read More
MJM category A Category A “Ocean” Certification – What Does It Mean? - MJM made it a primary objective that all MJMs would be certified at the highest level of safety possible... which meant those models under 40 feet are ISO CE Certified Category B Offshore, while the 40z and 50z are Certified ISO CE Certified Category A Ocean. There are no other boats of their type, of… Read More
The New 53z - The new quad-powered 53z is well along at Boston BoatWorks and we expect she’ll splash for sea trials into the chilly waters of Boston Harbor in late April. The largest outboard express cruiser ever, the 53z is expected to be a 50mph boat. Hull number one is being built as the company’s showboat and as… Read More
New 53z Express Cruiser Earns Category A Ocean - Category A Certification is the ISO's toughest standard for seaworthiness and stability. Most larger sailboats qualify, but few powerboats qualify to meet the rating’s standard for stability in seas up to 23 feet and Beaufort Force 9 (41-47 knots) winds. Happily, the MJM 53z has 50 mph speed to avoid such situations by taking advantage… Read More
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