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.

How fast you can go is something we hear a lot about. The reality is, most boaters don’t run at wide-open throttle. Why? First, most boats aren’t very comfortable at top speed. They are loud, they pound, and most deliver a less than desirable experience at high speeds. Another reason is fuel economy as it relates to range- the higher the fuel consumption, the shorter the range. So, by default, most boaters end up cruising at a speed that maximizes economy, comfort, and overall enjoyment of the ride, typically in the 19-28 knot range. Now factor in that the average storm travels between 25-30 knots (source: BoatUS, NOAA) and you can see the potential problem.

Checking and knowing the weather beforehand is your best defense, but sometimes weather happens. The solution is the speed of an MJM, not just the top speed, but the actual cruising speed. Designed by Doug Zurn, a world-renowned naval architect, each MJM utilizes the latest in advanced hull geometry, superior construction materials, and advanced manufacturing processes. The result is a better boat. Thanks to the optimum 3.5:1 length-to-beam ratio, an MJM is more stable and gets through the water more efficiently. This efficiency translates into a much higher speed range, with an average cruise speed ten to fifteen knots higher. This gives an MJM the ability to outrun most weather or get to port within a small weather window.

Another weather-related problem for most boaters is the anxiety experienced in rough conditions. So, what do you do when the wind and waves pick up? Here, the combination of hull design and construction of an MJM are reassuring. Each is designed and built to the toughest standards for seaworthiness, with the 53z, 50z, and 40z all being certified ISO Category “A” Ocean rating, highest standards for stability and handling. An MJM hull uses the wave energy to add stability. The deep-V entry allows an MJM to push through and over waves while tracking straight and true, minimizing the impacts experienced by other boats. Simply put, an MJM gives its owners a sense of confidence and security, and has the capability to back it up.