Marlow Yachts 61E MK2
Marlow Yachts’ highly regarded Explorer series has been at the cutting edge of long-range cruisers for quite some time now, building a loyal following of owners who prize the boats for their luxury, dependability, aesthetics, and outstanding seakeeping ability. With their newest redesign, the 61E MK2, it looks to improve on those attributes.
The MK2 should have the same exceptional performance and seakindliness as her predecessor, the 61E, since she effectively has the same hull. Voyages, whether in calm or relatively rough water, should be fairly serene then, in keeping with the Explorer series tradition.
One of the major changes the boat will see, however, is in the accommodations deck layout which will now have two spacious staterooms (a master and a VIP) separated by a foyer. The layout will be particularly appealing to a cruising couple who may want to bring along another couple as they hop from glamorous port to isolated cay. There are also crew’s quarters aft, though that might be superfluous since many owners understandably will be inclined to run this boat on their own.
Those onboard will no doubt appreciate the L-shape settee and barbecue on the flying bridge, which creates the perfect venue for a relaxing meal with friends, replete with excellent views. Down below, a slightly less relaxing venue—the engine room—contains a workbench and separate toolbox that will surely come in handy on the long voyages this boat was born to undertake.
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.