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MJM 50z

MJM 50zNew England-based MJM Yachts is making no bones about it—they are coming for the big boys with their latest build, the 50z, the largest in their fleet by a full ten feet.

The 50z is instantly recognizable not only for her classic Down East looks but also for her incredibly sleek lines, which are so low profile that she’ll barely be a blip on the horizon.

She’s also about as fast as she looks. The boat comes with some serious engine configurations. She can either be outfitted with Volvo Penta IPS600s or 370-horsepower Yanmar 8LV-370s—in either twins or triples. That’s a whole lot of giddyup, so expect this boat to crest 40 knots on the pins, and also be able to cruise at a sweet 34 knots. Another impressive thing about those engines, the Yanmars in particular, is that even with the triple setup, the boat only draws 2 feet 7 inches, so she’s all sorts of Bahamas-ready.

For the fuel conscious—and who among us isn’t these days?— she also burns just 28 gallons per hour at 25 knots. That fuel efficiency is in part thanks to her pre-preg epoxy build, which makes her extremely light and stiff, without sacrificing hull strength in the least. The hull, by the way, is being touted by her well-respected designer Doug Zurn as “the most efficient, quietest, smoothest riding [hull] of her class.”

Onboard, this boat is designed for comfort. She’s got an expansive cockpit that melds with her airy saloon to form the perfect indoor-outdoor entertainment area. Below the 50z has two staterooms, with an emphasis on these being staterooms and not simply cabins. The spaces both have a desk/dressing table and an easy chair, so they really become places where one might want to spend some time, perhaps fielding a private phone call while others are onboard. Three more convertible berths are available in the saloon, so entertaining overnight guests is a snap. 

The MJM 50z is truly ready to carve out a niche in the world of performance yachts. She’s got an appealing design aesthetic, serious engine and fuel-burn cred, and enough entertainment space to throw a party people will talk about for years. What else is it, exactly, that you could want from a boat?

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This article originally appeared in the July 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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