Egg Harbor 50 Sport Yacht — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
— November 2005
Looking for stout construction, a 32-knot cruise, and a boat with some old salt in her? Try this Jersey-built 50-footer.
I drove over the two-lane bridge to Somers Point, New Jersey, a quaint, 16-square-mile waterfront town just seven miles south of Atlantic City, and thought that I’d gone back in time. I cruised along the narrow streets and listened to waking gulls warble, breathed in the sea air that envelops this intoxicating place, and watched the harbor-side tackle shop and restaurant workers flip the faded-orange door signs to “open.” I decided that this seaside hamlet would be a great backdrop for this day’s boat test. Why? Because the Egg Harbor 50, a boat with both a modern look and layout, has the same salty appeal as this 300-year-old town.
In contrast to the narrow and quaint streets that lead to the Egg Harbor Yacht Club (ironically Somers Point was once called Great Egg Harbor), the 50 is both beamy and boastful. In fact, her beam is 16'11"; however, her Michael Peters-designed hull still possesses a fine entry. The hull bottom is similar in design to the one Peters drew for the Cabo 40 (see “High Desert to High Seas,” March 2003), according to Egg Harbor, in that she’s got a modified-V and her fine entry transforms to 16 degrees of deadrise at the stern. This moderate aft section provides a stable platform when underway or when sitting on the drift, as was later evident during my sea trial.
Her design is supported by stout construction with a solid-fiberglass bottom. Divinycell coring is used in the hull sides to add rigidity while keeping weight respectable. The 50 is listed at 56,000 pounds (full load, wet), which is comparable to several other similar vessels I’ve tested. Her solid nature and efficient hull design should help provide a comfortable ride in all but the most deteriorated conditions.
Unfortunately the sea state on test day was of little consequence for the 50. A light 10-mph easterly was putting just a one- to two-foot chop on the water, which the 50’s bow pierced in fine fashion while her optional twin 1,000-hp Caterpillar C18s propelled her to a top average speed of 42 mph at 2270 rpm. At a 2000-rpm cruise, the 50 glided along at 37 mph. If you take into account her 1,050-gallon fuel capacity and a 78-gph fuel burn at cruise, she easily has the ability to fish the canyons with room to run elsewhere if the bite’s off. How does a 446-mile range at cruise speed sound?
In addition to an impressive turn of speed, I found that she maneuvered as smoothly as she accelerated (see acceleration curve). Credit that to her Teleflex hydraulic power-assist steering and Glendinning single-lever electronic controls, which have a well-defined but not excessive detent. Both the steering and controls are housed in an attractive optional Palm-Beach-style, high-gloss pod. Sightlines from the helm were great in all directions whether I was standing (I’m 5'7") or sitting at one of the teak-accented Murray Brothers helm chairs (Murray Brothers is owned by Egg Harbor).
This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.