The star of the show at the helm of the MJM 40z is undoubtedly the 24-inch teak wheel made by Edson. In a standing position, the driver of the boat can rest his hands in a comfortable driving position, which means no ungainly leaning forward or having to futz over a wheel the size of a DVD. And when seated, you can “drive with your foot on the spokes,” as MJM Founder and CEO Bob Johnstone is wont to do.
That big wheel helps to impart a certain “oneness” between the driver and the boat. Johnstone says the 40z lets the driver really feel the water at speed, like he would on a much smaller vessel. And that’s good, because with top speeds approaching 40 knots, you’ll want as much environmental feedback as you can get. One more point on the 40z’s ergonomic layout; that joystick, centrally located, lets you face aft while docking, and putting her port side to is an absolute breeze.
The Volvo Penta D8 fills a gap in the company’s line of recreational-boat-ready diesels, and it’s already linked to a next-generation IPS pod. Take our word for it, you’ll be seeing more of this engine at the next boat shows and beyond.
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