New Boats Notebook - June 2014

New Boats Notebook

We tracked down the inside scoop on what boatbuilders are up to next.

Oceanic 90 Learn more about the Oceanic 90 here. ➤
Offshore Yachts 87 Learn more about the Offshore Yachts 87 here. ➤
Paragon 100 Sky Master Read more about the Paragon 100 Sky Master here. ➤
Aspen 38 Learn more about the Aspen 38 here. ➤
West Bay SonShip 72 Read about the West Bay SonShip 72 here. ➤


I caught up with one of the boats I’ve recently covered to see how she’s coming along:

MJM Yachts CEO Bob Johnstone had a lot to say about the builder’s new 50z, which we originally covered in July 2013.

Power & Motoryacht: Where is the 50z in her production cycle?
Johnstone: The first one will launch in August 2014.

Power & Motoryacht: Nice! What kind of engines are you running on her?
Johnstone: Triple [Volvo Penta] IPS600s, with the Seakeeper standard as advertised. We figured trips were better for getting the top-end speed of 40 knots that we like. We’d rather that than using larger, higher horsepower engines which are 8 inches taller and raise the profile of the boat and make it difficult to get a level deck. Two IPS600s are still standard, but we prefer three since the twins only get about 32 knots—which by the way, still matches our competition.

Power & Motoryacht: What are you most looking forward to about the boat?
Johnstone I have not been so enthused about a product … ever. You look for one unique selling proposition. This boat has half a dozen! One is the low profile. Another is the hull, which is made with a prepreg-epoxy, e-glass, Kevlar, CoreCell composite. It makes the boat stronger and lighter.

This boat is on track to qualify for Category A (Ocean) status, and her fuel efficiency and handling will be top notch as well. She’s going to be a lot of fun to drive. And then on top of that, there’s a Seakeeper onboard standard!

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