My First Take:
This is the perfect size boat for an ambitious cruising couple to cast off the lines and go live out some of their post-retirement dreams, sans captain.
As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. Marlow Yachts is betting that its customers will agree, thanks to its new 49E—the company’s smallest offering in its Explorer series—which launched in February in Miami. And though she may be relatively petite compared to the rest of the line, which ranges from 53 to 97 feet, she is by no means something to sneeze at. Take her engine room, for example. It’s a pretty important space on a boat meant to take you to far-flung and exotic locations. Because of that, Marlow made sure it was spacious enough to let an owner or captain do real work in comfort, and claims that in fact the 49 has the largest engine room for a boat this size in the entire marine industry. She also has a rather large lazarette that comes in exceptionally handy as a stowage space for the gear you’ll need to pack for longer excursions. Other onboard highlights, space-wise, include a relatively massive pilothouse, as well as a large master that should keep any owner happy and comfortable.
A strong point for Marlow designs is that while they tend to pack in lots of interior space, they never seem to adopt that boxy, overbuilt look that some of its long-range-cruising competitors can’t seem to shake. The 49E has lines that will impress in any port, from Tahiti to Martha’s Vineyard, and is sure to attract many staunch admirers in the years to come. All of whom would tell you, I highly suspect, that bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better.
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- Builder: Marlow
- Model: Marlow 49E
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: UPON REQUEST
- LOA: 57'6"
- Draft: 4'6"
- Beam: 17'3"
- Displacement: 61,600 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 1,000 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 250 GAL.
- Standard Power: 2/700-HP CATERPILLAR C12s
This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.