MJM Teases New Dayboat

The 38-foot, outboard-powered vessel will debut later this year.
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Over the last several years, MJM Yachts have made the plunge into outboard power, launching 35- and 43-foot boats with multiple outboards — and for its flagship 53z, four 400-hp Mercury Verados — hanging off their transoms.

The concept for MJM’s outboard line is the same as its Volvo Penta IPS-powered models: good fuel economy, a shallow draft and a respectable turn of speed matched to a slippery, Doug Zurn-drawn hull with an unfussy and commodious, sailboat-inspired interior.

In a virtual press conference, CEO Peter Truslow and designer Doug Zurn joined MJM owner Peter Johnstone to introduce their latest outboard vessel and a new direction for the builder, the dual console 3z dayboat.

“These boats are the product of several lifetimes of experience,” said Johnstone, son of founders Bob and Mary Johnstone.

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The 3z retains the MJM DNA: handsome, Down East inspired looks, a bit of Carolina flare, and a large, open bridge deck that allows for unimpeded 360-degree views. Like her sisterships, the 3z will feature all-composite construction, but she won’t be vacuum-bagged — instead, it will still utilize resin-infused modified epoxy.

Her design is all dayboat, with three distinctive zones (hence the name 3z, also a nod to its designer’s surname) for lounging, diving, fishing and cruising. A new windshield design retains the safari-style opening windows but allows for passage to large, C-shape seating in the bow.

The 3z is 38 feet, 2 inches with a beam of 11 feet. She’ll hold 250 gallons of fuel. Draft is a skinny 2 feet, 8 inches with the engines down.

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Standard engines for the 3z will be a pair of 300-hp Mercury Verados, which the builder claims will push the dayboat to a top speed of 50 mph. At a 38-mph cruise, the boat is reportedly good for a 250-mile range. Joystick piloting will be part of the standard package, with options that include a Seakeeper 3 gyro and an HVAC (heat and AC) for the pilothouse.

According to Truslow, tooling has been completed at the builder’s Washington, N.C., facility for a debut later this year.

The base price for the dayboat will be $595,000. 

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