With 1,050 hp at the transom, this Downeast day cruiser is also a speed demon.
As outboard power has become more efficient, reliable and, well, powerful, boat builders have taken advantage. Center console manufacturers especially have stretched the parameters of outboard power, going so far as a 53-footer. Now, a Downeast-style builder is an outboard fan.
MJM Yachts’ new 43z, with a base price of just more than $1 million, comes with triple Mercury Verado 350s, which propel the 46-foot-long, 12-foot-wide yacht to more than 50 mph. Fast cruising will be popular among owners, as the builder says the 43z’s range at 38 mph is 300 miles.
This isn’t the first MJM with outboards — its 29z and 35z both utilize them — but it represents a step in a new direction, appealing to the growing legion of outboard fans. Adding to their appeal, the outboards are available with Mercury Joystick Piloting as part of the SmartCraft package, which also includes Skyhook, a digital stationkeeping system.
The 43z’s hull — built with epoxy composites to be light and strong — is a Doug Zurn design based on MJM’s 40z hull. Its 45-degree entry gives it sea-cleaving ability. Aft, 18 degrees of deadrise provide a smooth, fast ride. To take care of any side-to-side motion, MJM offers a Seakeeper 5 gyro as an option. While joystick docking is probably enough, a bow thruster is an option. Without an inboard engine, the space under the cockpit sole is a huge storage area.
Side boarding doors provide access to a cockpit that includes a transom bench settee and two seats that face aft. Amidships, a salon consists of two settees that face each other to either side of a table. A captain’s chair faces the helm and a companion chair is across from it to port. The area can be fully enclosed or opened up thanks to three windshield panes that open and roll-down side windows.
Belowdecks, a stateroom and split head are forward, and a galley and dinette are amidships. The dinette can convert to a berth. MJM Yachts, mjmyachts.com