MJM Yachts has just released more details, with renderings, interior diagrams, layouts and specs for its new flagship, the 53z, which it plans to launch in July, 2019, powered by four 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards. It will be the third outboard cruiser launched by MJM recently (after the MJM 35z, with twins, and the MJM 43z, with triples), and the company says it will be the largest outboard express cruiser ever.
The new 53z (the “z” stands for Doug Zurn, the Marblehead, Massachusetts, designer who’s drawn all the MJMs) is an outgrowth of the MJM 50z, which is powered by three Volvo Penta IPS600s. I drove the 50z on Long Island Sound and it reached 44.5 mph with four people on board. MJM estimates that the new 53z will top out at about 50 mph. If that’s not fast enough, you can order it with optional power of four 400-hp Mercury Verado Racing outboards.
More than speed, the new 53z is a combination of Down East lines, blue-water performance and yacht-like living and cruising comfort. “Now the 53z boaters can also enjoy the enhanced living space, all-weather cruising and smoother ride offshore that we all like in a bigger boat,” says Bob Johnstone, the founder and CEO of MJM Yachts.
The living space in the new 53z is indeed new, with a standard two-cabin, two-master-suite layout with en suite heads with large glass-wall showers. From the salon, it’s just three steps up to the flush bridge deck with large cushioned settees and moveable chairs. You can open the front windshield all the way up by pushing a button, or close it for a fully climate-controlled environment. A Seakeeper gyro stabilizer is standard to make cruising (or anchoring) comfortable, and the hull has doors on both sides so the boat is easy to walk on or off.
Like all MJMs, the new 53z is built at Boston BoatWorks, one of the leaders in advanced epoxy composite construction. The 53z is expected to have the same ISO Category A Ocean Certification as the MJM 50z, meaning that it will be a very seaworthy vessel.
Specs.: LOA: 56’3”; Beam: 15’0”; Draft: 2’11”; Disp.: 33,669 lbs.; Fuel: 910 gals.; Water: 150 gals.; Power: 4xs350-hp Mercury Verado outboards. For more: