Doug Zurn has done it again: Another pretty boat, from Zurn Yacht Design. The new 63-foot Lynx Commuter has most of Zurn’s traditional design elements, many dating back to the Shelter Island 38 Runabout that was launched more than two decades ago. Hull number one of the Lynx Commuter, a modern version of the low, fast, commuter boats that carried the rich and famous from their Long Island mansions to work on Wall Street in the 1930s, was designed as a tender for a superyacht, but subsequent hulls can function as a day cruiser or weekender in their own right.
The hard chine, crisp, functional lines, low center of gravity, graceful sheer and generous tumblehome are all classic Zurn designs. Based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Zurn has also designed Billy Joel’s 56-foot Vendetta, which the singer indeed used as a Long Island Sound commuter, and boats for MJM, Marlow, Duffield, Bruckmann, Hylas, Vanquish, Lyman-Morse, Derecktor and others. The Lynx Commuter was designed for Lynx Yachts, a Dutch shipyard, and was built in aluminum.
The Lynx Commuter is built to hold a crowd – 18 guests, in fact. It has widened passageways so people won’t run into each other, and the low aft cockpit also makes it easy to get on and off the boat. The galley is large and appropriate for social events, and the forward cabin can hold two; it has a large en suite head and shower. Another couple can sleep on the convertible sofa in the salon. The bridge deck has two large settees, while the sun lounges aft serve as another social or entertaining area.
A low air draft of only 12’1” would make the Lynx Commuter attractive to owners in Florida, who have to navigate all the bridges there, or for the Great Loop. The boat is coated in Awlgrip, and has no exterior teak to make maintenance easy.
Powered by twin 1900-hp Cat C32 diesels, the Lynx Commuter has a top speed of 45 knots and a 500-nm range at a cruising speed of 38 knots.
Specs.: LOA: 63’2”; Beam: 17’3”; Draft: 4’3”; Disp.: 68,473 lbs.; Fuel: 1,589 gals.; Water: 119 gals.; Power: 2×1900-hp Cat C32-Acert diesels. For more: