An experienced owner has just hired MCM yacht management in Newport, Rhode Island, to oversee the construction of his new Doug Zurn-designed 70-foot Down East express cruiser at Delta Marine in Seattle.
The new boat is a clean, classic Zurn design, with a low profile, long sheerline, and state-of-the-art lightweight construction. Powered by twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS pod drives, it is expected to deliver a top speed of 38 knots.
Peter Wilson, the co-founder of MCM, said the owner had several production boats in the past, and currently has a Down East boat with IPS power. But, Wilson said, “he wanted to go up in size. He also wanted to upgrade the quality to a superyacht standard, and the only way to do that was a bespoke design and a custom yard.”
MCM actually had worked with the client’s family in the past. Their yacht was MCM’s first custom new build when the management company started in 1988.
For its part, Delta usually works with larger yachts, but they understand the need to keep the new cruiser’s weight down to improve its performance. They are building the hull using infused epoxy, E-glass and Corecell/Airex. The boat will have a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer for comfort and Humphree interceptors to provide the best running attitude. Transom deadrise is 18.8 degrees.
For the new boat Zurn designed a contemporary interior with mahogany joinery and white wainscoting details. The bridgedeck/salon has windows all around, including a glass door aft, for maximum natural light and optimal visibility from the helm.
The owner plans to use the boat for cruising and fishing with his family and friends. The boat can sleep six people in the owner’s cabin, with an en suite head, and two guest cabins with a shared head.
Delta is now working on tooling for the hull and deck. It expects to complete the boat in the second half of 2021.
Specs.: LOA: 70’0”; Beam: 18’9”; Draft: 4’7”; Disp.: 66,614 lbs.; Fuel: 1,100 gals.; Water: 300 gals.; Power: 2×1,000-hp Volvo IPS pod drives. Read more: