Saturday, November 26

MJM Building New 42 Couples Cruiser

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MJM just announced that it’s making a new 42, an all-weather, all-conditions 48-knot cruiser with what the company calls a “Carolina Downeast” design and more than a touch of class.

The company, now based in Washington, North Carolina, says the 42 is the evolution of a couple’s liveaboard performance cruiser. They developed it with Michael Peters, the Sarasota designer who’s done everything from Hinckleys and superyachts to speedboats, and input from the owners of MJM 40s, one of the builder’s most popular cruisers.

The 42’s helm deck is enclosed for total climate control and comfort, but it can be opened up with lots of large front and side windows and an aft glass door, leading to a spacious cockpit.

The galley is up, on the helm deck, so that the cook can enjoy socializing while at work (and while enjoying 360-degree views of the surroundings).The galley is opposite an inviting U-shaped dining and relaxing area. The helm has what MJM calls “a business-class helm sofa.”

Below, the 42 has an open concept, involving a hideaway door and a bulkhead that can be removed to create a spacious floorplan with a lounge, an amidships berth and “a luxury hotel suite for two” forward. There’s also an almost home-sized head.

MJM is offering the 42 with three power options, starting with twin 600-hp Mercury outboards, producing the top speed of abut 48 knots. Owners can opt for twin 440-hp Volvos or twin 480-hp Volvos, both with DPI drives.

The new 42 has the same classic, clean low profile as the company’s other yachts. And it has an air draft of just 9’ 9”, which should appeal to anyone cruising on the ICW, the Great Loop or anywhere else where bridges might have to be opened.

On a personal note, I think I’ve driven every MJM since the first one, a 34 designed by Doug Zurn, was launched in 2002. I’m looking forward to trying this one.

Specs.: LOA: 46’8”; Beam: 12’0”; Draft: engines up, 25’5”, engines down, 3’0”; Disp.: 17,730 lbs.; Fuel: 475 gals.; Water: 110 gals.; Power: 2×600-hp Mercury outboards; 2×400-hp Volvos with DPI drives; 2×440-hpVolvos with DPI drives.

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