Here's what you need to know about the Mochi Craft LR23, whether you buy one or not. It’s quiet. In fact, it’s quiet enough that if you are sitting on your WaveRunner, waiting for your dad to back the trailer into a canal in Ft. Lauderdale, you best look both ways before backing onto that waterway. Because 77 feet of bright blue boat may be making her way past and you won’t want to jump in front. It’s that quiet. Fortunately that kid was careful.
If you happen to be on board when the electric motors engage, you need to be looking at the Naviops control touchscreen to know it, because the usual rumble and vibration that accompany engine startup are not there. And it’s not going to show up, until you get out past the breakwater and engage the twin 900-horsepower MAN diesels for a sea trial. Those engines push the Mochi a bit faster than the electric motors, and operate very quietly in this design.
Seen on the dock, the LR23 is an odd addition to the Mochi Craft lineup, which otherwise consists of boats that resemble an Italian builder’s interpretation of a down east-style cruiser. And to be truthful, the boat seemed a bit slab-sided and stubby when I first looked at her. But step on board and you’ll see that the education yielded plenty of positives. First, like any good Italian, she welcomes guests with comfort and food—step aboard the afterdeck and you’ll find settees and a dining table across the aft bulkhead of the deckhouse.
If you don’t wish to linger here, head forward on one of the side decks. I would have liked a grab rail on the side of the house, since these walkways are the only option to move fore and aft in a seaway. Double doors on either side amidships allow access to a great room saloon-dining area-galley. Three creamy white leather settees ring a round, glass coffee table at the aft end, surrounded by large windows providing light and views. Included in this glass menagerie is an 88-inch-wide picture window looking out to the afterdeck. The window opens electrically, sliding down into the bulkhead and allowing air and conversation to flow between the afterdeck and saloon.
Forward of the entry doors is a clever dining table that adjusts to seat up to eight, and ahead of that is a step up to a galley and dinette area, all surrounded by large windows. On the forward bulkhead, a door leads to an inviting foredeck space, with two more dinettes and sunpads. The airiness and flow of the great room from galley to saloon feels like a summer cottage, with a cool, light oak sole that makes it easy to towel up any drips from the kids running through in their bathing suits. Honey-colored teak is used throughout the joinery in the accommodations spaces and makes for a casual, comfortable feel.