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New Yacht: MJM Yachts 3z

The MJM 3z is an entertainment-focused dayboat with 43-plus-knot speed.

December 31, 2020
MJM 3z
The MJM 3z’s standard power is twin 300 hp Mercury 300XL outboards. Courtesy MJM Yachts

With a lineup of Down East-style express cruisers from 35 to 53 feet length overall in inboard and outboard configurations, MJM Yachts is now entering the dayboat market with its 35-foot 3z.

Where the 3z differs from it siblings is in its dayboat functionality. The vessel is open from the stern to the bow with three entertaining and seating zones (see sidebar). Naval architect Doug Zurn says he expanded the width of the 3z’s windscreen out to the gunwales, increasing interior space to a volume one might see on a 40-footer. The design also provides 360-degree views from any point on board. With the three forward and two side slider windows open, the 3z has a center-console feel. If the weather gets snotty, button up the windows and roll down the Strataglass aft, and the bridge deck is protected.

Like other MJM models, the 3z has a Zurn-penned, modified-V hull form with a fine entry transitioning to a 19.5-degree transom deadrise, enabling the vessel to slice through a chop while remaining stable on the hook. A low center of gravity and a Zipwake 450S interceptor trim-tab system further enhance the 3z’s level running attitude, compensating for load and changes in the sea state. Some Carolina flare in the bow should help deflect spray away and keep the boat dry when cutting through a seaway.

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MJM 3z
The single-level layout starts at the cockpit’s bolster-style seating, which flips down to form a lounge. Forward of that are a wet bar and fridge; a grill is to starboard. The bridge deck has a dinette and settee, and bow seating is the place for alfresco meals. Bimini tops and sun covers are optional. Courtesy MJM Yachts

The dayboat’s integral hullside windows let in natural light belowdecks, brightening the head to port and stowage space to starboard. Construction is an epoxy-infused cored composite, creating a lightweight (13,279 pounds half-load) and stout build.

Standard power is twin 300 hp Mercury 300XL outboards. MJM reports a top-end speed of about 43.4 knots. Cruise speed should be about 33 knots.

The MJM 3z is slated to debut in January 2021.

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