Zurn Yacht Design, a power and sail boat studio based in Massachusetts in the US, has introduced the latest model in the MJM line of yachts – the 43Z.
Designed and styled by Doug Zurn, the 43Z sports triple Mercury 350hp Verado outboard motors, enabling the yacht to reach speeds of 50mph.
With outboards, the 43Z’s shallow draft of 3in (2.2in with engines up) allows for beaching the yacht or running the shoals to hard-to-get-to locations. “It’s an attractive model, especially for the southern market, thanks to the shoal draft,” says Zurn.
With a hull design the same as the 40Z (MJM has sold 100 of the 40Z hulls since 2008), the 43Z is also at home in deep water, running into a head sea, thanks to a 45-degree bow deadrise, transitioning to 18-degrees aft for a smooth, fast ride.
Powerplants on the back of the yacht allow for additional storage space under the cockpit sole for the generator and gear. The reverse transom style has been replaced with a bustled transom that helps to hide the engines.
“Outboard engine lovers are now looking at the MJM 43Z,” Zurn says. “They’re empty nesters and baby boomers as well as the younger crowd that know the benefits of outboards.”
Access to the 43Z is via opening hull-side boarding gates into the flush open cockpit, with stern seating across the transom. Two additional seats are forward, facing aft. The midship salon with upholstered settee and table can be enjoyed as an open-air room, thanks to the sliding glass side windows, three tilt-up forward windshields and open aft bulkhead. At night, this space can transition to a sleeping cabin with optional privacy curtains.
For all-weather cruising, roll-up Strataglass curtains can be dropped for protection from the elements. Air conditioning and heating systems allow for an extended boating season and to cruise in comfort. MJM’s goal of making this an all-weather yacht can be achieved by adding a bimini top to the cockpit area, essentially making the entire main deck usable at any time.
Below, the classic looks continue, thanks to MJM’s selection of the 'Herreshoff style'. This simple concept includes the use of white surfaces for bulkheads and overhead, and Zurn incorporated cherry hardwood for the woodwork and interior hull ceilings. It gives a warm and homey feel to an area that is as usable as the main deck with 6ft-plus of headroom.
The port galley, complete with fridge/freezer drawers, microwave, electric stove top and more are adorned with cherry wood cabinetry and teak & holly flooring. Across, a booth style dinette with wood table and light upholstery doubles as an extra berth with privacy curtain. Forward, the master stateroom has a large centre-line island berth with storage underneath, and teak & holly flooring with ensuite head and shower.
With over 450 power and sailboats built, Zurn claims to be the preferred design studio of choice for many US yards. Its clients include MJM Yachts, Marlow Yachts, Vanquish Boats, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, Derecktor and many more.