MJM’s New 35z

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MJM yachts launched it’s much an­tic­i­pated 35z in July with a big press event to wel­come their new­est Downeast cruiser into the fam­ily. MJM Yachts has be­come known for that com­fort­able and us­able per­for­mance boat, from the mind of founder Bob John­stone (also the founder of J Boats) and Doug Zurn. The same com­fort and per­for­mance that can be found in the MJM 40z and 50z are found in the new 35z, but what sets the new model apart is its twin out­boards. Yes, the MJM 35z is pow­ered by out­boards, specif­i­cally Mer­cury 300HP Ver­a­dos. Ini­tial re­views of the new model have been pos­i­tive.

The 35z, while a smaller pack­age, holds many of the thought­ful fea­tures that you find aboard the com­pany’s larger mod­els. It sports the same bulk­head board­ing doors that al­low for easy en­trance and exit off the boat via the cock­pit. She, too, sports joy­stick con­trols

al­low­ing for easy dock­ing and sta­tion hold­ing, par­tic­u­larly mak­ing sim­ple work of sin­gle- handed sailors. With an op­tion as well for a Sea­keeper gy­rosta­bi­lizer, the 35z is rock solid and sta­ble in var­i­ous sea con­di­tions. At top speeds, she reaches 40+ knots and cruises com­fort­ably at 38 knots. Ow­ing to the ad­vanced de­sign, even at this speed she’ll ex­ceed a 350- mile range.

Like the rest of the range, the “z” in the model des­ig­na­tor iden­ti­fies the boat as a Doug Zurn-de­sign.

Even be­fore the first hull was ready for prime­time, MJM had presold the first 21 hulls of the 35z.. It will make its boat show de­but in Septem­ber at the Newport In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. Stay tuned for our de­tailed re­view in an up­com­ing is­sue.– BKL



Bal­ti­more-based Snag-A-Slip is mak­ing head­way on build­ing part­ner­ships with mari­nas in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Though most of the mari­nas in the Snag-A-Slip port­fo­lio are on the East Coast (at last check there were just two in Cal­i­for­nia), the com­pany is steadily mak­ing it eas­ier for boaters to con­nect to mari­nas that have open and avail­able slips. Once you en­ter in your de­sired des­ti­na­tion, use a wide va­ri­ety of fil­ters to nar­row down your search se­lec­tion: At play are fil­ter­ing re­sults by ma­rina ameni­ties, draft, length/beam, and power re­quire­ments for your boat, then whip out your credit card and re­serve your spot. The ser­vice from Snag-A-Slip is not fee-based, and they guar­an­tee a price-match so that you won’t

be pay­ing more than the ma­rina’s stan­dard rate.

The com­pany has just launched an iOS and An­droid app avail­able for free down­load. The app has all the same fea­tures, func­tions, and fil­ters of the site, and they did a great job to pre­serve in the app the site’s easy, user-friendly ap­proach to in­ter­face de­sign.

In ad­di­tion to the app, the com­pany has also launched a cof­fee-card style loy­alty pro­gram called the “Dozen Dock Chal­lenge.” For ev­ery 12 nights you book in mari­nas through Snag-A-Slip you’ll re­ceive your next night’s stay for free. –JBC


The La­goon Sev­enty 8 powercat is big. When it makes its de­but at the Cannes In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, it will be the largest cata­ma­ran there, sail or power, and it is now the largest powercat in the La­goon line. Last year at Cannes, La­goon de­buted its Sev­enty 7 sail­ing cat, and the Sev­enty 8 is the powercat equiv­a­lent of that de­sign. With a beam mea­sur­ing a whop­ping 36 feet, it sports a for­ward deck that to­tals 322 square feet. The top deck fea­tures both a gi­ant din­ing area as well as a large party Jacuzzi, with room to spare. If you are look­ing for a char­ter op­tion this boat can be laid out with up to five cab­ins. If you take the three- or four-cabin ver­sion, the master cabin fea­tures a fold-down beach club, which is ba­si­cally a wall that folds out into a swim step amid­ships. The Sev­enty 8 is pow­ered with Volvo D11 510 HP en­gines with an op­tion to up­grade to John Deere 580s; the Volvo top speed is 19 knots with a range up to 4,000 miles at econ­omy speeds. This clearly is a powercat op­tion for the few who have a nice end tie at the ma­rina. But it is sure to be the talk of the town at boat shows and makes quite the power cruis­ing plat­form.

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