MJM 43Z: an outboard version for younger boaters

MJM Yachts add one model to their line of yachts: the MJM 43Z combines the classic look of a trawler with modern outboard engines.

Customers rule. Even when it’s a matter of doing something not so common, like installing a triple-outboard powertrain on a classic trawler. MJM Yachts had no doubts in listening and bringing to life their client’s needs, and so comes MJM 43Z. Designed by Bob Johnstone with the help of Doug Zurn, the 43Z wants to offer a new experience of cruising within the brand, where the outboard engines bring the fun factor to a typical Downeastern yacht.

Proven hull, high speed

On the transom there’s three Mercury 350HP Verados, enabling the yacht to reach speeds in excess of 50 mph (43 knots). The shipyard acknowledges the benefits of utilizing the Mercury Verado engines for their advanced electronics, responsive controls, fuel efficiency and quiet running.

The hull is the same
as the 40Z, sold in
100 units since 2008

More, the shallow draft of 3’ (2’-2” with engines up) allows for beaching the yacht at favorite island get-aways or running the shoals to hard-to-get-to locations. And having the powerplants on the back of the yacht leaves much storage space under the cockpit flooring for the generator and gear.

The hull is the same as the 40Z, sold in 100 units since 2008, so MJM 43Z will feel home even in deep water or running into a head sea, thanks to a 45-degree bow deadrise, transitioning to 18-degrees aft for a smooth, fast ride. For additional comfort at rest the Seakeeper 5 Gyrostabilizers are available as an option.

Hull-side boarding gates lead into the large open cockpit, with upholstered stern seating across the transom. Two additional seats are forward, facing aft. The salon with 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, while air conditioning and heating systems are perfect for enjoying a longer boating season. A bimini top can cover the cockpit area and give more sheltered space for relax. Belowdecks, the classic looks continue thanks to the use of white surfaces for bulkheads and overhead, and cherry hardwood for the woodwork and interior hull ceilings.

The port galley, complete with fridge/freezer drawers, microwave and electric stove top is adorned with cherry wood cabinetry and teak & holly flooring. Across, a booth style dinette with wood table doubles as an extra berth with privacy curtain. The average headroom in the below salon is over 6 feet. As for the night accommodation, the forward master stateroom has a large center-line island berth with storage underneath, and teak & holly flooring with ensuite head and shower.

Operation of the 43Z is effortless, thanks to the joystick docking system, Skyhook station keeping system, thrusters, full electronics and 360° visibility from the starboard helm station.
Numerous hatches and portholes allow for natural light and breezes to flow through the yacht.

The numbers of MJM 43Z

Length overall …………… 14.1 m (46’ 3”)

Beam Max …………… 3.7 m (12′)

Draft …………… 0.94 m (3’ 1”)

Deadrise Transom …………… 18°

Displacement half load …………… 4065 Kg

Fuel reserve …………… 2044 l (540 US gal)

Water reserve …………… 378 l (100 US gal)

Top Speed …………… 46 knots (53 mph)

Range …………… 300 @ 33 knots (33 mph)

Chec here another project from Zurn…this time quite classic

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