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2021 MJM Yachts 53 Series

by Randy Woods

For those looking for a little speed to get their pulses racing this summer, look no further than MJM Yachts’ new 53 series yacht. The MJM 53 offers a versatility rarely seen in the market, as buyers can choose from a wealth of layouts, and as well as from both the 53zi inboard and 53z outboard options.

With its swift outboard engines, the 53z speedster allows you to enjoy all the comfort of the yachting lifestyle, along with the freedom, ease, and convenience of a shallower draft that makes it ideal for weekend adventuring. Billed as the largest outboard express cruiser, the 53z tops out at an astounding 50 MPH from its muscular 300hp quad Mercury Verado engines (400hp is optional) and handles like a top-of-the-line sports car. Even at moderate speeds, the Verado engines produce very little noise and are mostly hidden behind the transom. The 53zi option features extremely efficient inboard engines that reach cruising speeds of 36 knots, a feature owners and operators will surely appreciate.

While the 53 is built for excitement, it also has luxury accommodations for up to seven people belowdecks. For the first time, MJM is offering a two-cabin dual master suite in its standard layout, including en suite heads with glass-wall showers. There are four other layout options available, including a family-friendly design with twin bed berths.  Just three steps up on the flush bridge deck, boaters can enjoy a spacious, open layout with moveable chairs and memory-foam settees that can be converted into berths.

Breath in that fresh summer air. A truly remarkable feature, the pilothouse can be fully opened with roll-up sides or sliding glass windows, along with the aft end and electric front windows, to let in the sunshine and summer sea breezes for a feeling of openness. To protect from the sun, an optional, full-length Bimini top is available. And when the regular Northwest weather returns in the fall, the windows can all clamp down shut, making the 53 a flexible, climate-controlled, all-season boat.

The galley features Corian countertops, cherrywood cabinetry, a skylight for ventilation, and a recessed sink with a removable cutting-board cover. Appliances include a 5.5-cubic-foot refrigerator, a two-burner induction cooktop, and a convection/microwave oven. An aft serving bar helps keep guests entertained, with an icemaker and tumbler storage.

Using high-tech, epoxy-composite materials, MJM has made the hull both lighter and stronger than previous models. The Doug Zurn-designed hull also has a 3.5:1 waterline length-to-beam ratio, giving it smooth stability at any speed. An optional Seakeeper gyro stabilizer can be added to reduce 93% of the boats roll, even when moored at the dock.

For pilothouse navigation, the helm features two Stidd 500 seats and a 24-inch, varnished teak Edson destroyer wheel, plus a teak chart table. Electronic equipment includes a suite of Raymarine products, such as a gS 165 Hybrid Touch GPS plotter, a multi-display fathometer, a 24-inch radar with dome, Ray 218 VHF, and an AIS 650 tracking system. In the 53 z, the quad engines are operated with a Mercury VesselView MFD controller and joystick piloting system, with Skyhook and autopilot functions.  

To see this sleek beauty for yourself, be sure to hop aboard a similar MJM model with triple Volvo IPS 650s that will be on display next month at the Sail Northwest slip during the South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show that runs from September 16-19.

53z Specs & Info

LOA 56’3” · Beam 15’ · Draft (Engines Up) 2’3”

Tankage (Fuel/Fresh/Black)

920 gal. / 250 gal. / 60 gal.

53z Engines
Quad 300HP Mercury Verado
(400HP also available)

53zi Specs & Info

LOA 55” · Beam 15’ · Draft (with Triple IPS) 3’10”

Tankage (Fuel/Fresh/Black)

534 gal. / 150 gal. / 60 gal.

53zi Engines

Volvo Penta IPS 650 480HP Inboards
(Twin or Triple)


Sail Northwest
Seattle, WA
Bob Ross

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