The first Marlow Yacht was launched in 2001 -- it was the Marlow 65C. Since that time Marlow Yachts has built 150 boats, all with the same high freeboard forward with the molded-in faux planking and a Portuguese pilothouse or a raised pilothouse-look that has been so popular on the west coast for the last 20 years or so. But Marlow has not been content to design what is to many peoples’ eyes a beautiful cruising yacht, he also is building a long-distance cruiser that will travel at velocities greater than displacement speeds. Indeed, for the last nine years Marlow has built boats that could go has fast as 30 knots, three times faster than displacement vessels of the same length. But of course at those speeds they burn a lot of fuel and have a comparatively short range.
The Long Ranger
Essentially Marlows’ yachts can go so fast because they are relatively light, have flatish stern sections, and twin engines with ample horsepower. Heretofore Marlow yachts have looked slow, but have gone fast. The new Voyager Series is intended not only look like a long range cruiser, but to actually be one, and at speeds that are greater than the 1.1 to 1.2 times the square root of the boat’s LWL.
In the case of the new Voyager 76LR which has a LWL of 76’ it’s LWL square root is 8.718. When we multiply that times 1.2, which is normally about as fast as a displacement vessel can go without beginning to run up on its bow wave and begin burning fuel inefficiently, the new Marlow should go 10.46 knots. Owners of displacement 76-footers would be happy with that speed. But David Marlow is not, and he says his Voyager series will go faster, yet still have long range.
He says his new Voyagers will have the “...ability to cross any ocean nonstop at speeds 30% greater than today’s round bottom, slow, cramped interior-volume vessels.” Marlow – no wilting lily, he -- goes on, “Current offshore passage makers rely on grossly oversized stabilizers, iron ballast and excessive draft to counter their very high centers of gravity, rendering many of the world’s most exotic ports, coves and harbors out of the question. Their inter-island or local cruising times are excessive due to very limited speed potential. Daylight hours limit passages to a practical distance of 50-70 miles, turning modest weekend trips into round the clock watches,” Marlow says.
In the case of the new Marlow Voyager 76LR that means that she would be able to go 13.5 knots or slightly faster. Because the vessel will carry 4,500 gal. (17,100 l) of fuel, more than virtually any semi-displacement or planing hull of this size, she should definitely have greater range. It is 2,096 nautical miles from Bermuda to the Azores, and 2,217 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Honolulu, so that is about what the Marlow 76LR will have to accomplish with a 10% fuel reserve to be truly ocean going. Because of the Marlow Voyager 76LR’s ample beam and rather full bow, the company says that it has interior room which is 30% greater than a comparable displacement cruiser and that it also has great head room, something on the order 7’ (2.15 m). She also has three decks with living areas.
Marlow yachts are built with E glass, Kevlar, and carbon fibers along with lightweight core materials, in a maxtrix that is unlike any other yacht that we know of. This lightweight and lower draft (the 76LR draws 5’ 1.53 m) means that it pushes less water aside as it moves forward, which helps her go faster. Interestingly, the 76LR has a bulbous bow which on larger vessels have proved to be up to 10% more efficient. She also can carry 3400 lbs. (1,545 kgs.) of ballast to slow her roll when things get rough. These two attributes are unusual on a 76-footer of any type.
Finally, Marlow believes in twin engines. David points out that even most of the displacement models today have twin engines, and certainly many of the single engines vessels have wing engines. Twin engines reduce draft and provide redundancy. The new Marlow Voyager 76 LR will offer an interesting alternative to the displacement and semi-displacement world cruisers that are now on the market. We look forward to testing the 76LR when she hits the U.S. and perhaps we can answer many lingering questions prospective owners might have.
Marlow Voyager 76LR Specifications
Centerline Length – ft (m) 78’11” (24.05)Length Overall (LOA) – ft (m) 82’7” (25.17)Length Waterline (LWL) – ft (m) 76’0” (23.17)Beam on Deck– ft (m) 20’9” (6.32)Beam Waterline- ft (m) 16’10” (5.13)Draft – ft (m) 5’ (1.52)Displacement (Approx.) –lb (kg) 115,000 (52,163)Fuel Capacity – gal US (L) 4,500 (17,029)Water Capacity- Domestic gal US (L) 400 (1513)Water Capacity- Drinking gal US (L) 100 (378)Seawater Ballast Capacity gal US/lbs (L/kg) 0-400 (0-1513)(3440lbs) (1560.4kg)
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!