Forgive David Marlow, chairman of Marlow Yachts, if the phone rings a bit longer than usual or your e-mail isn’t replied to instantly. He and his staff are getting ready to splash their 100th Explorer yacht, the 86 Cockpit Motoryacht, which will debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
With an LOA just shy of 91 feet, the yacht is for a previous client (who’s also, word has it, a prominent member of the megayacht-brokerage world), replacing his 78. The extra length means more relaxation room, of course, but it also means more overnight accommodations. As you can see in the drawings here, all staterooms are on the lower deck: Three guest cabins as well as the master are forward, all accessed via a stairway by the inside helm, with two crew staterooms amidships, accessed via a stairway near the dining area.
In keeping with the rest of the Explorer models, the 86 is meant to travel. Four thousand gallons of fuel should see to that–1,000 more than the 78–as should twin 853-mhp (metric horsepower) Caterpillar C15 engines.
If you’ve never met David Marlow, do yourself a favor and stop by his display at the boat show. Besides being a builder of yachts that can take tough conditions (see here), he’s a raconteur extraordinaire. He worked aboard tramp freighters all over the world in his youth, eventually becoming a naval architect. After years of designing boats, he retired, only to jump back into the marine business nearly a decade ago by founding his eponymous boatbuilding firm. He’s also mindful of the environment. Be sure to ask him about his current reforesting program: For every tree harvested to panel a Marlow yacht, David Marlow intends to replant ten.