Mazu Yachts started out building carbon-composite dayboats. Recently, it added carbon-composite megayacht models. Starting in another year, it will begin delivering steel-hulled megayachts, with the first being the Mazu 92 DS.
Already claimed by a Turkish owner, the 92 DS is the entry-level model in the steel series, too. That means she will eclipse the builder’s current flagship, the Mazu 82. With a 112 DS and a 132 DS in the planning stages, the semi-displacement steel series is a natural step for the shipyard, in its eyes. “For reasons of safety, comfort, and resale value, a displacement hull should be built of steel or aluminum,” says Halit Yukay, Mazu Yachts’ founder and head designer. The shipyard consulted Profjord, a Swedish hydrodynamics specialist, for the hull design. Even with the steel hull, shallow waters shouldn’t be a problem, given the 6’2” (1.9-meter) draft.
Despite the new material, however, Mazu Yachts is still using carbon composite. In fact, the 93’3” (28.45-meter) megayacht’s superstructure, with styling by Red Yacht Design, will be made of it. This helps to keep weight down and maintain a low center of gravity for stability.
Additionally, the superstructure boasts plentiful volume and glass to make the 22-foot (6.7-meter) beam feel more comfortable. Red Yacht Design has specified a full-beam main-deck master, for starters. (Side decks do exist, though, extending from the aft deck to just before the suite.) A total of eight in the owners’ party can dine together and relax together back aft, and enjoy sunning on the open aft deck. More lounging and dining areas sit up on the flying bridge, too.
The piece de resistance, though, is the beach club. Sliding glass doors lead in from the transom, while an interior stairway from the saloon serves as secondary access. Request a bar, lounges, or whatever amenities you wish. The fold-down transom bulwarks will make the outdoor area more attractive for days at anchor. Launching watertoys will be easier for the crew, too, since they stow on the swim platform. (Speaking of the crew, they have a dedicated internal stairway fully forward to their two cabins.)
In yet another noteworthy first, the Mazu 92 DS features Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. No previous steel-hulled yachts have relied upon it. Naturally, Profjord and Volvo Penta worked jointly to ensure the triple-unit system will deliver an expected 16-knot cruise and 22-knot top speed.
Hull number one should launch in the summer of 2022.
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