MJM 36z

The 36z is perfect for those seeking convenience, efficiency and panache.

We Say: From drawing board to galley cutting board, every aspect of the MJM 36z provides ease of handling, efficiency and big-water capability. Boasting a length-to-beam ratio of almost 4:1, the 36z is more easily propelled and has a softer ride, like that of a wider boat.

Pre-impregnated, oven-cured epoxy construction produces a strong, light, flawlessly finished hull that enables excellent speed with less horsepower. Twin, saltwater-ready, Volvo Penta diesel stern-drives add to the efficiency.

In the ocean, the 36z cleaved through the slop, providing an always-balanced feel. With tanks full, and four aboard, we cruised at better than 2 mpg. Joystick controls made docking easy.

The 36z’s cockpit is an accommodation sensation. Port and starboard side-access boarding doors are both über-convenient and unique. The cockpit is also on one level from transom to helm, and fitted with expansive lounges both under the top and in the cockpit, creating an entertaining space equivalent to a back porch. A varnished wood table sets up for dining, and with the curtains in place, occasional guests can overnight in comfort.

Me? I’d retire to the island berth in the wood-ceiling cabin. There’s a generous head below, and the galley is a real cook’s space with a large counter, drawer refrigeration and deep sink. It’s a boat unto itself.

Who'd Want One: Cruisers seeking convenience, efficiency and panache.

Another Choice: Sea-trial Hinckley's Picnic Boat MKIII, starting at $790,000 with twin diesel waterjets and thruster.

Bottom Line: $650,000; mjmyachts.com