- It goes without saying that this boat is bespoke, so designs and colour schemes will vary.
- The cockpit is the focal point, with a gigantic sun pad flanked by walkways that run all the way up onto the foredeck without a hint of restriction.
- … it focuses on what a high-performance sports cruiser is meant to do – without a hint of compromise.
Greg Copp examines the plans for the forthcoming latest, and biggest, addition to the Mazu range.
Until recently I had never heard of Mazu. The fact is that there are many yards around the world building great boats that are rarely known out of their home waters. Mazu are a company that clearly does not wish to be one of them. In the last issue of PBR we covered the release of two eye-catching boats from this Turkish boatbuilder, the Mazu 38 White Pearl and the Mazu 42. What struck me about both these boats was that apart from the opulent styling that would shame many Italian designers, they are built with a purist approach to the concept of luxury powerboating.
Now there is an even bigger Mazu on the way, the 52HT. Due to be launched the month this magazine hits the stands, this boat is borderline brazen. By this I mean it focuses on what a high-performance sports cruiser is meant to do – without a hint of compromise. So far all we can see is computer renderings, but the line drawings tell a deeper story. In order for this 52ft sports cruiser to fully perform, it has twin 600hp IPS 800s, configured with the engines 1.5m forward of the actual pods, and each with its own 1000L fuel tank. This brings the weight of these big 1084cc straight-6 engines just aft of amidships, providing good natural fore and aft trim. This does rob the boat of internal space in the process, but this is of no consequence in a boat built to be driven. It also enables a decent-sized tender to be stored low down under the sun pad.
Such is the profile of this boat that it is only 6″ taller than its smaller sibling, the Mazu 38 White Pearl. In order to satisfy his requirements in terms of seakeeping and stability, as well as enhancing its aggressive looks, chief designer Halit Yukay specifically designed this boat with a low centre of gravity. Construction, as with all boats from this yard, is a carbon composite sandwich, giving strength without extra weight. The 52HT is expected to reach 37 knots, with a cruising speed of 32 knots, at which point it will return around 1nmpg.
The cockpit is the focal point, with a gigantic sun pad flanked by walkways that run all the way up onto the foredeck without a hint of restriction. The design benefits, both in looks and practicality, from not having an overwide, overly tall hardtop. The reality is that a 52ft boat with a 4.6m beam can give plenty away to its side deck walkways, and still have plenty of space in between. To prove this point, it has four forward-facing seats at the helm, with a companionway in the middle.
Due to the emphasis given to this boat’s power plants, accommodation takes up just half of the overall length. Regardless, quite a bit of living space sits below decks with three separate en suite cabins, and a saloon with a compact galley. It is not surprisingly very contemporary, and the forward master cabin is open plan with the saloon, a design feature that Mazu seem to like as they use it on the 38. It goes without saying that this boat is bespoke, so designs and colour schemes will vary. The price will be around 890,000 euros, with the boat making its official debut at Cannes and Monaco this year.
Length overall: 15.70m
Length at waterline: 13.80m
Displacement: 14 tonnes
Hull material & superstructure: Epoxy system carbon composite
Deck material: Teak
Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS 800 (2 x 600hp)
Max. speed: 37 knots
Cruising speed: 32 knots
Fuel capacity: 2000L
Water capacity: 450L
CE class: B