The Marlow Yachts Explorer series was born in the late 1990s, the brainchild of Marlow Marine owner, David Marlow, who had for more than a decade owned and operated boatyards in the Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida area. Soon after launching the Explorer concept, Marlow teamed up with naval architect, Doug Zurn, and shared the design work and credit with him for the Marlow Explorer 57C, 61C and 65C. The first Marlow Explorer was a 65C model that debuted at the Miami International Boat Show 2001.
Over the years, the range of Marlow Explorers has included models from 49 to 97 feet LOA. Earlier models were built in Taiwan but in more recent years, Marlow has been producing the Explorers in a modern plant near Xiamen, China.
Marlow Explorers are built on a conventional semi-displacement hull form that enables them to achieve higher top speeds than “classic” full-displacement trawler yachts, provided they are fitted with sufficiently powerful engines. Usually on Marlow Explorers, twin strut-keels are fitted forward of the propellers which themselves are set into semi-tunnels. The set-up is considered by Marlow Yachts to enhance the fluid dynamics of water flowing to and from the propellers. The configuration is also felt to offer improved protection for the props, and the shallow propeller pockets hlp keep draft to between 4-1/2 to 5 feet, depending on the model involved.
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Over the years, Marlow Explorers have been built in raised-pilothouse configurations, sometimes with enclosed flybridges, and occasionally in the larger models with large enclosed “command bridge” configurations on the upper (third) deck.
The interiors of these yachts run to the more traditional, with an abundance of naturally-finished woods, usually Asian varieties of “mahogany” and teak. Layouts are sensible and usable both at dock and at sea — no doubt the result of the fact that Dave Marlow, who is the single strongest influence in the design of the Marlow Explorer line, is the son of a commercial fisherman.
Several different brands of marine diesel engines have been used in the Explorers over the years, most notably Cummins and Caterpillar. Consequently, if your preferences run to a particular make of engine, chances are good you will be able to find a Marlow Explorer on the used market that will fit your requirements in terms of propulsion power. And you should be sure to detail those requirements for your chosen broker before he or she starts the search for the Marlow Explorer you are picturing in your mind’s eye.
The accumulated experience of our Seattle Yachts brokerage team with semi-displacement expedition and explorer yachts is second to none in the world. Moreover, Seattle Yachts maintains offices in or close to key centers of activity for this type and brand of yacht — the Pacific Northwest, South Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. So, if you’re thinking of a Marlow Explorer, call or email us. We’ll show you how and where to find what you want, and we’ll help make the acquisition process an enjoyable one for you.
If you have an interest in Marlow, we also recommend you read our guide to Buying and Owning A Trawler Yacht. It's quite extensive and really offers several tips on the buying process and ownership experience.
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