I myself am currently considering a Marlow 57E. At the Miami Boat Show
I looked closely at the Marlow and also at the GB 54EU. This model of GB is not in the running for me--not right for the long-range, bluewater mission. I did note that the two boats are nominally about the same price
. The quality of rigging
and the thoughfulness of the design of the Marlow topped the GB in my book. I have not yet looked closely at the Aleutian. (I have looked at Fleming
55's by the way, several used ones; I agree with the earleir comment that the Fleming is a quality vessel like the Marlow.)
Besides the organized layout of the Marlow 57E's engine
room, I note that Marlow has made some unusual design choices, which seem to me to say something positive about Marlow's approach.
Besides the skeg for each prop, mentioned in an earlier post, the Marlow has oil-filled shaft logs
, not cutlass bearings on struts. This is a more sophisticated approach to positioning the prop shafts (more expensive I assume); it means the shaft can be secured by a ball bearing just foreward of the prop and herefore less prop vibration.
The 57E I saw also had two tender
cranes; you have to pay for the extra crane, but what a great idea; no one else ever even suggested such a thing to me. Besides being able to lift
on either side, you can use the to hang passive stabilizers at anchor
The anchor locker
is not the triangular compartment in the bow, but under the floor of the forepeak stateroom; the chain gets there via a large diameter tube; this is not the low-cost or obvious place for the chain, but it is a much better place than in the bow, because the weight of the chain is significant and affects how the boat trims, how she rides and what stresses are placed on her as she pitches under way.
These are not the most important features of any boat. I recite them only because they convince me that Marlow is most thoughtful about design details in a long-range cruiser.
That said, I haven't yet decided Marlow vs. Fleming vs. Aleutian, nor even used vs. new.
My previous boat was a 78-foot aluminum motoryacht
built in the Jongert yard in Holland
in 1987. I am now between boats. We have cruised extensively in the Bahamas
, mainly in the Exuma Cays and the Out Islands south and east of the Exumas
, and seek a boat for that mission.