I too had an opportunity to check out the Royal Cape Majestic 530 at the Miami Boat show
. I also had the opportunity to demo sail one with Ken Bircher the owner of Royal Cape, his Production Manager James, and the owner of the boat Jean Mark along with other guests. These are the things I like about the Majestic 530:
Degree of customization
- this boat offers lots of different configurations and finishes as compared to some the larger production manufactures. The boat we were on was set up for sport fishing
and/or scuba diving
. I have not seen these options as well executed on any other boat of this size.
- you can't help but notice how sturdy this boat is built.
Large interior volume and plenteous flat exterior deck
- 6 ensuite cabins available. Solid SS steel
rails to protect cruisers on deck
. Good access to all of the deck
. Excellent slip resistant coatings- better than wood in my opinion when it gets wet.
- one of the largest, most functional, better equipped galleys I have seen in this size boat. I also liked the amount of storage
space in the kitchen. Some of the boats catering more to the charter
industry seem to skimp a bit on the galley
, especially those with the galley
up configuration. Not this boat. There is sufficient room and amenities for a cruising family
to enjoy extended cruising
- The boat displaces 38,000 lbs according to the literature and has a gross tonnage capacity of 100,000 lbs. Lots of room for cruisers stuff.
Stability under sail
- Given the wide hull
configuration and beam, this boat won't win many regattas. It will however be very stable and comfortable to sail. We had no trouble hitting 6.5 knots in 14-16 knot
The bridgedeck clearance is a bit low as compared to other boats. I wonder if slapping would occur in heavy seas. We did not experience this on our demo sail. The lower bridgedeck allows for excellent headroom
in the cabins. I'll take a little slapping for the extra room (if it occurs). The wider hulls probably help minimize this.
If I had the cash to put a boat into charter, the Majestic 530 would be on my short list.