Marlow Yachts Explorer 49E

Big things, small package.

by Gary Reich
Marlow Yachts is known for building big, high-end, passage-making yachts.


  • LOA: 49'
  • Beam: 17'3"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Weight: 61,600 lbs.
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,000 gals.
  • Water Capacity: 250 gals.
  • Power: T-Cummins 6.7L 473-hp/ T-C7 Cat 461-hp
  • Price: $1,215,000

Before the introduction of its new 49E model, the smallest yacht in this builder’s stable was 53 feet and the largest packed 97 feet in overall length. The 49E is a smaller model designed for folks looking for a solid cruising boat with less overall length, but that’s still feature-rich in every way imaginable.

For starters, owners can choose from one of two engine setups. The standard arrangement is a pair of 461-hp C7 Caterpillar diesels, while a duo of 473-hp Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesels is available as an option. With the optional power, the 49E reaches a top-end of 24.2 knots, with the most efficient cruising speed coming in around 19 knots. You can also slow cruise this boat in the 8-knot range and up the 49E’s fuel endurance to around 1,000 nautical miles. Inside the engine room is way more space than you’d expect to find on a 49-footer.

The 49E’s interior is rich and luxurious, trimmed in the highest-quality upholstery and surrounded by fine teak joinery. Two- or three-cabin layouts are available. One arrangement offers two large staterooms, a small office and two enclosed head/showers. Another floorplan features two staterooms and a guest cabin, while yet another offers two staterooms and one shared head. The massive main salon/bridge deck space boasts an aft “living room” area with lounge chairs and a large L-shaped lounge. A few steps up you’ll find the bridge deck, companion seating and galley. Outdoor spaces aren’t neglected, either; a massive and well-appointed flybridge, a cozy aft cockpit and a huge foredeck round out the exterior social spaces.

“Our new ‘Baby Marlow’ is the result of intense development over four years and features astounding space with the high technology that is the hallmark of all Marlow yachts,” says David Marlow with Marlow Yachts. “Our advanced manufacturing techniques and more than a decade of experience of building Marlow Explorers from 53 to 97 feet has given us the ability to offer a 49-foot model that will revolutionize the industry, while providing the seaworthiness, comfort and style Marlow owners expect.”



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