John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Marlago 35 Cuddy
MAY 2008
Length overall  35'
Beam  9'2"
Draft(Engines Up) 1'8"
        (Engines Down) 2'3"
Approx. Weight  6,000 lbs
Fuel Capacity  245/298
Water Capacity  31 gals
Max HP  31 gals
Base Price  $158,200
Price as Tested $192,000

When I first received the call to review Jefferson Yachts' Marlago 35, temperatures were well below freezing and icicles dangled outside my office window. We decided to wait until the boat and I were at the Miami Boat Show in February. Early on opening day, I met Ned Dozier from The Yacht Group of Stevensville, Md. We were both glad to be wearing sunglasses, shorts and flip flops as we went through the Marlago from stem to stern.

Design wise, the Marlago is well suited for performance cruising or sportfishing--even in rough weather. In fact, Dozier typically goes out of his way to sea trial the boats on particularly foul weather days to demonstrate their sea-keeping abilities. Its hull is fairly narrow with a sharp 50-degree entry forward and 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom. This combination makes for a much softer ride in choppy conditions. A substantial outboard bracket also aides in offshore performance by keeping the props well clear of the transom and turning in clean water.

The Marlago is not only designed for rough weather. It also lives up to Jefferson Yachts' reputation for quality construction. The hull is hand laid and vacuum bagged using modified vinylester resin to protect against delamination and osmosis. Construction is wood free; Nida-core honeycomb stiffens the hull sides and stringers, and high density foam core adds additional strength and stiffening to the transom. The hull is allowed to cure in the mold for more than two weeks to achieve adequate rigidity. 

Our test boat was equipped with an optional windlass and low bow rails (buyers have the choice of low or high bow rails). Beneath the foredeck the functional cuddy cabin is 8 1/2 feet long and features a pop-up table, complete with cup holders. The Marlago can be equipped with optional air-conditioning for the cuddy and head compartment. Three seats with integrated coolers beneath are positioned in front of the center console (port, starboard and center).  The head, located under the center console, has a VacuuFlush toilet and a sink/shower combination.  

The center console was comfortable and user friendly. Our test boat was not fitted-out with electronics yet but there was plenty of room for two 12-inch electronic displays. The leaning post accommodates two either leaning or sitting by flipping down the seat.

The cockpit features two in-sole insulated fish boxes with macerator pumps. Our test boat was equipped with an optional 50-gallon live well just behind the leaning post. There are two transom configurations: one offers a transom door, bait prep station with saltwater sink and a 15-gallon live well; the other "Full Transom" option offers an additional sink equipped with freshwater plumbing but no transom door. Overhead the standard hard top holds a built-in electronics box, LED lighting and optional outriggers.

Our test boat was equipped with twin Mercury Verado 300-hp four-stroke outboards. Heading out of Miami's Government Cut with a full load of fuel and two of us aboard, we cruised at 43 knots at 4900 rpm, burning 42 gallons per hour. At wide-open throttle, we reached 52 knots. The Verados' legendary quietness made conversation relatively easy.  

The Marlago's underway performance matched her design and construction. The ride was quite smooth even in chop at high speed. Once out in the ocean, I was quite impressed by how well she held in very tight turns at more than 40 knots. She felt secure on all angles to the waves and kept us dry despite my best efforts put some spray over the bow.