Zen Dog is beautifully equipped for a Solent Cruise or a Lymington holiday
Zen Dog is a 38ft / 11.6m Sportscruiser Motor Yacht, based at the award winning Lymington Yacht Haven marina.
She’s a very modern Jeanneau Prestige 38s and she is approved, inspected and coded by HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency to carry up to 8 passengers plus our professional 2 man crew.
She is what’s known as a Sports Cruiser – faster and more agile than a “top heavy” flybridge boat, with better protection from the wind and spray and with room for all guests in proper, comfortable seats around 2 tables on one level.
There’s a sliding electric roof and rear roll up canvas “camper covers” to let the sun in.
The rear seating area converts into a sunpad for sunbathing. There’s another large sunpad on the front deck (only accessible when anchored or in the marina).
She has powerful central heating so if the weather turns cold, our guests won’t!
Down below, the saloon area has a large sofa and table.
Zen Dog’s galley has a really large fridge (by boat standards) and we fill it with soft drinks on charters. You can bring your own alcohol.
She has a Dolce Gusto coffee machine for Cappuccinos, Latte & American coffees. There’s a kettle and the necessary components to keep tea drinkers happy.
Zen Dog has a proper loo in a proper bathroom with hot water and a mirror. There’s a hair dryer in case of wind damage (rarely used by Mike the owner).
There’s an HD TV in the saloon. Zen Dog even has her own 4G wifi when she is out of the marina.
There’s a lifejacket for everyone plus every conceivable safety item. We won’t need a liferaft with emergency food or an emergency EPIRB beacon in the Solent but, just in case, Zen Dog has them all.
640 hp, 4 propellers, 40mph top speed
For those with an interest in boats, here comes the science!
She is powered by two Cummins QSD straight six 4.2 litre diesel engines, each producing 320hp and each driving through twin counter-rotating propellers on Mercury Bravo 3 stern drive legs.
If you like engines, ask the skipper to show you them.
She can top 35 knots (just over 40 mph) which doesn’t sound a lot until you’ve tried it with the roof open in a choppy sea. At that speed, she makes a noise like a Spitfire. She also uses well over 100litres of fuel per hour so we tend not to drive her that fast too often.
At her 22knot cruise speed, she flies from wave to wave, rarely crashing in between. Her trim tabs allow the skipper to lower her bow into the path of waves in a head sea, resulting in a shower of spray. Turning her car-like steering wheel, swings the stern drives to direct her engine thrust. Steer left and the drives swing to the left, pushing the stern (back) of the boat to the right. Her turning circle is tiny for such a big boat and a slalom of connected turns is an exhilarating part of a charter (assuming the guests are all happy – nobody is every made to do anything that might frighten them or upset them).
She’s got powerful bow and stern thrusters which can work together to make her move sideways in and out of a berth. The thrusters are controlled by the skipper from the helm or optionally from a remote control necklace worn around his neck. Yacht owners, particularly, are sometimes bemused to see the skipper abandon the helm then step onto the dock and continue to position Zen Dog from there whilst the crew tie her up.
She’s got Raymarine’s latest ES125 multi-function touch screen navigation and radar system. She has downview sonar which can give an almost photographic representation of the sea bed. Here are some allegedly real examples from Raymarine’s website
We can’t promise turtles, shipwrecks or submarines in the Solent, sadly.
One innovation is that the Raymarine system can play through the 32″ TV in the saloon. That’s great for briefing guests and crew before or after a trip.
She has an AIS Transponder – a device that transmits her name and position at all times. You can track her via the excellent Marine Traffic website – click here
She has a GoPro mount on the saloon roof to get some great photos and videos. You’ll need to bring your own GoPro though.
She also has a secret, James Bond like feature.
The rear seating area lifts electronically to reveal Zen Pup, a small tender dinghy powered by an amazing Torqeedo electric outboard motor
Watch the video of Mike & Zen Pup trying to outrun a Lymington-Yarmouth Ferry.
Sadly, Zen Pup isn’t normally available for charter or overnight guests to play on due to insurance issues.