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Review: Mulder 47' "Favorite" Sport Yacht

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  1. Mulder 47' "Favorite" Sport Yacht
    Dutch Builder Delivers Another Darling

    by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy​

    While most YF reviews feature admirably large ocean-going yachts for the elite
    connoisseur, here we display a nimble illustration of long-standing yacht-building
    distinction. This outstanding mini-size yacht, from one of the Netherlands many
    respected builders, is a true example of conspicuous sea-going excellence.​

    For 73 years, since 1938 when Dick Mulder Sr. launched his first model, this Dutch shipyard has delivered a history of fine yacht launches. Mulder has maintained its position as one of the leading builders in modern Netherlands motor-yacht history; continuing its family tradition with yet another Mulder – Dick Jr. – as leader in charge. Now, to celebrate the builder’s 73rd anniversary, one of its long time, very popular models returns, in brand new and exciting modern dress;

    Enter with fanfare: the “Favorite 47”... ​
  2. The Dutch builder’s many models include luxury motor yachts as large as its 98’ and 92’ Flybridge models – as well as a dozen slightly smaller cruisers in various sizes of 88’, 76’, 73’, etc.; plus a series of smaller classics. Those also numbered an array of sailboat designs up to 12 meters in the 1970s – now no longer being built. Here, this aptly named “Favorite - 47” is a return to a very popular, swift, wood-built model which featured retro lines; a vertical, steep bow entry, delivering a quick, smooth ride. Yet today this marvel is machined and constructed in strong, durable aluminum. Its shiny blue-black ‘anthracite coal’ color registers back to other popular fad shades of the ‘Roaring 20s’, the charmed, happy-go-lucky days of long ago. Also, YF readers will remember several recent Mulder models – still on display – shown in YF’s Desktop Wallpapers; the 73 Motoryacht and 92 Flybridge.
  3. This ‘Favorite 47’ – designed by Guido de Groot and Vripack Naval Architects – is offered in a variety of three slightly differing power versions. With aluminum hulls, the 1400, powered by double Volvo IPS600 @ 435 hp; 1500, with a round-bilged hull and conventional prop shaft system; Model 1600, featuring round-bilged or hard chine hulls, as well as several engine configurations – from 2x 150 hp to 2x 435 hp. This latest version offers 2x Volvo D6, 336 hp each; so the avid cruiser has a number of ‘Favorite’ options to choose from. Mulder aims to please any and all.
  4. The Favorite 47’s port aft sideview emphasizes her classic “speedboat” styling, with ample beam-width for interior comfort. Twin walkways from her wheelhouse to the swim platform present ease of transit for boarding and water-toy passage. Stainless steel doors assure only meaningful entry to the swim platform. Her swim platform also offers a convenient, fresh, non-saline shower; hot or cold, for entry or return up the stainless steel swim ladder, from those salty Baltic plunges.
  5. The latest nav gear is stationed handily atop the wheelhouse, emphasizing the designers’ approach to style and safety. Note the aluminum mast is manually foldable, but its color is sprayed to contrast with the VHF - GPS antenna and other nav systems – for instant ID – while adding to the yacht’s sleek wind entry. Below, though unseen when not in use, her aft lazarette provides ample, adaptable storage space for tools and diving equipment, in addition to a quickly accessible three-meter - 9 ft. - tender.
  6. A close-up of Mulder’s ‘Favorite 47’ Signature panel emphasizes the use of archetypical standard yacht nomenclature, blazing her name proudly in glistening metal against polished, darkened teak, along her starboard side. Strip teak walkways ease passage fore and aft outside along the rail. Note also her heavy, high-gloss polished stainless guardrails for confident handling, even during the most inclement weather patterns.
  7. At the bow, clever housekeeping reveal the designers’ plans, as only the ground tackle decorate the teak decks. Her electric anchor winch stands ready to hoist a 20kg polished Bruce anchor over a stainless roller, tugging 98 feet of 8mm galvanized anchor chain. Also note, the handsome and period correct stainless bollards on the caprail.
  8. Stylish and dark tinted side-deck windows along the portside walkway – utilizing clever design – add a dashing flare to an otherwise unnoticed, quotidian display. Guardrails throughout are high-burnished stainless steel, with all welds polished away. Wood useage throughout is gloss varnished teak; decks and trimming utilize only the finest-grained teak, including the cockpit floor.
  9. Neatly arranged, but bordering utilitarian, her aft deck is crisp and contained. This is another excellent Mulder tribute to fine design, especially so for a 47-footer, where every item and every inch of space must be used with utmost discretion. Director's chairs are easily stowed, granting more aft deck party space. To starboard, a cabinet houses a kicker for the tender. Adjacent, a set of steps provide a leg-up for line handling.
  10. A close-up of her no-frills radar arch reflects a minimalistic approach compared to the testaments-to-antennas that typically top the boats we cover at YF. The M-47’s arch is perhaps ornamental with its twin antennae, radar and horn, but it’s all yacht-keeping business as usual.
  11. Looking down through the sliding sun roof – now opened – we note the large white leather settee with its inlaid teak table. And across the narrow but navigable aisle, the Captain’s swivel chair and chart screens, plus storage. Forward, stairs lead down to cabins below. The royal cockpit settee offers high gloss varnished edges, complete with deep-cushioned upholstery.
  12. On the after deck, featuring a sliding entrance door, a crisp design scheme welcomes outdoor light. Atop patterned teak decking, her polished dining table boasts outdoor-able folding chairs and walk-around room, leading of course to the port-starboard twin aft stairways, and ultimately to her generous swim platform. In addition, she sports four powerful underwater lights at the stern.
  13. Her main salon makes excellent use of the space at hand, while retaining the concise, straight-forward design plan. The Royal settee boasts thick seat and back cushioning in luxurious Extex fabric. Her white leather-like dinette easily seats up to seven guests for dining, conversation or indoor gaming. The table is high gloss polished cherry, with a stainless steel support leg. Plus, take note of her ample storage cabinets, and forward, the --ahem -- Captain’s ‘throne.’ Note overhead the sliding roof for evening star or daylight sun gazing.
  14. This nicely designed cabinet is an excellent addition to the Main Salon. Large enough to hold essential and non-essential storage and immediate use items, yet doesn’t impede traffic movement. The TV/computer /monitor also comes in handy for whatever need presents at the moment. The cabinet is a solidly built, attractive, necessary component for the yacht’s essential cruising needs. (Note: wine and spirit brands optional, not included in price listing.)
  15. The yacht’s Dinette is easily accessed as a major part of the Salon. Totally accented with bright, satin-finish cherry paneling and contrasting floors done in wenge’ wood. Its pedestal table easily serves the contingent of diners –or breakfasters – with deep cushioned seating all around. Overhead lighting brightens evening dining fare.
  16. This close-up of the Captain’s pride and joy emphasizes the care its designers took to make this a comfortable and effective short-medium-long-term cruising yacht. Her Helm station is quite complete, though compact in design; answering the need for comprehensive voyage planning and operation. This standard Volvo dashboard boasts a revolution counter, engine hours, tank level instruments –water, fuel, waste water, plus all yacht systems, including switchboards, nav lights and generator. Instruments include Raymarine VHF, RAY240E DSC Class-D, C140 chart plotter 14” display, dome radar antenna 4kW, Raystar 125 GPS, FM antenna, Raymarine ST70 color display readouts for speed, depth, compass, Raymarine Autopilot E12-200, ST70 control unit, Raymarine S100 remote control autopilot: Switch for air horn. Front windows in the wheelhouse superstructure are double glassed, with stainless steel framing; Superyacht quality.
  17. Her compact but well designed Galley presents the Chef with an oven, sink, and limited storage; plus twin flame induction cooking with ventilation above cooking plate; a 60 liter fridge, a Miele microwave and dishwasher, a 230V ice maker in the wheelhouse, all nestled among marble floors and wash basin tops. Next door is a stand-up hanging locker/closet, leading to the Master Stateroom at ship’s center, beam width.
  18. A close-up of the Galley let's the sun shine in as we peer upwards to the backside of the helm. Here, Mulder has created a loft effect, connecting the salon and the galley environments, but on different levels. Note the convenient microwave to starboard, and above, an exhaust fan. For a relatively small cruiser yacht, Mulder’s designers have created a little Ship that is extremely well thought out.
  19. Her queen size Master is a V-Berth, located forward; raised, w/storage beneath. Also air-conditioned, and heated, to make those chilly winter voyages or hot Carib summers comfortable. Each cabin has available hot/cool control thermostats. The ship temp is aided and abetted with sprayed-on PU foam throughout, as well as double-wall sound-insulated. Double wall noise insulation fosters maximum privacy throughout.
  20. Her Master Head/Vanity is separate, opposite from the shower. With walls done in a luxurious, sanitary white synthetic; it flaunts marble flooring and wash basins, over the mahogany paneled storage closets, beneath. It also offers a Sanitair modern, silent, electric toilet; an extra-large vanity and mirror; inside medicine cabinet with shelves. Storage closets under the sink, and separate closet with mirror. There is an escape/ventilation hatch in the owner’s cabin with stainless steel high-gloss polished profiles.
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