[dropcap]Z[/dropcap]urn Yacht Design is pleased to announce the restyling of the NEB/Zurn 50, a semi-custom built vessel that combines the leading edge work of yacht designer Doug Zurn and the masterful construction techniques of New England Boatworks.

First launched in 2013 as a custom commuter boat, the NEB/Zurn 50 focuses on owner-tailored specifications, while maintaining its iconic New England design, modern marine engineering, and composite hull construction.


061213BTIP-5466A copiaAs a true high performance cruiser, the lightweight hull, ease of maneuvering, and the optional MAN 1,550 hp diesel engines makes the NEB/Zurn 50 one of the fastest day boats of its type, with a top speed of 60 knots.  Ideal for in-port use as a cruiser, the boat is also well suited for covering long distances quickly – whether in the Mediterranean, among the islands of the Caribbean, or along the coast of Maine and farther afield.

The NEB/Zurn 50 is offered standard with twin MAN 1,200 hp diesels and Rolls Royce jet drives. It cruises comfortably at 40 knots, reaching 50 knots incorporating the latest integrated ride control technology to insure ease of maneuvering.

We are very excited about the re-launch of the NEB/Zurn 50 and our ongoing collaboration with New England Boatworks,” says Doug Zurn, founder of Zurn Yacht Design. “This flagship vessel not only stands out for the beauty of its design and construction, but no other vessel of its kind can reach these speeds with such efficiency. In fact, there is no other boat of its type that touches its speed.

The hull and deck is built using high-tech, epoxy resin infused composite construction, a technique that New England Boatworks is revered for in the marine industry. Even with the open Pilot House and engine boxes in the deck, the NEB/Zurn 50 is a noticeably quiet ride with sound levels at the helm of 85 dB(A) at 40 kt cruise, thanks to the Marine Exhaust inline silencers and extensive noise and vibration treatments by Soundown.


A tour of the boat begins in the large, teak deck cockpit, easily accessed through the transom door or over the sides that include a concealed fold-down step. Removable port and starboard cockpit day beds allow space for swimming and activities in the daytime, and later transforms into elegant seating for a sunset cruise or cocktail party.

Raised platforms in the house offer space for a desk work station, and settees or chair seating with teak table and beverage fridge – perfect for informal meetings and socializing. Large windscreens and side windows give a wide view for enjoying the scene and for safe navigation and maneuvering. The helm station provides easy, intuitive access to control panels and navigation tools from the comfortable Stidd seating.

061213BTIP-5452A copiaBelow deck is found a rich interior that offers both simplicity and luxury, with ease of movement throughout. Joinery is meticulously crafted, with framed panel doors, teak sole, and wood lining the hull.

The interior arrangement is built to suit the owner. Options include an L – or C-shaped galley, and twin bunk cabin or settee dinette area. The single head includes a separate hot and cold shower. The master cabin is located forward, sporting a queen-sized island-berth, cedar lined lockers, and ample storage. Marine Air air-conditioning and heating is offered throughout the interior and pilot house, as well as a sound system that also serves the cockpit.


With production tooling available and construction time placed at 10 months, this is a great time to consider the NEB/Zurn 50 – a true lifestyle boat with a strong sense of purpose. Those interested in learning more about this project should contact Zurn Yacht Design and New England Boatworks for further details.

Working with New England Boatworks means we work with some of the most talented custom builders the industry has to offer,” says Zurn. “They have the highest quality of workmanship and the highest standards of perfection. Every detail is considered – large or small –making their vessels simply flawless. We are pleased that we can offer this ongoing collaboration with such talented boat builders.”


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