Marlow Pilot 31: Downeast Dream

Marlow Pilot 31

Marlow’s entry-level cruiser, the new Marlow Pilot 31, is designed for comfortable cruising for a couple or a small family. The newly designed pilothouse, which now includes the galley and dinette, is protected from the weather by a hardtop overhead and large windows on both sides; Eisenglass can be rolled down aft for a full enclosure. The cabin below offers 6′ 3″ standing headroom, sleeps two in a queen berth and two more in a settee that can be converted into upper and lower berths.

The Marlow Pilot 31 replaces the 30 Pilot and is the third new model since David Marlow bought Mainship four years ago. It reflects quality and design changes, with more features at an affordable price. The new “summer galley” in the pilothouse includes a fridge/freezer, electric cooktop, microwave, and stainless sink. It is just behind the helm seat on the starboard side and faces an L-shaped settee with a dining table to port. A jump seat is just behind the galley. Below, a single seat is built in next to the queen berth. There’s also a good-sized hanging locker and a large head with separate shower. A single Yanmar 220-hp diesel engine produces a cruising speed of 18 to 20 knots and a top speed of 23 knots. A bow thruster is standard.