Mochi Craft Introduces the Dolphin 74 Cruiser

The last two changes that Mochi Craft made affect the crew. The galley, opposite the dining area, features a sliding door. American buyers will appreciate this, since they tend to have a more relaxed relationship with crewmembers and enjoy chatting with the chef throughout the day. It benefits the crew because it makes it easier to serve meals (some European builders place the galley below decks), yet the door yields privacy to both them and the guests when needed. Equally important, there is a staircase leading to the crew’s quarters below deck, and a side door opens onto the side deck, for quick service to the cockpit or flying bridge.

Speaking of the crew’s quarters: Their personal area is located aft of the engine room and has been redesigned to make work and relaxation simpler. Occupying the full beam of the 74, it now includes a utility room fully aft for stowing diving and mooring gear. Much like a lazarette, it is accessed either via an exterior hatch off the swim platform or from the engine room. There are also dedicated areas for dining and laundry beside a two-person stateroom and the captain’s stateroom.

The Dolphin 74 Cruiser should perform as well as she looks. Preliminary sea trials reveal that the twin 1,550-hp MAN diesel engines permit a 28-knot cruise speed and a 31 -knot top speed. Equally noteworthy, the yacht is optionally offered with the proprietary Mitsubishi ARG Anti Rolling Gyro System gyroscopic stabilizers, which damp 50 percent of the roll motion caused by waves at sea and at anchor.

The Dolphin lineup is renowned for allowing owners to choose from among six different hull colors, and the 74 Cruiser is no different. The first 74 bears a blue hull, in deference to its classic nautical heritage. But you can expect to see aquamarine, salmon, and other unusual tones offered in the future.