Marlow Explorer 72E Skylounge MotoryachtReuniting With A Timeless Beauty by Capt. Tom Serio The term "First Love" conjures up soul stirring moments from the past. You may recall certain qualities that were endearing and perhaps even outstanding. And then one day, out of nowhere, you see her. You find yourself stepping back, reminiscing and possibly gazing upon her with a renewed interest. YF brings a review of a former and likely current “love”: the Marlow Explorer 72E. David Marlow designed the 72E to be a seaworthy craft, handled by a couple if desired, and almost literally to let the builder sail off into the sunset. But fortune has found David Marlow in that his “swan song” turned out to be anything but sailing away. Marlow’s 72E immediately caught the eyes of other Marlow owners, and so David continues to build them, to rave reviews. The Explorer series debuted in 2001 with the 65 and is now counted as part of the 150 total Marlow Yachts cruising the world today. Although the look is classic, the Marlow 72E is really a modern yacht. The 72E has a sharp entry, augmented with lifting strakes and a hard chine, while a gentle flare forward keeps spray at bay. Although the styling is asymmetric, it gives way to flowing lines and a workable interior that Marlow has filled with lustrous wood finishes and top-quality materials.