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14 Great Pocket Cruisers in 2023

  • By Victor Tan
  • Updated: July 20, 2023

Pocket cruisers and mini yachts are generally vessels under 50 feet in length overall, and can include express cruiser designs, flybridge yachts as well as either monohull or catamaran hull forms. They are cruising boats easily handled by a small, or even shorthanded, crew. Pocket cruisers generally have wave-taming hull designs and have the ability to take on sporty seas, offer comfortable accommodations belowdecks with one or two staterooms for extended voyages, “homelike amenities,” and the ability to cruise as slowly or as quickly as an owner desires with inboard- and outboard-power options. These pocket-cruising boats have the range for longer voyages , can pull up in skinny water at the sandbar thanks to shallow drafts, and head over the horizon where cruising adventure awaits. Pocket cruisers are true multitasking yachts. When it comes to family and couples cruising, it’s hard to beat a well-built and well-equipped and pocket cruiser.

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The following 14 pocket cruisers and mini yachts are all vessels we’ve seen, been aboard, and tested. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Hood 35 LM: high-tech, family-friendly pocket cruiser
  • Galeon Yachts 375 GTO: mid-size boat with plenty of below-deck space
  • Aquila 42: sleek power catamaran ready to entertain
  • Azimut Verve 42 : small, yet mighty yacht ready for open water
  • Hinckley Yachts 35: luxury picnic cruiser with range
  • Beneteau Gran Turismo 45: sleek cruising yacht with all the amenities
  • Solaris Power 48 Open: eye-catching power yacht with 360-degree views
  • Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS: luxury cruiser yacht with powerful outboard options
  • Back Cove 34O: modern outboard power combined with classic Downeast styling
  • Picnic Boat 40: speedy and fuel-efficient vessel with great looks
  • Aquila 36: comfortably seat up to 20 guests for fun on the salt
  • Boston Whaler 350 Realm: multitasker built for fishing and entertaining
  • MJM 35z: sporty, aesthetically pleasing, cruising-conscious features and elegant lines
  • Greenline 39: sturdy-looking lines and environmentally-friendly power

When Android co-founder, Rich Miner, wanted a new family-friendly pocket cruiser , he turned to a custom-penned C.W. Hood design and a Lyman-Morse-built 35-footer, which has a timeless Down East profile matched to seriously modern technology under the hood.

This yacht looks like a traditional, cold-molded Down East dayboat, but actually, it has everything, from Hamilton HJX Series water-jet drives to a planned Sea Machines autonomous command-and-control system . Top speed: 40-plus knots.

Hood 35 LM

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Galeon yachts 375 gto.

Even the remnants of Hurricane Ian, couldn’t dissuade the Galeon Yacht 375 GTO from its cruising mission. The small yacht’s wave-splitting hull form is paired to torque-filled 600 hp Mercury Verado outboards , giving this fun-in-the-sun boat a 47-knot top hop.

The 375 GTO is a speedster, to be sure, but it’s also so much more. Just about every aspect of the main deck seating is transformable and multifunction, from the aft seating to the alfresco dining abaft the helm, and beyond. It also has a family-size and eminently cruise-worthy belowdecks space for four guests, all while providing a foredeck entertaining lounge too.

The Galeon Yachts 375 GTO ticks all the boxes for an easy-to-handle and sporty cruiser.

Galeon Yachts 375 GTO

Aquila 42 Yacht Power Catamaran

Following the success of its 44-, 54- and 70-foot power catamaran models, Aquila has launched the stable-as-a-table, owner-operator-ready Aquila 42 Yacht Power Catamaran .

The Aquila 42 is the entry point into the builder’s yacht line and is noteworthy for its ability to accommodate anywhere from a two- to four-stateroom layout, depending on the owner’s cruising requirements. There are alfresco spaces to manage the sunset cruise with friends and family, including a foredeck lounge area that can be accessed via centerline steps from the flybridge. The Aquila 42 is available with several Volvo Penta diesel-engine options .

Aquila 42

Azimut Verve 42

Want to cruise from Florida to Bimini in about an hour? The Azimut Yachts Verve 42 can do that thanks, in part, to triple 450 hp Mercury Racing outboards and a hull designed to dice-and-slice a seaway. Top hop: 45 knots. The Verve 42 also has style for miles with a fine entry, raked hardtop, and a razorlike sheerline accented by sweeping hull glass from bow to stern. It’s striking.

With accommodation for a family of four, the Verve 42 is also solid under the hull tokeep everyone safe on those passages. The Verve 42’s hull is built of fiberglass and uses vinylester resins for blister protection. The yacht’s deck and hardtop are comprised of carbon fiber for strength without added weight. This all means that the Azimut Verve 42 is built to CE Classification Type A , making it suitable for sea voyages where winds can exceed 45 mph and seas to 13 feet.

Azimut Verve 42

Hinckley Yachts 35

The Hinckley Yachts 35 takes everything that yachtsmen like about this pedigreed-brand’s classic profile and infuses today’s modern outboard power to create 40 knots of sheer fun wrapped in sheer luxury.

This 35-foot Hinckley is built on a Michael-Peters-penned hull form with a fine entry, wider-than-average chines and a moderate deadrise. While the boat is built to sprint when desired, it’s also a relatively economical cruiser. For instance, a comfortable 24-knot cruise the Hinckley Yachts 35 has a 276-nautical-mile range.

It also has a tech-build thanks to vacuum-infused carbon-fiber composites and epoxy resin. An integrated interior structure is infused with the hull adding rigidity. The hull is then post-cured in an 80-foot oven, further strengthening the structure.

Hinckley 35

Beneteau Gran Turismo 45

The Beneteau Gran Turismo is the flagship of the builder’s four-model GT series, which also includes 32-, 36- and 41-foot models.

The Gran Turismo 45 ’s cruise-centric layout includes two staterooms and two heads belowdecks, as well as a galley down. There is also a dinette for meals and a settee for rainy-day lounging. Entertaining guests and enjoying the sun is the primary mission of the main deck.

Beneteau Gran Turismo 45

Solaris Power 48 Open

The Solaris Power 48 Open was the first powerboat from this longtime builder known for its sailing yachts, ranging from 40 to 110 feet length overall. The Solaris Power 48 Open is notable for its wave-slicing plumb-bow design, high freeboard forward and 32-knot-plus speed. Power is twin 480 hp Volvo Penta IPS650 diesels.

The high freeboard keeps the deck dry and help creates sizable volume belowdecks with an average 6-foot-6-inch headroom. This enables real estate for either one or two staterooms. With the single-stateroom setup, there is a forepeak master stateroom while an L-shaped settee converts to sleeping accommodations for family or occasional guests. Interior wood options are oak or walnut.

Solaris 48 Open

Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS

Outboard-power cruising aficionados will appreciate the triple-engine options for the Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS . The 42 GLS we got aboard had the triple 400 hp Mercury Verados , which produced a top hop of 45 knots, but triple 450 hp Verados are available. Triple 350 hp Mercury Verados are the standard engine option. No matter the power arrangement, this express cruiser can easily be used for wakeboarding and tube towing. The 42 GLS is designed to handle the rough stuff too, with a fine entry and 21-degree transom deadrise.

For cruising enthusiasts, the 42 GLS has a master stateroom with an athwartships and a nearly queen-size berth, and the lower salon’s U-shaped dinette converts to a queen-size berth for the kids.

Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS

Back Cove 34O

Combining modern outboard power with classic Downeast styling, the Back Cove 34O touts award-winning standards with cruising in mind. The 34O is equipped with twin 300 hp Yamaha outboards, engines that allow the Newport International Boat Show’s 2018 Best Powerboat Under 35 Feet winner to travel up to 214 nautical miles at 24 knots on a 250-gallon fuel tank.

Belowdecks, the 34O has an island double berth and a split-head arrangement with the toilet to port and a separate shower stall to starboard. On the main deck, a U-shape dinette to port accommodates four or more guests on the Back Cove Yachts vessel. The 34O’s galley is equipped with a Cuisinart microwave, a two-burner Kenyon electric cooktop and a Vitrifrigo fridge and freezer.

back cove 340

Picnic Boat 40

Hinckley Yachts unveiled its first Picnic Boat more than two decades ago. Now, after two previous, sub-40-foot models, the Maine-based boatbuilder has developed its largest and most advanced model to date: the Picnic Boat 40.

Twin 480 hp Cummins diesel engines paired to twin Hamilton 322 jet drives propel the yacht to a 30-knot cruising speed and 34 knots on the pins. With optional twin 550 hp Cummins diesels, cruise and top-end speeds jump to 35 and 38 knots, respectively.

There is an L-shaped settee with a table and a wet bar on the main deck to port. The helm station is forward and to starboard with a benchseat for two. There is also a companion seat across from the helm. Belowdecks, there is 6-foot-2-inch headroom, and the dinette table drops to form a California-king berth for overnights and weekending.

hinckley picnic boat 40

Aquila Power Catamarans started its line with 44- and 48-footers, and now the builder’s Aquila 36 takes the line into the midsize market.

The 36 features a single, main-living area from bow to stern, helped in part by the vessel’s 14-foot, 7-inch beam. The boat can comfortably seat up to 20 guests for fun on the salt. Several Mercury Verado engine options are available for the Aquila 36, including twin 250-, 300- and 350-hp four-strokes. With the 350s, the Aquila has a top-end speed of 37 knots.

Other notable features include a fiberglass hardtop, a dinette, a cooktop, a fridge, a sink and a smokeless grill. Belowdecks, there are two staterooms with nearly queen-size berths, en suite heads and 6-foot-6-inch headroom in each.

aquila 36

Boston Whaler 350 Realm

From fishing and entertaining guests to diving and overnight cruising, Boston Whaler ‘s 350 Realm is a multitasker. And it’s fast, too. It’s powered with either triple 300 hp or triple 350 hp Mercury Verados. The 350 Realm can reach a top speed of 46 knots.

At the helm, two Raymarine displays provide vital navigation data. The captain can take in the displays’ view from a doublewide helm seat. There’s a flip-down platform for standing when needed and a footrest when desired.

There is a V-shaped berth that converts into a double berth with a filler cushion. The separated head has a VacuFlush MSD and a hot-and-cold shower. Owners also have the option to add a microwave and a flat-screen TV.

Boston Whaler 350 Realm

The MJM 35z can reach a top speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots on its optional 350 hp Mercury Verado outboards; twin 300 hp outboards are standard on this MJM Yachts vessel. Additionally, the 35z can travel up to 304 nautical miles on its 250-gallon fuel tank.

The 35z has a flush-deck layout and to port is space for an electric grill, a baitwell, a sink, an ice maker and a fridge. There are two Stidd helm seats—one for the helmsman and the other for a copilot—that rotate to face the rest of the seating aft. In the cabin is V-shaped seating forward that can be converted to a berth.

Owners also have the option of adding a Seakeeper 3 gyrostabilizer and a full-length Bimini top to shade the cockpit.

MJM 35z

Greenline 39

Greenline Yachts ‘ vessels are aptly named for their environmentally friendly means of moving about; the Greenline 39 is no different. The Slovenian yacht manufacturer produces two types of this model: hybrid and solar.

If owners opt for the latter, the 39’s four solar panels atop the salon power all of the vessel’s systems for three hours. With the power of the sun, the 39 can achieve a max speed of 6.5 knots and a cruising speed of 4 knots. The hybrid type uses those same panels to help power a 220 hp Volvo Penta D3 with a Mahle electric-drive system. Owners have the option of replacing the standard engine with a 370 hp Yanmar 8LV diesel.

Belowdecks, scissor berths provide accommodations for long weekends.

Greenline 39

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The forelounge features forward-facing sofas and sunbeds, enjoying the seabreeze and the seaviews.

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The central rollbar raises the radar antennas, reserving the choice of shade up top between a retractable bimini or a fiberglass hard top with an opening section.

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The unprecedented play of levels enhaces the maindeck galley, opening up bright, airy space. The raised position is grounded by half-height furniture and, down a few steps, a large pantry provides storage space and a laundry column.


The master brings the warmly relaxing interior atmosphere below deck with rounded furniture, unexpected decorations and a finishing touch of matte bronze. Between a boutique hotel and a home-away-from-home, the suite offers every comfort.

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  • Length overall (incl. pulpit) 16,08 m (52' 9'')
  • Beam max 4,65 m (15' 3'')
  • Draft (incl. props at full load) 1,52 m (4' 12'')
  • Displacement (at full load) 26,8 t (59083 lb)
  • Building material GRP
  • Exterior designer Stefano Righini
  • Interior designer Azimut Yachts
  • Hull designer P.L. Ausonio Naval Architecture & Azimut R&D Dept.
  • Builder Azimut Yachts
  • Keel Planing, 12° deadrise at the stern and 21° amidship
  • Certifications CE B; NMMA
  • Cabins 3 + 1 crew
  • Berths 6 + 1 crew
  • Head compartments 2 + 1 crew
  • Engines 2 X CAT C9 650 hp
  • Maximum speed (test load) up to 31 kn
  • Cruising speed (performance test mass) 25 kn
  • Fuel capacity 2200 l (581 US Gal)
  • Water capacity 590 l (156 US Gal)

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Dream Big: New Boats Over 40 Feet


Looking for an upgrade? Wish your boat were just a little bit bigger? Put these new boats, all longer than 40 feet, on your shopping list — or at least on your wish list.


Sportfishing boats have something of a split personality. They're heavily powered, designed with wave-slicing hulls, and built to get to the fishing grounds swiftly. On the other hand, they have luxurious appointments below decks for the crew to relax on the ride home or for entertaining.

Regulator 41

Regulator 41 Sportfishing boat

Length: 41'3" | Beam: 12'6" | Draft 3'7" | Fuel: 600 gal. | Water: 60 gal. | Waste: 25 gal. | Weight: 20,100 lb. with quad engines

This center-console is a serious offshore fishing machine. The new 41 is the largest ever from the North Carolina builder and is designed to get you out to the canyons and back quickly, in comfort and style. With a deep-V hull featuring 24 degrees of dead-rise at the transom, this hull requires plenty of power to get it moving, but that comes in spades from the quadruple 350-hp Yamaha outboards mounted on the Armstrong bracket. The boat exceeded 60 mph in testing, but according to published performance data, the most economical speed seems to be in the 35 mph range, still plenty fast enough for most folks, but with a vastly reduced thirst to make that 600 gallons of fuel last longer.

Quadruple 350-hp Yamaha outboards on the Regulator 41

Quadruple 350-hp Yamaha outboards on the Regulator 41 offer speeds topping 60 mph, though toning down the throttle to the 35-mph range is a bit more economical.

Options include an upper helm above the T-top and an outdoor galley behind the standard three-position seat/leaning post. The console interior features a small galley, a dinette that coverts to a double berth, and an enclosed head with shower, so overnight stays are a possibility for a couple. A diesel generator fitted below the cockpit sole provides power to the air conditioner, battery charger, water heater, and other domestic loads. There's no getting away from the fact that this is a big center-console, but the Yamaha Helm Master joystick control system eases nerves when it's time to bring the boat back into the dock. RegulatorMarine.com

Viking 48C Sportfishing boat

Length: 49'3" | Beam: 17'0" | Draft: 4'8" | Fuel: 997 gal. | Water: 178 gal. | Waste: 52 gal. | Weight 66,342 lb.

Viking's first 48 convertible, launched more than 30 years ago, was an almost instant hit. A revamped model appeared in 2002, and this latest model debuted at the 2016 boat shows. Equipped with a pair of MAN diesel engines, the new 48C is designed to cruise in the 30-knot range, depending on the engines. The boat is about fishing first, and it features almost 125 square feet of cockpit space. That's not to say Viking has taken any shortcuts below decks.

Viking 48C Sportfishing boat interior

Interiors on the Viking 48C are luxurious and can be customized to the owner's tastes.

The accommodation spaces are roomy and luxurious and can be customized to the owner's taste. Viking is a semicustom builder, but the first yacht featured a large flat-screen television with a surround-sound system that would put many home theaters to shame, a gourmet galley, and sumptuous staterooms to relax in after a hard day's fishing. Joinery choices are either teak or walnut in either satin or gloss finish.

There is space aplenty on the upper deck, which features a centerline helm with excellent sightlines for the captain, power-assisted hydraulic steering, single-lever electronic engine controls, and tons of space for the electronics of your choice. VikingYachts.com

With these boats, it's all about the journey. Most trawlers travel at sedate speeds, typically below 10-knots, and while the so-called “fast trawler” has emerged, trawlers tend to be displacement or semi-displacement hulls, so speed is governed more by hull length than by engine power.

Krogen 50 Open

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Length: 52'9" | Beam: 17'5" | Draft: 5'4' (with single engine) | Fuel: 1,240 gal. | Water 400 gal. | Waste: 75 gal | Weight 68,000 lb

Krogen 50 Open salon

The one-level design of the Krogen Open 50 makes for better socializing.

The new Krogen Open 50 model reflects a great deal of customer feedback, which led to a design departure: an open and continuous saloon/galley/pilothouse main deck. Rather than several steps to the helm, everything from the large rear cockpit through the saloon to the wheelhouse is on one level, making for better socializing. All of the attributes that Krogen is known for — exquisite joinery, rugged construction, and phenomenal seakeeping ability — are still here on the Open 50. Krogen isn't straying far from its target audience of voyagers and liveaboards. Available with either single or twin John Deere diesels, and with a 1,240-gallon fuel capacity, the anticipated range is 2,100 miles at 8 knots, with the single engine model, but slow down to 6, and that jumps to a staggering 5,000 miles, enough for an Atlantic crossing. The first boat won't be splashed until 2017, at which time pricing will be announced. KadeyKrogen.com

Nordic Tug 44

Nordic Tug 44

Length 44'5" | Beam: 13'10" | Draft: 4'7" | Fuel: 600 gal. | Water: 175 gal. | Waste: 45 gal. | Weight: 37,300 lb.

The Nordic Tug 44 is a semi-displacement hull that delivers slow and steady cruising. At a leisurely 8 knots from a single 510-hp Volvo diesel, the 44 uses less than three gallons of fuel per hour and has a range in excess of 1,700 miles, so stops at the pump are fewer and farther between.

Nordic Tug 44 interior

The Nordic Tug 44's huge master forward allows couples to cruise in comfort.

Rather than cram in lots of berths, the layout has a huge master forward, with an island queen, along with a generous guest cabin aft. This is a boat designed for a couple to cruise in comfort, with the option of welcoming friends and family on board once in a while. The main saloon, with galley, is almost the full beam of the boat, and just three steps lead to the separate pilothouse, which has internal steps leading to the optional flybridge; the pilothouse is a great new feature for this year, keeping everyone inside if the weather turns nasty.

If you want space on board, it's hard to beat a catamaran on room for living, entertaining, lounging, and personal space. While sailing craft make up the majority of catamarans, the popularity of power catamarans is growing. With an engine in each hull, the widely spaced props offer superior maneuverability in tight areas.

Leopard 48 catamaran

Length: 48'5" | Beam: 25'0" | Draft: 4'10" | Fuel: 185 gal. | Water: 206 gal. | Waste: 45 gal. | Weight: 38,000 lb.

So you like sailing, but you're not too keen on living life at an angle? Love sailboats, but the lack of space would drive you nuts? If you answered yes to these questions, then a catamaran could fit your future. Nothing touches a cat for interior volume, and the Leopard 48 doesn't disappoint. For maximum sleeping space, opt for the four-cabin layout, which also has room for four heads with showers. But if the number of guests will be more limited, then the three-cabin layout is the way to go, which gives over the entire starboard hull to the owner, with a large queen cabin aft and a settee and voluminous head and shower compartment forward.

On deck, a raised helm station gives excellent all-round visibility, and the large cockpit is seemingly big enough to host the Super Bowl. Built by Robertson and Caine in South Africa, the Leopard 48 is the private version of The Moorings 48 charter version, so if you want to try before you buy, book a charter vacation and give a similar boat a workout for a week or two.

Leopard 48 catamaran interior

With more than 1,500 square feet of sail area, the boat should sail well. But when the breeze dies or you need to maneuver around the docks, a 39-hp Yanmar saildrive in each hull will push the boat with ease. LeopardCatamarans.com

Aspen C120

Length: 42'6" | Beam: 13'10" | Draft: 3'3" | Fuel: 180 gal. | Water: 80 gal. | Waste: 50 gal. | Weight: 22,500 lb.

Proa or cat? To the outsider, the Aspen looks just like any other power catamaran. But take a closer look and you'll notice that the starboard hull is about 30 percent wider than the port hull. Instead of having two engines, the Aspen has only one — in the starboard hull. To prevent the boat from turning in circles, the boat has a narrower port hull, and thus less hull drag, so the boat tracks straight. The standard Volvo 330-hp motor uses less than 2 gallons of fuel per hour when cruising at 8 knots, but if you want, the boat can top out at close to 20 knots.

Aspen C120 helm

The helm of the Aspen C120 is outfitted with two Stidd chairs.

The generous beam means there's room for two double cabins, each with its own head compartment, plus a single, which shares a head with the guest double. The saloon is where you'll spend most of your time, though, and thanks to the generous beam, there's plenty of living space. The helm is forward to starboard and has Stidd chairs for captain and mate, while aft is the dinette and wraparound settee. The galley is to port, ahead of the door to the cockpit, which has a ladder to the flybridge.

Sailing Cruisers

What could be more exhilarating than skimming across the water as your boat heels in the breeze? Modern sailing cruisers incorporate advanced rigging designs to make them easier to sail, and larger yachts often feature spacious galleys and cabins, larger social areas in the cockpit, and creature comforts.

Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

Length: 40'9" | Beam: 13'9" | Draft: 7'2" or 5'7" depending on keel choice | Fuel: 53 gal. | Water: 63 gal. | Waste: 25 gal. | Weight: 20,000 lb.

Unveiled for the first time to the U.S. market at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, the Oceanis 41.1 is a great example of a modern, midsized sailing yacht. Twin wheels, split backstays, a chine crease, and an opening transom that turns into a generous swim platform have become commonplace in recent years, and they're here on this latest from French builder Beneteau.

The cockpit is wide and ideal for socializing. The rig is easily handled with all lines leading aft. With the port and starboard sheet winches close to the two wheels for the convenience of the person driving, the boat could be single-handed without too much trouble. The foresail is self-tacking, so bringing the boat about is as simple as it gets. The mainsheet sits clear of the cockpit on top of a large arch, keeping the cockpit free of lines.

Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 salon

The Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 has a sleek European feel both on deck and below.

There are a number of options for accommodations below, depending on the owner's desire, but there's no getting away from the sleek European feel to this yacht, which is apparent as soon as one descends the companionway. A 45-hp Yanmar sits below the companionway steps, which should provide plenty of power to push the boat to hull speed when the wind fails to cooperate. Beneteau.com/us

Morris Yachts M42

Morris Yachts M42

Length: 42'3" | Beam: 11'3" | Draft: 6'11" to 5'0" depending on keel choice | Fuel: 40 gal. | Water: 50 gal. | Waste: 25 gal. | Weight: 16,250 lb.

There's a popular bumper sticker that says, "Life is too short to own an ugly boat." No one will ever call the M42 ugly. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built to order by Morris Yachts in Maine, the M42 looks elegant from any angle.

Rather than squeeze in as much accommodation as possible belowdecks, the M42 is more about spending time enjoying the surroundings as you slice through the water on this yacht. Morris refers to the M42 as a coastal cruiser. With bunks, the galley, and the head below, the M42 is set up to be sailed by a couple or even a singlehander for days or extended weekends on the water.

Morris Yachts M42 interior

The M42 has a perfect setup for singlehanders or couples alike.

All control lines, sheets, and halyards have been led under covers to control/winch pods in the cockpit, within easy reach of the helmsman, leaving the deck clear and safe. There are no stanchions or lifelines to detract from those curves, and the carbon-fiber mast and light composite construction ensure that the boat performs well, even in light airs. For dead-calm moments, the three-cylinder Yanmar saildrive fitted with a bronze folding prop will get you back to the dock. MorrisYachts.com

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Buy a power cruiser longer than 40 feet and you are likely to get some serious luxury for your money. Unlike trawlers, which may feature equally well-appointed interiors, power cruisers often have planning hulls and larger motors so if you want to get some place in a hurry these boats could be the choice for you.

Sea Ray 450 Sundancer

Sea Ray 450 Sundancer

Length: 46'8" | Beam: 14'2" | Draft: 4'0" | Fuel: 375 gal. | Water: 120 gal. | Waste: 42 gal. | Weight: 33,500 lb.

Like the Regal 53, the Sea Ray 450 Sundancer has a glass door at the rear of the saloon, with the main living spaces all on the same level. There are so many windows on the main deck that Sea Ray actually refers to this as a sunroom rather than saloon. A retractable sunroof lets in even more light and air. Power comes from a pair of Cummins 550-hp diesel engines, with the option of either V-drives or Zeus pod drives.

Sea Ray 450 Sundancer master stateroom

The Sea Ray 450 Sundancer has a full-width master and other high-end appointments such as a media room that can accommodate a 50-inch flat-screen television.

Accommodations below include a full-width master. Although Sea Ray uses darker trim woods, the interior of the boat is light thanks to large windows below that can hardly be called ports. Other features that give the boat an air of sophistication include solid surface counters in the galley and heads, glass-bowl vanities, and an optional outdoor kitchen and grill adjacent to the swim platform. Want to catch up on the game? The 450 comes with a 50-inch flat-screen TV in a dedicated media room. SeaRay.com

Regal 53 Coupe

Regal 53 Coupe

Length: 53'0" | Beam: 15'4" | Draft: 4'7" | Fuel: 450 gal. | Water: 100 gal. | Waste: 52 gal. | Weight: 36,000 lb.

The largest model in the Regal lineup, the 53 Coupe is all about entertaining and having fun on the water. Like other luxury coupe manufacturers, Regal adopted a design featuring the cockpit and saloon on one level. Large glass doors at the rear of the cabin slide out of the way, joining the saloon and cockpit into one large, seamless area — perfect for large gatherings.

Regal 53 Coupe interior

The Regal 53 Coupe has spacious accommodations as well as a transom garage with tender with electric outboard motor.

There is plenty of room below decks, and the large transom door opens up to reveal a garage replete with tender with electric outboard motor. Interior accommodations are bright and airy thanks to large hull side windows, a sliding saloon roof, and the aft glass door. The boat has two large staterooms with queen beds, with the option of adding a third cabin with bunk beds.

The large engine room with standing headroom will be appreciated by those who check and maintain the pair of 550-hp MAN diesels. Instead of conventional shafts, the engines are linked to Zeus pod drives, which save space and eliminate the need for thrusters. RegalBoats.com 

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  • Toby Hodges
  • March 14, 2024

Toby Hodges takes a look at all the nominees and the winner of the best luxury yacht category in the European Yacht of the Year Awards

The definition of the best luxury yacht will differ according to personal opinion and from boat to boat. This year’s nominees in the luxury yacht category of the European Yacht of the Year Awards proved that perfectly.

The European Yacht of the Year awards are selected by a broad panel of expert judges from across the globe. These are people who spend their professional lives sailing and comparing yachts, so you can be certain that the yachts which stand out in this field are truly the best of the best on the market.

The best luxury yachts

Best luxury yacht winner 2024 – arcona 50.

When you enter the fiercely competitive 50ft luxury performance yacht market you better get it right. And the jury felt Arcona managed that. This watershed design for the traditional Swedish brand, by X-Yachts co-founder and former designer Niels Jeppesen, is a big, contemporary new Arcona, one that sees it move away from its cruiser-racer heritage and classic interiors.

The on trend styling inside and out is backed up by a premium level of build and finish quality and sailing performance – particularly if you have the performance sails, traveller and deep (2.95m) keel options the test boat carried, although the latter does limit your berthing and anchoring options.

While I doubt it’ll be raced or will suit typical bluewater use, it offers a purity of performance push-button sailing: a handsome prospect upwind in a light breeze, it transforms into a powerful reaching machine with stacks of control.

As chairman of our jury, Jochen Rieker, puts it: “The boat certainly did not win for her somewhat borrowed looks. She wins by checking all the boxes in all other respects. Slipping along gracefully in the lightest of airs, holding her stride and her balance in more demanding conditions, offering warmth, light and this reassuring feeling of utter quality down below – there simply isn’t anything to fault.”

Contest 50CS

The Contest 50CS, for example, is an archetype luxury cruising yacht, one built to the highest standards and that could take you to most waters in impeccable comfort. This model is, uniquely, available in two versions: this more conventional 50CS with aft master cabin, or the forward owner’s suite version on the aft cockpit Contest 49CS . We ran a full test on the latter after spending two days aboard in the North Sea, where that noticeably high freeboard, which may not aid boarding nor windage, helped keep us dry on deck in a steady Force 6 gusting 7.

As the 50CS proved, this Judel/Vrolijk design keeps slipping along in the light stuff too, providing enjoyable sailing in 6 knots breeze under a code sail. The centre cockpit offers a deep protected guest area, but also links well to the spacious aft deck.

And the Wetzels-Brown-designed interiors of Contests today are stunning and hard to match. The engineering, access to usable stowage, details and finish on the 50CS is first class and to get this level of quality at this size is special.

Both Contest and X-Yachts are early adopters of hybrid power, offering their bluewater cruisers with optional electric drives. For the XC 47 this was designed-in from the start to offer Oceanvolt’s award-winning new 25kW regenerative drive.

The XC 47 is another wonderfully engineered and thought out yacht for distance cruising, in particular for those who also enjoy hands-on helming pleasure. That should come as no surprise to any X aficionados, but what really struck me most about this yacht was the stowage, and the forethought needed to create that, together with how practical it has been made.

That may sound slightly anticlimactic but ask any long-term cruiser and stowage is always a priority. On deck, this constitutes a huge lazarette and sail locker, plus clever systems for launching a dinghy via davits and a liferaft canister, while below decks every square inch of space has been used effectively, with lockers hinged with gas struts.

It’s clear the Danish yard went to considerable time and effort, even building a full mock up of the interior that could be canted 20° each way.

If the deck saloon style looks didn’t sell this model to all – this is the first full non-Jeppesen designed X – the jury were converted once they’d taken the helm. ‘Quirky’ became ‘muscular and bold’. The ease with which it can be sailed from the cockpit was also appreciated.

While I understand many offshore cruisers like a protected centre cockpit and more sun protection, the attention to detail, stowage and practicalities, combined with the direct steering, motion and enjoyable sailing this X offers make it a standout new offering.

Jeanneau Yachts 55

Meanwhile the Jeanneau Yachts 55 stands out for different, unique reasons in this category, offering a completely new concept in comfort on deck while at anchor and a novel accommodation layout. Its focus is on outdoor living space.

What helps place this in a luxury bracket is not simply the price or the creative input of superyacht specialist design duo Philppe Briand and Andrew Winch, rather that its layout creates a palatial amount of private space for the owner’s suite. Guest cabins have their own direct access from the extensive cockpit via gullwing doors.

It certainly makes sense for solo owners or couples using it as a warm water apartment. How many people this will suit is another question, as it segregates any guests, crew or children from the galley and saloon.

I used the term monocat when I first viewed it, as the 55 really does attempt to mix the two worlds, particularly in terms of providing owner privacy and lounging space. Choose the rigid hard top and windshield and there’s a vast amount of covered area including a dinette and chart table – plus a bimini can shade all that extensive aft deck too.

The penalty comes in additional weight and wetted surface, and is felt in the handling and performance, the latter particularly in lighter breeze with the optional in-mast furling, self tacking headsail and shallow draught package we had. However, it’s set up to be easily managed from the mid cockpit with good visibility from the twin helms and easy circulation thanks to the ramped side decks. Full report in YW February 2024.

Best luxury yacht 2023

Best luxury yacht winner – oyster 495.

It is hard to imagine that the decor of a yacht can change its look and feel quite this much, yet the layout of this second 495, Eddie Jordan’s dramatic looking Tuga , is in fact identical to the first boat that I spent several days aboard last summer.

At its heart is a wonderfully (Humphreys) designed and engineered luxury bluewater cruiser conceived from the ground up, built in a new dedicated facility to a repeatable quality very few yards are capable of.

The 495 offers consistent passage making speeds in real voluminous comfort – whether enjoyed from the deep cockpit or the best-in-class aft cabin. Deck stowage and mechanical space is also superb.

Then factor in the family appeal of Oyster’s after sales and world rally programme and you start to appreciate the premium world this sub 50-footer gives access to.

The first yacht fully conceived under CEO Richard Hadida’s reign, this is also the smallest completely new Oyster 495 since 2005 – and it’s a triumph. It was our September 2022 cover star in which we featured the full review from our Oyster 495 three day test .

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 60

The Oceanis Yacht 60 is a very different beast indeed to the 62 it replaces as flagship for the Beneteau range. The yard has learned plenty from the success of the First 53/OY 54 and wanted to create a 60 in this style and with the same deck layout (albeit larger and wider) and ease of circulation.

The construction experience of the smaller model clearly helped too, as this is a whopping five tonnes lighter than the bulky OY62 and with a deeper (2.6m) keel. The telling result is on the water. It feels sporty to helm and we averaged a knot slower than the single figure 6-8 knot windspeeds upwind and matched them reaching with Code 0 and a slight swell.

The vast cockpit works well, sheltered below the semi rigid bimini, it has plentiful lounging space with sailing systems led aft to the twin helms. The interior sees a 3+3 layout, where Beneteau wanted to get rid of the corridor effect of the OY62. The galley is forward to help open out space, while the forward suite with offset berth and headboard aft works well to give space with privacy.

This is an attractive, voluminous yacht that leaves a good overall impression whether under sail, on or below decks.

Ice 62 Targa

It all looks pretty funky below decks on the Ice 62 Targa too, especially if you’re watching the masthead fore and aft cameras (plus bow and prop cam) on central displays mounted in the saloon while you slip out of the dock! The Ice is a seriously impressive, contemporary yacht, one that in looks, performance and execution, won over many of the judges.

The first to launch is a highly customised project for a passionate sailing owner who covers long distances solo – he’d already sailed it 3,000 miles around the Med that autumn. It’s impressively stiff, sails handsomely and, thanks to a telescopic keel, points well. We matched single figure windspeeds, and clocked up to the high 9s in 12 knots wind.

Umberto Felci’s team spent 4,000 hours on the design, providing lots of space and light to the interior and a chillout zone in the semi raised saloon. This was easily the coolest looking yacht, with its aggressive reverse bow, chamfered gunwales and carbon T-top bimini, and all engineered and built to a high standard.

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  • By Cruising World Staff
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Catalina 275 Sport

catalina 275 sport

“This is a complete package; it’s a good sailing boat and well-thought-out. It’s definitely ready for prime time,” says Boat of the Year judge Ed Sherman. Click here to read why the Catalina 275 Sport won Best Pocket Cruiser in 2014.

Beneteau First 30

beneteau first 30

As they approached the First 30 to conduct their dockside evaluation during the boat show, the BOTY judges may have been just a little skeptical of this performance-oriented 30-footer’s cruisability. But that skepticism turned into appreciation as soon as they stepped below, and they were downright enamored with how the boat sailed. Click here to read why the Beneteau First 30 won Best Small Cruiser, 20 feet and Under in 2011.

presto 30

The Presto 30 is an innovative, well-built, good looking cruising boat that satisfied its stated design brief as well as any other boat the judges looked at, though it’s not what you might expect from an average cruising boat. Cruising World judges also noted that this easy-to-handle boat may attract new sailors to the sport so they can learn the ropes and then trade up to another model, an approach that’s important to the health of the entire industry. Click here to read how the Presto 30 won the Cruising Spirit Award in 2011.

Catalina 309

catalina 309

“I think that for the purpose it was put on the water, to be able to walk down, jump aboard, and simply go enjoy it on a weekend, the boat not only hit the price in terms of value but also hit the mark in terms of use,” remarked judge Alvah Simon, a world voyager. Click to read why the Catalina 309 won Domestic Boat of the Year for 2007 .

j/95 boat

The J/95’s retractable centerboard and dual rudders make it possible to sail in just 3 feet of water. During our dockside visit, designer Rod Johnstone told us that he wanted to build a comfortable coastal cruiser that could keep people sailing by providing “high performance in shallow water,” and the J/95 did exactly what Rod said it would. Click here to read how it won Best Weekender and Domestic Boat of the Year for 2010.

Catalina 315

catalina 315

This nifty pocket cruiser raises the Catalina quality bar with more comfort and better performance. It’s the little things that make this boat special, including the tall rig, the wide cockpit, the large anchor locker, the sprit for the asymmetric kite, and the clever use of space below. Click here to read how the Catalina 315 won Best Inshore Cruiser for 2013.

delphia 33

The Delphia 33 is a boat that’s maximized every inch of available space, and the overall fit and finish, from the joiner work to the systems installation to the structural integrity of the boat, is well done. Click here to read why the Delphia 33 won Import Boat of the Year in 2008.

hunter e33

“With this introductory cruiser, Hunter is trying to bring people up through its ranks and into cruising from trailer-sailers and smaller boats,” said Alvah Simon. “And the company has done that with a 33-footer that has quality and affordability but is still manageable and unintimidating.” Click here to read why the Hunter e33 won Best Compact Cruiser for 2012.

C&C 101

cc 101 yacht

The 33-foot C&C 101 boasts thoroughly modern lines and a nice turn of speed but also features a fine layout belowdecks, with cherry furniture and a teak cabin sole. Click here to read why the C&C 101 won Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Performance Cruiser in 2013.

x34 yacht

This dual-purpose cruiser is both easy to handle and zippy on the racecourse. Click here to read why the X-34 won Best Racer-Cruiser for 2009.

Beneteau 34

beneteau 34 yacht

This affordable performance cruiser is a blast to sail, with details often lacking on more expensive boats. Click here to read a boat review of the Beneteau 34. Click here to read why the Beneteau 34 won the award for Best Value in 2009.

Tartan 3400

tartan 3400 yacht

The Tartan 3400, with double cabins fore and aft, was still sufficiently nimble and distinctive to cop the 2006 Boat of the Year award for Best Production Cruiser from 31 to 36 Feet. Click here to read more.

najad 355 yacht

The BOTY judges found lots on which to agree as they proclaimed the Najad 355 to be the Best Small Cruiser of 2008: great sails, solid motion through the water, practical interior, well-laid-out deck. Click here to read more.

Catalina 355

catalina 355 yacht

Two themes—consideration and principles—epitomize the Catalina 355. Click here to read why it won Domestic Boat of the Year in 2011.

Sabre Spirit

sabre spirit yacht

Andrew Burton found the 36-foot Sabre Spirit boat not only easily handled and fast but also a sheer delight to sail; no wonder it won the Judges’ Choice Award in Cruising World’s 2008 Boat of the Year contest. Click here to read more .

Island Packet Estero

island packet estero yacht

Comfortable surroundings are easily driven by a fully self-tending and roller-furling rig on the 36-foot Island Packet Estero. Click here to read why it won Best Midsize Cruiser Under 40 feet in 2010.

Hallberg-Rassy 37

hallberg-rassy 37 yacht

Like the Swedes who manufacture it, the Hallberg-Rassy 37 is a hardy sailer. The boat’s seakindly performance gives the assurance that it can take you anywhere, and once you get aboard, that’s exactly where you’ll want to go. Click here to read why it won Import Boat of the Year in 2006.

Malö 37 Classic

malo 37 classic

This purpose-built craft is a dream to steer and a delight to the eyes. Click here to read how it won Import Boat of the Year for 2009. Click here to read a full boat review.

Catalina 375

catalina 375

Solid construction and thoughtful amenities make life onboard this boat more comfortable. Click here to read why the Catalina 375 won Best All-Purpose Cruiser, 30 to 40 Feet in 2009.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379

jeanneau sun odyssey 379 yacht

This midsize offering from Jeanneau has a modern look and is ready for sea. Click here to read why it won Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Midsize Cruiser for 2012.

dehler 38

“This very responsive sailboat scoots along quite nicely, I think as well as anything we sailed in this fleet,” says Boat of the Year judge Mark Schrader. Click here to read why the Dehler 38 won Best Cruising Sailboat Under 38 Feet in 2014.

hunter 38

Better-than-expected performance, good design ideas, and follow-through in their execution led to the Hunter 38 winning Best Production Cruiser Under 40 feet for 2005. Click here to read more.

leopard 38

Who says a cruising cat under 40 feet isn’t big enough for comfortable accommodations? The 38’s hulls are narrow where they meet the water for performance purposes but flare out to create ample interior space. Click here to read why the Leopard 38 won Import Boat of the Year in 2010.

Seawind 1160

seawind 1160

This 38-foot cat will appeal to cruisers who want a well-built boat that can sail away in a hurry. Click here to read why the Seawind 1160 won Best Multihull Cruiser and Most Innovative Boat for 2007.

sabre 386

“The company is mixing traditional aesthetics with modern gear–from the carbon rudder to tweakers on the jib tracks, and it works really well,” said Boat of the Year judge Steve Callahan of the Sabre 386. Click here to read why it was named Domestic Boat of the Year for 2005.

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Jefferson Rivanna 50 SDMY

On the mark.

2013 50' Sea Ray-510 Sundancer Thunderbolt, GA, US

Sea Ray 510 Sundancer

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