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What is a Cruiser?


Chez Nous Bound for Sea

Tom's Chez Nous bound for sea.

— Published: July 2015

There's been a lot said in boating publications about cruising. At first we all knew what we were talking and reading about. And when you said you were a cruiser, boaters had a pretty good idea of what you meant. More importantly, so did you. Now the definition of the word has expanded. And that's good.

In the old days you had to be in a double ended boat that could only make about 3 knots in a gale, carried enough water for a monthly sponge bath from a teacup and enough fuel to run the engine for about half a day ... if it had an engine. In other words, to be a "cruiser," you had to be incredibly tough and you had to be happy living like a Spartan. It was pure and simple and your identity was secure. But as time went on that began to change and you had to define yourself more carefully.

The boats morphed into fast sailing machines. These boats had big tanks, big screen TV sets, queen sized beds, plush carpeting and big motors that could push them as fast as they could sail. Then people began to realize that it wasn't really necessary for a cruising boat to have that sail, unless maybe for "steadying." People began to cruise all over the world in, of all things, motor boats. What was the world coming to?

But during all this morphing, we kept running into good cruising folks who were widely considered to be the "real" cruisers. One who always stands out in my mind is Alvah Simon who, in addition to other amazing feats, deliberately froze his steel boat into the Arctic ice for a winter. He's one of the tough-in-extremis types. He survived in style (his style), spending much of his time coaxing polar bears away from his boat without hurting them and having an occasional celebration with Jack Daniels who was there in spirit only. I'll never forget eating lunch with Alvah once and talking about how the Jack Daniels bottles contrasted against the white snow. I always admired Alvah and others like him, but I didn't fit into that group and knew that I never could.

And all along there have been those who considered "cruising" to mean "traveling long distances in a boat with great difficulty", like going around the world without a motor. Some did it because they were too pure to even have one aboard. Some did it because even though they started out with one they couldn't fix it the first time it broke down. There were also those who did repair everything that broke or tore and those that didn't repair anything that broke or tore ... both bragging about it. There were many different opinions voiced of what "real" cruising really was.

Sometimes I think that the ultimate mantra of "real" cruising has been the rejection of the marine head. Some of the "true blue" cruisers never used the head even though they had one, preferring to use the "over the side" even if bullets were flying their way, sent along by irate citizenry ashore. These folks seem exceptionally proud of their lifestyle and when they call themselves cruisers you don't argue.

Although I've been a cruiser most of my life, I don't fit into many of these definitions of cruising. And I know that if I call myself a cruiser I must explain because I don't want people to think I'm that tough. If people think you're tougher than you are it could get you into big trouble. My status as a wimp cruiser must remain secure.

Unlike the true cruisers, I love my motor. I don't like storms, and I've known a few. I do like being somewhat clean, even to the point of taking a shower once a day. I don't like being cold. I don't like being uncomfortable. I don't want to sail around the world because I'm afraid I might fall off (the boat). And I'd hate to think that people think I don't use heads. So over the years I've created a self image of my type of cruising. I don't share it here because I figure that nobody else really cares and, come to think of it, I'm not sure what it is. But I've resolved many of these cruising identity issues and finally I began to feel pretty good about myself.

New Concepts

But not too long ago I came across yet another concept of cruising that has once again kicked my personal angst meter up a couple of notches. You've probably known about this all along, but remember, for many years, I've been in the protected world of floating about on a boat. I learned about this in a bar in a hotel where my wife and I were staying while on a land trip.

A rather beefy gentleman was also in attendance and enjoying the beverages while he earnestly engaged in talking with every lady around; never mind that the conversations were one-sided and usually that one side was to the back side of the heads of said ladies.

I was wearing one of my old "Cruising World" shirts. I used to be Editor at Large for that magazine and wrote the "On Watch" column and other projects for many years. They gave us lots of great shirts. The gentleman who kept striking out with the ladies suddenly stared in my direction in the mirror, his florid face indicating curiosity and interest. Then slowly but deliberately he swiveled his head toward me and turned to talk.

"I'm a cruiser too," he announced.

I like to talk about boats and cruising and I was bored so I innocently opened up. "Yeah, I've lived aboard since the ‘70s and travelled thousands of miles on my boat. Can't wait to get back to her."

He looked at me strangely, tottered a little on his barstool, squinted hard at the logo on my shirt, stared at me like I was some kind of a fruit cake from Mars and turned his back to me as a new lady entered the stage. This gave my wife the opportunity to explain to me that "Cruiser" meant different things to different people, and, more to the point, it often meant hanging out in bars trying to pick up people, for reasons I'll leave to your imagination, which I am sure is more fertile and less naïve than mine. Since then, I've given all this some thought and come to the realization that I'd better be even more careful when I call myself a cruiser. When you call yourself one you can't be sure what they think you're doing in your spare time.

Tom's Tips About Doing It Your Way

  • Don't let the preconceived notions of others stop you from having fun cruising your way.
  • Snobbery as to which way of boating and cruising is "better" or "more pure" or more macho is way out of place on and around the water.
  • If you get into trouble on the water you'll probably quickly see how the boating community is indeed a community. We're all in it together when we're on the water. And it's a good feeling.
  • Cruising can cover boats ranging from canoes to ships. It can be power or sail or both. It can be to far distances or just up the creek.
  • You can find in the archives of these columns many very practical suggestions about how to make your boat suitable for "cruising" the way you want to cruise. See, for example,

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  • Oct 19, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Cruisers

By: Captain Bill Jennings

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When a person buys a boat today, he or she must first decide the "type" of boat that most interests them. With the many specialized categories of boats currently available this is not as simple as it may seem. The more a boat is designed to fit into a specific category, the less efficiently it will work in a different category. To help boaters navigate through the realities of boat types, I am presenting a series of unsponsored advertisement-free articles that reveal some of the unmarketed characteristics of different boat types. Revealing these facts can help you, the boat buyer, select a boat type that matches your needs. In this article, we look at cruisers .

The first step in discussing cruiser applications is to be clear on the definition of this type of boat. The non-military definition of 'cruiser' is:

A boat capable of being used to both transport and provide comfortable sheltered accommodations for at least two people. A cruiser is larger than a 'walkaround,' but smaller than a full blown 'yacht.' We note that sailors would define 'yacht' as a boat with a sail, but for our discussion, I limit the definition to power-only vessels. Cruisers fall within a length range of 28 to 40 feet.

When you consider that a well equipped cruiser provides safe water transit while offering creature comforts such as weather protection, beds, galley, dining facilities, toilet, shower, television, air conditioning, and a lounge area -- they are a highly versatile boat type. Many couples and small families enjoy 24 hours a day on their cruiser, and travel to interesting destinations.

Only when we look more closely, do we begin to see the weak points that are found in some cruisers. Most of these concerns are related to their size. When designers try to replicate the amenities of a 55 foot yacht into a 30-something floorplan, it is only logical that things are going to get a bit crowded. For example, tall people will notice a shortage of headroom in all but the largest of cruisers. The limited space is also reflected in the seating capacity, which becomes more noticeable as guests arrive. On smaller cruisers, taking a shower can be an elbow thumping experience, and don't drop the soap. Without air conditioning, it can be too stuffy to sleep in the small berth and unless your cruiser is large enough to have a generator, you will need to run your electrical requirements off engine power or the battery. The addition of yacht-like features makes cruisers heavier than other boats of equivalent length, and heavier boats call for more horsepower. This translates to higher fuel consumption. Cruisers are usually kept in the water so you may also incur slip fees. A final critique of some cruiser models is their limited access to the foredeck. Small cruisers may have you climb through the windshield and even larger ones provide the narrowest of gunwales. This means that foredeck access can necessitate some fancy dancing by your crew as you approach a dock.

But this list of concerns can seem like minor speed bumps when you consider the enjoyment of the yachting lifestyle that cruiser boats can provide. But, you need to work through your acquisition process very carefully because small differences in length and amenities added coincide directly with huge differences in price. Yes, the larger the cruiser the more you will enjoy cruiser comforts, but because cruiser prices can jump higher per foot than most other boats your first step in purchasing is to determine a budget. Allow sufficient funds to add some of the cruiser options that you want. This budget process will give you a cruiser length with which to go cruiser shopping.

Cruisers in the 26 to 30 foot range with single engines, can generally be had for between $125k and $175k, but while towable they will still have most of the unloving characteristics noted above.

Your next level of cruisers are those in the 31 to 38 foot range that typically carry price tags over $350k. Cruisers of this size will have twin power to make docking easier. Adults will enjoy a more comfortable night's sleep in full sized double berths, and you will find features like a cockpit grill and opening skylights in the cabin. Full sinks and refrigerators become standard in the galley. Look for the cruisers with asymmetrical catwalks from the stern to the foredeck so at least one side of your boat provides safe passage. Cruisers in this price range are perfect for a weekend getaway.

If you move up to the top of the cruiser category, 38 feet and above, you leave most of the cruiser negatives in your wash. The line between cruisers and yachts becomes blurred, with only the price point being a possible negative --- around $600 to $900k. Cruisers of this size offer the interior space and amenities to satisfy the most particular owners. Retractable sunroofs and walkthrough access to the foredeck are common. You'll find private staterooms and even two private heads. There is open and comfortable space for socializing and often a hydraulic swim platform to carry a dingy or PWC.

No matter what cruiser size you target, in order for your boat to open up more space I would recommend specifying engines that are outside the boat by going with outboard power . This could mean twin 200 HP engines on the smaller cruisers and up to four 400 HP engines on the larger ones. Your dealer will give you horsepower recommendations based upon your speed expectations.

Here is another important cruiser buying tip: there is no shame in buying a used cruiser . Actually, most cruiser purchases are pre-owned so if your budget is short on obtaining the length you want, buying a used cruiser could be your answer.

To add some specifics, here are my 'consideration' ratings on cruisers.

Life Expectancy : Excellent. Generally speaking, a cruiser is used less than a general runabout or large bowrider. With less hours, they tend to remain in good condition longer. Even ones that are used regularly are often kept in a covered boathouse, or on a lift. The major manufacturers of cruiser boats are usually more experienced craftsmen than those for small boats, therefore cruisers are usually well built to begin with.

Storage: Depends. Great for two people, but in the small cruisers there is barely enough for four. There is just not enough square footage to build large cabinets and lockers, but having that cabin to shelter items can be most welcome.

Off-Season Storage : Tricky. For many boaters, their cruiser is their summer cottage. Preparing your boat for winter is more difficult than folding up a family tent. Consideration must be given to the number of cruiser features present and their ability to winter safely.

Ride Comfort : Better than average. A cruiser will weigh more than an average boat of the same length. That added weight delivers a more solid ride that is less impacted by choppy water. Just don't leave breakables on the galley counter.

Capacity : Depends. Both actual seating available and the feeling of spaciousness will totally depend on the size of your cruiser. If you are claustrophobic or tall, you had better be prepared to buy one of the larger cruisers.

Towability : Limited. Thirty feet is considered the largest cruiser you would want to tow.

Cost : Average. There are a good number of cruiser manufacturers in business, so between different lengths and differing qualities/amenities you should be able to find a cruiser to match your budget. The used market is also generally plentiful with cruiser style boats.

Maintenance: Tricky. Maintenance on a cruiser can be a handful. This is because they can have similar amenities to a full sized yacht, but because the workings are contained within smaller spaces it is more difficult to access and repair them.

Bottom Line: A boat in the cruiser category is perfect for an existing boater who is ready to do some exploring. You may want to travel through different waterways, check out some popular boating destinations, or just get away for weekends. I believe that some 'doll house' cruisers can lead to frustrations, so select a size that will provide the transportation and space you need. Once you know what cruiser will work for you, it's just a matter of waiting until the right cruiser shows up for you to purchase. #tips #boattypes #cruisers

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By Jeff Hemmel | July 2023

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The roots of Cruisers Yachts date back to 1904 and the Thompson Bros. Boat Manufacturing Company. Builders of iconic lapstrake boats, by the 1950s a second generation of the Thompson family would begin building outboard-powered, wood lapstrake cabin cruisers under the Cruisers Inc. name. Cruisers saw multiple owners over the ensuing decades, before developing the first of their modern yacht lineup, the 48 Cantius , in 2011. Defined by its premium comfort and livability, the Cantius series would ultimately expand to boats from 34’ – 60’ . The GLS line, designed with an eye toward excitement and performance, would be added in 2019 and do likewise, and now includes models from 34’ – 50’ . In 2021, MarineMax acquired the company to add premium, American-built yachts to its portfolio. Today, Cruisers Yachts continues to be built in the brand’s original home state of Wisconsin by a knowledgeable workforce, some of whom are fourth-generation boatbuilders.

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Cruisers Yachts are divided into two distinct series, the luxurious and spacious 34’ – 60’ Cantius lineup and the sporty and aggressive 34’ – 50’ GLS models.

Types of Cruisers Yachts

Cruisers Yachts produces two distinct lines, Cantius express cruisers and flybridge model from 34’ – 60’ and GLS dayboats from 34’ – 50’.

  • A mix of inboard , sterndrive and outboard-powered express cruisers from 39’ – 60’, the Cantius series includes the 60 Cantius , 60 Fly , 50 Cantius , 46 Cantius , 42 Cantius and 39 Express Coupe .
  • Upper salons equipped with large windows for open feel, retractable sunroof, comfortable seating and access to helm, galley and dinette or, on larger models, formal dining area.
  • Modern, spacious galleys feature single or dual sinks, microwave/convection oven, flatscreen TV and refrigerator/freezer.
  • Cockpits include convertible seating, removable tables, available grille , refrigerator and bar stools.
  • Below-deck accommodations include both queen-berth Master and king-berth VIP staterooms , with private head compartments. Larger models offer a third stateroom.
  • Open-air bow lounges offer reclining sun lounges , wood table and cupholders.
  • 60 Flybridge adds piloting station along with open-air entertainment area with expansive views, an overhead hardtop, and a built-in grill and wet bar.
  • 39 EC features walk around access to bow deck ; relaxing aft deck; galley with sink, fridge, electric stovetop and microwave/convention oven; master stateroom with double-berth, portside settee, spacious head compartment; lower salon with convertible dinette.
  • Power options, depending on model, include Volvo Penta gas or diesel inboard engines , Volvo Penta gas or diesel IPS , Volvo Penta or MerCruiser gasoline sterndrives , and MerCruiser gasoline outboards .
  • Ideal for cruising , overnighting , and entertaining .
  • A collection of both outboard and sterndrive-powered dayboats from 34’ – 50’, GLS models include the 50 GLS , 42 GLS OB , 42 GLS I/O , 38 GLS OB , 38 GLS I/O , 34 GLS OB , and 34 GLS I/O .
  • Well-equipped helms include twin-to-triple Simrad touchscreen displays , joystick piloting control, and modern aesthetics. Larger models offer double-wide companion chairs with storage or an optional ice-maker below.
  • Cockpit amenities include fold-down bulwarks/beach doors for convenient water access , increased cockpit space, and an open feel.
  • Cockpit galleys feature sink, refrigerator, storage, available grill and TV options, and raised wet bar with swivel bar stools.
  • Forward and aft staterooms , along with convertible dinettes, and head compartments with sink, toilet and standing shower .
  • Bow seating accessed via port walk-thru, converts to large sunpad with available foredeck shade.
  • Available power options include triple Mercury Verado 600 s on the flagship 50 GLS, and the choice of either gas or diesel sterndrive pairings from both Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine , or Mercury outboards , on remaining models, all with joystick piloting.

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Find the answers to frequently asked questions about Cruisers Yachts, including the types of boats Cruisers makes, where they’re produced and how to find a Cruisers Yachts boat that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Cruisers Yachts offerings are divided into the Cantius and GLS series. Cantius models are known for their exceptional interior volume and include the 60 Fly , 60 Cantius , 50 Cantius , 46 Cantius , 42 Cantius, and 39 EC . GLS models target the midrange, luxury yacht market with fast, agile models including the 50 GLS , 42 GLS OB , 42 GLS I/O , 38 GLS OB , 38 GLS I/O , 34 GLS OB , and 34 GLS I/O .

Cruisers Yachts are built in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

Cruisers Yachts use a variety of engines depending on the application, including Volvo Penta Inboards , Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS), MerCruiser and Volvo Penta sterndrives , and Mercury Marine outboard motors .

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Like any boat, basic maintenance, including washing and waxing the fiberglass hull, keeping compartments clean and dry, and cleaning and using protectant on vinyl surfaces will keep a Cruisers Yacht looking and performing like new for years to come. Boats left in the water should have hulls cleaned yearly to remove marine growth; anti-fouling paint on submerged areas of the hull should also be applied. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, including yearly engine service, to ensure reliable, safe operation. Factory-recommended service should be performed at an authorized Cruisers Yachts dealer.

All models produced by Cruisers Yachts can be used for family outings and overnights .

Cantius models stand out for their emphasis on comfort and space , and include multiple cabins, full-featured head compartments, and galley amenities including sinks, prep space, multiple cooking appliances, and refrigerators.

Though GLS models place more of an emphasis on performance, they also include multiple cabin options , head compartments and galleys, all of which combine for comfortable days and nights on the water with family or friends.

MarineMax, one of the largest and most recognizable retailers in the marine industry, acquired Cruisers Yachts in 2021 to fill a gap in their existing brand lineup. Cruisers Yachts will maintain its existing dealer network and be offered in select MarineMax locations.

Cruisers Yachts are available in the United States, Canada, and multiple international locations. Find your nearest Cruisers Yachts dealer here . 

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Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS Reviewed

  • By Chris Caswell
  • September 28, 2023

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

When I reviewed the Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS two years ago, I decided that GLS must mean “great little ship.” With the 50 GLS flagship, I know it means “greater little ship.”

It actually means Grand Luxury Sport, which is also an apt description of the Cruisers GLS “adventuring” series. Cruisers, now owned by MarineMax, has paid attention to how we use our boats. The 50 GLS is a bowrider on steroids, an express cruiser with entertaining ambitions, an overnighter with comfort and a performance boat (49.6 knots) with the oomph to yank skiers or tubers with aplomb.

The 50 GLS is powered by three 600 hp Mercury Verado V-12 outboards . When I put the hammer down from idle, I was literally shoved back into the comfy, Ultraleather helm seat. And the yacht has fold-down terraces (Cruisers calls them beach doors) on each side of the cockpit, whose beam expands from 14 feet, 6 inches to more than 21 feet. That’s about the beam of many 95-foot yachts. The combination—with the outboard engines being out of the way on the transom—creates a cockpit that feels like a ballroom filled with dining and seating options.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

This is also a good-looking yacht, with a black slash on the topsides to conceal the windows, and a windshield that rakes steeply into the sleek hardtop with a sunroof. For passengers boarding from dockside, the transom platform is wide and one level to the cockpit. That transom on the 50 GLS that I got aboard had a pair of Kenyon grills (one is standard). This positioning means smoke from charred steak won’t intrude into the cockpit. Just forward of the barbecue is a forward-facing settee with twin removable tables for dining or cocktails.

In the forward corner of the cockpit are an L-shaped counter, dual Isotherm fridges, an ice maker and a sink. Opposite this space—on an 8-inch raised platform—is another dining table, this one facing a 55-inch pop-up TV.

A secure walkway to port leads to the bow, which has three seats with headrests and an electric table that rises for cocktails or meals on the hook. This cockpit is deep (40 inches) and safe for kids. A cooler with a chiller plate (read no ice needed) is tucked under a seat.

At the helm is an intuitive dashboard with three 19-inch Simrad monitors and a joystick linked to the Side-Power bow thruster. We used that Mercury JPO joystick to make painless work of a normally tough situation: a fierce side wind, a strong current and a skinny dock. Dock-watchers hoping for a Sunday afternoon show will be disappointed.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

And the 50 GLS is about more than alfresco living. A sliding hatch (with a screen) leads into a bright cabin with overhead and side windows. A counter holds a microwave and a fridge for morning coffee and warm croissants without having to leave the cabin.

Forward is a stateroom, with a wider-than-queen berth, hanging lockers and privacy from French doors. Headroom is a surprising 6 feet, 8 inches, which adds to the airy feeling. Just aft and to starboard is the head, with a separate stall shower that is also oversize: 4 feet by nearly 3 feet.

Another stateroom is tucked under the cockpit with a pair of berths that can be configured as seats or as a “playpen,” with a TV on the bulkhead. This space is perfect for an afternoon nap for kids, and it’s comfortable (I stretched out with no problem) for adult overnighters, though it won’t encourage them to linger.

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Underway, the 50 GLS is simply great fun. Hammer down, it came up fast and flat, regardless of whether we were using no tabs or letting the auto-tab system think for us. The boat topped out at 49.6 knots. For a 50-footer weighing some 19 tons, going 85 feet per second is impressive.

Even better, the 50 GLS felt solid, and I had a chance to check out the bottom before it hit the water. There are two full-length strakes below the waterline. Our result was a soft ride through a 2-to-3-foot wake when we circled back at full throttle. The spray was thrown far to the side, thanks to wide chine flats. This yacht begged to be treated like a 20-foot bowrider. We carved some swoops just for fun.

Those swoops were accomplished in silence too. My decibel meter read just 58 at idle (65 dBs is the level of normal conversation), and it got no higher than 85 at full throttle. The federal government’s safety agency says that’s the noise level of a vacuum cleaner.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

The 50 GLS I got aboard had a Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer (we didn’t need it) and a 16 kW Kohler genset to provide air conditioning all day at anchor or at the sandbar. This equipage was under a hatch in the cockpit. Access via a ladder was outstanding, with room left to stow all the gear, from fenders to inflatable toys.

Everything said and done, the Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS is an on-the-water delight: fast and fun with varied entertaining spaces, thoughtful luxuries and the facilities for comfortable overnighting. This yacht truly is a greater little ship.

Major Power

Mercury’s V-12, 7.6-liter engine is revolutionary because the lower-unit gear case is steerable. A two-speed transmission provides torque in first gear and efficiency in second, and the dual-prop design provides solid bite, even in hard turns.

Catching Air

The 50 GLS has power-operated “vent windows” like those on older cars, providing a steady flow of controllable air. Electric side windows add to the breeze, as does the opening sunroof in the hardtop. Opening ports in the staterooms are another fresh-air plus.

Built Right

Cruisers Yachts uses a mix of modern and traditional methods in the 50 GLS, including hand-laid and resin-infused fiberglass for specific areas. The stringer grid that supports the interior components is wood-free with all-foam coring for a long-life, no-rot hull.

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Racer or cruiser?

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What boat will best fit your needs? Rupert Holmes analyses the pros and cons of a variety of different yacht types

Racer or Cruiser

In theory a cruiser-racer is a dual purpose boat, which you can both race competitively and use for cruising, whether family weekends, that dream Atlantic crossing, or short jaunts on the French coast after an offshore race. For many people this sounds like the ideal compromise – and for some that’s undoubtedly the case – however often the reality doesn’t match the expectation.

Granted, many cruiser-racers make ideal cruising boats – in particular they are more rewarding and more fun to sail than many high-volume out-and-out cruisers. They also tend to be fitted  with quality deck gear that gives a lot more control over sail shape – decent backstay tensioners and mainsheet travellers, for example – so they are responsive to being tweaked by knowledgeable crew.

Cruising passage times can be very respectable, while other owners can  point to a string of podium results at major regattas and offshore races.

The trouble is that these are generally different people – very few owners use such a boat for both purposes.

And if your main interest is racing, it’s a bit like taking a VW Golf for a spin round a racetrack – good fun for sure, but not a patch on driving a race-engineered car. Similarly, there’s much to be said for racing a boat that’s optimised for the purpose.

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Full-on raceboats

These offer full-on high adrenaline sailing in a boat that will fly downwind in a blow. And surely when you’re racing the whole point is to sail fast? Designers have been producing raceboats as small as 30ft that can top 20 knots downwind in a good breeze for more than a decade and a half – so why opt for one that will struggle to get into double figures in flat water?

Answers to this question may lie in the constraints owners had to live with in the past, when today’s owners  may well have been getting their first experiences crewing racing yachts. In the days when the design of raceboats was evolving rapidly – 20 years or more ago – the high depreciation of an all-out raceboat was a significant deterrent to all but the wealthiest owners. With a three-year old vessel having little or no hope of achieving a podium result at a major event, most new boat buyers understandably  considered it vital their boat would need to appeal to the second-hand market as a performance cruiser when the time came to sell it.

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However this is no longer the case – one of the successes of IRC as a rating system is that it has allowed designers to create boats that handle well and sail fast, without a need to find esoteric loopholes in the rule in order to gain a rating advantage.

Another reason often cited for racing a cruiser-racer is that they have better IRC ratings than out-and-out raceboats. While it’s certainly true that in the past some of the latter have appeared to be penalised by IRC – allcarbon hulls being an obvious example – the enduring success of the system is a reflection of the fair treatment it appears to give to a very wide range of vessels. It does however, remain true that a boat that’s entirely stripped out – without even galley or heads – will certainly not rate as well as one that has these conveniences, while adding further comforts can give an additional marginal advantage.

Therefore there are now many production or semi-production raceboats that are very fast, yet rate well and have excellent resale values.

Dragging two spare bedrooms around the racecourse is no longer a necessity of minimising the impact of running a racing programme on an owner’s already stretched wallet.

Of course, you’ll never get to go cruising with the family on an all-out raceboat. But don’t worry too much – as noted earlier very few keen racers with a cruiser-racer use it for family cruising – even if that was the original intention.

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Out and out cruisers

Generations of sailors have grown up with the notion that it’s best to buy the biggest boat you can afford. But in real terms boats have become much cheaper – 40 years ago the (now modest) 26ft Westerly Centaur cost as much as a house, but now a figure in the same ballpark as the average home can get a 45-footer offering accommodation that would compare favourably with the smartest of city apartments.

In many ways the appeal of this amount of living space is clearly understandable, but even if you have no intention of racing the boat do you really want to drag that much bulk and weight around if you don’t need to? The drawbacks are that such a boat tends to be less responsive, slower on all points of sail, especially to windward, and less easy to manoeuvre in a tight space.

It’s therefore easy to be dismissive of high-volume out-and-out cruising designs, saying that for anyone who really enjoys sailing, the only reason for buying one is that you really do need all of that room. However, that doesn’t explain why people who frequently feature in the pages of this magazine – Ian Walker, skipper of ‘Abu Dhabi’ in the current Volvo Ocean Race, for example – are from  time to time seen on such boats – and appear to enjoy the experience.

The other type of out-and-out cruising designs tend to be higher end boats conceived for serious cruising – often, but by no means always, coming from Scandinavian yards. X-Yachts’ XC series fits this description perfectly – they are boats that are fundamentally designed to be rewarding to sail, but the design is optimised for a different purpose to the yard’s XP performance cruiser line.

Another consideration is a classic boat – few can fail to be captivated by the charm of a nicely kept wooden yacht. Therefore, even despite the additional maintenance required, it’s perhaps no surprise that a good number of sailors with racing roots have succumbed to the temptation.

These include Whitbread Round the World Race and America’s Cup veteran, Craig Nutter who has an immaculate Harrison Butler, and Paralympic sailing coach Mark Rushall, who has a similarly flawless Honeybee 28 dating from the 1960s.

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Making a decision

By necessity, we’ve grouped a very wide range of yachts into just three categories, when in reality there’s a continuum and the distinctions are somewhat blurred. Some cruiser-racers are really very racy with few comforts, while others are very comfortably appointed, even if somewhat lighter and leaner than an out-and-out cruiser.

It’s very much a case of ‘horses for courses’ – make sure the boat you buy is tailored to the use it will get.

But remember, very few boats end up genuinely being used for multiple purposes – if that’s your plan it’s worth considering buying a share in more than one vessel, so that each is matched to its intended purpose.

Done properly, this works for many people – there are plenty of examples of friends and acquaintances that successfully share raceboats, as well as a wide variety of cruisers that are run in a similar way. With a one-third share in two different boats you’re likely to get to sail just as much as if you owned one of them outright, but with less outlay and more flexibility.

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What’s the Difference Between Yacht and Cruise? (What You Need To Know)

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When deciding on a vacation getaway, it can be difficult to decide between a yacht and a cruise.

From the cost to the amenities to the privacy and types of activities, there are a variety of factors to consider when making your decision.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what the differences are between a yacht and a cruise, and the pros and cons of each.

You’ll be sure to find the perfect vacation getaway with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Short Answer

Yachts are smaller, private vessels that are designed for luxury leisure and recreational activities, such as sailing and fishing.

Cruises are large, commercial ships that are designed to transport passengers on longer voyages and are often used for leisure activities like sightseeing and entertainment.

Yachts typically have a smaller crew and guests, while cruise ships have a larger crew and can accommodate hundreds of passengers.

Additionally, yachts are more expensive to rent or own, whereas cruises are more affordable for the average traveler.

Definition of Yacht

A yacht is a recreational boat or vessel that is typically used for luxury and leisure.

It is usually privately owned and used for a variety of activities.

Yachts come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from smaller vessels designed for fishing and day trips to larger boats for hosting events and overnight stays.

Yachts are typically more expensive than cruises because they offer fewer amenities and more privacy.

They are often used for private sailing trips, fishing trips, or for hosting special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Many yachts are even equipped with amenities such as hot tubs, bars, and water slides.

Yachts are also an ideal choice for those looking for a more intimate experience, as they are often not filled to capacity.

Definition of Cruise

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Cruises are large ships that are designed for commercial purposes, such as vacation and sightseeing trips.

They are usually rented out by companies that specialize in providing trips such as these.

Cruises usually have multiple stops along the way, allowing passengers to explore different cities or countries as they travel.

Cruises are typically more affordable than yachts and have more amenities, such as restaurants, clubs, casinos, lounges, and more.

They also tend to be much larger than yachts, allowing them to accommodate more people and activities.

Passengers on cruises may also have the option to participate in organized activities and excursions, such as snorkeling, sightseeing, and more.

Cost Comparison

When comparing the cost of yachts and cruises, it’s important to consider the size and amenities of each.

Yachts tend to be more expensive than cruises, as they are typically smaller and offer fewer amenities.

Yachts are often rented for private sailing trips, fishing, or for hosting events, and the cost of renting a yacht can depend on the size, type, and amenities of the vessel.

On the other hand, cruises are larger ships that are designed for commercial purposes, such as vacation and sightseeing trips.

Cruises are generally less expensive than yachts, as they are often filled to capacity and offer a range of amenities and activities.

In addition, many cruises offer package deals that can save money and make the cost of the trip more affordable.

Amenities Comparison

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When it comes to amenities, there are some key differences between yachts and cruise ships.

Yachts tend to offer fewer amenities but provide more privacy than cruises.

Yachts typically have one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area, while cruises typically have larger bedrooms, multiple dining options, and a variety of entertainment and activities such as swimming pools, spas, and fitness centers.

Yachts also often have a captain and crew to help you during your voyage, while cruises typically have a larger staff of professionals.

Yachts tend to provide more personalized and luxurious services for guests, such as private chef experiences and butler services.

Cruises, on the other hand, often offer more variety in terms of entertainment and activities for guests, such as live music, shows, and excursions.

Yachts are typically more expensive than cruises, due to the smaller size and more luxurious amenities.

However, they can be a great option for those looking for a more intimate and exclusive experience.

Cruises offer more variety and affordability, making them a great choice for larger groups or those looking for a more budget-friendly option.

Privacy Comparison

When it comes to privacy, the most notable difference between a yacht and a cruise lies in the size of the vessel.

Yachts are typically smaller vessels that can accommodate fewer people, making them ideal for those who prefer to have a more intimate experience.

With a yacht, youll have more control over who you invite on board and wont have to worry about dealing with large crowds.

Cruises, on the other hand, are much larger in size, often filled to capacity, and can provide a less private experience.

Youll have to share the boat with not just other passengers, but also the crew, meaning you wont have as much control over who is on board.

However, cruises do offer more activities, entertainment, and amenities than a yacht, which can make up for the lack of privacy.

Types of Activities

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When it comes to the types of activities available on yachts and cruises, there are some notable differences.

On a yacht, the activities you can partake in are typically more luxurious and leisurely in nature, such as private sailing trips, fishing, or hosting events.

Yachts are usually smaller than cruises, so the activities are usually more intimate and tailored to the individual or group of travelers.

Cruises, on the other hand, are designed for commercial purposes, such as vacation and sightseeing trips.

Cruises typically have a variety of activities on board, such as live shows, swimming pools, and various restaurants, as well as excursions to explore nearby destinations.

Cruises are also known for offering more extensive activities than yachts, as they are often filled to capacity with travelers from all over the world.

While yachts and cruises both offer unique experiences, it is important to consider the type of activities you wish to partake in when deciding which option is best for you.

Yachts are better suited for those who prefer more intimate and private settings, whereas cruises are better for those looking for a more social and action-packed experience.

Pros and Cons of Yacht vs. Cruise

When it comes to marine travel, there are numerous options available.

Two of the most popular options are yachts and cruises.

While both provide travelers with the opportunity to explore the open seas, there are some notable differences between the two.

Knowing the pros and cons of each option can help travelers decide which option is best for their needs.

When it comes to yachts, the biggest advantage is that they provide travelers with more privacy than cruises.

This is because yachts are much smaller vessels and are typically rented out for private sailing trips or fishing trips.

As a result, they don’t often reach full capacity, so travelers can enjoy a much more intimate experience.

Yachts also offer more luxury and leisure options than cruises.

They can be equipped with all the amenities of a luxury home, such as a kitchen, bedroom, lounge area, and more.

Additionally, they are often used to host events such as weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

The main downside of yachts is that they are typically more expensive than cruises.

As they are smaller vessels, they don’t usually offer as many amenities or entertainment options as cruises.

Additionally, they don’t typically make multiple stops along the way, so travelers are limited in terms of destinations.

Cruises offer travelers a number of advantages.

Unlike yachts, cruises are much larger vessels and are designed for commercial purposes.

This means that they offer a much wider range of amenities, entertainment options, and activities.

Additionally, cruises often make multiple stops along the way, allowing travelers to explore different destinations.

Finally, cruises are much more affordable than yachts, so they are a great option for those on a budget.

The main downside of cruises is that they don’t provide the same level of privacy as yachts.

As they are much larger vessels and are often filled to capacity, travelers may not be able to enjoy the same level of intimacy.

Additionally, cruises are not typically equipped with all the luxury amenities of a yacht, so travelers may have to make do with basic accommodations.

Overall, yachts and cruises both offer travelers the chance to explore the open seas.

Deciding which option is best for your needs will depend on a variety of factors, such as budget, amenities, privacy, and the number of stops you’d like to make.

Knowing the pros and cons of each option can help you make the best decision for your needs.

Final Thoughts

Now that you understand the differences between yachts and cruises, it’s time to decide which one is right for you.

Yachts offer a luxurious and private experience that is perfect for special occasions and private events, while cruises are more suitable for vacation and sightseeing trips with multiple stops.

Both options offer a wide range of activities and amenities, so consider your budget and what you want out of your trip before deciding.

No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable and enjoyable experience.

James Frami

At the age of 15, he and four other friends from his neighborhood constructed their first boat. He has been sailing for almost 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge that he wants to share with others.

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What is a Cabin Cruiser Boat (and what makes it Unique)?

If you’re like most people, the word “cabin cruiser” conjures up images of luxury and relaxation. And you’re not wrong. Cabin cruiser boats are designed for comfort and entertaining, with plenty of space for overnight guests. But there’s more to these boats than meets the eye.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of cabin cruiser boats, their features, and what to look for when choosing the right one for you. So, whether you’re in the market for a new cabin cruiser or just want to learn more about these popular boats, read on!

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What is a Cabin Cruiser?

A cabin cruiser is a type of recreational boat that typically combines an enclosed living space with outdoor areas for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. They are popular for both day trips and extended cruising vacations, as they provide a comfortable place to stay while exploring new areas.

Cabin cruisers first became popular in the early 20th century as a way for people to enjoy the outdoors while also having a comfortable place to sleep at night. The first cabin cruisers were typically small and had only basic amenities, but they gradually became larger and more luxurious over time.

Today, most cabin cruisers are between 30 and 50 feet long and can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably. They usually have one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area, as well as an outdoor deck space. Some larger models may even have multiple decks and multiple bedrooms.

There are many different styles of cabin cruisers available, from small and basic models to large luxury boats. Whatever your budget or needs, there is likely a cabin cruiser out there that will suit you.

What are the different types of Cabin Cruiser, and what do they look like?

Cabin cruisers come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they’re designed for comfort and convenience. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day of fishing on the open water or simply exploring a new coastline, cabin cruisers are a perfect choice.

Luxury Cruisers

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Luxury cruisers are what most people think of when you refer to cabin cruisers. They usually have all the bells and whistles and amenities that make your life easy when out on the water. There most meant for those who boat recreationally; however you could easily rig them up for some deep-sea fishing.

Downeast Cabin Cruisers

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Downeast cabin cruisers are characterized by their long, sleek hulls and slender profiles. These boats are designed for speed and maneuverability, making them ideal for exploring narrow waterways. Many downeast cabin cruisers also feature enclosed bridges, which offer protection from the elements while still providing ample seating and storage space.

Canal Cabin Cruisers

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Canal cabin cruisers are similar to downeast cabin cruisers in terms of their overall design. However, these boats are typically shorter and thiner, which makes them more sutable for narrow canals. Canal cabin cruisers are also equipped with shallow-draft hulls, making them ideal for cruising through shallow waters.

Sport Fishing Cabin Cruisers

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Sport fishing cabin cruisers are designed for serious anglers. These boats feature large cockpits and plenty of storage space for all your gear. Many sport fishing cabin cruisers also come equipped with live wells, bait stations, and fish finders, making them the perfect choice for a day of fishing on the open water.

How much do Cabin Cruisers Cost?

Cabin cruisers generally cost around $300,000-$1 million, depending on the size, brand, features, etc. You can find used cabin cruisers for significantly cheaper, even on boats just a couple of years old.

Cabin Cruiser vs Yacht vs Cuddy Cabin

There are a few key differences between cabin cruisers, yachts, and cuddy cabins that you should be aware of before making a purchase. For starters, cabin cruisers are typically smaller than yachts and cuddy cabins.

This makes them more maneuverable and easier to dock, but it also means they have less space on board. Yachts, on the other hand, are much larger and can accommodate more passengers and crew. Cuddy cabins are usually even smaller than cabin cruisers making them even easier to maneuver but offering less space.

Another key difference is that Yachts cabin cruisers typically have an open layout, while cuddy cabins tend to be more closed off. This means that cabin cruisers are generally more social boats, as there is less of a barrier between the cockpit and the rest of the boat.

Finally, yachts are typically the most expensive, cabin cruisers are second, and cuddy cabins are usually the cheapest. This makes cabin cruisers a great option for those looking for a quality boat without breaking the bank. However, cabin cruisers still can cost upwards of millions of dollars, so they are not an option for everyone.

Overall, cabin cruisers are a great choice for those looking for a quality boat that can be maneuvered by yourself without needing a captain and are relatively affordable compared to yachts. Yachts are better suited for those who have the budget for a more luxurious option and are looking for more space and privacy on board. Cuddy cabins are best for people who don’t want to spend a whole lot of money and what something smaller that involves less work.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Cabin Cruiser?

Cabin cruisers offer many advantages over other boats including more space and amenities, greater stability, and easier docking (compared to yachts). However, cabin cruisers also have some disadvantages, such as higher costs and heavier weight.


1. More Space: Cabin cruisers offer much more interior space than other types of boats of comparable size. This extra space can be used for storage, sleeping quarters or simply to provide a more comfortable cruising experience.

2. More Amenities: Cabin cruisers also typically come equipped with more amenities than other types of boats. These amenities can include anything from full kitchens and bathrooms to spacious lounge areas and state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

3. Greater Stability: Because of their larger size and weight, cabin cruisers are generally much more stable than other types of boats. This makes them ideal for cruising in rough waters or for hosting large parties on board.

4. Easier Docking: Cabin cruisers can be easier to dock than other types of boats, thanks to their greater stability and the fact that they typically have two or more engines for added maneuverability.

5. Luxurious Accommodations: Many cabin cruisers are designed with luxury in mind, offering high-end finishes and amenities that rival those found in upscale homes.

6. Ideal for Entertaining: Cabin cruisers are often used as floating party venues, thanks to their spacious interiors and convenient onboard amenities.


1. Higher Costs: Cabin cruisers can be significantly more expensive than other types of boats, both to purchase and to maintain.

2. Heavier Weight: Cabin cruisers are typically quite large and heavy, which can make them difficult to tow and store.

3. More Difficult to Maneuver: Because of their size and weight, cabin cruisers can be more difficult to maneuver than other types of boats. This can make them challenging to dock in tight spaces.

What are the top brands to purchase quality Cabin Cruisers?

There are a few great brands when it comes to cabin cruisers, including:

  • Sea Ray – luxurious cabin cruiser with all the bells and whistles
  • Tiara – reliable and well-built cabin cruisers
  • Formula – Very reputable brand
  • Cutwater – affordable and stylish cabin cruisers

All three manufacturers offer high-quality options that will provide you with years of enjoyment on the water. When choosing a cabin cruiser, it is important to consider your budget and what features are most important to you.

What should you look for before buying Cabin Cruisers?

There are many things you should look for before buying a cabin cruiser. The size of the boat, the type of engine, and the amenities offered are just a few things to consider. You also need to decide if you want a new or used model. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect cabin cruiser for your needs.

What do you plan to use your cabin cruiser for? Whether you want to spend weekends on the lake or cruise around the coastline, it’s important to choose a model that suits your needs.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a cabin cruiser is the size of the boat. You need to make sure that the boat is big enough for your needs. Cabin cruisers come in all different sizes, so you should be able to find one that is perfect for you.

  • Type of Engine

Another thing you need to consider when buying a cabin cruiser is the type of engine. There are two main types of engines, gasoline and diesel. Gasoline engines are less expensive, but they require more maintenance. Diesel engines are more expensive, but they last longer and require less maintenance.

When you are looking at cabin cruisers, you should also consider the amenities that are offered. Some cabin cruisers come with features like air conditioning, televisions, and stereos. Others do not have any of these features. You need to decide what amenities you want and how much you are willing to pay for them.

  • New or Used

Finally, you need to decide if you want a new or used cabin cruiser. Used models can be cheaper, but they may not have all of the features that you want. New models will be more expensive, but they will have all of the latest features. You need to decide what is more important to you, price or features.

These are just a few things to consider when you are looking at cabin cruisers. If you take your time and do your research, you should be able to find the perfect boat for your needs.

Final Words

In conclusion, a cabin cruiser boat is a great choice for anyone looking for a versatile that you could live in and take anywhere. Whether you’re fishing, swimming, or just cruising around, a cabin cruiser boat can provide you with plenty of enjoyment. With so many different models and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect cabin cruiser boat for your needs. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start enjoying the water today.

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  • He served on a battle cruiser.
  • on a/​the cruiser

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cruiser noun [C] ( SHIP )

  • aircraft carrier
  • minesweeper
  • pocket battleship
  • the Navy Seals
  • transport ship

cruiser noun [C] ( BOAT )

  • cabin cruiser
  • dragon boat
  • rubber dinghy

cruiser noun [C] ( CAR )

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Demystifying yacht classification A, B, C, D

N.B. For your information, a more recent article was published on 24 Oct 2022 on the same subject, click here for direct access.


Demystifying yacht classification :  Class A, B, C and D

Since 1998, CE certification is required for all recreational boats entering or being sold in Europe obliging boat manufacturers to respect certain building and security standards.  Therefore, yachts ( boats ) are classified into four categories depending on their aptitude to confront navigational conditions taking into account both force of the wind and height of the waves.  The categories are not to limit the area and distance of navigation (that is defined by security equipement onboard) but  to  sensitize the owner and/or captain of the boats capacities to navigate in complete security.

Let us start with the Beaufort Scale.   A scale for classifying the force of the wind ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane).   It was devised by an admiral in the British Navy, Francis Beaufort, to uniform the description of the effect of different winds at sea.

There is a direct link between the Beaufort scale and boat classification.   For discussion purposes, we will use only the 6, 7 and 8 forces.

A Class A yacht ( boat ) is a vessel that is built to navigate the open ocean and surpass a force 8 on the Beaufort scale and surpass waves higher that 4 meters.   These yachts are constructed to be self sufficient in hostile seas.

A Class B yacht ( boat ) is a vessel built to navigate on the offshore waters (200 miles and less) and can substain UP TO force 8 and waves UP TO 4 meters.

A Class C boat is a vessel built to navigate inshore such as lakes, rivers, bays and close to the shore and can sustain UP TO force 6 and waves UP TO 2 meters.

A Class D boat is built for protected or sheltered waters such as canals, rivers, small lakes and sustain a force 4 and waves UP TO .3 meters (less that 1 ft).

With this said, you can understand that the Class A yacht ( boat ) respects a rigorous building code more so than a Class B and so forth.    But regardless of the class, it is strongly discouraged to navigate in a force 7 for the reasons of safety and comfort as « pleasure » should always be on the agenda.  Always consult the weather forecast prior to leaving any port and check hourly the weather situation.

Classification is very important and should be on your question list before purchasing any boat or yacht.

Classification rules are developed to assess the structural strength and integrity of the essential parts of the hull, the reliability and function of the propulsion, steering systems, power generation and all the other features installed on board which contribute to guarantee the main essential services of yacht.

Also for a class A, the portholes will be more resistant against a sustained wave, the drains to evacuate the water more abundant and of good size, the joints of the hull more hermetic, in short everything is in place to prevent water from s’ infiltrate on board.

By way of information, let us quote for example all the Ferretti yachts (60 to 96 feet), Pershing (60 to 115), the Riva (44 to 122) are all of class A just like the Magellano range at Azimut including also the 66 Flybridge.

Ferretti yachts (500, 550, 670 fly and over), Pershing (7X and over), Azimut Yachts (62, 64, 66, 68 Fly and over, the Sport Series 7X and over, all Magellano) are Class A.  There are also other classifications such as RINA and American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd Register, that are more precise regulations and we will cover this later in another article.

Below is the graph of the Beaufort Scale along with photos.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information, team Ita Yachts Canada is at your disposal.


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