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Brokerage Shootout: What $50K Buys in a Used Sea Ray Cruiser

January 8, 2015

Here’s a question for those who think boating is too expensive: Have you checked out the cost of a late model motorhome lately? How about a new Fifth Wheel? Either way, RVing isn’t getting any cheaper, and $50,000 is close to the entry point for buying a late model motorhome... more

Brokerage Shootout: The Million Dollar Sea Ray Market

December 19, 2014

Still playing around with Yachtworld this month, this time focused on the market for pre-owned Sea Ray sportyachts in the $1 million range. Entering a price spread from $1million to $1.25 million (over a period of two weeks), these four models came up in every search. Here’s a snapshot of what you can find for around a million dollars in today’s... more  

Market View: Navigator Motor Yachts from the Past 20 Years

December 12, 2014

California-based Navigator Yachts produced an extensive series of popular pilothouse motor yachts during the years leading up to the Great Recession. We’ve had a Navigator chapter in the PowerBoat Guide for years; unfortunalety, that chapter has long needed an overhaul. Because of the research... more

Six West Coast Sportfishing Boats with Nationwide Appeal

December 7, 2014

The vast majority of sportfishing boats have always built in East Coast states, especially Florida. It’s been that way for as far back as most brokers care to remember. But the West Coast has developed it’s own breed of sportfishing boats over the years, distinctive designs… more

Top-Selling Hatteras Convertibles From the 1980s

December 1, 2014

The world of convertible sportfishing yachts was once ruled — "dominated" might be a better description — by industry heavyweights Hatteras Yachts and Bertram Yachts. They were the big dogs when it came to producing high-quality boats in quantities smaller builders could never match. Among the many models Hatteras... more

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10 Great Motoryachts You Can Buy for $150K, Maybe Less

Posted on January 15, 2017

Consider this scenario: you’re in the market for a used motoryacht — probably nothing smaller than 40 feet — with a budget of $150,000, more or less. You want a boat from a good builder (preferablly one....   continue

8 Badass Center Consoles that WILL Drain Your Bank Account

Posted on January 1, 2017

Hope you’re sitting down when you read this article — we’re about to take a look at what it costs these days to buy a tricked out center console crafted by a few top-tier builders who specialize....   continue

9 Pocket Downeast Cruisers Just Right for the Backyard Dock

Updated January, 2017

The Downeast-style runabouts profiled below consist of eight under 30-foot cruisers with large cockpits and seating for six to eight people — often called "day boats" by boating enthusiasts. Half are from builders ....   continue

Carver 444 Cockpit
Venture 39 Open
MJM 29z

10 Popular Center Consoles With Family-Friendly Layouts

Updated January, 2017

What makes a good family center console? Aside from the basics like a seaworthy hull, a large (and deep) cockpit, and a full array of fishing amenities, the most important component to look....   continue

8 Kingsize Bowriders Perfect for Cruising and Overnighting

Updated January, 2017

There are more bowriders sold every year in this country than any other category of boat. No surprise, then, that these open-bow fun machines are growing larger and larger. Indeed, it wasn't all that...   continue

8 Sea Ray Sundancers that Crushed the Competition

Updated January, 2017

For over 40 years, Sea Ray’s series of Sundancer models has dominated the market for midcabin cruisers. It’s not that Sea Ray ever lacked for competition in this challenging segment of the market ....   continue

Pursuit 3070 Center Console
Formula 350 CBR
Sea Ray 280 Sundancer

8 Entry Level Motoryachts With Luxury-Class Features

Updated January, 2017

Here’s a quick look at eight popular entry-level motor yachts, 35' to 41', produced in recent years. These are the boats perspective buyers often seek out when looking for an affordable ....   continue

10 Great Pre-Owned Cruisers You Can Buy for Under $100K

Updated January, 2017

The $100,000 threshold is the entry point for many buyers today, and that’s especially true when it comes to the market for family cruisers. With hundreds of models to choose from, here are ten...   continue

10 Nordhavn Trawlers Perfect for the Circle-the-Globe Crowd

Updated January, 2017

Nordhavn is the trade name of a line of ocean-going trawlers designed and produced by Pacific Asian Enterprises of Dana Point, California. Built to extremely high standards, they are well known....   continue

Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse
Mainship 34 Pilot

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8 Classic Grand Banks Yachts That Will Never Grow Old

Updated January, 2017

The Grand Banks name carries a lot of weight in this business. When the country was flooded with cheap Taiwan trawlers in the 1970s and '80s, Grand Banks products continued to set the....   continue

Grand Banks 36 Classic

12 U.K. Motoryachts that Shaped the American Market

Posted on February 21, 2017

In the 1990s, Viking Yachts began importing a series of high-end motoryachts from UK-based Princess Yachts. Marketed as Viking Sport Cruisers and built to Viking's specifications....   continue

What $400K Buys in a Late Model Convertible (2005 & Newer)

Updated February, 2017

12 Classic Downeast Yachts with Worldwide Appeal

Updated February, 2017

The popularity of traditional Downeast cruising yachts has soared in recent years, that’s a fact. Once the domain of New England custom builders, today’s Downeast brokerage market is mainly populated....   continue

10 Trailerable Fishing Boats with Proven Big-Water Muscle  

Posted on April 1, 2016

If you’re looking for a good boat for fishing the canyons, it’s important to keep in mind that not all hulls are a good match for the demands that running offshore can impose on a boat. Simply put, some ....continue

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Six Midrage Motor Yachts You Can Buy for Under $500K

Updated February, 2017

A Yachtworld search for midrange motoryachts (40'–60") in the $500,000 – $550,000 range can yield as many as 75 different boats at any given time. Results vary from month to month, but a few models...   continue

9 DeFever Yachts Perfect for Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Updated February, 2017

Arthur DeFever designed seaworthy cruising yachts with sufficient range to make the long runs up and down the Pacific coast into Mexico or Alaska. With their deep draft, durable construction, and....   continue

8 Older Motor Yachts that Make Great Liveaboards Today  

Posted on March 4, 2015

For older boaters, packing it in and retiring on a boat for a few years has a lot of appeal. Rent out the house, put all the garage stuff in storage, and spend a few years enjoying the marina lifestyle in Florida....  continue

Running several Yachtworld searchs recently for late model convertibles in the $400K range, the eight boats featured below come up again and again. It’s a diverse group—the quality gulf between...   continue

Carver 570 Voyager
DeFever 56 Pilothouse

The Disappearing Market for Small Convertibles...

February 29, 2015

Anyone who has searched the market for a late model convertible from 30 to 40 feet has learned first-hand that, compared with other categories like center consoles or express cruisers, there isn’t a lot to pick...   continue

8 Popular Long Range Cruisers with Full Displacement Hulls

February 24, 2015

Boating purists are quick to point out that a "real" trawler rides on a full displacement hull with only a single diesel engine for power. By that rigid standard, most of the boats we call trawlers these days....   continue

Today's Monster Center Console Scene — It Starts at 40 Feet!

February 17, 2015

Beginning in 2009 with the introduction of the Hydra-Sports 4100 Vector, we have seen some big center consoles introduced in recent years. Aside from the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage, all are custom or semicustom...  continue

Luhrs 380/40 Convertible
Selence 53-54
Midnight Express 43 Open

10 Top-Rated Used Center Consoles You Can Buy for Under $50K

Updated March, 2017

It's often revealing to speculate on what a set amount can buy in today’s boating market. A $50,000 budget can buy a lot of different center consoles, but suppose you’re one of those boaters who places a premium...   continue

What $250K Buys These Days in a Used Long Range Trawler

Updated February, 2017

n this article we examine the options that might be available to an adventurous couple about to follow the cruising lifestyle with a boat budget of $300,000. In the specialized world of long range trawlers....   continue

8 Affordable Pre-Owned Trawlers Perfect for Coastal Cruising

Updated March, 2017

Yacht brokers are forever working with clients seeking a quality cruising yacht at an affordable price.  Affordable is a relative term of course, but assuming a budget in the $50,000 to $150,000 range we decided to...  continue

Hatteras 48 LRC