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

April 7, 2015

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 a Viking and… more

Brokerage Shootout: 12 Popular Downeast Yachts Priced From $150K

March 31, 2015

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 by models from Hinckley, Sabre/Back Cove, and Grand Banks/Eastbay... more

Brokerage Shootout: Six Midrange Motor Yachts Priced Under $500K

March 17, 2015

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 individual models seem to populate the list more than others... more

Used DeFever Cruising Yachts Brokers Love to List

March 10, 2015

For many brokers, getting a listing on a clean, reasonably priced DeFever yacht is like money in the bank. Few yachting names suggest the cruising lifestyle more than DeFever, and used models are closely followed on the brokerage market by DeFever enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, DeFever listings tend to attract informed buyers who know the product well in advance. more

Nine Affordable Motoryachts with Liveaboard Appeal

March 4, 2015

For senior 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 or Southern California—that would be the life... more

The Disappearing Market for Small Convertibles — Are These Eight Boats the Last of the Breed?

February 29, 2015

Anyone who has ever 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 usually isn’t a lot to pick from. The reason? According to manufacturers, it’s all about economics — the cost of building... more

Popular Long Range Trawlers 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 fail to measure up. Just about everyone thinks of the classic Grand Banks 42 as a trawler, but in fact... more

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 boats designed for deep-pocket anglers who want the biggest and best... more

Nine Great Used Center Consoles You Can Buy For Under $50K

February 9, 2015

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 on quality. Then how much boat can you buy? To find out, I spend a recent afternoon... more

Ten Midsize Trawlers That Are Always in Demand

January 15, 2015          

Who wouldn't like to pack it all in, buy a cruising yacht, and depart for those romantic and unfamiliar destinations we spend our working days dreaming about? For many retiring baby boomers, that time may finally have arrived. Fortunately for them, today’s used trawler market is full of affordable boats… more

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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Ten 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

Eight 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

Nine Pocket Downeast Cruisers That Will Steal Your Heart

Posted on April 11, 2016

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

Ten Popular Center Consoles With Family-Friendly Layouts

Posted on April 11, 2016

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

Eight Kingsize Bowriders Perfect for Cruising and Overnighting

Posted on March 30, 2016

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

Eight Sea Ray Sundancers that Crushed the Competition

Posted on March 26, 2016

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

Eight Entry-Level Motoryachts With Luxury-Class Features

Posted on May 9, 2015

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

Posted on March 30, 2016

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

Ten Nordhavn Trawlers  for Serious Long Range Cruisers

Posted on April 22, 2015

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

Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse
Mainship 34 Pilot
Nordhavn 43

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Eight Classic Grand Banks Yachts That Will Never Grow Old

Posted on April 15, 2015

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

Eight Princess Motoryachts Marketed by Viking Yachts

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