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Ed McKnew, March 4, 2015

For many senior boaters, pacing it in and retiring on a boat for a few years has a lot of appeal. Fortunately, there are hundreds of older boats that possess the attributes boaters look for in a good lieaboard. Chief among those in-demand features, of course, is a functional interior with room for entertaining as well as cruising. With so many models to choose from, here are nine  popular (and reasonably affordable) choices that future liveaboards might wish to consider.

Nine Affordable Motoryachts with Liveaboard Appeal

Carver 4207

1985–91

Queen of the Carver fleet in the late 1980s. Among the best selling boats in her class. More gas than diesel. Dinette layout is hard to find in a 40-footer. Gas models sell in $50–80K range; diesels add another $10–15K.

Carver 4207 Aft Cabin

Sea Ray 415 Aft Cabin

1986–91

Strong-selling Sea Ray cruiser with 2-stateroom interior, covered aft deck, and rakish styling. Early models came with booth dinette. Aft stateroom is on the small side. Probably as many diesel as gas on the market at any time.

Sea Ray 410-415-440 Aft Cabin

Bayliner 3870 Motor Yacht

1983–94

Mega-popular diesel cruiser with rakish lines and roomy midcabin interior—still a lot of boat for the money. Standard lower helm, large owner stateroom, roomy cockpit. Fuel-efficient diesels get close to a mile per gallon. Up to $50K ask.

Chris Craft 426

1985–90

A seriously popular boat in her day—began life in 1971 as the Uniflite 42. Chris Craft sold a lot of these boats after purchasing the molds in the early 1980s. Great layout with roomy aft deck and queen beds fore and aft.

Bayliner 3870-3888 Motor Yacht

Chris Craft 425/426/427 Catalina

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Hatteras 40 Double Cabin

1986–97

Last of the small Hatteras motor yachts. Offered with several galley-down interiors. Note large aft deck. Most were built with diesel power. Asking prices run close to $100K. No lightweight. A popular model—128 were built.

Carver 3807 Aft Cabin

1987–95

Heavily built sundeck yacht has the living space of a bigger boat. Galley-down interior sleeps 6, includes dinette and two full heads. Both staterooms are on the small side and so is the aft deck. Average ask is $50–70K.

Hatteras 40 Double Cabin

Carver 3807 Aft Cabin

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Chris Craft 410

1972–86

Classic flushdeck yacht from an era when Chris Craft bult many popular boats. Many 2-stateroom floorplans offered over the years. Most were gas-powered. Asking prices for clean, late model boats range into the low $70s.

Chris Craft 410 Commander

Carver 390 Cockpit MY

1993–2003

Basically a Carver 355 Motor Yacht with the added versatility of a cockpit. Two double staterooms, large salon, attractive light oak woodwork. Dinette layout is a plus. Most were gas-powered. Asking prices (gas) run to $80K.

Carver 390-400-404 Cockpit MY

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Carver 370 Voyager

1993–2002

Handsome pilothouse cruiser combines distinctive styling with roomy two stateroom interior. Expansive split-level salon can seat a crowd. Large flybridge is a plus. Most were gas-powered. Asking prices (gas) run to $80K.

Carver 370-374 Voyager

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