There are many different types of boats from skiffs to pontoons to cabin cruisers. What is a cabin cruiser, you ask?
The simple description of the cabin cruiser is a boat that has accommodations for guests and crew inside the boat.
They typically range from around 26 feet to 75 feet in length. The larger ones are usually referred to as yachts.
How do you know which cabin cruiser is going to be right for you? That depends on what you’re looking for and what you can afford.
Cabin Cruisers for All Budgets
Let’s be real here for a moment. Cabin cruisers, also sometimes referred to as family cruisers, can be expensive boats to own brand new. That’s because the money you’ll be spending includes not only the original purchase price, but it also maintenance and fuel expenses.
They also range in cost from around $100k to millions of dollars.
On occasion, you can find older models that are much more affordable and range from $40k to approximately $250k. The only thing you need to be worried about when purchasing an older model is the boat’s history.
You can also purchase third-party accessories like extreme heaters, also known as Xtreme Heaters. They’re great for yachting in colder weather.
Newer boats don’t have a history yet, so you’re going to be the original owner with a history to write yourself. Older boats do have histories, and as long as they were well taken care of, you can get a killer deal on a pristine older model.
The Various Types of Cruisers
In a perfect world, you’ll get to purchase the exact make and model that you’re looking for.
Here is a list of some of the cruisers you’ll see starting at some smaller sizes and going up towards the larger sizes. You’ll see a comparison and price difference between them listed below:
1. Bayliner 285 SB
This cruiser from Bayliner measures 28 feet from end to end. A cabin cruiser like this is a small enough size for you to store on your own property as well as tow without a heavy-duty truck or SUV.
Inside, you’ll find a dinette area complete with space for up to 6 people. The space in the cabin is perfect for a family of four or five to go out and spend a weekend on the water.
Amenities include a freshwater tank that holds enough water for up to six people, among others.
The cost for this cruiser starts at around $96k and has available upgrade options like a swim platform.
The unfortunate side of this is that Bayliner no longer manufactures cruisers, so you’re only going to find this one in the pre-owned market.
2. Cobalt A36
Cobalt’s cruiser is around 35 feet long with a freshwater capacity of 27 gallons.
At 35 feet, you’re going to need to dock your boat somewhere because it is larger than what you can successfully tow with an average truck.
The extra seven feet that the Cobalt has over the Bayliner adds extra space that makes life more comfortable if you’re a family going out on the water for a weekend.
A swim platform is also a standard part of the design with a larger cockpit and similar sleep space to the previously mentioned Bayliner.
Starting price for this make and model starts at around $280k with various optional upgrades available.
3. Four Winns V375
This cruiser from Four Winns is a full 37 feet from tip to tip and boasts the ability to handle rough waters like a champ. Handling is primarily due to the design of the hull as it makes the ride nice and smooth.
Additionally, there is a mid-cabin birth in addition to the main cabin, making this a fantastic choice for a family that wants to give their kids separate space.
Owners will also love the roomy open cockpit and refreshment area where you can take a step back to grab a drink out of the fridge.
Starting price for this beauty is upwards of just over $390k with several optional upgrades available.
4. Regal 42 Sport Coupe
Regal gets the name right with this sporty-looking cruiser that measures a full 42 feet in length. These boats are widely accepted as the first step towards owning a yacht.
You’ll be happy below decks with a fully functioning air conditioner, as well as spacious sleeping spaces and extra available room. You also have a couple of choices between twin Volvo inboard engines to choose from.
You can expect to see a starting price at just over $660k with options like an electric grill available.
They Just Get Bigger and Bigger
The higher up you go in length, the more you can expect to pay for the luxury of boating in one of the many cabin cruisers on the market.
As you approach the 50-foot mark, you start to reach boats that you can expect to pay more than a million dollars, and in some cases, several million dollars.
Even still, boating with a cabin cruiser is well within reach for many different people from all walks of life. You just need to find what works for you and your budget.