When deciding to purchase a pre-owned Sport Cruiser boat or yacht, there are many different options on today's market. As one of the most popular boat types in the last several decades, sport cruisers offer owners the option to day boat or go on multi-night trips. These boats typically offer a balance of socializing space, entertainment options, and cabins for the overnight trips. The perfect fit for you if a motoryacht was a bit large but you enjoy cruising in comfort. Think of this new purchase like finding the right mobile mini vacation home that’s capable of taking you and the special people in your life on the open seas for water-based escapades! Size isn’t a hinderance when it comes to wondering if a cruising boat will allow you the same travel options, as you will be able to travel to new spots, enjoy long weekends experiencing what boating has to offer, or you may just want to anchor out for a day of snorkeling, swimming or just chilling out on the water.
PRE-OWNED Sport Cruiser Boats
82' Mangusta 80 Open 1999
Ile Tromelin, France
74' Sunseeker 74 Predator 2019
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
70' Viking Princess Viking Sport Cruiser 2007
Ft Lauderdale, Florida, United States
70' Hatteras GT70 2017
Panama City, Florida, United States
68' Sunseeker Sport Yacht 2016
Delray Beach, Florida, United States
65' Princess Yachts International S65 2017
62' Fairline Targa 62 GT 2013
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
62' Vicem 2006
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, United States
50' Cruisers 5000 Sedan Sport 2000
Palmetto, Florida, United States
50' Viking V50 2002
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
50' Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht 2012
Stuart, Florida, United States
48' Sea Ray 2004
Greenport, United States
To really get the full use out of this type of boat, we recommend sticking to those that are fully-equipped with a sleeping cabin and head, for sleeping and showering, along with a galley to cook up the fish you might even have caught when throwing a line overboard - yum! The larger you go, the more space will be provided for private bedrooms (“staterooms”) and, hence, allowing for more special people in your life to enjoy this new venture. A 40 footer, for example, will offer one private stateroom plus extra beds and berths for a guest couple or a group of kids. Whereas, a cabin cruiser under 30 feet, will have less moving about space, but can still accommodate a close group of four to six people overnight.
Here are several sport cruising boat brands:
- Carver Yachts
- Cruisers Yachts
- Fairline Yachts
- Formula Boats
- Galeon Yachts
- Marquis Yachts
- Prestige Yachts
- Sea Ray Yachts
- Tiara Yachts
So get ready for some pretty extensive traveling, as owning a cruising boat will provide many opportunities that a car and hotel could never allow. The ports that can be experienced are countless as they’ll be slips for rent for a night or two or maybe even for a full season - if your schedule permits. Another fun past-time of boaters, is being able to arrive in style at those favorite waterfront restaurants on your dining list, that you can simply tie up to. And let’s not leave out the plethora of attractions within close walk or drive proximity from your town marina of choice.
A cruising boat is full of amenities for the active, so all you water babies, be sure to look for those with large swim platforms and ladders that provide easy access for full immersion in the big blue beneath! Don’t feel left out - sun worshipers, as you’ll find the cruising boat is never lacking for large lounges and sun pads to kick back and relax or to dry off that saltwater. There will be some deck space too for casting that fishing line to bring in some fresh dinner. If there’s only time for a short cruise after work, don’t fret, as this cruiser is ready for a short jaunt up and down the intracoastal to breathe in the air while fixing your eyes on the ever changing landscape surrounded by water that will soothe any stressed out soul in moments!
If cost is the worry, then don’t as you’ll be able to find a cruising boat in whatever price range suits you as there’s a wide range of pricing, mostly weighing in on the size that fits the bill. If price isn’t the focus, then you’ll be able to go wild as there are some extravagant cruiser boats in the millions to swipe up, but if not, then you’ll be able to fit it in your boating budget just fine. If familiar with the cost of a motorhome or RV, the pleasure is in finding these boats can price in even less with the same class of accommodations.
We have been watching the fabulous changes continually being unveiled in the specter of cruising boats, and one of the most popular developments has been the welcome addition of outboard engines. Traditionally known for offering inboards or stern drives, these outboard engine models provide for a reliable and fuel efficient option for cruisers especially in the 30’ and below range. Inboards and pod drives will remain the norm for those larger models though.
Look out for another major advance in this style boat with upgraded digitization of the boat’s control systems. This translates for simpler and easier interfacing with your boat by using an app on it’s touch-screen at the helm or - in some cases - directly on your phone.
My wish is that you now have a great idea of just how wonderful being the proud owner of a cruising boat can be from enjoying a day, weekend or week plus on the water with or without necessarily having the trip planned out. One will expect to enjoy many activities though from fishing to waterskiing to exploring coves and beaches or even beach picnicking to name a few.
Don’t forget to pack a big cooler with ice to store your catch until it can be cooked up in the galley. For those who feel dancing above the water makes for a boat’s best use, you’ll be able to grab your smartphone to hook your music into the onboard stereo and jam to your favorite tunes echoing out into the water! Cruise - relax - sunbathe - dine - dance the night away with Pina coladas in the blender to your heart’s content —now for our experts to assist in narrowing down which cruising boat is best for you.