Motor Yachts for Sale

Motor yachts have never been more popular than they are today. There are so many types to choose from, and we have made it easy to select what you are looking for. Feel free to search all motor yachts for sale available by location, size, year, price, brand, and more, that are available in all different levels of luxury, from trawlers to superyachts.

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Motor Yacht Buying Guide

What is a Motor Yacht?

As the name would suggest, a motor yacht is powered by a motor. These types of vessels are an excellent way to island-hop or cruise long destinations in a short period of time and are built for a leisurely time on the water. In the boating world, motor yachts are typically seen as more of a luxurious and relaxed way to travel. The focus is more on the amenities on board – such as a cinema or a gym – rather than the romantic nature of sailing and connection to the water. However, the technology and engines on board a motor yacht means that the upkeep and associated costs can be more.

A motor yacht often has more space above and below water, with higher volumes and expansive layouts that can accommodate more guests and crew. They are not necessarily built with performance in mind – unlike sailing yachts. As motor yachts can be powered by an engine and aren’t focused on moving very quickly, the weight of the vessel is not as important. Motor yachts are also more likely to have water sports equipment, toys and additional tenders on board.

What is the difference between a motor yacht, sailing yacht and catamaran?

If you are choosing to buy a yacht, you may wish to know: what is the difference between a motor yacht, a sailing yacht and a catamaran yacht? Each of these types of vessels is popular for varied reasons – from leisure cruising to competitive racing – and each offers boat owners a unique experience while on board.

How Can a Yacht Broker Help You to Buy the Right Motor Yacht For You?

A yacht broker is a professional who has spent his or her career knowing and learning about the many different types of yachts and what their functions are. They are trained to hone in on your preferences and lifestyle, to make sure they meet your needs as a yacht buyer or seller.

Working alongside a yacht broker has many advantages. They have access to yachts all across the globe, not just their own inventory, and can help you find the yacht that fits you perfectly. Some things to think about are: would you prefer overnight cruising or day cruising? Do you want an electric motor or pod drive? How many people do you want to be able to sleep on board? This will help to narrow down the type. Do you plan to cruise with friends and family and if so, how many people? This will help determine the size that fits your needs. These are all questions that your yacht broker will start to ask you the moment you decide to work together.

Buying a motor yacht, or any type of yacht, is a big commitment, so why not work alongside a professional who has spent all their time around the water and yachts? Yacht brokers are trained to help you decide what’s best for your lifestyle. He or she may ask you questions like, what are you looking to accomplish with your yacht? Are you looking for a brand-new motor yacht for sale or do you prefer something more quickly attainable such as a brokerage yacht that was previously owned? If you opt for a brand-new yacht, it will take longer to attain, but it is worth the wait, however if you are looking for a quicker option, then there are thousands of yachts to choose from that have already proven their capability on the water. Simply contact a yacht broker from our broker finder, and he or she will be delighted to help you find the yacht of your dreams. Also, check out this blog post on Five things sellers should do before contacting a yacht broker.

Find more information in our Motor Yacht Guide here.

How Much Does a Motor Yacht Cost?

Motor yachts come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and therefore, price points. Depending on the type of boat you’re looking at, there are a few things to be aware of that can affect the final price tag:

  • Length – How many feet long is the yacht you’re looking at? Usually the longer the yacht, the bigger the price point.
  • Builder – Whether you’re looking at sportfishing yachts like Sea Ray, or larger Westport Yachts, different builders will come with their own pros and cons, which can affect the overall cost of the yacht.
  • Location – In a place like Fort Lauderdale, FL, you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking at yachts listed for sale. There are many types including motor yachts, sailboats, cabin cruisers and more in a yachting hub like Fort Lauderdale FL.
  • Engine – What is the engine like? Is it a pod drive or outboard motor? Or increasingly, is it an electric motor? All of these can impact on the overall cost.

How Much Does it Cost to Run a Motor Yacht?

Most larger motor yachts will cost a significant amount to run annually so it’s important to be sure you are prepared to pay for these costs as well. It is not simply how many feet long the yacht is you’re looking at, or whether the engine is a pod drive or inboard motor; but whether you can afford to maintain it year after year. A general rule is to expect to pay 10-20% of the purchase price of the yacht in order to cover the “running costs” or maintenance fees of the yacht.

What is a Medium Size Motor Yacht?

When discussing the sizes of motor yachts, it’s important to mention that a “yacht” is a vessel over 79ft feet long; therefore, a medium sized motor yacht is a type of boat that is usually a yacht still under 100ft in length.

How to Drive a Motor Yacht?

If we bear in mind that a yacht is over 79ft, not all owners will be comfortable driving a 79ft motor yacht. Some yacht types including those more recent models built by brands like Sea Ray and Westport, will usually come with the latest technology and plenty of navigational aids to help operate the yacht. However, many will also opt to have crew members, including a yacht captain, to drive a yacht of this size.

If you are looking at yachts listed for sale that you hope to drive yourself, here are a few general guidelines, however, we strongly recommend checking the rules of your state or city to make sure you have all of the appropriate licenses and training before doing so.

  1. Consult your pre-departure checklist. Most license courses will have one you can duplicate according to the type of boat you’ll be driving.
  2. Put the key into the ignition and turn, or hit the “Start” button.
  3. Ensure everything is off the dock and everyone is safely ready for departure.
  4. Have someone cast the lines off the dock.
  5. Depending on the direction you’re moving – whether you need to reverse or move forward, switch to the appropriate gear.
  6. As you move, turn the wheel just as you would a car.
  7. Adjust the throttle as needed to gain or reduce speed.
  8. When you want to return to the dock, reverse the above steps, switch to neutral and gently guide your yacht back to the dock.

What Size Motor Yacht Can Cross the Atlantic?

While there are a wide variety of yachts and boats that can cross the Atlantic, it’s recommended to use a vessel at least 35-40 feet long. While we are talking about motor yachts here, so any vessel above 79ft, and those powered by a combustion engine (versus a sailing yacht), it’s important to know there are other types including those mentioned that you could cross an ocean with. If you plan to cross the Atlantic with your motor yacht, or do longer distance cruising, please speak to your broker and discuss the options so you are looking at the appropriate yachts listed for sale for your needs.

What are the Best Motor Yacht Builders?

There are a wide variety of shipyards you can look at when reviewing motor yachts listed for sale. Some of the bigger brands you’ll come across on the brokerage market here in Fort Lauderdale FL and abroad are: