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What is a Cruising Yacht?

A cruising yacht is usually a vessel employed for extended cruises. A cruising yacht could be a fulltime liveaboard vessel or one used for either short or prolonged cruises. Some coastal cruisers are not as strongly constructed as those vessels specifically built for offshore cruising or oceangoing passages – but there are a variety of boats that have been used for cruising over the years, both motor or sail, so it may be more a matter of finding something that performs to your specifications. Your planned cruising itinerary could also help dictate the best options for purchase – while a sailing yacht may be a more likely choice, some motor cruisers can make very comfortable cruisers, too. As a cruising yacht, most people will look for vessels with decent living space both above and below deck, so your options could be a monohull or multihull vessel of various sizes, or a motor vessel, which has the added benefit of being speedier. A cabin cruiser, power cruiser, or a trawler could be comfy options.

What are Cruising Yacht Made of (Construction Material/Hull Design)?

A cruising yacht can include a range of vessel types, with the common denominator that it’s capable of cruising comfortably for long distances. So the possibilities for construction materials may range from fiberglass, wood, steel, aluminum, and composites, with varying options for hull designs depending on vessel type. A sailing yacht would offer a full displacement keel and more stability, while a motor yacht has options that include both displacement or semi-displacement hulls.

Why Should You Buy a Cruising Yacht?

You should buy a cruising yacht if your wanderlust has you adding new destinations to your bucket list daily, or if you can picture yourself watching the sun set over the crystalline blue waters of the Caribbean…or the Gulf of Mexico…or on the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s something special about dropping anchor in a secluded cove, eating dinner under the stars, and enjoying your morning coffee as the sun rises with no pressures apart from deciding your next destination. If this sounds heavenly, you might be perfectly suited for the cruiser’s lifestyle. Make of it what you will – if you’re a dedicated sailor, a sailing yacht could be your chance to combine those two loves, or you add a little more speed to your schedule and go the motor yacht route instead. Either way, you can be on your way to a more relaxing life on the water.

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