It’s a dream of many people nearing retirement to spend their golden years cruising the coastlines and going on adventures to new ports. The freedom of the open water offers a vacation for the mind where your only focus is on cruising to your next destination. Choosing the right cruising yacht for your journey should not be taken lightly though as there are many options being built today at different levels of quality, price, and amenities.
Spending time at a major boat show, as well as talking to a professional yacht broker, can shed some light on what brand, size, and components you will need to consider if you plan on taking off into the horizon. Do you want a boat with one hull or two? Do you want to get to your destination fast or would you rather cruise slowly, but with excellent fuel efficiency? What kind of living space will you need on board including storage and food preparation? While the adventure that awaits you on the water is worth the effort, planning ahead by selecting the right long-distance cruising yacht can not only make your trip more enjoyable, but can also save time, hassle, and a lot of repair bills. Below are 5 of the most popular yachts being built today that will help you cruise safely through retirement.
Since 1963, Grand Banks has been one of the industry’s most successful boat builders, having splashed more than 4,000 hulls from 32 to 72 feet. The classic lines are a favorite of traditional cruising enthusiasts and its often said that Grand Banks was the “mother” of all long-distance trawlers. Today, Grand Banks designs its hulls to be at a low 6 degrees of deadrise at the stern which helps it’s deep-v hull slice through the water efficiently and with stability.
Like many trawlers, Grand Banks are highly fuel efficient, meaning that you can cruise longer distances on less fuel as long as you go a moderate speed. The modern Grand Banks yachts currently use Volvo Penta marine engines as their power choice with Seatorque enclosed shaft systems that result in a quieter and reliable ride. Building a new boat can also offer some insane customization ideas such as turning an extra stateroom into a media room or increasing engine power to reach higher speeds that you thought a trawler could go.
With well over 400 vessels currently cruising waters around the world, Selene Yachts has been one of the most successful trawler boat builders in the world. Often referred to as true ocean-going passagemakers because of their long-range capabilities, Selene has refined the customer experience from sketch to sea. There are several pre-owned Selene Yachts for sale on the brokerage market today, but the boats that are in excellent condition and priced right rarely last long. This helps Selene maintain a high resell market value when you go to buy a new boat.
Perhaps the most talked about feature on a Selene is the engine room. While this doesn’t seem like an attractive room of a ship to mention, owners will appreciate the space and ease of maintenance. Only the highest quality batteries, generators, inverters, and other equipment are used so reliability is never a question. The Selene interiors rival any luxury hotel in the world with teak cabinetry and beautiful lighting. There is no more stunning long-distance yacht built today.
Marlow Explorer yachts were designed in the 1990’s and have been a staple of the trawler industry ever since. Marlow Yachts are designed with semi-displacement hulls that enable them to achieve higher top speeds than the traditional full-displacement hulls used on most trawlers. From 49 to over 90 feet in length, Marlow’s factory builds yachts for both the owner who likes to be the captain and for those that wish to hire a full crew for their voyages.
The interiors of each Marlow are created from a single teak log that is hand-picked in Thailand. This ensures the grain, color, and grade are consistent throughout the entire boat. All furniture on board are one-of-a-kind, built by the craftsman at the factory. From the chair you sit in to the helm you steer from, every part of a Marlow Yacht is pure art.
Whether building and customizing a brand-new boat or finding the perfect gem on the pre-owned market, owning a long-distance cruising yacht or trawler will undoubtedly enhance your life. Tour the glaciers in Alaska or completing the Great Loop are but a few steps away, if you have the budget.
Written by Garrett Parker
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