Jul 19, 2016
Which Boat is Right for Me: Cabin Cruisers
Want to travel down the ICW and not have to worry about a plat to stay? How about a night out at the sandbar? The cabin cruiser boat type might be the boat for you!
Cabin Cruisers are mid-sized watercraft – usually ranging in size from 20-40 ft in length which are perfect for a family trip. They are also one of the most versatile boats and come in a wide range of lengths.
Main benefits of Cabin Cruisers
- Cabin for overnight adventures
- Can include AC/Heat/Stove/Full Head/Multiple Berths/Generator
- Trailerable smaller models
Larger model cabin, or express, cruisers (26 ft +) will typically have a generator to allow full use of all accessories without needing to be plugged into shower power. Most will include swim platforms, full enclosure options, and a comfortable ride even in rougher waters. Cabin cruisers also typically feature a dining area which converts into a berth on smaller vessels. The larger the vessel, the more options you will find such as windlass, hot water heater, multiple berths, and more.
Choosing the Right Size
Cabin cruisers usually start around 24 feet and go into the 50+ range (express cruisers). In general, if you plan on trailering the boat, stick with a boat ~33 feet or less. Most larger cabin cruisers will have a wider beam and you will need permits to be able to pull down the road. If you need to want a small boat that is a perfect weekend cruiser, start looking into boats under 30 feet such as the famous Sea Ray Sundancer series or Chaparral Signature series.
For extended cruising, stays, or even considered a second home by many, the express cruiser may be for you. Boats such as a Sea Ray 54 Sundancer will have sleeping room for 8 or more and be feature-rich. These boats generally stay in the water year-round and can be live-aboard for some owners. They will require more maintenance and care but have features such as Zeus drives, high-end electronics, and multiple living areas.
Please visit our website for a full list of our Cruiser inventory! Click here to view. We come across thousands of boats every week and are experts at helping our clients narrow down that perfect boat. Please email or call with any questions you may have and we will get back to you ASAP.