Designed by noted naval architect Chuck Paine, the Kanter 62 Pilothouse offers moderate draft with a full keel to protect the running gear, modest fuel consumption and transatlantic range. Round bilges warp to chines aft for roll-damping this welded aluminum hull from a Canadian builder known for fabricating robust yachts. Integral tanks carry 2,800 gallons of fuel and 500 gallons of fresh water. A Portuguese bridge forward and well-protected side decks allow the crew to move safely and serve unobtrusively when underway. Because this two-stateroom design is intended for extended passagemaking, accommodations include spacious guest quarters and a full-beam master stateroom. Large his-and-hers heads flank the voluminous shower room on the centerline, leaving open the possibility of converting one to a utility room, laundry room or storage. Kanter Yachts, (519) 633-1058; www.kanteryachts.com. To read a review of the slightly smaller Kanter 56, click here.
The long, low profile of the Krogen Express 52 is as distinctive as it is telling, combining a beautiful upward sweeping sheer and flared bow with an easily driven, seaworthy hull with a low center of gravity for comfortable motion. The flying bridge features a well-protected helm for the captain and a spacious dinette for visitors who want to enjoy the passing view. The boat deck extends aft to protect the cockpit and those relaxing or dining there. The lower helm is set apart from the saloon and galley in a raised pilothouse, with access doors to both side decks and the foredeck, plus an inner stairway leading to the flying bridge. Abundant storage and beautiful wood joinery go hand in hand in this livable, luxurious two-stateroom layout. The semi-displacement hull is capable of speeds ranging from a thrifty 8 knots with an approximate cruising range of 1,650 nautical miles to a time-and-weather managing 18 knots with a range of about 470 nautical miles, depending on which Cummins diesels you select. Krogen Express Yachts, (866) 457-6436; www.krogenexpress.com. To read about Capt. Ken Kreisler's 2009 trip from Maryland through coastal North Carolina on a Krogen Express 52, click here.
The Marlow Explorer 57E Command Bridge is another example of innovative thinking from the mind of David Marlow. Enclosing the flying bridge eliminates the need for a lower helm, creating space for a luxuriously open galley and dining area forward. Like other Explorer models, the three-stateroom 57E has a sturdy vacuum-bagged hull with Kevlar reinforcement; it's built with three complex major molds, rather than dozens, for increased strength and integrity. Major bulkheads are eliminated, permitting an incredibly spacious interior. Main engines are twin 500 hp 6125A Lugger diesels turning custom Nibral props protected by proprietary Velocijet Strut Keels in shallow tunnels. A Northern Lights 16kW genset tops a list of standard equipment that includes air-conditioning, oil change kit, dedicated computer wiring, Glendinning Cablemasters, washer/dryer, an on-deck BBQ system and much more. Marlow Yachts, (800) 362-2657; www.marlowexplorer.com
Nordic Tugs 52 owners have plenty of choices about how they will go cruising. They can select the standard 700 hp single diesel to provide efficient cruising top speeds not found on many single engine trawlers, or they can specify twins. With the standard engine, the 1,300-gallon fuel capacity gives a potential range of 3,000 nautical miles. Below the waterline, the semi-displacement hull features hard chines and flat after sections for improved speed and stability, as well as a long, fully sealed keel to protect running gear and prop tunnels. This design allows larger props and optimal thrust angles from engines mounted low for better roll resistance. Fine craftsmanship is evident in the beautifully oiled teak woodwork, and owners may select a two- or three-cabin layout. Corian counters, high-end appliances and voluminous storage in the galley make entertaining and meal preparation more convenient. Nordic Tugs, (800) 388-4517; www.nordictugs.com
With an abundance of interior room made possible by its seaworthy high bow and freeboard, the long-range, full-displacement Nordhavn 55 offers a livable layout in a hull designed and engineered to cross oceans. The amidships pilothouse has excellent visibility for the helmsman as well as guests seated behind the L-shaped dinette. A flying bridge is standard. Nordhavn's modified full-displacement hull features flatter sections aft to prevent high-speed squatting. The standard 330 hp John Deere diesel turns a 40-inch prop, providing a 3,000 nautical-mile range at 8.25 knots. The aft cockpit, spacious main saloon, galley and owners's amidships stateroom with en suite head are all on a single level for convenience. Full-sized appliances from Sub-Zero, GE Thermadore and Broan are standard in the galley. The guest cabin is forward and includes a private head, office and plenty of storage. P.A.E. Nordhavn Yachts, (949) 496-4848; www.nordhavn.com
Legendary liveaboard comfort and open-water ability combine in the new Ocean Alexander 46 Classico Extended Range Cruiser. Built to Ocean Alexander's renowned standards, the hull is a solid fiberglass layup with carbon-fiber-reinforced stringers for additional integrity. The raised pilothouse has forward-raked windows and is protected by a stout Portuguese bridge. A single 300 hp John Deere diesel gives the 46 Classico extended range, with 700 gallons of fuel stored in aluminum tanks. Stainless steel rudders highlight Ocean Alexander's overall focus on robust running gear. Access from the pilothouse to the foredeck, and to the flying bridge, is through doors on both sides. Four steps down lead aft to the seagoing galley and teak-paneled saloon, then out to the aft cockpit, on the same level. Ocean Alexander, (206) 344-8566; www.oceanalexander.com