One look at the high freeboard and flared bow of the Outer Reef 73 tells you that this semi-displacement hull was designed for the open ocean. Below the waterline, hard chines and flat after sections enhance stability at slower cruising speeds and increase efficiency at higher speeds. A long keel is provided for protection of the running gear and stabilizers. To make the 73 easier for an experienced couple to operate, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters are standard, as are multiple control stations. Twin 800 hp Caterpillar 3406E diesels provide main propulsion, while two shielded 25kW Northern Lights gensets fulfill the electrical needs. A full suite of electronics is included at the pilothouse and flying bridge helm stations. Satin teak joinerwork, granite or Corian countertops, Cantaluppi lighting and Grohe fixtures are notable standards in this three-stateroom layout, one of which is a full-beam master amidships. Outer Reef Yachts, (954) 924-0013; www.outerreefyachts.com
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With a range of approximately 550 nautical miles at 11 knots, the Sabreline 42 is a thrifty cruiser that lets owners gunkhole at their leisure. And when it's time to head home, its standard twin 440 hp Yanmars can produce 25-plus knot speeds. Built in Maine to uncompromising standards, this vacuum-bagged, modified-V hull features knitted biaxial fabrics, Divinycell PVC foam coring and vinylester resins. Offered with or without a flying bridge, the 42 has wide side decks and excellent stainless steel rails to protect those on deck. A sliding door to starboard gives access to the lower helm and saloon, beautifully finished in varnished cherry. Owners may choose between a galley-up or galley-down layout. Teak and holly cabin soles, meticulously joined cabinetry, dovetailed maple drawers throughout and strategically placed wooden handholds are notable examples of the skilled woodwork produced by Sabre's craftsmen. Sabre Yachts, (207) 655-3831; www.sabreyachts.com
Combining a stout steel hull, so beautifully welded and finished that it resembles fiberglass, with a strong weight-saving aluminum superstructure, the Real Ships Expedition 68 brings safety and luxury to long-distance voyagers. With its high bow and elevated pilothouse aft, the 68 draws on elements of commercial ship design for her purposeful looks. A bulbous bow, double collision bulkheads and a steel reinforced grounding shoe are notable safety features. Bilge keels and skegs supporting prop shafts protect the running gear and stabilizing fins in the event of grounding. Real Ships offers the flexibility to change layouts, widen the saloon for extra space, even lengthen the design to suit an owner's needs. Luxurious interiors can include liberal use of American cherry bulkheads and cabinetry, Brazilian cherry soles, beautiful carved details, rare inlays and designer fabrics. Full-sized KitchenAid appliances and granite countertops grace the galley in this three- or four-stateroom layout. Real Ships, (954) 764-3702; www.realships.com
Building on the popularity of its 53, the new Selene 57 Ocean adds length, beam and height to increase livability and comfort. A Stidd helm chair in the raised pilothouse commands sweeping views through reverse-raked windows, and addresses a helm console large enough for the most sophisticated suite of networked electronics. The expanded flying bridge and boat deck add more comfort for larger crowds and room for an optional hydraulic davit and RIB. The three-stateroom layout includes a full-beam master amidships with en suite head, plus a spacious guest cabin forward and a third cabin with over and under bunks; both cabins share a large head with separate shower. The U-shaped galley and expansive saloon are on the same level as the aft cockpit. A Portuguese bridge houses three massive storage lockers and gives quick access to the well-protected foredeck. Selene Ocean Trawlers; www.selenetrawlers.com
Jack Sarin designed the Symbol 45 Pilothouse with traditional lines for efficient operation, but on a semi-displacement hull capable of higher speeds. With a single 455 hp Caterpillar C-7, the 45 Pilothouse cruises at 10.5 knots and maxes out at 12 knots. Equipped with a pair of 500 hp Yanmar diesels, the 45 cruises at 18 knots with a top speed of 19.5 knots. A 10kW Northern Lights shielded genset provides the power for air-conditioning and heating, an electric windlass and dual anchor roller system, washer/dryer and a state of the art entertainment package. The interior is satin-finished teak or cherry, joined with the precision that has become a Symbol trademark. Symbol Yachts, (954) 463-0101; www.heartmarine.com