The eagerness of buying a new yacht is seldom matched by many other purchasing experiences. Whether an owner is seeking a day boat to enjoy with family and friends; a long-range cruiser for far-flung adventures; a performance-focused vessel for putting wind in the hair; or a fishing machine to run the tournament circuit, there’s a yacht on our list.
The Yachting staff has traveled far and wide to sea trial the 10 yachts that follow. Sit back, grab a coffee, and let’s go for a ride.
Combining a classic Down East look with a modern engine package, the MJM 53z’s standard power is quad 350s, propelling it to an average top hop of 49 knots. You can also cruise comfortably at just under 32 knots for about 320 nautical miles on 910 gallons of fuel. There are two staterooms belowdecks: a forepeak master with an en suite head and a step-up berth and an aft guest stateroom with either a double berth or two twins.
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Viking Yachts 46 Billfish
The Viking Yachts 46 Billfish is a suitable, entry-level boat equipped to help owners enter the traveling, tournament-circuit-ready stage. Its standard power is twin 715 hp Cummins QSM11 diesels, with twin 800 hp MAN i6-800 diesels as an option. In total, there are two staterooms: the forepeak master with a queen island berth and a hanging locker; and the port-side guest stateroom with two bunks. A single head with a walk-in shower are situated portside.
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Sunseeker Hawk 38
At its core, the Sunseeker Hawk 38 is about speed. Powered by twin Mercury Verado 400Rs, this boat can reach a maximum speed of 62 knots. To ensure durability and a relatively smooth ride in choppy waters, the hulls and decks are made of post-cured vinylester that are combined using a technique involving bonding compounds, longitudinal aluminum extrusions and polyurethane. For convenience, you’ll find a head amidships and a waterproof locker in the bow.
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Monte Carlo Yachts 66
The Monte Carlo Yachts 66 is purposeful in its design and make. It has three staterooms in total: a full-beam master amidships, a forepeak VIP stateroom with an en suite head and a third stateroom abaft the VIP and to starboard with twin berths and access to the day-head. Furthermore, the hull is made of vacuum-infused fiberglass with foam coring, optimizing the fiberglass-to-resin ratio and reducing the overall weight, according to the builder.
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A stern beach club belowdecks on the Maritimo X50 is the highlight of the features on this 52-footer. It can be configured into a third stateroom with twin berths or into an office capable of fitting two chairs and a desk. Additionally, there’s a full-beam master stateroom amidships and another forepeak stateroom that can sleep two. Twin Volvo D11-670 MHP engines give the X50 a top hop of 33 knots.
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Princess Yachts Y85
Beneath the fiberglass hardtop of the Princess Yachts Y85 is a boat that exudes luxury and comfort. There is an option for a spa aft and four staterooms, including a full-beam master amidships with an en suite head and his-and-her sinks and a forepeak VIP stateroom with a walk-in closet and an en suite head. The Y85 can reach a top hop of 28 knots on 1,900 hp MAN V-12 diesels.
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Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence
The Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence is the yachtbuilder’s first center-console. Port and starboard fold-down bulwarks aft extend the 45’s natural beam from 13 feet, 9 inches to 19 feet, 1 inch. It runs on quad 350 hp Mercury Verado outboards, cruising at 28 knots at 4,500 rpm for 316 nautical miles. Top hop is 41 knots for 237 nm.
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On its surface, the Zeelander Z72 is noticed by its high bow and signature raked and rounded transom. What this 72-footer, the longest in Zeelander’s yard, offers beneath is also noteworthy: a three-stateroom setup with the master forward, each with en suite heads; standard triple 725 hp Volvo Penta IPS950s providing a top hop of 28 to 29 knots; and an amidships tender garage capable of fitting a Williams Turbojet 325 (LOA: 10 feet, 9 inches).
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Tiara Sport 38 LS
Aboard the Tiara Sport 38 LS, there’s a hardtop with a sunroof and a single-pane windshield that help protect the three bolster-style helm seats. Aft of the helm seating and separated by a sink and cutting board are twin seats that are still sheltered by the extensive hardtop. On the stern, there’s uncovered U-shape seating with a table. Belowdecks is a full head, a full-size berth and a closet.
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Cruiser Yachts 46 Cantius
Upon stepping aboard the Cruiser Yachts 46 Cantius from the stern, passengers will immediately notice one of this 47-footer’s primary features: a hydraulic swim platform. That’s followed by a transom electric grill and fridge, making meal prep for a cockpit-based, L-shape settee that can accommodate six to eight people easy. Standard power is twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels with pod drives, delivering a 31.1-knot top speed.
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