Featured Express Cruiser Brands
Intrepid 477 Evolution2021Request Price
This jewel of the Intrepid family is the 15-year byproduct of tirelessly chasing perfection in a luxury sport yacht. Each innovation and every upgrade was inspired by our best designers: Our customers. Our most luxurious yacht to date, the 477 Evolution’s extraordinary levels of luxury, performance, precision and style will make an impression that will remain with you long after you return to shore.More…32
Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider OB2021Request Price
From stem to stern, everything about the Formula Crossover Bowrider series is designed to meet the needs of those looking for a large, luxurious Bowrider with comfortable overnight capabilities. This is where excellence meets sophistication, and superiority meets authenticity. The Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider is the pinnacle of this innovative combination, and is every bit the upscale sport boat in combination with Formula prestige and your personal touch. The 350 Crossover Bowrider is now available in twin sterndrive and triple outboard power.More…16
Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider I/O2021Request Price
From stem to stern, everything about the Formula Crossover Bowrider series is designed to meet the needs of those looking for a large, luxurious bowrider with comfortable overnight capabilities. This is where excellence meets sophistication, and superiority meets authenticity. The Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider embodies this innovative combination, and is every bit the upscale sport boat, combined with Formula prestige and your personal touch.More…161
Formula 310 Sun Sport2021Request Price
Take to the waters in style and class with the mastery of the Formula 310 Sun Sport. For years, boat designers have tried to duplicate the Formula Sun Sport series, but no other craft can equal the luxury standards of our sleek, muscular sports model.More…17
Tiara Yachts 39 Open2021Request Price
Escape for the day or even a weekend and experience the spacious luxury that the 39 Tiara offers. Ample seating, durable fabrics and available state-of-the-art electronics are just some of the features onboard. Option yours for cruising or fishing, and enjoy one carefree day on the water after another. The 39 Tiara is a serious performer. Sophisticated new designs delivering the style that every tiara is built on; an unmatched heritage of American made quality, strength and seakeeping designed to bring you safely home again.More…16
Intrepid 345 Valor2021Request Price
The 345 Valor integrates all the luxury of our larger yachts into one ingeniously sleek new design. Walkaround versatility. Offshore performance. Yacht-class comfort and style, with custom seating everywhere, including a cozy wraparound bridge lounge with a retractable lounger and hidden cooler. The swing-in side dive door and fold-out ladder with grab bars make it easy to get in out of the water, while an aft-facing seat beside the helm console combines with the lounge area just in front to keep everyone close by and able to join in the conversation. For fishability, the 345 Valor delivers in signature Intrepid style, with above-deck corner bait wells in the customizable aft cockpit framing a rear bench seat that folds up out of the way when it’s time to cast a line. Step below and you’ll discover a roomy, two-berth cabin with natural light pouring through large hullside windows and skylights. There’s also a well-appointed galley, private head with built-in shower, and premier European cabinetry, hardware and styling throughout. In fact, this 345 Valor includes such a wealth of standard luxury upgrades, you’ll wonder how we got it all onto a fuel-efficient, 35-foot vessel that represents one our best big-boat values.More…15
Schaefer 3652021Request Price
Through its spacious layout, this 36 foot vessel creates a sense of freedom to its already comfortable design. Since its launch, it continues to amaze critics with its generous outdoor area, fully open concept and its great use of space. Accommodating 5 people overnight and 12 during the day and fully equipped with all the comfort and quality expected of Schaefer Yachts, the Schaefer 365 provides enchantment at sea.More…12
Albemarle 29 Express2021Request Price
The 29 Express offers the ultimate in hardcore fishing amenities in a compact express package. Serious anglers will appreciate its offshore ability, exceptional handling in rough seas, and fuel economy. Featuring a modern helm area with forward facing seating for three, mezzanine style seating aft, large in-deck macerated fishboxes, transom livewell, tackle center, and a standard transom door, this express delivers in a big way. With a full galley, a stand-up head, and forward bunks, the 29 will comfortably accommodate a crew of four. The hull is designed to bust through head seas, land softly in the troughs and keep the molded single-pane windshield clean and dry.More…20
Boston Whaler 380 Realm2021Request Price
Let the adventures begin with the versatile 380 Realm. Combining incredible capability and performance with outstanding comfort, the 380 Realm is designed to make any on-water dream possible. Amenities for entertaining include a robust cockpit prep center; a massive, refrigerated under-seat cooler; a social open bow and more. The boat’s spacious center-console layout and brilliant new windshield design provide unobstructed views, while a large integrated hardtop provides tons of shade and protection from the elements — all the way to the horizon and beyond. 445-gallon fuel tank for impressive range. Convenient cockpit prep center includes grill and fridge, or optional livewell. Massive under-seat cockpit storage holds days’ worth of chilled beverages. Nested wind-break door in full windshield provides protection as well as easy bow access. Options including a bow sunshade, table and sun pad filler cushion increase the bow’s versatility. Advanced Seakeeper® gyro-stabilization technology available. Huge, state-of-the-art helm station accommodates three display screens. Easy access via starboard boarding steps. Cabin features fully enclosed head with shower, galley, entertainment center and convertible V-berth for overnight stays. Variable running surface hull ensures a smooth ride for long-distance journeys and all-day cruising.More…17
Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe2021Request Price
With ample room to both play and relax, the 39 Express Coupe is the yacht ideal for family cruising. Aboard you'll find plenty of comfortable seating and space to entertain, warm interior accents, and all of the amenities you've come to expect from Cruisers Yachts. The capable 39 Express Coupe by Cruisers Yachts features the largest cockpit in its class, with more than 150 square feet of integrated cockpit and helm space. The plush seating is a convertible transom giving you the flexibility to create the space you need for whatever adventure may be on the horizon. Additional adjustable seating aboard the 39 Express Coupe yacht converts from split L-shaped seats with a central entry gate, to U-shaped booth seating with table, to the ultimate lounger utilizing filler cushions and the reclining transom back rest. Create the perfect, luxurious space to entertain, play or relax any day of the week aboard your 39 Express Coupe.More…24
Schaefer 3032021Request Price
If your desire is to navigate with comfort, accompanied by family or friends, you can dream no longer and start to feel the sea breeze on your face. The Phantom 303 has space for 10 people during the day and 4 overnight and is perfect for small or large rides, determined by the size of adventure that you choose to live.More…9
Regal 38 XO2021Request Price
Regal’s 38 XO bridges the gap between our Sport Yacht and Outboard Series and creates a class of its own. Combining luxury, innovation and the flexibility of outboard power, this Regal provides you the freedom to bring the entire family on whatever adventure you embark on.More…25
Intrepid 407 Panacea2021Request Price
The 407 Panacea satisfies every desire a boater can imagine. That happens when you see to every detail with unparalleled precision. It’s the ultimate day boat that’s also a stay boat without compromising fishability. It features an impressively large cabin without compromising cockpit space. It’s pure luxury without compromising offshore performance. This is a center console that answers every need a boater could have. And we’re ready to deliver on however you choose to use it.More…23
Regal 26 XO2021Request Price
Built for ultimate versatility with details crafted to elevate your boating experience, the 26 XO achieves a higher standard of excellence. With ample space and comfort awaiting you in the cockpit, below you will find hospitable amenities and accommodations designed to keep you and your guests refreshed and relaxed all day long.More…18
Regal 26 Express2021Request Price
Experience grand adventure with the Regal 26 Express. Superior functionality joined with unparalleled comfort from top to bottom. With the unlimited versatility of the cockpit seating and a generous salon in the forward berth complete with an entertainment center and full-sized aft berth, this bold cruiser leaves out nothing.More…16
Coastal Craft 33 Profish2021Request Price
From our earliest crew boats to our most luxurious sport yachts, Coastal Craft’s commitment to thoughtful design, hand made quality and high end performance has been unwavering. Introducing the Profish 33, where high performance meets sophisticated design in a refined midsize sport fishing vessel. Power, safety, seaworthiness, comfort, thoughtful design: the 33 Profish is the completion of the full circle for Coastal Craft yachts. The 33 Profish combines all of the advantages of fuel efficiency and range when you want it, unmatched speed when you need it, with the legendary strength-to-weight ratio of our marine grade welded aluminum hull. A luxurious interior features a full galley with marble counters and black walnut millwork finishes, a stylish dining settee, spacious forward stateroom and full head with shower. The soft touch walls & ceiling panels create an inviting environment for relaxing after a day on the water. The 33 Profish blends the best of both worlds, an achievement in design and performance that has been 25 years in the making.More…10
Ideal for overnight cruising and day cruising these Express Cruiser boats vary in length from 20ft to 88ft and can carry 6 to 19 passengers. These powerboats use the following propulsion options: inboard engine or stern drive engine. There are a wide range of Express Cruiser boats for sale from popular brands like Sea Ray, Regal and Formula with 612 new and 3,885 used and an average price of $131,358 with boats ranging from as little as $9,995 and $2,975,720.
Express Cruisers Guide
Maybe you’re stepping up from a cuddy cabin boat, maybe you’re stepping down from a motor yacht luxury cruiser, or maybe you’re about to buy your first boat of any kind. In any of these cases, if you know you want a boat that looks sleek and sexy, offers sporty performance, and has a cabin worthy of long cruises, an express cruiser may well be in your future. Just what defines a boat as an express cruiser? Let’s take a look at the factors, in All About Express Cruisers: Sleek, Sexy, and Speedy.
If, after watching this, you’re 100-percent sure an express cruiser is exactly what you need, then it’s time to hone down the choices. You still need to decide:
- Your budget
- The ideal size and number of staterooms you require
- How important is speed and sporty handling
- Whether you want traditional styling, or a more modern look
- What type of power system you like most; stern drives, inboards, pod drives, or outboards
Obviously, this will have a huge impact on the boats you’ll be looking at. If your budget is on the thin side, you may want to focus your search on used boats as opposed to buying new. But “used” doesn’t necessarily mean “cheap”. In fact, if you search for used express cruisers on boats.com listed from old to new, you’ll see that a $1,500 32-footer appears right across from a $179,000 classic that’s just two feet longer.
If you decide to limit your search to new boats, remember that there’s still going to be a huge spread of choices, even in a relatively limited budgetary range. Let’s say for example that you do a search for new express cruisers between $100,000 and $200,000. You’ll find boats ranging from 28’ all the way up to 36’. The bottom line? Your budget is what it is, and no matter how large or small it may be, there's probably going to be a slew of different express cruisers for you to consider.
Size and Staterooms
Just how much cabin you need depends on how you plan to use the boat, and how many people are in your family. Or, possibly how many friends you plan to haul along for the ride. In either case, there are some express cruisers that emphasize deck space over cabin space, and vise-versa. Which is better for you depends on just how often you think you’ll go over-nighting, versus how often you’ll be day-boating. If you’ll only sleep on the boat once or twice a year, choosing a boat with more cockpit space and a more open saloon, for example, would be a better decision. But if you think you'll do lots of sleeping aboard, it makes sense to choose a boat with a larger proportion of its foot-print dedicated to a cabin. And if more than one couple is involved, that cabin should be divided into multiple small rooms.
You can see a great example of how different boats place a different emphasis on over-nighting versus day-boating, by comparing the Cobalt A40 with the Cruisers Cantius 41. The A40 has a huge open bridgedeck, cockpit, and swim platform, plus a pair of loungers on the foredeck. A relatively small area of the boat is dedicated to the cabin, which doesn’t have any separate staterooms and has a maximum sleeping capacity of just four. This design is ideal for someone who wants to maximize fun in the sun, and doesn’t plan to sleep aboard very often nor for an extended period of time.
Now, consider the Cruisers Cantius 41. This model has an open cockpit but the bridgedeck is enclosed, and has a saloon with a settee and dinette. The boat has a full galley on a lower level where you’ll also find private forward and aft staterooms, each with their own private head.
Both of these boats are express cruisers. Both are in the same pricing neighborhood (you’ll find them new in the upper $600,000 to mid $700,000 range, depending on power and options). Yet they have vastly different uses of space and will be “ideal” for very different styles of boating. Which is more appropriate for you depends entirely upon how you personally plan to use your boat—an important factor to think through, before you start shopping seriously.
Speed and Handling
Express cruisers appeal to a wide audience, so naturally, the emphasis a builder puts on performance varies quite a bit. Some boats offer neck-snapping acceleration, eye-watering speeds, and sportscar-like handling. Others prioritize fuel efficiency and comfort. Many boats try to find a happy medium, but generally speaking, you do have to make trade-offs for these different attributes. Extremely fast, sporty express cruisers do not commonly have the best efficiency. A loss of interior volume may also be a trade-off for high performance, since many performance-oriented boats are narrower than boats focused more on luxury.
A look at the Formula 370 Super Sport versus the True North 38 gives us a clear look at these sorts of choices. The Formula cruises in the mid 40’s and tops out at 54 MPH. Throughout the range, it gets around one mile to the gallon. The True North, on the other hand, cruises at 25 MPH and tops out just under 30 MPH—but gets about 40-percent better fuel efficiency at cruise. The True North also has a separate forward stateroom and an enclosed dinette and galley on the bridgedeck, while the Formula combines these areas into a single space belowdecks.
Traditional, or Modern?
Perhaps no two express cruisers so clearly exemplify the split between classic looks and modern appeal as the Hunt 44 Express Cruiser, and the Four Winns H440. The Hunt’s lines scream “classic,” while the Four Winns looks radically different. The Hunt’s interior glows with high-gloss varnished wood and marble countertops, but the Four Winns cabin is best described as like a modern studio apartment.
The Four Winns H440 is, we admit, a rather extreme example. As the first of its kind—dubbed a “bow cruiser”—this model is more than a little bit forward-thinking. The bow of the boat has been scooped out to create a bowrider-like forward cockpit, complete with seating, sunpads, cupholders, and a stereo system. There’s absolutely nothing quite like it afloat. But it’s also proof-positive that boats can be as innovative and different as the imagination allows, yet still fit the definition of what is an express cruiser. That Hunt 44, meanwhile, shows us that traditional looks and classic lines are also prevalent in express cruisers built today. Which one’s right for you is, of course, a completely personal choice.
Express Cruisers are one of the few types of boats on which you’re likely to see all of the different power choices. Many have stern drives, many others have straight-inboard power, plenty of new models feature pod drives, and there are even a few which run on outboard power or jet drives.
Stern drives are usually seen on small to mid-sized express cruisers. Their articulating drives give them good handling characteristics, and many modern stern drive systems can be optioned with joystick control for easier dockside maneuvering. Straight inboards are common on larger express cruisers, which require big diesel powerplants. But they’re quickly being supplanted these days by pod drives, which offer better handling and increased fuel efficiency. Learn more about this relatively new power system in All About Pod Drives: Volvo Penta IPS, MerCruiser Cummins Zeus, and ZF Marine.
Outboards are rare on express cruisers, but the efficiency and reliability of modern four-strokes is appealing to many boaters. This is especially true of those who are stepping up out of smaller runabouts powered by outboards, since they're already accustomed to dealing with this power system. At this time there are two main competitors in the outboard-powered express cruiser market: Sea Ray, and Pursuit.
Good luck, fellow boater, in your quest to find the ideal express cruiser. Consider all the factors we’ve mentioned above, do lots of research by reading these reviews and watching these videos, and look at as many listings as possible here on boats.com. We know that sooner or later, you’ll find the express cruiser that’s perfect—for you.
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