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Boston Whaler 380 Realm2022Request 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
Intrepid 407 Panacea2022Request 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
Boston Whaler 350 Realm2022Request Price
The 350 Realm express model combines impressive capability with purposeful features and unsurpassed comfort. For entertaining friends and family, discovering far-flung islands, chasing deep-sea fish, or spending long days at anchor, the 350 is perfectly suited for any adventure. Cutting-edge design ensures mastery of the water, so you can let imagination be your guide. Triple 300 or 400-hp Mercury® engines offer incredible power and precision. 400-gallon fuel tank provides impressive range. Robust forward console lounge includes fold-down armrests and drink holders, with forward island deck seating opposite. Portside dive/boarding door with removable stainless-steel ladder allows for easier water interaction. Entertaining-friendly Cockpit Prep Center features a refrigerator, hot & cold freshwater sink, electric grill and more. Inviting cabin includes convertible V-berth/seating area and well-equipped head for comfort on long days and overnights. Available with WHALER WATCH featuring Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS), a telematics tracking system with GeoFence Immobilization, and remote boat monitoring. Available Joystick Piloting system for worry-free docking, and Skyhook autopilot functionality for effortless station-keeping. Fishing features include pressurized 15-gallon aft livewell, 2 insulated in-floor fishboxes and available outriggers.More…27
Regal 33 Express2022Request Price
The Regal 33 Express is the have-it-all cruiser prepared for unforgettable adventure, whether it’s a day at the beach or a weekend on the water. Enjoy luxurious comfort on deck, and indulge in the premium amenities found down below in the expansive cabin space. Bold and prestigious, the 33 Express makes a statement worthy of conversation.More…22
Regal 26 XO2022Request 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
Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe2022Request 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
Back Cove 39O2022Request Price
The Back Cove 39O is the fastest and quietest Back Cove model yet. Her cockpit is a fun and relaxing space with transom gates to port and starboard, a U-shaped settee across from an aft-facing seat, and a central table for al fresco dining and entertaining. Expansive storage below the cockpit is easily accessed through a large actuated hatch, and provides generous accommodations for all of your water toys and gear. The 39O offers a hard back for a fully enclosed helm deck; a unique design in this segment, which allows for climate-controlled comfort and an extended boating season with optimal protection from the elements. Her indoor social spaces keep everyone connected, featuring a galley up design and side-by-side captain and mate seats opposite a comfortable U-shaped settee. The result is a perfect space where the crew can enjoy a meal, or lounge while staying out of the sun or the rain. Below deck, owners and guests can relax in the privacy of a lower lounge and stream a favorite program to the Smart TV. The spacious owners’ cabin forward offers a queen-sized island berth and private access to the head and shower. For the crew, two single beds in the guest cabin are secluded, well proportioned, and comfortable. She has a 300 mile+ range at cruise, and a top-end speed of 37-knots with triple Suzuki 350 outboards. Optional power installations, currently being finalized, will provide top-end speeds in the 40+ knot range. The 39O hull design will feature Back Cove’s proprietary Trailing Edge Lifting Surface (TRELIS) Ⓓ for optimal handling and performance.More…15
Zeelander Z52023Request Price
The new Zeelander 5 is an evolution of our award-winning Z44. The Z5 combines a contemporary aesthetic with a specious, customizable interior. The wheelhouse’s smart chic design is as alluring its 360-degree views. The customizable interior feels like that of a superyacht thanks to our renowned high-quality craftmanship. With a top speed of up to 44 knots, the Z5’s style and comfort never come at a sacrifice of performance. Being the quietest yacht in its range, you are also assured a smooth and silent ride. The yacht has 2 cabins, a master cabin, and a guest cabin. The range is up to 400 nautical miles at 26 knots.More…10
Riviera 395 SUV2022Request Price
Riviera, pioneers of luxury SUV motor yachting, are proud to introduce our first under 40-foot SUV model. The exciting Riviera 395 SUV: with flowing one-level living, open cockpit, spirited Volvo Penta Integrated Propulsion System (IPS) performance and pinpoint handling. Discovering the accommodation deck you’ll quickly appreciate how Riviera design sense and flair makes so much possible. The master stateroom boasts a large walk-around queen-size bed, handcrafted storage and adjacent designer en-suite. Your guest stateroom accommodates up to three adults in signature Riviera style.More…21
Albemarle 41 Custom Carolina Edition2022Request Price
The 41 Custom Carolina Edition is truly the culmination of many of our customer’s best ideas, our Carolina heritage, and more than four decades of boatbuilding experience. The CCE boasts a helm deck arrangement with upgraded upholstery on her integrated mezzanine seating, wrap-around helm lounges, and Release Marine teak helm chairs. The one-piece, molded fiberglass windshield provides incredible visibility and excellent protection from the elements. The layout provides abundant storage for tackle and gear, including an innovative place for two gaffs. The entire helm deck rises on hydraulic actuators for mechanical access, making service of the twin CAT or Cummins diesel engines, Onan 9kw generator, and other machinery simple. Her cockpit is large and uncluttered, yet it contains everything necessary for serious offshore battle. Her livewell and bait freezer are located under lids that double as footrests for the mezzanine seating, and her in-deck cockpit fish box is removable for access to equipment in the lazarette. Flush-mounted rod holders, a transom fishbox, and a transom door round out the business end of the boat. The interior design features a brilliant balance of space utilization, comfort and luxury with grain-matched, American cherry cabinetry throughout. Her forward stateroom features a queen size berth with spring mattress and “his and her” hanging lockers and drawer banks. The galley contains solid-surface countertops, two-burner stove, microwave/convection oven, drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, under counter icemaker, and ample cabinet and drawer space. The starboard side dinette converts to a double bunk and has a Pullman feature, providing a fifth bunk. Above the Pullman is one of the boat’s two dedicated rod storage lockers. Her head is spacious and includes a separate shower stall for added comfort on extended cruises. The 41 CCE is an impressive offshore fishing machine that combines striking lines and dramatic Carolina-style flare with unparalleled interior design, innovation, and craftsmanship.More…24
Jeanneau NC 372022Request Price
The NC 37 features recessed sidedecks, as well as a side door at the helm station which allows direct access to the decks while cruising. First implemented on the NC 33, the side access door is now among the key features of the line. An indisputable improvement for safe access on board. This new model benefits from the latest innovation in the series: the large sliding glass door opens fully onto the aft cockpit. The NC 37 offers a sizable living space, with a large interior salon, central galley, and exterior cockpit. With her modular, L-shaped aft cockpit, which can be converted into a sundeck, the NC 37 is comfortable space for entertaining. Forward, the large sundeck can accommodate a canopy for sun protection and offers numerous storage compartments. The panoramic windows and very large open sunroof bathe the living space in light. It is also worth noting the presence of a «SUNSHADE» that extends from the roof for sun protection on the aft cockpit. The co-pilot bench seat can be converted to transform the space into an L-shaped seating area. Down below, the guest cabin and owner’s cabin (similar in size) both offer comfortable standing headroom. A third cabin configuration is available or can be used as a storage space. A second refrigerator can be integrated into this space. The NC 37 has a bathroom with separate shower compartment and a separate head compartment. This is a unique feature on a boat in this category. This well-proportioned and inviting interior also facilitates life on board with a multitude of storage compartments. KEY FEATURES Life on one level Recessed sidedecks Large aft swim platform Modular, L-shaped cockpit Side door and side access to the helm Bench seating at the helm Cockpit bar Fully opening sliding glass door aft 2 large double cabins + storage space / 3rd cabin Bathroom with shower compartment Entirely separate head compartmentMore…23
Jeanneau Leader 332022Request Price
The Leader 33 benefits from a contemporary, sporty look that is the signature of the Leader line. This model is offered in two versions: an Open version with an arch, or a Sport Top version with an electrically opening hard top. The spacious cockpit allows you to entertain in comfort and style. You will particularly appreciate the attractive exterior living area and clever layout of the cockpit salon, where you can relax on the aft bench seat that transforms into a sundeck while sharing exceptional moments with friends and family around the table. Inside, the co-pilot bench (optional) converts to be part of the table or to face the sea, for shared navigation! Below, you will be amazed by her interior volume and refined design. Long windows in the hull offer impressive sea views and bathe the interior in natural light. The functional layout lends itself to spending enjoyable moments on board: the galley features numerous storage solutions, and the head compartment offers a high level of comfort with a shower partition. The modular saloon easily transforms into a beautiful private cabin with pocket door. With her generous living spaces, offering an entirely open layout by day, and a cozy atmosphere for greater privacy at night, the Leader 33 adapts to suit your rhythm and lifestyle.More…31
Regal 28 Express2022Request Price
Wherever your desired destination, reach it in ultimate comfort and confidence with the Regal 28 Express. Along the journey, relax and enjoy the ride thanks to the thoughtful cockpit layout and expansive cabin space down below. Rich in amenities polished with elegance, the 28 Express is equipped for an excursion you’ve only dreamed about.More…18
Scout 350 LXZ2022Request Price
Our brand new 350 LXZ S-Class Luxury Crossover model is the initial debut of our all-new LXZ Series. This sophisticated masterpiece is unlike anything out on the market today. A high-end day cruiser, ideal for refined entertainment, with overnight accommodations should you choose to extend your adventure. This incredible model will provide peak performance over any model perceived in its category, all with a “Class-A finish”. A seating configuration built around plush, luxurious entertainment expectations; immense shade provided by the integrated epoxy-infused carbon fiber hardtop; a full glass windshield to protect from the elements complete with an electric sliding sun roof and side window vents; air conditioning above and below deck; swing-in side dive door; a gyro stabilizer; systems completely run on lithium ion batteries (no generator necessary); and at-home appointments throughout the model are just a brief snapshot of the standard and available optional features we’ve built into this must-have craft. S-Class (luxury models 33’ and up) signifies the upper echelon of our line-up - the highest level of luxury - similar to what you experience with high-end luxury automobiles. The 350 LXZ is meticulously crafted with cutting-edge Epoxy Infusion Construction and the highest-performing dual Scout Stepped Hull Technology, while simultaneously pairing it with the finest sophisticated blend of appointments and technologies. Our S-Class denotes the most superior model for our customers.More…20
Tiara Yachts 34 LS2022Request Price
Complete with walk-around capabilities, outdoor galley and convertible sun pad, the 34 ls continues to define luxury day yachting. Captain and guests will enjoy multiple lounging spaces and social zones, offering relaxation and fun while on the water. Interior, guests will find a quiet refuge complete with sleeping accommodations and head. Athletic, sleek styling combined with thrilling performance ensures one exciting day on the water after another. Paired with Mercury® propulsion, the 34 ls is ready to perform. Outfitted with glass cockpit integrated electronics and the latest Garmin® marine navigation systems, captains will enjoy the ease of use and navigation aboard.More…20
Ideal for overnight cruising and day cruising these Express Cruiser boats vary in length from 20ft to 88ft and can carry 6 to 22 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 Tiara Yachts with 704 new and 2,815 used and an average price of $125,372 with boats ranging from as little as $9,500 and $2,346,389.
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.
Cobalt A40: Elegant Subtlety.
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.
Cruisers 41 Cantius: Entertainment Value.
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.
Formula 370 Super Sport.
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.
Hunt 44 Express Cruiser.
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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