Featured Express Cruiser Brands
Albemarle 32 Express2021Request Price
The 32 Express boasts all top-of-the-line features that serious offshore fishermen demand. Plus she has the speed and performance that leave other boats in her wake. She sports a huge 80 square foot, flush deck cockpit. The helm console is spacious enough for state-of-the-art large-screen electronics. She has a full-beam tackle and rigging station, twin 50-gallon fish boxes (optional freezer system available), and optional transom live well. The large helm deck seats six while the salon below features a full galley. The large stand up electric head and shower, double berth and seven foot bunk make this one of the most comfortable boats you'll ever fish. She's a pocket battleship that will win the fight.More…14
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
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 477 Evolution2021Request Price
To say there is nothing like it is an understatement. 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
Tiara Sport 43 LS2021Request Price
The 43 LS combines the aesthetic of sport styling with the luxurious amenities and details synonymous with the Tiara Sport brand. Guests can choose from multiple social zones for relaxation and leisure. Forward, the bow features wrap around seating with a reclining lounge. The helm seats four comfortably, with standing room and a leaning bolster just aft, providing a secure zone for more guests while underway. A side boarding door located portside presents access to your favorite water activities. The innovative aft U-lounge rotates 180 allowing guests to further enjoy the swim platform and beautiful views. Entertain everyone aboard from the galley, well equipped with sink, refrigerator and large countertop. Below deck, comfortable accommodations for four await. The sleek styling of the 43 LS is best complemented by power and performance. Yamaha® power combined with glass cockpit integrated electronics including Garmin® Marine navigation systems provide comfort and control at the helm. Optional Yamaha® helm master joystick steering offers an additional level of command at the dock or underway. A fuel capacity of 400 gallons combined with a top speed over 50 mph gets you to your favorite port of call fast, giving you more time to enjoy with family and friends.More…24
MJM Yachts 43zi2021Request Price
The 43zi is ready to take on your most ambitious adventures. The Doug Zurn hull parts the waves cleanly and deflects wave action down and away for a soft, dry and stable ride. At wide open throttle, she is capable of speeds up to 44 knots, thanks to light, but exceptionally strong, epoxy construction and narrow, effective hull design. The 43zi can not only outrun the competition, but the 43zi with twin IPS bests them by as much as 50% improvement in nautical miles per gallon at higher cruising speeds. Add Category A Ocean certification by the International Standards Organization and it’s easy to see why the 43zi is the undisputed best-in-class.More…4
MJM Yachts 3z2021Request Price
Designed in a modern Carolina Downeast style, the MJM 3z is a luxury performance, all-weather, dual console day-yacht. The 3z includes the protection of a pilot house, the most usable space in class, and delivers the swift, soft ride of an advanced Doug Zurn hull design. The digital fly-by-wire technology of the 3z’s twin Mercury Verados delivers quiet running with joystick piloting, Skyhook station keeping, low maintenance costs, easy pre-flight checks, and all the fun of shallow water capability. Family and friends will love her three distinct social areas, including the enclosed HVAC controlled pilothouse where you can escape sudden inclement weather while enjoying 360-degree views. This protection also allows you to get out on the water sooner in the season and stay out later in the year. Revel in the close connection to the water that is the MJM 3z experience.More…5
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
Tiara Yachts 43 Open2021Request Price
The head-turning 43 Tiara represents the classic, timeless style of Tiara Yachts - a focus in keeping with nearly 60-year heritage of leadership and innovation. With upgraded standard features and optional equipment choices that let you have it your way, the 43 Tiara is fish and/or cruise ready. An incomparable deepwater performer, it presents a secure platform to aggressively manage sea and weather conditions, with a fuel-efficient hull design and power package that provide optimum performance, handling and maneuverability. The 43 Tiara delivers enviable versatility, durability and style with customizable fishing and cruising features allowing you to boat how you want to boat. Every 43 Tiara boasts a modified, deep V hull with a sharp entry and an incomparable smooth and dry ride that tiara is known for. Technological advances and sophisticated new features that accompany the 43 Tiara usher in a distinctive American flair that delivers the style to take your breath away. And yet, like every Tiara that luxury and style are built on an unmatched heritage of seakeeping, strength and quality designed to bring you safely home.More…14
Coastal Craft 33 Express2021Request Price
The 33 Express from Coastal Craft Yachts elevates form, function, design and durability to a level never before seen in her class. The open design of the 33 Express transforms your boating experience, welcoming the elements in when you want them, while still offering a completely enclosed salon when you don’t. This unfettered design provides a richness of living space normally found on much larger yachts. Open the expansive sunroof and double rear doors to experience the exhilaration of a Runabout, with the comfort and handling of a yacht. When the seas are more boisterous, enclose yourself and your guests inside the beautifully finished, temperature controlled salon, and protect your enjoyment from wind and weather. The legendary hull design provides an outstandingly secure, stable and safe feeling on-board. The integrity of the work and attention to detail is apparent in all aspects of the build, as all who know Coastal Craft Yachts have come to expect. 25 years of continuous improvement in design and craftsmanship has lead to the 33 Express. This is quality, performance, strength and durability taken to the extreme.More…9
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
Formula 350 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 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…13
Albemarle 36 Express2021Request Price
Our engineers designed the 36 Express to be rugged enough to take on the toughest seas and still provide the smooth, dry ride with the refined style that defines an Albemarle. Built to be a flat-out fishing machine that is nimble enough to be managed by a crew of two, the 36 Express comes with an exhaustive list of standard high-quality, full-on fishing features. The centerline helm pod with 360-degree visibility and deep gunwales make it perfect for the serious tournament angler or charter captain. The first-class living quarters boast numerous luxury upgrades and a well-appointed galley. The intelligent cabin configuration allows plenty of sleeping and entertaining options that make the 36 livable enough to spend a week heading for the next hot bite or just cruising. Proven to raise fish and Carolina tough, the 36 Express has already established itself as one of the most sought-after sportfishing boats on the water.More…13
Schaefer 375 HT2021Request Price
Continuing with their success of delivering high performance paired with comfort achieved through spaciousness, Schaefer presents a design concept that promises to win boat lovers over. Feel the comfort of your home with the largest internal space, cockpit opening and ceiling height of its category.More…16
Grady-White Express 3702021Request Price
The outboard-powered Express 370 express cabin boat offers more amenities, cabin room, function and reliability than many inboard boats that are 10-15% larger in length. With its phenomenal SeaV2® ride the Express 370 is perfectly suited for offshore saltwater sportfishing, yet the 370 is also a luxurious family-and-friends cruiser with custom yacht quality.More…21
Ideal for overnight cruising and day cruising these Express Cruiser boats vary in length from 20ft to 88ft and can carry 6 to 21 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 569 new and 2,882 used and an average price of $139,941 with boats ranging from as little as $11,860 and $3,028,649.
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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