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8 Badass Center Consoles that Will Drain Your Bank Account

Posted on January 1, 2017

Hope you’re sitting down when you read this article — we’re about to take a look at what it costs these days to buy a tricked out center console from top-tier builders who specialize in....   continue

10 Popular Center Consoles With Family-Friendly Layouts

Updated January, 2017

What makes a good family center console? Aside from the basics like a seaworthy hull, a large (and deep) cockpit, and a full array of fishing amenities, the most important component to look....   continue

8 Kingsize Bowriders Perfect for Cruising and Overnighting

Updated January, 2017

There are more bowriders sold every year in this country than any other category of boat. No surprise, then, that these open-bow fun machines are growing larger and larger. Indeed, it wasn't all that...   continue

8 Sea Ray Sundancers that Crushed the Competition

Updated January, 2017

For over 40 years, Sea Ray’s series of Sundancer models has dominated the market for midcabin cruisers. It’s not that Sea Ray ever lacked for competition in this challenging segment of the market ....   continue

8 Entry Level Motoryachts With Luxury-Class Features

Updated January, 2017

Here’s a quick look at eight popular entry-level motor yachts, 35' to 41', produced in recent years. These are the boats perspective buyers often seek out when looking for an affordable ....   continue

10 Great Pre-Owned Cruisers You Can Buy for Under $100K

Updated January, 2017

The $100,000 threshold is the entry point for many buyers today, and that’s especially true when it comes to the market for family cruisers. With hundreds of models to choose from, here are ten...   continue

10 Nordhavn Trawlers Perfect for the Circle-the-Globe Crowd

Updated January, 2017

Nordhavn is the trade name of a line of ocean-going trawlers designed and produced by Pacific Asian Enterprises of Dana Point, California. Built to extremely high standards, they are well known....   continue

Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse
Mainship 34 Pilot

8 Classic Grand Banks Yachts That Will Never Grow Old

Updated January, 2017

The Grand Banks name carries a lot of weight in this business. When the country was flooded with cheap Taiwan trawlers in the 1970s and '80s, Grand Banks products continued to set the....   continue

Grand Banks 36 Classic

What $400K Buys These Days in a Late Model Convertible

Updated February, 2017

12 Classic Downeast Yachts with Worldwide Appeal

Updated February, 2017

The popularity of traditional Downeast cruising yachts has soared in recent years, that’s a fact. Once the domain of New England custom builders, today’s Downeast brokerage market is mainly populated....   continue

6 Popular Midsize Motor Yachts You Can Buy Used Under $500K

Updated February, 2017

A Yachtworld search for midrange motoryachts (40'–60") in the $500,000 – $550,000 range can yield as many as 75 different boats at any given time. Results vary from month to month, but a few models...   continue

9 DeFever Yachts Perfect for Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Updated February, 2017

For many brokers, getting a listing on a clean, reasonably priced DeFever yacht is like money in the bank. Few yachting names suggest the cruising lifestyle more than DeFever and used models are closely....   continue

8 Older Motor Yachts that Make Great Liveaboards

Posted on March 4, 2015

For many boaters, packing it in and retiring on a boat for a few years has a lot of appeal. Rent out the house, put all the garage stuff in storage, and spend a few years enjoying the marina lifestyle in Florida....  continue

Running several Yachtworld searchs recently for late model convertibles in the $400K range, the eight boats featured below come up again and again. It’s a diverse group—the quality gulf between...   continue

DeFever 56 Pilothouse

Are These 8  Midsize Convertibles the Last of the Breed?

February 29, 2015

Anyone who has searched the market for a late model convertible from 30 to 40 feet has learned first-hand that, compared with other categories like center consoles or express cruisers, there isn’t a lot to pick...   continue

8 Popular Long Range Cruisers with Full Displacement Hulls

February 24, 2015

Boating purists are quick to point out that a "real" trawler rides on a full displacement hull with only a single diesel engine for power. By that rigid standard, most of the boats we call trawlers these days....   continue

Today's Monster Center Console Scene — It Starts at 40 Feet!

February 17, 2015

Beginning in 2009 with the introduction of the Hydra-Sports 4100 Vector, we have seen some big center consoles introduced in recent years. Aside from the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage, all are custom or semicustom...  continue

Luhrs 380/40 Convertible
Selence 53-54
Midnight Express 43 Open

10 Top-Rated Used Center Consoles You Can Buy for Under $50K

Updated March, 2017

It's often revealing to speculate on what a set amount can buy in today’s boating market. A $50,000 budget can buy a lot of different center consoles, but suppose you’re one of those boaters who places a premium...   continue

8 Affordable Used Trawlers Perfect for Coastal Cruising

Updated March, 2017

Yacht brokers are forever working with clients seeking a quality cruising yacht at an affordable price.  Affordable is a relative term of course, but assuming a budget in the $50,000 to $150,000 range we decided to...  continue

10 Classic Hatteras Motor Yachts for the Wine and Cheese Crowd

March 1, 2016

For over 40 years beginning in the late 1960s, Hatteras Yachts practically owned the American market for production and semi-production fiberglass motoryachts. Starting with the Hatteras 41 Double Cabin....   continue

Reality Check: What $50K Buys in a Used Sea Ray Cruiser

Updated April, 2017

Here’s a question for those who think boating is too expensive: Have you checked out the cost of a late model motorhome lately? How about a new Fifth Wheel? Either way, RVing isn’t getting any cheaper...  continue

Sea Ray 340 Sundancer

15 Big Express Cruisers that Dominate the Brokerage Market  

May 15, 2017

13 Azimut Yachts that Brought  Italian Styling to the U.S.

Posted on April 15, 2017

Based in Turin, Italy, Azimut is the largest yacht builder in Europe. The company began distributing boats in the U.S. in the early 1980s, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that Azimut models became....   continue

Brokerage Shootout: Today's Million Dollar Sea Ray Market

Updated April, 2017

With the economy recovered from the Great Recession the volume of brokerage listings priced in the $1 million range is greater than ever. Largely unnoticed, however, is the number of Sea Ray yachts...  continue

8 Classic Hatteras Convertibles from the 1980s

Poster December 1, 2014

The world of convertible sportfishing yachts was once ruled — "dominated" might be a better description — by industry heavyweights Hatteras and Bertram Yachts. They were the big dogs when it...  continue

Hatteras 53 Convertible

This page contains a list of PowerBoat Guide blog articles written during the past several years. Consisting of boat reviews, editor's comments and performance data, the articles offer an interesting — and hopefully useful — means of comparing  some of the most popular trawlers, motoryachts, cruisers and center consoles produced in recent years.

The market for big, late-model express cruisers up to 42 feet is one of the most competitive in the business. We decided to get an up-close look at this market  by running a Yachtworld search to determine the ....   continue

Regal 42 Sport Coupe

Index to Blog Articles

What $250K Buys These Days in a Used Long Range Cruiser

February 1, 2018

These eight long range yachts comprise a good example of what $250,000 can buy in today's market. With the exception of the Nordhavn Coastal Pilot, all of the potential buys listed here are classic....   continue

Specifications, floorplans, production notes and resale values for hundreds of late model motor yachts trawlers, center consoles & cruisers, 26'–75'




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