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Cruiser Yachts vs. Motor Yachts – What’s the Difference?

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Updated: April 19, 2024

If you’re totally new to the world of yachting , you might be only vaguely aware of the different types of yachts available. We wouldn’t blame you. There’s a lot of overlap between these categories. That can make them seem just a bit arbitrary to the casual or novice boater. However, if you have some idea of what you desire out of your yachting experience, you will want to know the key distinctions between these types of vessels. So, you can make the choice that suits your wants. Here are a couple of major differences between cruiser yachts vs. motor yachts.

Note: you’ll likely find boats with different specifications than what you see below that would still be classified as either of these kinds of yachts. That said, we still tried to keep this as general as we could for your convenience. If you have any questions, ask the people who have all the answers at The Advantaged Yacht Charters .

Cruiser yachts are like the sports cars of the boating world. It’s not just the sleek and streamlined shapes or the at-times bold color choices: it’s also how fast they can go. Many cruisers can reach high speeds in the water, reaching 30 knots or even more. The smaller size and angular designs make them more hydrodynamic, which is perfect for adrenaline junkies. If your idea of an excursion is a high-seas adventure, cruiser yachts might be your style.

Of course, for many people, speed isn’t everything. I’m talking about people who picture being on the open seas as a way to kick back and relax, now that they are miles away from the pressures they find on land. Cruiser yachts tend to prioritize chilling out over cutting loose, so they tend to reach the relatively milder high speed of 20 knots. Ironically, this means that motor yachts may be more ideal for “cruising” than the actual cruisers!

How Much Room on a Yacht? 

Another reason that motor yachts can’t go as fast as other kinds of yachts is also a major part of their appeal: they’re significantly larger. These kinds of boats tend to come with multiple heads and staterooms, but more space also means more amenities. You might find bars, spaces for eating, and lounging areas aboard a motor yacht. Do you remember when we mentioned earlier that cruiser yachts are like sports cars? It wouldn’t be too far off to say that motor yachts are the boating equivalent of stretch limos.

Cruiser yachts typically have less room for such features and fewer cabins. Still, what it lacks on the inside is made up for by the emphasis on what is outside; you may find more outdoor space on a cruiser, so you can enjoy that fresh sea air. Motor yachts may be a better vessel for a fancy dinner party. But, the cruiser yacht may be better suited for those who prefer bringing a cooler, grilling up, and casting out a fishing line with a few buds.

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Different Types of Yachts Explained

  • August 14, 2020

In this article, I hope to dispel the confusion surrounding the categories of yachts that exist and explain what each means.  There is definitely a lot of overlap in the categories or “types” out there…

The types below are put into these categories:

1. Express, Express Cruiser, Cruiser, Sports Cruiser

2. flybridge, sedan, sedan bridge, sport bridge, 3. motor yacht, pilothouse motor yacht, cockpit motor yacht, skylounge, 4. tri-deck, mega yacht, 5. sportfish, express sportfish, flybridge sportfish, convertible.

These are all terms to describe a yacht with a single deck above the hull and living quarters below.  This type is known for its sporty and sleek look, like the sports car of the yacht world.  The below photos and descriptions show the different styles that fall into this category

Riva 63 Virtus

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This beautiful Riva 63 Virtus is called an open express .  Note the single deck above the hull and below is one level with living quarters.  This is also referred to as a “Mediterranean” style yacht…maximum space for sun and laying out with little to no shade or cover.  This particular boat has a bimini top that comes up via a hydraulic system to provide some shade

Sea Ray 51 Sundancer

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This is an older 51’ Sea Ray Sundancer, which would be called a hard top express .  Note the hard top over the helm area to provide shade.  There is a gap between the windshield and the hardtop so it is still a totally open air area to provide a breeze.  Here that open air area has an “isinglass” enclosure, which is a rollable plastic material that you can still see out of and take on or off depending on how much breeze and open air you want.

Sunseeker 60 Predator

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This Sunseeker 60 Predator is a hard top express with enclosed front windshield .  In this case there is no gap between the front windshield and the hardtop, creating an area above decks on the boat that is fully sealed off on 3 sides.  The back part is still open so the area above decks still has an outdoor feel, but the climate in that area is much easier to control, especially with the addition of some large A/C units.  In this particular model, there is a huge sunroof that will slide back to make the area feel much more open if you so desired.

Pershing 80 Express

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The Pershing 80 is an Express yacht with a fully enclosed area above decks .

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You can see here that even the back part of the hardtop has doors that close off the above decks salon from the open air aft deck.  This creates a fully climate controlled indoor living area above decks.  However, this Pershing 80 has many tricks up her sleeve like huge sun roof, sliding down side windows, and also the entire back glass enclosure pictured above will slide down into the floor to create a totally open feel throughout the entire upper deck…so you can have the total open feel, or total closed feel…just depends on your mood and the climate.

In summary, there are many different types of “express” boats, but the common thread that ties them all together is the 2 deck layout, one below the hull and one above the hull.

This is a yacht that has an area on the top of the superstructure that provides views all around the vessel, with a control station there as well as seating and lounging space.

Sunseeker 74 Predator Sport Bridge

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To start with the smallest type of bridge, this Sunseeker 74 Predator Sport Bridge is essentially an express yacht with an area up top just big enough for a control station and a couple lounge chairs.  This gives a captain a place to run the yacht that is away from the owner and guests, or provides the owner a true open air feel while running the yacht if he chooses so from time to time.  There is still a control station below.  These sportbridges typically do not have any shade, not even a bimini top.

Ferretti 620 Flybridge

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This Ferretti 620 is the traditional type of flybridge .  There is a large amount of enclosed living space on the main deck, staterooms below and a large amount of outdoor lounge space on the bridge up top.  There are two control stations, one on the bridge and one below…again giving the captain versatility to go wherever convenient, due to weather or to allow privacy for owner and guests.  The flybridge here is very open with only a small bimini top to allow for the most outdoor feel possible.

Azimut 80 Flybridge

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The Azimut 80 Flybridge here provides a hardtop with a retractable soft top inside of it, giving the passengers the option of shade or sun.

Sea Ray 58 Sedan Bridge

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This Sea Ray 58 Sedan Bridge has a hardtop on the flybridge with a full plexiglass enclosure around it .  This provides more permanent shade and the ability to have A/C or heat in the bridge area…allowing the flybridge area to be utilized even in more extreme cold, warm or rainy weather.  This Sedan only has one helm station, located on the bridge, to allow for the maximum amount of living space on the main deck.

Maritimo 48 Enclosed Bridge

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The Maritimo 48 Enclosed Bridge offers the ultimate in climate control and protection.  For boaters that desire full protection from the elements this type of yacht will keep you comfortable regardless of the outside temperature.  This yacht also only has one helm station located on the bridge that offers the maximum amount of living space on the main deck.

The term motor yacht is probably the most traditional and overarching of all these types, basically meaning “Large Recreational Vessel that is Motor Powered”…so technically that could include an express, flybridge, sportfish…anything with a motor.  But this denotation in the modern world of yachting typically refers to a multi deck vessel similar to a flybridge but with a larger interior main deck.

Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht

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The Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht is an open bridge Motor Yacht with hard top .  As you can see motor yachts typically have a larger and further forward interior area and smaller outside bow space.  This is the preferred type of vessel for long stays aboard as they offer the maximum amount of living quarters per square foot of boat.  Most also have an upper and lower helm station, allowing for different piloting options, in the open on the bridge or on the main deck in a fully climate controlled environment.

Westport 112 Pilothouse Motor Yacht

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The Westport 112 Pilothouse Motor Yacht is one of the most popular motor yachts in its size range.  From the above photo you can see that the pilothouse is located on a split level sort of area between the main deck and the flybridge.  It allows the captain to have a centrally located command center on the yacht that is away from the living and lounging areas.  There is still an additional command center on the bridge, but the main nerve center of the yacht is the pilothouse.  In smaller yachts, the pilothouse area may be located on the main deck and not in a totally separate area…the term pilothouse basically means “the area where the ship is controlled by the ship’s captain”

Lazzara 80 Skylounge Motor Yacht with Cockpit

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This 80 Lazzara has both the Skylounge and Cockpit.  The Skylounge is a term for an enclosed flybridge with an interior living space that is fully climate controlled .  Many skylounges have windows that slide down or sunroofs also that allow you to get the open air feel as well.  With 3 decks that have an enclosed living area, this is by definition also a tri-deck…but that term is usually reserved for larger megayachts.

The cockpit is a nice addition on yachts where the owner or guests intend to do some fishing or diving.  It provides a great platform for the recreational sportsman that is right at the water level.

A Tri-Deck is a yacht that has 3 levels of enclosed living space.  Although smaller Tri-Decks exist like the 80 Lazzara above, the term is typically seen used in yachts in excess of 120 feet.

Many definitions exist for what defines a Mega Yacht, but I believe it to be a vessel in excess of 80 feet.

Westport 130 Tri-Deck

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Notice on this 130 Westport that there are 2 decks above the hull with enclosed, climate controlled living areas and one deck below, for a total of 3 decks enclosed decks.  There is also a large flybridge above and multiple other open areas for lounging.

Christensen Shipyard Megayacht

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The sky is the limit with mega yachts…a boatyard like Christensen Shipyard will build the yacht of your dreams, designed to you exacting specifications…

A Sportfish is any yacht that is geared towards fishing.  This will mean that they have a large cockpit with which to fish out of, designated storage for rods, bait, tackle and the day’s catch.  They typically will also be higher performance than a motoryacht, able to get out to the fishing grounds and back as fast as possible, as well as handle rough seas.

Cabo 52 Express

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The Cabo 52 Express is the express sportfish style, in which it has 2 decks, one above the hull and one below.  The tower located above the hardtop is used by fisherman to help spot anything that will help them catch fish, be it a tide line, bait jumping or the prized marlin.

Hatteras GT63

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This Hatteras GT63 is a Flybridge Sportfish , with an enclosed living area above the hull and bridge.  This yacht also has the tower for spotting above the hardtop.  She is bred for high speed performance in rough seas and can blast right through 6 foot waves and hit top speeds of over 40 knots.  This type of “Sportfish DNA” is for the yachtsman that wants to chase fish even if the seas are rough, and appreciates a yacht that is solidly put together to handle those conditions.

Hatteras 77 Convertible

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The Hatteras 77 Convertible is an incredible yacht that incorporates the amenities of a motor yacht and a sportfish in the same package…hence the term Convertible…able to convert to a fishing or a cruising yacht as needed.  She also has an enclosed flybridge up top for climate controlled comfort.


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Motor Yachts vs Luxury Cruisers


One of the most common questions we’re asked by prospective pleasure cruising boat buyers is: “what’s the difference between a motor yacht and a luxury cruiser”.

A motor yacht and a luxury cruiser are similar in the fact they are both recreational boats designed for leisure and comfort.

The term ‘motor yacht’ typically refers to an ocean-going vessel powered by one or more engines. Motor yachts are available in many designs and sizes. They can range from medium-sized vessels (around 30’ / 9m) with simple, but elegant, interiors; to large (nearly 600’ / 180m), multi-deck, luxurious floating palaces with sophisticated amenities such as staterooms, dining areas, entertainment centres, helicopter pads and more.

The term ‘luxury cruiser’ generally refers to a recreational boat designed around onboard comfort. Sometimes these vessels have a greater emphasis on spaciousness and features, rather than hull design; occasionally at detriment to their seaworthiness. Available in various sizes and configurations, many of these boats are designed with a focus on extended stays on the water, rather than cruising (as the name ‘cruiser’ might suggest).

While the two terms are often interchangeable among the boating community throughout Australia and New Zealand, we refer to our high-end, Downeast boat brands – Back Cove and Sabre – as motor yachts, to highlight their exceptional cruising capability, elegant onboard amenities and timeless style.


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The Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Boats – Top 20

As we all know, a boat is a type of watercraft that has been specifically designed for navigating near-shore areas or inland waterways such as rivers and lakes.

What makes a boat different from a ship is its smaller size and lesser carrying capacity compared to the latter.

However, the definition of a boat –its size, shape and capacity-varies according to its purpose. To understand better, you might want to read about the major differences between boat and ship .

According to modern naval terms, a boat is defined as a watercraft that is small enough to be carried abroad a ship (some boats are measured up to 1000 feet in length).

Similarly, many boats are intended to provide service, not in near-shore areas but in the offshore environment.

Interestingly, contradicting the “ships can carry boats, but boats can’t carry ships” argument, even sometimes the US Navy submarines are called boats.

Historical evidence suggests that the boat has been used for transportation since pre-historic times. However, from the oldest known boat named dugouts, the evolution of the watercraft has now reached luxurious motor yachts.

Apart from recreational purposes, boats have also served an integral purpose in the modern commercial world by allowing active transportation of both passengers and cargo, wherever short distances are concerned.

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Types of Boats

Technically, there are several different types of boats, and it’s impossible to list down all the types. But, primarily, boats can be classified into three main sections as follows:

  • Unpowered or man-powered boats (like rafts, gondolas, kayaks, etc.),
  • Sailboats (sail-propelled)
  • Motorboats (engine-powered)

Here we have a list of the major types of boats in the above-mentioned categories of vessels, along with boat pictures used around the world.

Types of Boats

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1. Fishing Boats

Built exclusively for fishing, fishing boats in different sizes are used on both salt and freshwater bodies. The immediate qualities of these boats include stability, strength, and durability to survive the fishing ventures across various kinds of waterways.

Fishing boats can be both manned and un-manned types. The all-purpose fishing boats generally include a front bow, rod lockers, a trolling motor system, an outboard power and live wells.

Compared to the boats meant for lakes and rivers, the boats fishing in the offshore environment will be taller in size and strong-built to withstand saltwater and harsher conditions.

On the other hand, the aluminium fishing boats weigh less and are highly durable.  The bass boats designed with slim profiles, and consist of 2-3 anglers on board, are type of a boat used for fishing.

Fishing Boat - Representation Image

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2. Dinghy Boats

A dinghy can be a small inflatable boat usually made of rubber and comprises cross thwarts and rowlocks that act as seats and oars, respectively.

Commonly powered by sails, oars and small outboard engines, Dinghies are popularly known as sailboats, rowboats or simply inflatables.

These boats team up with more significant vessels and come in handy when the mothership cannot navigate in narrow areas. These rowboats can also be utilised as companion boats and are taken to camping expeditions or fishing in shallow waters.

Dinghy Boats - Representation Image

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3. Deck Boats

As the name suggests, Deck Boats come with an open deck area that provides plenty of seating arrangements for a small group of people.

The boat features a V-shaped hull with a wide beam to accommodate more passengers than a pontoon boat. Usually measures 25-35 ft in length, they are provided with a stern power drive and are popularly used for recreational activities like swimming, water sports etc.

Italy, Tuscany, Viareggio, Tecnomar Madras 20 luxury yacht (20 meters), aerial view

4. Bowrider Boats

Known as a quintessential family boat, Bowriders offer room for eight or more passengers across its cockpit, bow cockpit and helm. In addition, the bow area of these boats has been constructed in a unique way to allow a spacious seating arrangement.

Bowrider Boat

Moreover, these runabout-style vessels contain a swim platform for putting on wakeboards or for swimming activities feel-good leisure boating.

With its classic V-shaped bottom, Bowrider Boats offer a splendid ride across different water conditions. The usage of sterndrive power is the typical rule, but the demand for outboard engines is increasing rapidly.

4. Catamaran Boats

Unlike other boats, Catamaran is a multi-hulled watercraft that features two parallel hulls of equal size. Catamaran Boats feature less hull volume, shallower draft, and higher displacement than vessels with a single hull.

Excellent for fishing purposes and even for leisurely cruising abilities, Catamarans are being built for various purposes across the world.

Catamaran Boat

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6. Cuddy Cabins Boats

Well-suited for fishing, yachting, sailing and other water sports, Cuddy Cabins Boats is one of the most family-friendly vessels.

Featuring a closed deck over the boat’s bow, the boat allows a convenient storage space and easy navigation. The cuddy cabin boats are usually built of fibreglass and aluminium, and the minimum length is around 4.75 meters.

Cuddy Cabins Boats

7. Centre Console Boats

Essentially a boat that features a hull with no cabin or foredeck and the helm station in the centre of the boat, Centre Consoles are great fishing platforms.

These boats are ideal for sports fishing and work in harsh offshore waterways with plenty of ocean fish. The essential equipment consists of bait wells, gunwale rod holders, fish lockers and outriggers, to name a few.

In addition, the deck provides a powerful insulation system for icing the fish storage.

Centre Console Boats

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8. Houseboats

There are houseboats of different shapes and sizes worldwide, offering the luxury of living on water and providing excellent recreational and holiday accommodation facilities.

Houseboats, also known as Float house, incorporate broad flooring and modern amenities such as entertainment, fine dining, and proper sleeping arrangements.

The boats offer fun activities like relaxed cruising, water sports, family sailing etc. While most of the houseboats are motorized, there are boats incapable of operating under their own power since they are usually kept stationary at a location.

House boat

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9. Trawler Boats

With features including a displacement hull and fuel-efficient engines, trawlers are intended to smoothly manoeuvre through the water bodies without exhausting much horsepower or consuming excessive fuel.

This quality makes the trawler a brilliant option for long-range cruising activities, as all modern facilities can be found aboard the boat.

Trawler Boat

10. Cabin Cruiser Boats

Offering all the essential features of a home, Cabin Cruiser boats are great for relaxed sailing. Designed with a galley and a berth, these boats offer modern comforts like heaters, air conditioners, and power generators.

In addition to a deep-V bottom, the Cabin Cruisers employ a secure shaft drive mechanism plus rudder steering and therefore are mainly suited for movement in the salty water.

Cabin Cruiser Boats

11. Game boats

Powered by diesel or petrol engines, these fibreglass boats are large in measurement and are useful for the game fish pursuit, especially pelagic fishes like tuna and marlin.

Game boat

Equipped with sleeping berths, plumbing systems, and cooking galleys, these boats allow passengers to continue their activities for a couple of days or more.

12. Motor Yacht Boats

The latest design in the evolution of boats, the motor yacht, is a watercraft primarily used for leisure activities. The motor yacht has a standard length of 12m and above, with one or two diesel engines per navigation requirements in inland waters or the oceans.

The motor yacht can vouchsafe for an enjoyable family trip for a long period of time that it sails on the water. There are different types of yachts in the market, including day sailing yachts, weekender yachts, cruising yachts, luxury sailing yachts etc. to meet the various requirements.

Motor Yacht Boat

13. Personal Watercraft (PWC) Boats

The PWC boats, also known as water scooters and jetski, are customized boats for adventurous activities. This recreational watercraft allows individuals to explore the waters at their own ease and participate in games such as water-skiing and sports fishing, etc. There are two types of PWCs – “sit down” and “stand-up” models; while the former is intended for two or more people, the latter can only be used by a single rider.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Boats

14. Runabout Boats

Capable of accommodating four and eight people, Runabout Boats are typically used in racing, fishing, water skiing, etc. The movement of these open boats is controlled by a steering wheel and forward controls, as located behind a windscreen. Runabouts are usually declared entry-level vessels for casual sports and boating activities.

Runabout Boat

15. Jet Boats

Powered by a jet of water ejected from behind the vessel, Jet Boat is notable for its high manoeuvrability. The structure of a jet boat is quite similar to that of a bow-rider, as it offers a lot of seating areas and a swimming platform. In addition, the advanced propulsion system is securely enwrapped in the hull to protect it from any external damage.

Jet Boats

16. Wakeboard/ Ski Boats

The wakeboard boats and the ski boats look quite the same but differ in their fields of action. The inboard ski boats require a powerful range of acceleration, and the shape of the engine and propeller accentuates it. On the other hand, the inboard wakeboards feature a V drive engine system, deep hulls, and a huge wake to set in motion.


17. Banana Boats

A banana boat is a type of watercraft that is solely utilized for recreational activities and family entertainment. As the name suggests, it is a banana-shaped inflatable watercraft and easily floats on water. It does not have an inbuilt motor system. A banana boat has the capacity to seat around three to ten people. Interestingly, at the same, the vessels being used primarily for the transportation of bananas as cargo is also called Banana boats.

Banana Boats

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18. Lifeboats

In emergencies, lifeboats come to the rescue! The lifeboats are small watercraft attached to bigger vessels like cruises, and their main function is to carry passengers to a secure area if the concerned vessel is met with an accident. The lifeboats are well-equipped with immediate food and water supplies and other necessities to pacify the frightened voyagers in case of a shipwreck.

life boat

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19. Pontoon Boat

Used popularly for inland waters and other small water bodies, Pontoon boats are flattish in shape, relying on tubes (pontoons) to float on the water. Typically, the length of the Pontoon boat ranges from 15-30 ft with a shallow draft. It consists of multiple aluminium tubes supporting the broad platform providing excellent stability.

Pontoon Boat

They are used for recreational activities like cruising and fishing etc. The shape of a Pontoon boat helps designers plan the seating arrangements and other facilities according to the requirements.

20. Sedan Bridge Boat

Typically ranging from about 35–65 feet in length, Sedan Bridge Boat by Sea Ray Company offers the pleasure of excellent visibility to the navigator. With an extended bridge area, the boat makes the passengers feel like a big ship bridge and offers accommodations down below to suit extended stays on the water.

Sedan Bridge Boat

Apart from the above-mentioned ones, several other types of boats are also available in the market.

The list of the boats continues with vessels such as Skiff or Jon Boats, Hydrofoil boats, Cigarette boats, Cuddy Boats, Tug Boats , High-Speed Crafts, Bumper Boats, Pilot Boat, Fire Boat, Well boats, Kayak, Bay or Flat Boats, All-Purpose fishing Boats, Deck Boats, High-Performance Boats, Rafts, Surfboats, Narrowboats, Folding Boats, Log Boats, Go-fast Boats, Catboats, Junk Boats, Ferry Boats, Canoe Boats, U-boats, Dory boats etc.

Over to you…

If you think any other type of boat should be added to this list, let’s know in the comments below.

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Though the personal watercraft boat seems like it would be an adventure, I’d prefer the classic fishing boat with an outboard power and live wells. I love fishing and this probably suits my needs just fine. It could also be that I don’t know how to swim either and this just seems safest.

Add another catergory Power Sailer. My Imexus 28 Trailer Sailer has a 180hp inboard whilst being generally sailing oriented. This catergory has some early examples like the Lancer 27, a big volume seller in the Macgregor 26Xand M and others like the Hunter X and Mackmam 28 All having large outboards fitted. Jimmy Buffett had one built I believe which was much bigger yacht again featuring a pair of 70 hp inboards I think. Just another catergory to add to the list. Regards Graeme

Well explained, I got some information about the bout on your article. I have shared it with my friend, who is planning to buy a boat. I am sure this post helps him to choose the right type of boat for him. He joined a yacht show in Thailand and like a boat from Boat Lagoon Yachting. Thanks for sharing.

@Johan: Glad the information came handy

I find it helpful that you made a list of boats with a detailed description of each. When I learned that a person can get a fishing boat so that they can be used to get saltwater and freshwater fish, my suggestion for boat buyers is to invest in a custom dock by a local contractor before buying one. Doing this will help them have a safe place to keep it safe while not in use.

Got any recommendations for a single man boat? I’m writing a character who likes the freedom of getting on his (modest) motor boat and taking off for the afternoon/evening. Below deck accommodations w/b great too. But I wouldn’t want to cost to be more than $20k. Any help is appreciated! Oh, and, he likes to go fast!

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Articles Motor Yacht vs Sailing Yacht: Which is Right for You?

Choosing between motor and sailing yachts involves many important factors. Our expert brokers provide a balanced and informed view to find you the yacht that perfectly fits your requirements.

The traditional consensus in the yachting world is that, while motor yachts offer a higher level of luxury with more space to relax on board to take in the wonderful destinations you visit, sailing boats are all about the romance of harnessing the wind for blissful voyages.

While this is still true, the lines are beginning to blur. With sailing yachts getting bigger and more luxurious, and eco concerns starting to ask questions of power boats, the motor yacht vs sailing yacht decision can be a difficult one.

So, what are the differences to consider when deciding to buy a yacht?

  • Level of luxury
  • Romanticism and authenticity vs Ease of cruising
  • Noise, vibrations, and comfort 
  • Range: Explorer Yachts vs Blue Water Cruisers
  • Shallow waters and low bridges 
  • Maintenance and Running Costs
  • Motor-Sailors and Hybrid Multihulls: The perfect compromise?
  • Buying a Yacht


Motor yachts.

Motor yachts are synonymous with speed and power and are often what first comes to mind for many when imagining a superyacht. Sleek and stylish, without the restrictions that a sailing yacht presents, they are undoubtedly the choice for more spacious and decadent living afloat.

Depending on the size, motor yachts also have the capacity to house a huge range of amenities and toys. Boasting anything from gyms, saunas, and hammam spas, to elevators, submarines, and helicopters, a motor yacht can create the ultimate in ocean-going experience.

With expansive staterooms, flexible layouts, sprawling decks and spacious lounging areas, buying a motor yacht is a great option for those wanting to entertain large groups of family and friends on board, before making the most of every anchorage with space for a wide range of superyacht toys to enjoy.

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On the other hand, less space and comfort have, conventionally, been the disadvantage of sailing yachts. Their inherent need for a sleek narrow hull design for sailing efficiency means a compromise between comfort and performance has always been the main challenge for sailing yacht designers.

However, there are many sailboats which benefit from surprisingly expansive accommodation thanks to modern design and construction techniques. Combine this with the thrill of wind-powered exploration for one of the most rewarding and captivating experiences you can find, and sailboats can offer you a sense of adventure power boats simply can’t.


Motor yachts offer a beautifully simple cruising experience. Easier to handle and delivering a drier time at sea, their elevated level from the water and smoother ride thanks to stabilisers and displacement hulls mean they are often a popular choice for those new to the nautical world.

Providing comfortable cruising and an ability to reach high speeds at any time, luxury motor yachts are great for those who want to cover large distances and explore more cruising areas in shorter timescales.

With wind being less of a factor than on sailing yachts, they also offer greater flexibility as there is less requirement to plan ahead. So, visiting perfect white sandy beaches and stunning anchorages on a whim is a luxury motor yachts effortlessly deliver.

On board ASULANA sailing yacht

A sailing yacht caters more to the romantic notion of the traditional yachtsman. Offering a wonderfully liberating experience where unforgettable moments with family and friends are created, sailing is unquestionably a more thrilling and involved experience than cruising with a motor. The slower speed offers you a chance to appreciate the journey, the charm of the vessel you are on, and the people you are travelling with.

Working out how to best navigate the wind and tides can sometimes sound like an old-fashioned way of doing things, but the sense of satisfaction one can derive from heading towards your desired destination under full sail is an experience like no other.

Not to mention the eco credentials sailing. Of course, sailboats have a small engine for manoeuvring in port or travelling in light winds, but even these are starting to become electrified for a truly sustainable adventure.

However, reliance on wind power can sometimes throw up logistical challenges. Pair this with the motor yacht industry becoming more and more environmentally conscious and the sailing vs motor yacht eco-debate may change in years to come.


While underway it is an unavoidable truth that motor yachts have the thrum of motors to contend with. While this may seem a drawback, the power from these engines affords you more time at your desired destinations with shorter journey times. Not to mention with modern engine design and impressive sound proofing technology, motor yachts are becoming incredibly quiet and smooth running.

If comfy cruising is high on your list of priorities while at sea then a motor yacht is probably for you. Providing supreme comfort while underway, many benefit from stabilisers to reduce roll, as well as vast sun pads and lounging areas to relax and watch the scenery pass-by while the yacht does all the work for you.

There is no question that the soundtrack to your time at sea is a defining factor in the sailing vs motor yacht discussion. For the most part, sailboats are reliant on the wind. From sloops and schooners to catamarans and ketches, the lack of engine noise and vibration makes for the ultimate sense of peace and a connection to nature.

However, sailing yachts require a much more hands-on approach. Getting the sail trim right, and working out the best route dependent on the wind & tides, are all factors that make sailing a far more involved experience.


Explorer yachts.

An excellent choice for those looking for a more adventurous yachting experience and unlimited world cruising, explorer yachts offer staggering volume and an extremely capable platform to motor across oceans, and visit far-flung shores in total comfort and safety.

Typically built with huge storage for tenders, toys, and provisions, many modern explorer yachts even feature helipads, research facilities, and ice class hulls to offer true go-anywhere capability.

The main drawback when considering explorer yachts is their fuel usage. While most are designed to have extremely economical cruising, an ocean crossing can still consume thousands of litres of fuel.

NORTHERN SUN explorer yacht


Conversely, the range of a well-appointed offshore sailing yacht is limited only by the amount of provisions the yacht can hold. While waiting for the right conditions is something not everyone is willing to do, when underway, the environmental and cost considerations of fuel burnt by an explorer yacht is totally eliminated.

As a result, sail vs motor yacht here is really dependent on how you wish to experience life at sea. While explorer yachts will offer lavish cruising in total comfort, sailing across oceans using wind power only will give a sense of achievement like no other. For long distance cruising, the sailing vs motor yacht choice is crucial in ensuring your boat is capable of living up to your requirements for extended periods on board.


A clear advantage motor yachts have over their sailing counterparts is a shallow draught. While sailboats have a deep keel to counterbalance the power of their sails, power boats have no need for this. With a shallow underwater profile they are ideal for navigating close to shore and accessing some of the most breathtaking anchorages. To get over this hurdle, some sailing yachts have a lifting keel, however, this feature is only usable when the sails aren’t in use, rendering power boats more capable in the shallows.

Height is also a drawback for sailing. If you wish to visit cities via their meandering rivers, the chances are you will encounter bridges. Sailing yachts with their towering masts are likely to require the mast being taken down in order to pass. This can be quite the undertaking, and as a result, for a city break motor yachts are by far the favourite.


With our position in the yachting industry, we are asked questions every day regarding yacht purchase and ownership. Aside from purchase price, the most common and pressing question from potential buyers revolves around the expected running and maintenance costs of a yacht.

Motor yachts, with their larger volumes and complex mechanics, invariably demand higher operational expenditure and more frequent maintenance schedules. Accommodating more guests than sailing yachts means employing more crew, while the engines and onboard systems, intricate in design, require regular professional attention to ensure optimal performance, leading to substantial annual maintenance bills.

Despite these costs, motor yachts hold a strong position in the charter market due to their capacity for speed, expansive interiors, and luxurious amenities. As a result, Owners can partially offset the high running costs by chartering their yacht out to paying guests, turning a potential financial drain into a revenue stream.

Read more about chartering your yacht here. 

Sailing yachts present a more cost-effective alternative, with a generally lower initial purchase price and reduced maintenance demands. The sails and rigging—central to a sailing yacht’s operation—need replacement or extensive maintenance every few years, but the day-to-day running costs remain low, especially in terms of fuel consumption and fewer crew needed compared to motor yachts.

On the charter market, sailing yachts attract a niche audience, drawn to the authentic sailing experience and the potential for adventure. While generally fetching a lower weekly rate than motor yachts, if properly set up for delivering a spectacular vacation for guests, a sailing yacht can truly shine in the world of charter, often resulting in repeat bookings and a healthy income stream.


Struggling to decide between the opulence of a motor yacht and the serene elegance of a sailing yacht? Motorsailers present a compelling middle ground. Operating at full capacity both as sailboats and motorboats, they encapsulate the charm of sailing with the assurance of engine power, and comfort of a motor yacht.

Alternatively, consider venturing into innovative yacht design with a hybrid multihull. A sensible option for the environmentally conscious yet performance-oriented individual, these vessels employ cutting-edge energy recovery systems and efficient electric motors.



If you’ve been considering investing in a luxury yacht, be it motor or sail, then look no further. Acquiring a luxury yacht with Ocean Independence ensures a bespoke and seamless experience, tailored to your refined tastes.

As a leading brokerage firm with a stellar reputation, we possess an extensive knowledge base and a curated portfolio of the world’s most exquisite luxury yachts for sale . Your dedicated Ocean Independence Yacht Broker will offer expert advice through this exciting journey, meticulously sorting through a plethora of options to pinpoint the yacht that not only aligns with your expectations but surpasses them.

Leveraging our extensive industry network, negotiation expertise, and deep market insights, we are committed to securing the best possible deal on your behalf. With an unwavering commitment to transparency and precision, we ensure every aspect of your transaction, from the initial enquiry to the final handshake, is executed with unparalleled attention to detail and care.


Once you have secured your dream yacht, our commitment to you only deepens. At Ocean Independence, we want to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Our comprehensive yacht management services are designed to effortlessly take care of all of your yacht’s operations, finances, refits, crewing, and more, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable ownership experience.


If you aren’t quite ready to commit to a purchase, why not dip your toes into the yachting lifestyle through a yacht charter? Offering a taste of the opulence and adventure a luxury yacht can provide, in the most exclusive destinations around the globe, take your pick from the world’s largest fleet of luxury crewed charter yachts .

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What is the Difference Between a Boat and a Yacht?

Key differences between ‘boats’ and ‘yachts’.

Boats and yachts are two different types of watercraft normally used for a range of recreational and commercial activities. Whilst people tend to use these terms interchangeably, there are numerous distinct differences between a boat and a yacht. There are six main differences that you should bare in mind when looking at boats or yachts , to help you gain the best understanding. 

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6 Differences Between Yachts and Boats

The first key difference between a boat and a yacht is their size. A yacht is typically bigger than a boat and whilst there is no strict definition of what a yacht is, the general consensus is that if it is over 40 feet in length, it is usually considered a yacht. Boats can also vary in size, starting from small dinghies to larger motorboats or ferries but as a whole are definitely smaller than yachts.

Typically, boats are used for more recreational activities including fishing, cruising and watersports. As well as this, they can be used for commercial use and transportation with cargo or ferries. This is why boats that aren’t ferries or cargo tend to have a smaller, more simplistic design. Each boat is designed specifically so they function for their activities. On the other hand, yachts are usually used for cruising, entertainment and pleasure. They are designed with a more aesthetic design in order to enhance the experience of passengers.

3. Luxury Features

Another factor that easily sets boats and yachts apart are their luxury facilities. In general, boats do not have luxury facilities and whilst they might have an underdeck area, this will only be small and not include any kind of ‘luxuries’. Yachts however are usually equipped with multiple luxury features including spacious cabins, full kitchens, multiple bathrooms, swimming pools, hot tubs, television systems and in some cases, even helipads. These are purposefully designed to heighten the onboard experience of passengers.

One thing you should expect to see when comparing yachts and boats is a difference in cost. Because boats are fit for a smaller, more simplistic purpose you should expect these to cost less than a yacht. You could, on average, buy a boat ranging from a few thousand pounds right up to £700,000 but a yacht would come at prices from about £100,000 to £10,000,000 . This is for many reasons including the size, purpose and functionality of a yacht compared to a boat.

5. Maintenance

Whilst it is important to consider the costs of buying a boat or a yacht , it is also important to consider the upkeep that is going to come with that. In general, a yacht requires more maintenance than boats due to them being larger and having more complex systems. They would require specialised cleaning, regular upkeep of their facilities including swimming pools, hot tubs, rooms etc and regular servicing of their mechanical systems. Boats would still need to undergo upkeep, but not to the extent that a yacht would. As a result, the price and work level are usually lower for boat maintenance .

6. Engine Power

The last difference to note between boats and yachts is the power of their engines. There are a lot of boats that won’t even have an engine, it could range from a small boat requiring manpower to operate to larger boats using wind and sails to move. Boats that do have an engine can reach quite high speeds and run for some periods of time, but their engine capacity is not comparable to a yacht. A yacht engine tends to be more powerful overall, which allows them to travel through rougher water and travel for very long periods of time.

Should I Buy Myself a Boat or a Yacht?

It is important to do your research about the boat or yacht you are looking to buy in order to make sure you are getting the watercraft fit for your purpose. If you are looking to partake in watersports or short trips, a boat is definitely more suitable for you. However, if you are looking for a more luxurious travel style then a yacht may be the one for you. 

If you are looking to sell or buy, Clipper Marine might be the perfect option for you. We have experience selling a range of yachts and boats and can offer our expertise when setting the asking price, marketing the boat to potential buyers.

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Power Catamarans vs Sail Catamarans, What’s the Right Choice For You?

Sail and power catamarans are both great boats with distinct advantages. To choose what is best for you, think about how you will be using the boat. The good news is they both work with the Business Yacht Ownership approach.

Sail Catamarans

Sail Catamaran : Power Catamarans vs Sail Catamarans

  • Sailboats are better if you want to follow the sun or do longer range cruising.
  • With the right prop and engine, sailboats can do 9-10 knots and are very sea-worthy. They provide comfort at sea. If you just feel like laying back and relaxing, you can almost forget the mast is there. But, when the conditions are ideal, you will be able to sail. New designs and technological advancements make sail handling easier than ever.
  • Sailboats are quiet and promote socialization. Generally, they can handle more guests at a time, whether they are socializing or sleeping.
  • Sailboats cost less per cubic ft. of volume. The Helia 44 has as much or more room/volume than the Cumberland 47.

Power Catamarans

Power Catamarans: Power Catamarans vs Sail Catamarans

  • They have low clearance. If your cruising plans involve a bridge with height restrictions, a power boat may be the better option.
  • A properly, dedicated purpose catamaran powerboat gives significantly better speed and range than a comparable monohull powerboat.
  • The Fountaine Pajot Motor Yacht offers the exceptional characterics of the catamaran platform, giving you a very comfortable ride and virtually eliminating rolling at anchor.
  • The Fountaine Pajot Power cat is less expensive to run than a monohull and can compete with the economy of a trawler. The power cat also offers the efficiency of the hull, which allows you to go faster when you need to (up to 22 knots or so). This is not possible under normal conditions with a trawler or sailing cat.

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So I am now a proud new over of a Viking 41’, but I gotta ask. What is the difference between a “convertible” and a “Sport Fish”? Seems as though the terms are interchangeable. I don’t know what to call mine, im not a fisher so I am leaning towards Convertible, but who the heck knows?!?!


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jserb said: ↑ So I am now a proud new over of a Viking 41’, but I gotta ask. What is the difference between a “convertible” and a “Sport Fish”? Seems as though the terms are interchangeable. I don’t know what to call mine, im not a fisher so I am leaning towards Convertible, but who the heck knows?!?! Click to expand...


Berean Senior Member

PacBlue said: ↑ In my opinion, the Convertible model started out as a marketing tag that tried to define a boat that could fish and cruise, making it appeal to a broader market as the focus wasn't totally on the cockpit. Some builders like Hatteras and Bertram built convertibles that were what most of us would consider Sportfishers anyways, especially rigged with towers, etc. So move everything in today's world, and I would say that you can rig most any Convertible into a Sportfisher, but today's true Sportfisher would most likely have a Cockpit Mezzanine and Tackle Center, while a Convertible would most likely have a Wet Bar or Cockpit Grill in lieu of..... Click to expand...
Berean said: ↑ Just curious why a mezzanine would be considered a must have for an SF, particularly when it would be difficult to accomplish in boats smaller then 55-60 feet or so. It would be nice but not practical in smaller SFs. A tackle center in lieu of a grill, yes I get that. Mezzanine? Not sure.. Click to expand...
PacBlue said: ↑ The Cockpit Mezzanine is today's trend for the modern SF, I have seen them on Flybridge boats as small as a 42' (Viking, etc.). Sweet for the crew / family, no more standing or sitting on the cockpit coaming exposed to the weather waiting for the fish to strike. Click to expand...


Beau Senior Member

I always considered the difference to be in the bridge configuration. SF, the helm is to the rear, convert, the helm is forward. Dunno if that's true, but .....

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Capt J said: ↑ The 44' Cabo express has a mezzanine also. The mezzanine is nice because you're sitting comfortably, out of the sun, watching your lines from an elevated position. Under the mezzanine are your cockpit essentials like tackle storage, a bait freezer, drink refrigerator or cooler.....they're useful in a lot of aspects, also a nice place to sit and watch the dock traffic when you're tied up at the marina. Click to expand...

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Miss Lisa said: ↑ Jserb, what kind of fuel consumption do you get when at cruise speed, say 8 knots? I was curious to see if a "convertible" and a trawler running at the same rpm would attain the same speed and the same fuel consumption? Click to expand...
What’s the difference between a Convertible and a Sportfish?? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ummm, the top goes down? I think back in the day they had two different meanings, and maybe a convertible was somewhat more plush. However today the two names are interchangable, and convertible is not used very often...... At 8 knots, a 41' SF with Diesels will get somewhere between 2-3 mpg.
BEAU said: ↑ I always considered the difference to be in the bridge configuration. SF, the helm is to the rear, convert, the helm is forward. Dunno if that's true, but ..... Click to expand...
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Yacht vs Cruise Ship (4 Basic Differences)

Are you wondering what the difference is between a yacht and a cruise ship? Here’s a quick rundown of the key differences between these two types of vessels.

In simple words, Yachts are smaller , privately owned vessels. Cruise ships are large, publicly owned vessels.

Yachts typically have a small crew and can accommodate a limited number of passengers. Cruise ships have a large crews and can carry thousands of passengers.

Yachts are used for pleasure cruising, racing, or chartering. Cruise ships are used for passenger transportation, vacationing, or business purposes.

Further reading the article will give you detailed answers to your queries.

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Yacht vs Cruise Ship

For starters, yachts are generally much smaller than cruise ships. Yachts also tend to be more luxurious, and they often have a more intimate atmosphere onboard.

Cruise ships, on the other hand, are typically large vessels that can accommodate hundreds or even thousands of passengers.

They also tend to be more budget-friendly, and they offer a wide variety of activities and amenities for guests to enjoy.

When it comes to size, yachts definitely have the upper hand. The average yacht is around 100 feet long, while the average cruise ship is roughly three times that size.

This means that yachts are much more maneuverable than cruise ships, and they can often dock in places that larger vessels simply cannot.

Yachts also tend to be more luxurious than cruise ships. They usually have fewer passengers onboard, so there is more space for each guest to enjoy.

Yachts also often have nicer staterooms and suites, and they may offer more upscale amenities like private balconies and butler service.

Cruise ships, on the other hand, are typically more budget-friendly than yachts. They can accommodate more passengers, so they can spread the cost of the voyage over a larger number of people.

Cruise ships also often have a wider variety of activities and amenities available for guests to enjoy.

When it comes to privacy, yacht vs cruise ship, there are some important considerations to take into account. First and foremost, cruises tend to be much more crowded than yachts.

This means that you’ll likely have less privacy on a cruise ship than you would on a yacht. Additionally, cruises typically offer fewer amenities and activities than yachts.

This means that you’ll likely have to spend more time in your cabin or suite on a cruise ship than you would on a yacht.

Finally, cruises typically have stricter rules and regulations than yachts. This means that you’ll need to be more mindful of your behavior and actions on a cruise ship than you would on a yacht.

The debate between yacht and cruise ship safety is one that has been around for years. Both have their pros and cons, but which one is really the safest?

Let’s start with yachts. Yachts are typically much smaller than cruise ships, so they have less surface area for waves to hit.

They also have a lower center of gravity, which makes them less likely to tip over in high winds. And because they’re not as tall, they’re less likely to be damaged by large waves.

However, yachts do have some safety concerns. They’re not as stable as cruise ships, so they can roll more easily in rough seas.

And because they’re smaller, they can be more easily capsized by large waves. Now let’s look at cruise ships.

Cruise ships are much larger than yachts, so they have more surface area for waves to hit. They also have a higher center of gravity, which makes them more likely to tip over in high winds.

And because they’re taller, they’re more likely to be damaged by large waves. However, cruise ships also have some safety concerns.

They’re not as maneuverable as yachts, so they can’t avoid waves as easily. And because they’re so big, they can take longer to stop in an emergency situation.

It all comes down to the specific situation. If you’re concerned about rolling in rough seas, then a yacht is probably the better choice.

But if you’re worried about being capsized by a large wave, then a cruise ship is probably the safer option.

Of course, the best way to stay safe on the water is to be prepared for both scenarios. Make sure you know how to swim, and always wear a life jacket.

And be sure to check the weather forecast before you set sail . That way, you can be sure to avoid any dangerous conditions.

Itinerary Flexibility & Customization

One of the key advantages that a yacht has over a cruise ship is itinerary flexibility and customization. Yacht charters offer a much more personalized vacation experience.

Allowing you to tailor your trip to suit your specific needs and interests. You can choose to explore secluded coves and anchorages, visit remote islands, or sail to popular tourist destinations.

There is no set itinerary, so you are free to go at your own pace and spend as much or as little time in each location as you wish.

Another advantage of chartering a yacht is that you can often customize the onboard experience to suit your group’s preferences.

For example, if you are interested in watersports, you can charter a yacht with equipment and staff specifically for this purpose.

Or, if you prefer a more relaxed vacation, you can charter a yacht with a spa and onboard chef. There is no need to compromise on your dream vacation when you charter a yacht.

Finally, chartering a yacht gives you the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious vacation without the crowds and hassles often associated with cruise ships.

You will have your own private vessel to enjoy, complete with everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable trip.

Whether you are looking for an intimate getaway or a grand adventure, a charter yacht vacation is a perfect way to escape the ordinary and experience something truly unforgettable.

If you are interested in exploring the world on your own terms, a yacht charter vacation may be the perfect option for you.

With so many advantages over cruise ships, it is easy to see why this type of vacation is becoming increasingly popular.

Amazing Food & Drink

When it comes to food and drink, there are some big differences between yacht and cruise ship vacations.

On a yacht, you’ll have access to much better food and drink options, as well as the opportunity to dine in more intimate settings.

And of course, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views from your yacht while you enjoy your meal. On a cruise ship, the food and drink options are more limited.

And you’ll likely be stuck eating in the buffet line with everyone else. Another big difference between yacht and cruise ship vacations is the size of the accommodations.

Yachts tend to be much smaller than cruise ships, so you’ll have a more intimate experience on board. You’ll also have more privacy on a yacht since there are fewer people on board.

And of course, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views from your yacht while you relax in your cabin. On a cruise ship, the accommodations are typically larger.

So you’ll have less privacy and more noise. And of course, you’ll be stuck on a cruise ship with hundreds or even thousands of other people.

If you want a more intimate and luxurious experience, then a yacht is probably the better option. However, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly vacation with plenty of activities and amenities, then a cruise ship is probably a better choice.


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