Find relaxation on a cabin cruiser
The cabin cruiser has long been a popular choice when it comes to recreational boating. This type of power boat offers accommodations inside for both passengers and crew members while typically ranging in length from twenty-five to forty-five feet. A cabin cruiser is perfect for families, couples looking for weekend getaways, or just for overall convenience and comfort.
Benefits of Owning a Cabin Cruiser
Since storing a boat on the water can be expensive, a cabin cruiser (depending on its size) can be fully towable allowing summer boaters to take advantage of lower rates offered by many land storage facilities. A cabin cruiser generally has a fully equipped kitchen (or galley) too, which means there is less need to eat out, or leave the cozy dining room area.
Features of a Cabin Cruiser
Typically, a cabin cruiser offers the following features: various configurations of berths with a possible aft cabin; a toilet or head; some type of heating and cooling capabilities for hot water and air conditioning; plus a generator and compatible land electrical system. Many times a cabin cruiser also offers a roomy sitting area to escape the sun yet still hav fun and relax. Over the years, cabin cruisers have become faster (mainly due to updated body designs) and provide good stability as well as overall handling.
How Much does a Cabin Cruiser Cost?
While cabin cruisers were immensely popular in Europe during the 1960-70’s with major manufacturers like Dawncraft and Norman, builders of cabin cruiser have dwindled over the years. Recreational boaters have turned to runabouts and deck boats while others have gone on to more expensive full sized yachts and mega yachts.
Boat manufacturers still producing cabin cruiser models include:
Cruisers Yachts, Oconto, WI – models range from 300 Express (31’) to 560 Express (58’) with prices starting at $139,000
Stingray, Hartsville, SC – 2011 models range from 195 cs/cx (19’) to 250 cs (25’) with prices starting at $30,000
Marex, Oslo, Norway – 2011 models vary from 270 Estremo (27’) to 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser (37’) with prices starting at $187,000
New or Used?
If some of the above are out of your price range, you might consider purchasing a used cabin cruiser
through a dealer or even at an auction. On Boat Trader’s website alone, there are currently 2,377 pre-owned cabin cruisers listed for sale ranging from a 1999 Regal 242 Commodore for $12, 995 all the way up to $479,500 for a 2002 Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge. But there are also advantages to purchasing a new cabin cruiser for your recreational boat outings including the manufacturers warranty, personalization through choosing options, along with possible dealership incentives and rebates.
A great tip before you buy any cabin cruiser is to rent the model of your choice for an afternoon or weekend. This way you can compare features first hand and decided what make and model is best suited to your needs.
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