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Popular Cruisers and Classic Yachts of Rightboat

This past month, we took a snapshot of boats listed for sale on Rightboat.com that are attracting the interest of hundreds if not thousands of people like you and chose 10 unique yachts of varied size and style, ranging from 28-foot cruisers to 72-foot classic motoryachts and luxury riverboats. 

Join us for a tour! There’s something for anyone with an interest in yacht style and cruising the waterways and oceans of the world.


Famous Dual-Purpose Aft Cockpit Cruiser: Nelson 38 Aft Cockpit

Aft cockpit cruisers aren't so common anymore, but this 41-footer provides a good example of the genre for many reasons. The Dale 38 is a well-known model built by the highly praised Nelson brand.

It's designed to be a strong, durable vessel that can be used as a cruising boat and is also coded for use as a police launch or other commercial applications.

The Dale Nelson 38, created by Arthur Mursell from TT Boat Designs, is a testament to exclusivity. Only 28 were produced, each a unique piece of boating history. Now molded at 40 feet long, it's a rare find for any boating enthusiast.

It has quality joinery, full engine service, and a typical Nelson semi-displacement hull. The Dale 38 embodies the artistry that has given Nelson such a long-standing reputation.

Offered for sale by Network Yacht Brokers


Nelson 38 Aft Cockpit

Nelson 38 Aft Cockpit. 


A Contemporary Masterpiece Cruiser: Askham Bullet 52 

For generations, brands have aspired to design boats like Nelson's sturdy and sea-worthy models. Their Askham Bullet 52 cruiser is no exception.

It's a masterpiece of contemporary craftsmanship and engineering. Its meticulous woodwork, open galleys, and now-refitted Mercedes 240 hp diesel engines prove its quality.

John Askham, Nelson's famous 1960s Chief Designer, maximized its interior space and comfort for house boating while incorporating Nelson's full displacement hulls, known to move more effectively through the water rather than on top of it for cruising. Its deep and wide hull shape allows for more water tankage, storage, and larger living areas.

Askham's dedication to detail and quality is evident in every aspect of this boat. Over a decade of research and development has ensured it is equipped with all the modern technology and living areas that meet the highest standards of comfort, making this model a timeless symbol of durability and convenience.

Offered for sale by Boats.co.uk


Askham Bullet 52

Askham Bullet 52.


Antique River Boat: 26 Crosby Tug

Vintage river tugs like this 1992 Crosby are gems from the past, providing a unique cruising experience in rivers and lakes. Crosby Yacht Yard has been building boats like this tug since the 1800s. They are the originators of world-famous boats like the Crosby Catboat. Like generations before, they are committed to creating boats beyond quality, functionality, and durability standards.

This vessel has undergone a remarkable transformation, with nearly $250,000 worth of upgrades. These enhancements have turned it into a luxurious recreational boat, offering comfortable sleeping space for two, a custom hard top, teak decks, a fully equipped toilet, and more. The spacious seating on the aft deck can comfortably accommodate five people, and it features a well-appointed galley in the salon.

With a hull molded to the specifications of a rugged workboat yet possessing the amenities of a yacht, this is an investment in a tug that is not only picturesque but also reliable.

Offered for sale by Rick Obey Yacht Sales


26 Crosby Tug

26 Crosby Tug. 


Innovative Hybrid Motor Yacht: Overblue 44

If you enjoy the space provided by catamarans and can imagine living aboard a truly spacious yacht, you may fall in love with this Overblue 44' cruiser. An Italian designer frustrated by the internal dimensions of mid-40-foot motor boats started the idea. He and his team designed this boat from the inside out, using every inch of space to create a three-stateroom cabin.

Their idea was to focus on maximizing stability and space, natural attributes of a catamaran, while maintaining the efficiency and versatility of a motor yacht. Although only a few years old, this yacht certainly innovative, comfortable, and luxurious.

The Overblue 44' boasts a rare feature for its size—a full-length flybridge. As a result, it offers more indoor and outdoor space than any other boat in its range. The only steps on the boat are between lower and upper deck. The interior is a single-level design so you can move freely from room to room and enjoy the comfort of high, seven-foot ceilings.

The boat is sleek, modern, and cutting-edge yet relatively affordable compared to other yachts in their class, making this a true marvel for anyone who wants to optimize their space.

Offered for sale by Denison Yacht Sales


Overblue 44'Overblue 44'.


Former America’s Cup Committee Boat: 72 Trumpy 

Built-in 1972 by John Trumpy and Sons, this 72-foot motor yacht from another era is one of the last of its kind crafted by these esteemed yacht builders. Trumpy and Sons hold a special place in maritime and American history as a US builder. Not only did this Trumpy Houseboat serve as an officials’ vessel during the 1974 America's Cup Races, but historical dignitaries, celebrities, and even US presidents have enjoyed similar Trumpy yachts.

One of the official United States presidential yachts was a Trumpy Yacht commissioned in the 1930s, servicing the president for over 40 years.

From 2017 to 2020, this Trumpy underwent an extensive restoration and refit at McMillen Yachts in Rhode Island, restoring its original grandeur while integrating modern systems for enhanced convenience and reliability. The yacht is luxurious, featuring an enclosed pilothouse, a spacious main deck, and opulent amenities. It combines classic elegance with modern comfort, offering a unique and lavish experience.

Offered for sale by Luke Brown Yachts


72 Trumpy

72 Trumpy.


Teak Trawler Yacht: 47 Grand Banks Europa

The 47 Europa is a European-inspired take on Grand Bank's highly sought-after traditional yachts. The main difference is its lower helm station and its emphasis on comfort and practicality. Both the interior and exterior are bright, warm, and cozy.

Grand Banks, a distinguished name in the yachting industry, has been creating yachts since 1956. Their legacy is built on a foundation of craftsmanship and quality, which is evident in their up-to-date yet still traditionally exquisite designs.

This yacht has been refined over several years to meet the evolving market demands. Equipped with twin diesel engines and a semi-displacement hull, the Europa offers an efficient and exhilarating cruising experience.

If you love teak, you'll be amazed at the appeal of this yacht. Its exterior features teak decking, a flybridge, a swim platform, handrails, cap rails, and window trim. Inside, teak cabinetry, paneling, and trim work create a rich-toned, luxurious, and inviting atmosphere. 

Offered for sale by Seattle Yachts


47 Grand Banks Europa

47 Grand Banks Europa.


An Original Dutch Barge: 24M Steilsteven

This original iron-riveted Steilsteven Dutch Barge Conversion is a beautiful combination of classic and modern design. It was recently renovated with light upholstery, carpet, and its overall color scheme, making this a very bright and spacious interior. With these modifications, you will be able to cruise comfortably or live aboard permanently due to its ample storage space.

Steilsteven is one of the oldest and most respected Dutch barge builders. As demand for cargo transportation increased in the early 20th century, they played a pivotal role in constructing vessels like the 24M Dutch Barge to meet the needs of merchants and traders. As time went on, these models were adapted to current needs.

This barge required highly skilled craftsmanship to design its characteristic flat bottom and bow. The Dutch have a tradition of using these sturdy and practical vessels in canals, rivers, and coastal waters, and now they are great for long-term living. It's got six berths in cabin areas, making it perfect for families or large groups.

Offered for sale by Bray Marine Sales


24M Steilsteven

24M Steilsteven.


Classic British Yacht with Ambiance: Fairline Squadron 43

Ambitious and well-thought-out, the 1999 Fairline Squadron 43 was a significant milestone in the rapidly growing mid-sized luxury motor yacht industry in the late 1990s. The interior layout includes hand-finished, lacquered wood and seat cushions made from high-quality textiles that create an ambiance that invites you to relax and enjoy.

It set the standard for powerful engines and streamlined hull designs, modeling impressive speed and stability, making it suitable for any size cruise. The design was innovative, maximizing the space with all the needed equipment.

Fairline was established in 1963 by Jack Newington, an engineer and boat builder from England. He focused on small motorboats in the early years, gradually gaining a reputation for high-quality construction and design.

By the late 1960s, his team expanded into the growing demand for luxury motor yachts, the Squadron 43 being one of their best.

Offered for sale by BCM Yachtsales GmbH


Fairline Squadron 43

Fairline Squadron 43.


A Dream Pocket Tugboat: Ranger Tugs 28

Inspired by historic tugboats, Ranger created this 2011 Tug 28' to integrate exterior tug design with homelike aesthetics that maximize coziness and versatility. At just 25 feet, this tug goes on a trailer, opening up possibilities to explore without needing marinas or boatyards for storage.

The interior is special with its forward cabin, V-berth seating area, and convertible dinette accommodating up to four people. Add on the wide 50-square-foot aft deck and Garmin Chartplotter, and this boat is a comfortable pocket cruiser.

Ranger Tugs Inc., a division of Fluid Motion LLC, has been producing reliable and durable Ranger Tugs since the late 1990s. They are still built in the Pacific Northwest, where they truly test their boats against the elements. With its distinctive hull shape, raised pilothouse, and plumb bow, this boat proves it's stable, visible, and seaworthy in rough conditions.

In addition to its appealing configuration and features, recent partial rebuilds and replacements make this Ranger Tug a worthwhile tugboat.

Offered for sale by Pier One Yacht Sales


Ranger Tugs 28

Ranger Tugs 28.


Practical Weekend Cruiser: Sealine S28

If you're a fan of weekend adventures on the water, the Sealine S28 is a boat to consider. This 1990s boat is part of Sealine's Sport Cruiser Range and was designed to offer good balance between compactness and comfort.

Despite its 28-foot hull, the boat is packed with features that make it a joy to use, whether you're out for a day cruise or planning an overnight stay.

Its well-maintained, reupholstered cockpit, seats up to nine adults, has a wet bar, and a cockpit table that converts into a double sunbed. It's got all the amenities plus standout features like the convertible cockpit, which can be transformed from an open space to a fully enclosed one, protecting you from the elements.

Since its founding in 1972, Sealine's philosophy has been about balancing style, performance, and practicality. This is reflected in Sealine S28's layout and performance, smooth and stable in choppy conditions.

Offered for sale by Marine Sales Scotland


Sealine S28

Sealine S28.

Written By: Denelle Balach

Denelle Balach is a lifelong boat enthusiast who has spent her days at Lake Erie on kayaks, speedboats, and anything in between. She channels her passion for boating and writing into concise, engaging content for boating and yachting publications and maritime agencies. She can be reached through her website: www.denelle-balach.com.

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