Boat Buyers Guides (More coming soon!)

If you are thinking of buying a second-hand boat, yacht, catamaran, fishing boat or any other type of craft, then our Boat Buyers Guides, which review all the information available about specific second-hand boats, are essential reading.

We have written these reviews to help you find and buy the perfect boat for you. In the articles we give an overview of the boat, looking at what it was built to do, who it would suit, what industry experts have said, and what it is great for i.e. cruising round the world or leisurely sailing along rivers.

We cover the boat specifications and the model variations; we also look at what is great about the boat, what to look out for on a pre-owned model and give advice on how to keep your boat in tip top condition once you’ve bought it.

The boat reviews are shown below and we are adding to the list all the time, so have a read and find out more about the boat of your dreams.

Azimut 43 Boat Buyers Guide

Azimut 43 Review. The Azimut 43 is a flybridge cruiser that offers spacious, comfortable accommodation in a high-performance motor yacht. Italian styling and design give the boat great looks, as well as contemporary appeal. A secondhand Azimut 43 is an ideal boat for entertaining or family cruising.

Bavaria 38 Boat Buyers Guide

Bavaria Cruiser 38 Review. The Bavaria 38 is a cruising yacht that offers a remarkably spacious interior layout for its size. It provides comfortable family accommodation in a two or three cabin layout, yet offers keen sailors the performance they expect from this long-established German boat builder. The Bavaria Cruiser 38 is a well-built boat that holds its value and represents a sound second-hand purchase.

Beneteau Antares 9.80 Boat Buyers Guide

Benetau Antares 9.80 Review. This is a highly acclaimed flybridge cruiser that combines safe, reliable performance with spacious accommodation. It offers a smooth, fast ride in a boat that reflects the best of French style. A second-hand model is a great choice for a family planning coastal cruising or weekend sailing.

Broadblue Voyager 385 Boat Buyers Guide

Broadblue Voyager385 Review. A long-distance catamaran designed for single or short-handed sailing across the Channel, around coastal waters, or in the open ocean. Build quality is superb and the boat feels safe and secure when sailing. Accommodation is spacious and comfortable, featuring quality craftsmanship and elegant joinery in natural oak, teak and holly. A great cruising catamaran that makes the Broadblue Voyager 385 a safe, solid, reliable and capable second-hand buy.

Chris-Craft Corsair 28 Boat Buyers Guide

Chris-Craft Corsair 28 Review. The Chris-Craft Corsair 28 is a high-end cuddy cabin boat that is ideal for overnighting as well as luxurious cruising in rivers, coastal waters and lakes. The Corsair 28 blends Chris-Craft’s classic quality, workmanship and style with high performance in what commentators call “one of the prettiest boats on the water.”

Cranchi Zaffiro 34 Boat Buyers Guide

Cranchi Zaffiro 34 Review. The Cranchi Zaffiro 34 is a spacious sports cruiser that offers comfortable accommodation coupled with Italian style and innovation from a long-established family boat-building firm. Excellent handling, sporting performance and good cruising range make this an ideal boat for day trips or weekends away. A secondhand Cranchi Zaffiro 34 is an opportunity to own a classic Italian cruiser that represents good value for money.

Fairline Phantom 40 Boat Buyers Guide

Phantom 40 Review. This luxury flybridge cruiser is designed for comfort and assured sailing performance. It offers great stability, good manoeuvrability and a spacious interior that’s ideal for entertaining or longer cruises with family or friends. The Fairline Phantom 40 is a great choice for a second-hand high-performance flybridge cruiser.

Fairline Squadron 58 Boat Buyers Guide

Fairline Squadron 58 Review. The Fairline Squadron 58 is an ocean-going flybridge cruiser that combines sophisticated marine engineering with an emphasis on spacious, luxury accommodation for family and friends. Fairline’s reputation for quality build, reliable performance and attention to detail is seen throughout this cruiser.

Fairline Targa 38 Boat Buyers Guide

Fairline Targa 38 Review. A luxury power cruiser that was 2007 European Powerboat of the Year in the 30ft to 40ft category. Cruising round the headland or setting the pace in open waters, this boat has a perfectionist attitude to outdoor life. Sporting performance, generous accommodation for longer trips and outstanding build quality make a second-hand Fairline Targa 38 a great choice.

Freeman 23 Boat Buyers Guide

Freeman 23 Review. The Freeman 23 is one of a line of successful cruisers from the yard that pioneered boats to order. This river cruiser offers comfortable accommodation for four in an interior marked by high-quality wood that creates a touch of luxury in such an affordable boat. An inboard petrol engine takes the boat up to 8 knots, with easy handling and a smooth ride from its shallow V hull. A sound second-hand buy.

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 925 Boat Buyers Guide

Jeanneau Merry Fisher Review. Nominated shortly after its launch for ‘Best sportsfisher 2005’ by Motor Boat Monthly, the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 925 is a recreational cruiser that combines the spaciousness of a family boat with the practicalities of a sea-going fishing cruiser. In flybridge or non-flybridge form, the Merry Fisher 925 is a robust, reliable cruiser that makes a sound second-hand purchase.

Jeanneau NC 11 Boat Buyers Guide

Jeanneau NC11 Review. The Jeanneau NC11 is a family cruiser with versatile living space that can be completely enclosed in bad weather or opened to enjoy the wind and waves. This elegant boat can easily accommodate six people in two cabins. A second-hand Jeanneau NC-11 is a great choice for anyone looking for an innovative, versatile sports cruiser.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 Boat Buyers Guide

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2 Review. Designed by French naval architect Philippe Briand, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2, is a simple, powerful yacht that combines comfortable, luxury cruising with fast, safe shorthanded sailing. The boat accommodates eight people in a three cabin layout that is luxuriously appointed. Clean, modern lines and Jeanneau craftsmanship make the Sun Odyssey 45.2 a very desirable second-hand buy.

Oyster 46 Boat Buyers Guide

Oyster 46 Review. The Oyster 46 is designed as a live-aboard yacht for families and guests on longer passages. The boat offers unrivalled interior cabin volume combined with robust sea keeping abilities, making the Oyster 46 a true go-anywhere blue water cruising yacht. A second-hand Oyster 46 makes a great introduction to Oyster’s line up of cruising yachts.

PANDORA Mk1 Boat Buyers Guide

Pandora Mk1 Review. This small-hulled yacht is a classic that has stood the test of time. Originally, designed by E.G. Van de Stadt and modified and built by Rydgeway Marine, it easily matches the performance of larger, modern yachts and offers a smooth, stiff, responsive sail. It was designed and built to provide comfortable accommodation for a small crew, without resembling the “floating caravans” of its time.

PEGASUS 700 Boat Buyers Guide

Pegasus 700 Review. A small, but surprisingly spacious yacht for family leisure sailing that’s equally at home on the east coast or the Broads. With single-handed sailing capability and safe, stable performance, it makes an ideal starter boat. Yet, it offers a level of performance that makes this versatile yacht a competitive club racer. A second-hand Pegasus 700 makes an ideal choice for family sailing.

Prout 45 Boat Buyers Guide

Prout 45 Review. An outstanding boat from the firm that pioneered luxury cruising catamarans. The Prout 45’s ground-breaking design with award-winning hull structure, innovative design features and simple short-handed cruising ability set the standard for luxury ocean-going cats. The boat balances outstanding performance with spacious accommodation in a choice of four different layouts. Good sea-keeping, reliability, and comfort make it a strong contender among second-hand cruising cats.

Sea Ray 240 Sundancer Ray Boat Buyers Guide

Sea Ray 240 Sundancer Review. The Sea Ray 240 Sundancer is a versatile, affordable family boat that will easily sleep four. This boat's comfort and efficient use of space make a secondhand model an excellent introduction to the Sea Ray family of bowriders.

Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Ray Boat Buyers Guide

Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Review. The Sea Ray 240 Sundeck is a sporty deck boat that offers space and seating for up to 13 people in luxurious comfort. The boat offers power and performance for water sports or cruising, plus the space and facilities for entertaining in style. A second-hand Sea Ray 240 Sundeck is a great choice if you’re looking for a premium sports deck boat that’s very affordable.

Sealine S38 Boat Buyers Guide

Sealine S38 Review. The Sealine S38 is a powerful offshore sports cruiser with a level of space and comfort expected in a much larger craft. It has a large cockpit with seating for at least eight and sleeping accommodation for seven. This luxury sports cruiser is equipped with all the facilities needed for a short break and makes a sound second-hand buy.

Sessa Marine C52 Boat Buyers Guide

Sessa C52 Review. The Sessa C52 is an open cockpit sports cruiser with a hard top. It combines sparkling performance with excellent sea-keeping and spacious interior and exterior accommodation. The three-cabin layout features two double and one single cabins, making a secondhand Sessa C52 an ideal choice for luxury cruising with family or guests.

Shetland Family Four Boat Buyers Guide

Shetland Family 4 Review. A compact cruiser for family leisure sailing in rivers, canals or inshore waters. The Shetland Family 4 provides comfortable accommodation for four people and reliable performance at affordable prices. The boat is light and easy to transport and unload from a trailer. On the water, it is stable and easy to manoeuvre. A no-nonsense boat that makes an ideal used boat to buy for family cruising.

Sunseeker Motor Yachts Manhattan 50 Boat Buyers Guide

Sunseeker Manhattan 50 Review. The Sunseeker Manhattan 50 is a full-beam mid-cabin boat that achieves the upper level of luxury and quality in a 50-foot motor yacht. With three spacious cabins and a large saloon area, it’s an ideal boat for family cruising or entertaining guests. With a second-hand Sunseeker Manhattan 50, you are buying a luxury boat that is uncompromising in its performance, style and practicality.

Sunseeker Motor Yachts Portofino 46 Boat Buyers Guide

Sunseeker Portofino 46 Review. An express cruiser that offers a great deal more space than you'd imagine from a motor yacht of her size and class. Stylish accommodation includes a separate double and twin cabin and there’s a spacious cockpit area for relaxing, sunbathing and entertaining. A secondhand Sunseeker Portofino 46 makes an excellent entry-level sports yacht.

Windy 37 Grand Mistral Boat Buyers Guide

Windy 37 Grand Mistral Review. This planning hull sports cruiser is a genuine classic featuring the timeless design, Norwegian craftsmanship and excellent sea-keeping abilities that give Windys their legendary status. It offers a stable, well-balanced ride in all conditions and sleeps 4-6 people in comfortable accommodation. A second-hand Windy 37 Grand Mistral is a popular choice as a classic family cruiser.