When looking for a boat to purchase, it is only normal to want the best of the best. Like the auto industry, boat manufacturers are always competing to build the finest models available for on-water enjoyment. While good arguments can be made for all American boat brands, some humbly stand out above the rest. Whether you find yourself searching for a fierce sportfishing yacht, tranquil cruising boat, or angler-friendly center console, here is our list of American boat brands that stand out in the boating industry. Click any of the yacht brands below for more info.
Viking Yachts is the gold standard when it comes to sportfishing yachts in the industry, with models ranging from 38-92 feet. They also construct high-quality motor yachts ranging from 75-93 feet and have a sister company— Valhalla Boatworks— that offers a new breed of center console fishing machines. Since day one, the brand focuses on a simple philosophy of building a better boat every day, in which they install hard work and attention to detail from the initial design to the finished product. Viking produces 90 percent of their boats in-house to ensure customers get the highest quality product. Check out the top 10 reasons to purchase a Viking Yacht.
Cruisers Yachts is a premier luxury brand of American-made yachts ranging in size from 31-60 feet. These family cruisers are recognized in the industry for being well-engineered and affordably priced. Honing in on their craft, their line of luxury yachts include Express yachts, flybridge yachts, express coupes, and the Cantius line. These models are some of the most elegant and timeless vessels in the world today. View all Cruisers yachts for sale.
Valhalla Boatworks center consoles are the latest brand from the legendary builder of Viking Yachts. The American boat brand was developed to fulfill a strong desire for high-end center consoles that carry the same DNA as Viking sportfish yachts. The new breed of center consoles sets evolutionary standards in performance, engineering, quality, and fishing capabilities. The V Series consists of four deep-V, double-stepped monohulls from 33 to 46 feet that excel as hard-core fishing boats, luxurious sport cruisers or yacht tenders. Learn more about Valhalla Boatworks center consoles.
Known as the unsinkable legend, Boston Whaler has been providing boaters a range of models from 11-42 feet for over 60 years. Their dedication and unwavering commitment to producing quality boats with great design features, advanced technology, and an unsinkable hull have catapulted them to one of the most trusted American boat brands in the world. View all used Boston Whaler boats for sale.
Chris Craft has been around since 1874 and is based out of Sarasota, FL. Their mission of building premium boats and yachts that stand out in the sea of sameness has paid off over the years. Chris Craft boats are well known for their classic looks, stunning woodwork, and agile handling. Their models range from 23-35 feet and include the Corsair Series, Launch Series, Launch GT series, Calypso Series, and Catalina Series. View pre-owned Chris Craft boats.
Westport Yachts has been leading the industry since 1964. They have launched and constructed some of the finest luxury yachts to date. They were also pioneers of composite material use in vessels. Not to mention, they are the largest yacht builder in North America, which has its advantages in terms of quality and level of service. Today, Westport is known for its elegant motor yachts, each featuring leading performance standards and unsurpassed comfort. View our used Westport Yachts available for sale.
Regulator boats are robust sportfishers known for their exceptional fit and finish. Since 1988 Regulator Marine has been reinventing the deep-vee center console experience, earning them the title of “The Legendary Ride.” Regulator models range from 23-41 feet and deliver ultimate comfort, fishability, and performance standards. View inventory of used Regulator boats.
Since 1998, Yellowfin Yachts has been an industry leader in center console fishing boats. The American boat brand located in Bradenton, Florida, designs, creates, and builds each vessel entirely on-site for a broader array of semi-custom options for customers to choose from. Bringing a plethora of experience from years of offshore powerboat racing and tournament fishing, Yellowfin delivers on some of the most sophisticated, light-tackle center consoles on the market today. View all used Yellowfin Yachts for sale.
Since 1960 Bertram Yachts has been building unique deep-V hull yachts that deliver elegance, utility, and performance. Bertram Yachts founded Ray Hunt’s deep-vee hull design in the offshore category, setting an industry standard for builders in its class. Today, the brand offers seven models ranging from 28-61 feet in length. View pre-owned Bertram Yachts for sale.
Tiara Yachts are American-made, handcrafted, luxury yachts designed with performance and comfort in mind. The brand includes models for both fishing and cruising, ranging from 34-53 feet. From sports coupes to express models to flybridge yachts, Tiara is considered to be one of the top mid-range manufacturers in the industry today. View used Tiara Yachts for sale.
Sea Ray was founded in 1959 and is one of the most awarded American boat brands to date. The company focuses on one simple principle, “richer moments on the water lead to a richer life.” That is why the company dedicates itself to creating exceptional vessels with meticulous artisanship, striking designs, and effortless performance. Sea Ray boats range from 19-40 feet in length and include sports boats, deck boats, and cabin cruisers. View used Sea Ray yachts for sale.
Broward Yachts is an American luxury yacht builder based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The brand designs custom yachts that are highly respected for their seaworthiness and efficiency. For over 60 years, this leading yacht builder has designed and built high-quality vessels ranging from 60-164 feet. To date, the company has launched over 300 custom luxury yachts, all unique to customer demands. View pre-owned Broward Yachts for sale.
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