Are you a skilled boater looking to upgrade to a larger vessel, or perhaps wanting to surpass the smaller boats and skip right to the yachting way of life? Choosing the right starter yacht can be a tough choice, especially with so many possibilities. Of course, the lifestyle you envision, whether fishing, cruising, or traveling, will play a role in what yacht you choose to buy. For a stress-free buying process, it will be in your best interest to seek assistance from a professional and knowledgeable yacht broker. But to help you with your search, here are our picks for the best starter yachts for fishing and cruising enthusiasts.
Yachts in the 40-50 foot range will be best for beginners. A vessel in the 40-foot to 50-foot range is the perfect size to get a feel for yacht ownership without requiring a crew or captain to manage it. Most yachts in this range have 2-3 staterooms and plenty of entertainment-filled amenities, perfect for family outings or extended weekend adventures.
Viking Yachts is the premier manufacturer of sportfishing yachts that range from 38-90 feet. However, as a starter yacht, you will want to keep in the lower range, starting with the 38 Viking and venturing up to the 48 Viking. With an array of options from convertible yachts, sport towers, and open yachts, fishing customers can choose which style suits their lifestyle best. The Viking 46 Billfish, however, is our choice for the best starter yacht for sportfish lovers.
As an owner/operator-designed yacht, this sportfisher serves as a ready-to-go fishing machine with a 140-sqft cockpit that excels in performance and comfortability for both inshore and offshore fishing expeditions. Anglers can rest up and recharge in the forward stateroom or upper and lower bunks on the port side of the cabin, with easy access to the private head. The 46 BF offers reliable inboard diesel power and simplicity and ease in maneuverability and maintenance. And like the Viking convertibles, her flybridge is designed with a tournament-style center console walk-around helm, Palm Beach-style controls, and power-assist hydraulic steering. Vertical integration with Atlantic Marine Electronics can build and install a complete package of navigation and communication equipment to deliver a yacht that is turnkey ready. For more details, speak to our Viking specialists (833) 701-0472.
Best Feature: The command deck of the 46 BF can be completely enclosed and is climate-controlled. A perfect escape from the elements.
Staterooms & Heads: 2/1
About Viking Yachts: With a mantra to build a better yacht every day, Viking leads the industry with over 50 years of experience, unmatched customer service, and quality-built sportfish yachts.
For cruising enthusiasts, a motor yacht is one of the best yacht types to buy. Again, staying in the lower 40-50 foot range is best for a starter yacht to get a feel for the lifestyle and performance. A motor yacht typically features an interior cabin, galley, private staterooms, and amenities for entertaining and relaxation. Renowned motor yacht brands include Princess, Cruisers, and Prestige. Our pick for the best starter yacht for cruising is the Princess F45.
With a strong focus on life at sea, the award-winning Princess F45 offers unrivaled deck space, quality craftsmanship, and flexibility for the ultimate on-water experience. The expansive flybridge serves as a social hub for entertaining or relaxing, highlighting a wraparound dinette and a flexible lounge area next to the helm. Her lavish accommodations include a full-beam owner’s cabin and forward ensuite cabin, perfect for family getaways. The 45 Princess is loaded with technical innovations that allow for ease of use and spectacular performance while on the water. For additional details, speak to our Princess specialists (833) 701-0810.
Best Feature: The F45 is the second Princess flybridge model that features Volvo IPS 600 pod drives, which gave designers a clean slate on drafting the interior layout.
Staterooms/Heads: 2/ 2
MSRP: $ 2,159,022
About Princess Yachts: For over 50 years, Princess Yachts has been handcrafting luxury yachts in Plymouth, England, designed with a forward-thinking mentality and crafted with meticulous attention to detail. They offer some of the most technically advanced motor yachts worldwide and aim to provide an exceptional experience onboard with family and friends.
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