With an emphasis on comfort, it’s easy to see why these boats are called pleasure cruisers. Manufacturers of pleasure cruiser boats focus on comfortable interior cabins along with on-deck cruising amenities. Depending on the pleasure cruiser size, boaters can typically expect a layout that sleeps up to six people with a forward berth, a mid-stateroom berth and a converted salon settee or dinette. Full galleys with cooking capabilities, heads with showers and dinettes or seating areas are also standard features in most cruisers. Up on deck, seating is designed to optimize cockpit layouts for lounging while cruising or enjoying an afternoon anchorage. Popular on-deck options range from cockpit wet bars to cockpit refrigerators or ice makers.
Pleasure cruisers, also referred to as “express cruisers”, are built for longer distance cruising performance. With available outboard or inboard drives, gas or diesel fuel and a wide range of horse power, engines can vary greatly in cruisers. Selecting an engine type proportionate with boat size will impact the speed and general performance of pleasure cruisers.
While top manufacturers of pleasure cruisers are featuring the latest technology and high-end finishes on new boat models, there are also many quality pleasure cruisers for boaters to consider on the used boat market.
Here are some of the top manufacturers and brands for pleasure cruiser style boats (alphabetically listed with no other rank):
A brand known for affordable luxury, there are currently six different models for Bayliner pleasure cruisers that range from 24 to 33 feet in length.
An impressive freeboard on the Signature Series by Chaparral Boats gives every pleasure cruiser boat they manufacture – from 27 feet to 37 feet – a roomy cabin with generous headroom, as well as a more comfortable cruise.
3. Cruisers Yachts
Cruisers Yachts’ line of express cruisers focuses on a blend of quality and amenities that has lasting appeal to boaters. Their pleasure cruiser models extend from 30 feet to 35 feet in length.
4. Formula Boats
As a maker of high speed racing boats, Formula Boats has a reputation for manufacturing pleasure cruisers that are built to perform. Their sporty line of pleasure cruisers in 27 to 40 feet models combines comfortable interiors with high performance construction.
5. Four Winns
Four Winns has something for everyone with models ranging from a cozy and affordable 26 footer to a luxurious, well-equipped 40 foot pleasure cruiser with two private staterooms.
The Cabrio Series manufactured by Larson Boats offers an impressive line of seven different models of pleasure cruisers, starting with an economical 24 feet and increasing in size to a fully appointed 37 foot family cruiser.
Monterey’s pleasure cruiser boat line has three sport cruiser sizes in 26, 28 and 30 feet, and four upgraded sport yacht sizes in 32, 34, 36 and 40 feet for well-equipped weekend getaways.
The stylish design of pleasure cruisers manufactured by Regal Boats focuses on improved head room and interior amenities. Sizes range from 25 to 35 feet in length.
Offering pleasure cruisers ranging from 25 to 40 feet in length, Rinker boats have extremely spacious cabins, excellent head room and cockpits built for entertaining.
10. Sea Ray
The quality design and construction of Sea Ray boats helps the brand to continue to maintain resale value. With ten different cruiser models to choose from, Sundancer is their most popular model and is available in sizes from 24 to 37 feet.
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