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What is a Cruiser?


Chez Nous Bound for Sea

Tom's Chez Nous bound for sea.

— Published: July 2015

There's been a lot said in boating publications about cruising. At first we all knew what we were talking and reading about. And when you said you were a cruiser, boaters had a pretty good idea of what you meant. More importantly, so did you. Now the definition of the word has expanded. And that's good.

In the old days you had to be in a double ended boat that could only make about 3 knots in a gale, carried enough water for a monthly sponge bath from a teacup and enough fuel to run the engine for about half a day ... if it had an engine. In other words, to be a "cruiser," you had to be incredibly tough and you had to be happy living like a Spartan. It was pure and simple and your identity was secure. But as time went on that began to change and you had to define yourself more carefully.

The boats morphed into fast sailing machines. These boats had big tanks, big screen TV sets, queen sized beds, plush carpeting and big motors that could push them as fast as they could sail. Then people began to realize that it wasn't really necessary for a cruising boat to have that sail, unless maybe for "steadying." People began to cruise all over the world in, of all things, motor boats. What was the world coming to?

But during all this morphing, we kept running into good cruising folks who were widely considered to be the "real" cruisers. One who always stands out in my mind is Alvah Simon who, in addition to other amazing feats, deliberately froze his steel boat into the Arctic ice for a winter. He's one of the tough-in-extremis types. He survived in style (his style), spending much of his time coaxing polar bears away from his boat without hurting them and having an occasional celebration with Jack Daniels who was there in spirit only. I'll never forget eating lunch with Alvah once and talking about how the Jack Daniels bottles contrasted against the white snow. I always admired Alvah and others like him, but I didn't fit into that group and knew that I never could.

And all along there have been those who considered "cruising" to mean "traveling long distances in a boat with great difficulty", like going around the world without a motor. Some did it because they were too pure to even have one aboard. Some did it because even though they started out with one they couldn't fix it the first time it broke down. There were also those who did repair everything that broke or tore and those that didn't repair anything that broke or tore ... both bragging about it. There were many different opinions voiced of what "real" cruising really was.

Sometimes I think that the ultimate mantra of "real" cruising has been the rejection of the marine head. Some of the "true blue" cruisers never used the head even though they had one, preferring to use the "over the side" even if bullets were flying their way, sent along by irate citizenry ashore. These folks seem exceptionally proud of their lifestyle and when they call themselves cruisers you don't argue.

Although I've been a cruiser most of my life, I don't fit into many of these definitions of cruising. And I know that if I call myself a cruiser I must explain because I don't want people to think I'm that tough. If people think you're tougher than you are it could get you into big trouble. My status as a wimp cruiser must remain secure.

Unlike the true cruisers, I love my motor. I don't like storms, and I've known a few. I do like being somewhat clean, even to the point of taking a shower once a day. I don't like being cold. I don't like being uncomfortable. I don't want to sail around the world because I'm afraid I might fall off (the boat). And I'd hate to think that people think I don't use heads. So over the years I've created a self image of my type of cruising. I don't share it here because I figure that nobody else really cares and, come to think of it, I'm not sure what it is. But I've resolved many of these cruising identity issues and finally I began to feel pretty good about myself.

New Concepts

But not too long ago I came across yet another concept of cruising that has once again kicked my personal angst meter up a couple of notches. You've probably known about this all along, but remember, for many years, I've been in the protected world of floating about on a boat. I learned about this in a bar in a hotel where my wife and I were staying while on a land trip.

A rather beefy gentleman was also in attendance and enjoying the beverages while he earnestly engaged in talking with every lady around; never mind that the conversations were one-sided and usually that one side was to the back side of the heads of said ladies.

I was wearing one of my old "Cruising World" shirts. I used to be Editor at Large for that magazine and wrote the "On Watch" column and other projects for many years. They gave us lots of great shirts. The gentleman who kept striking out with the ladies suddenly stared in my direction in the mirror, his florid face indicating curiosity and interest. Then slowly but deliberately he swiveled his head toward me and turned to talk.

"I'm a cruiser too," he announced.

I like to talk about boats and cruising and I was bored so I innocently opened up. "Yeah, I've lived aboard since the ‘70s and travelled thousands of miles on my boat. Can't wait to get back to her."

He looked at me strangely, tottered a little on his barstool, squinted hard at the logo on my shirt, stared at me like I was some kind of a fruit cake from Mars and turned his back to me as a new lady entered the stage. This gave my wife the opportunity to explain to me that "Cruiser" meant different things to different people, and, more to the point, it often meant hanging out in bars trying to pick up people, for reasons I'll leave to your imagination, which I am sure is more fertile and less naïve than mine. Since then, I've given all this some thought and come to the realization that I'd better be even more careful when I call myself a cruiser. When you call yourself one you can't be sure what they think you're doing in your spare time.

Tom's Tips About Doing It Your Way

  • Don't let the preconceived notions of others stop you from having fun cruising your way.
  • Snobbery as to which way of boating and cruising is "better" or "more pure" or more macho is way out of place on and around the water.
  • If you get into trouble on the water you'll probably quickly see how the boating community is indeed a community. We're all in it together when we're on the water. And it's a good feeling.
  • Cruising can cover boats ranging from canoes to ships. It can be power or sail or both. It can be to far distances or just up the creek.
  • You can find in the archives of these columns many very practical suggestions about how to make your boat suitable for "cruising" the way you want to cruise. See, for example,

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  • Oct 19, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Cruisers

By: Captain Bill Jennings

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When a person buys a boat today, he or she must first decide the "type" of boat that most interests them. With the many specialized categories of boats currently available this is not as simple as it may seem. The more a boat is designed to fit into a specific category, the less efficiently it will work in a different category. To help boaters navigate through the realities of boat types, I am presenting a series of unsponsored advertisement-free articles that reveal some of the unmarketed characteristics of different boat types. Revealing these facts can help you, the boat buyer, select a boat type that matches your needs. In this article, we look at cruisers .

The first step in discussing cruiser applications is to be clear on the definition of this type of boat. The non-military definition of 'cruiser' is:

A boat capable of being used to both transport and provide comfortable sheltered accommodations for at least two people. A cruiser is larger than a 'walkaround,' but smaller than a full blown 'yacht.' We note that sailors would define 'yacht' as a boat with a sail, but for our discussion, I limit the definition to power-only vessels. Cruisers fall within a length range of 28 to 40 feet.

When you consider that a well equipped cruiser provides safe water transit while offering creature comforts such as weather protection, beds, galley, dining facilities, toilet, shower, television, air conditioning, and a lounge area -- they are a highly versatile boat type. Many couples and small families enjoy 24 hours a day on their cruiser, and travel to interesting destinations.

Only when we look more closely, do we begin to see the weak points that are found in some cruisers. Most of these concerns are related to their size. When designers try to replicate the amenities of a 55 foot yacht into a 30-something floorplan, it is only logical that things are going to get a bit crowded. For example, tall people will notice a shortage of headroom in all but the largest of cruisers. The limited space is also reflected in the seating capacity, which becomes more noticeable as guests arrive. On smaller cruisers, taking a shower can be an elbow thumping experience, and don't drop the soap. Without air conditioning, it can be too stuffy to sleep in the small berth and unless your cruiser is large enough to have a generator, you will need to run your electrical requirements off engine power or the battery. The addition of yacht-like features makes cruisers heavier than other boats of equivalent length, and heavier boats call for more horsepower. This translates to higher fuel consumption. Cruisers are usually kept in the water so you may also incur slip fees. A final critique of some cruiser models is their limited access to the foredeck. Small cruisers may have you climb through the windshield and even larger ones provide the narrowest of gunwales. This means that foredeck access can necessitate some fancy dancing by your crew as you approach a dock.

But this list of concerns can seem like minor speed bumps when you consider the enjoyment of the yachting lifestyle that cruiser boats can provide. But, you need to work through your acquisition process very carefully because small differences in length and amenities added coincide directly with huge differences in price. Yes, the larger the cruiser the more you will enjoy cruiser comforts, but because cruiser prices can jump higher per foot than most other boats your first step in purchasing is to determine a budget. Allow sufficient funds to add some of the cruiser options that you want. This budget process will give you a cruiser length with which to go cruiser shopping.

Cruisers in the 26 to 30 foot range with single engines, can generally be had for between $125k and $175k, but while towable they will still have most of the unloving characteristics noted above.

Your next level of cruisers are those in the 31 to 38 foot range that typically carry price tags over $350k. Cruisers of this size will have twin power to make docking easier. Adults will enjoy a more comfortable night's sleep in full sized double berths, and you will find features like a cockpit grill and opening skylights in the cabin. Full sinks and refrigerators become standard in the galley. Look for the cruisers with asymmetrical catwalks from the stern to the foredeck so at least one side of your boat provides safe passage. Cruisers in this price range are perfect for a weekend getaway.

If you move up to the top of the cruiser category, 38 feet and above, you leave most of the cruiser negatives in your wash. The line between cruisers and yachts becomes blurred, with only the price point being a possible negative --- around $600 to $900k. Cruisers of this size offer the interior space and amenities to satisfy the most particular owners. Retractable sunroofs and walkthrough access to the foredeck are common. You'll find private staterooms and even two private heads. There is open and comfortable space for socializing and often a hydraulic swim platform to carry a dingy or PWC.

No matter what cruiser size you target, in order for your boat to open up more space I would recommend specifying engines that are outside the boat by going with outboard power . This could mean twin 200 HP engines on the smaller cruisers and up to four 400 HP engines on the larger ones. Your dealer will give you horsepower recommendations based upon your speed expectations.

Here is another important cruiser buying tip: there is no shame in buying a used cruiser . Actually, most cruiser purchases are pre-owned so if your budget is short on obtaining the length you want, buying a used cruiser could be your answer.

To add some specifics, here are my 'consideration' ratings on cruisers.

Life Expectancy : Excellent. Generally speaking, a cruiser is used less than a general runabout or large bowrider. With less hours, they tend to remain in good condition longer. Even ones that are used regularly are often kept in a covered boathouse, or on a lift. The major manufacturers of cruiser boats are usually more experienced craftsmen than those for small boats, therefore cruisers are usually well built to begin with.

Storage: Depends. Great for two people, but in the small cruisers there is barely enough for four. There is just not enough square footage to build large cabinets and lockers, but having that cabin to shelter items can be most welcome.

Off-Season Storage : Tricky. For many boaters, their cruiser is their summer cottage. Preparing your boat for winter is more difficult than folding up a family tent. Consideration must be given to the number of cruiser features present and their ability to winter safely.

Ride Comfort : Better than average. A cruiser will weigh more than an average boat of the same length. That added weight delivers a more solid ride that is less impacted by choppy water. Just don't leave breakables on the galley counter.

Capacity : Depends. Both actual seating available and the feeling of spaciousness will totally depend on the size of your cruiser. If you are claustrophobic or tall, you had better be prepared to buy one of the larger cruisers.

Towability : Limited. Thirty feet is considered the largest cruiser you would want to tow.

Cost : Average. There are a good number of cruiser manufacturers in business, so between different lengths and differing qualities/amenities you should be able to find a cruiser to match your budget. The used market is also generally plentiful with cruiser style boats.

Maintenance: Tricky. Maintenance on a cruiser can be a handful. This is because they can have similar amenities to a full sized yacht, but because the workings are contained within smaller spaces it is more difficult to access and repair them.

Bottom Line: A boat in the cruiser category is perfect for an existing boater who is ready to do some exploring. You may want to travel through different waterways, check out some popular boating destinations, or just get away for weekends. I believe that some 'doll house' cruisers can lead to frustrations, so select a size that will provide the transportation and space you need. Once you know what cruiser will work for you, it's just a matter of waiting until the right cruiser shows up for you to purchase. #tips #boattypes #cruisers

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Types of Yachts and their Pros and cons

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Whether you’re on the market for a yacht or looking to charter one, the plenty of options out there will leave you overwhelmed. Finding a yacht that suits your lifestyle can be a tough nut to crack with so many different options of yacht categories, features, and brands.  Below, we’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular categories of yachts to help you make an informed decision.

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A Catamaran is a sail or engine-powered boat with two hulls in parallel, joined by a structure; a distinguishing feature that sets it apart. It is a geometry-stabilized craft, deriving its stability from its wide beam, making it perfect for providing a smooth experience and comfort for those prone to motion sickness. Often crafted from fiberglass, catamarans are suitable for use in shallow waters.

  • Guaranteed smooth running (even in choppy seas), thanks to its high stability and symmetrical body
  • Spacious deck areas mean more comfort onboard
  • Highly secure and unsinkable, with low risk of mechanical damage
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Limited windage
  • Not preferable for high latitudes
  • Inhibited maneuverability

Super yachts

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A superyacht is a large, luxurious, professionally crewed motor or sailing pleasure vessel that measures at least 78 feet in length. Most super yachts are divided in three distinct zones; The helm is separated from the guest area in the front of the boat, while the back section comprises a large teak swim and boarding platform, while the large covered section in the middle lends itself to unbridled luxury. The finest superyachts are custom-made, with craftsmen addressing every single detail for the tastes of the world’s rich and elite. Normally owned or chartered by people who are looking for the ultimate in luxury, these yachts can accommodate 6 to 12 guests.

  • Equipped with an array of water toys
  • A team of professional crew is tasked with the running and maintenance of the yacht
  • Epitome of Luxury
  • Exorbitantly priced
  • High maintenance

Classic Yacht

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If you have a taste for the vintage, Classic yachts are older restored and retrofitted vessels that are being used as recreational vessels in the modern era, or newly built ones designed in a way similar to yachts that were built in the past. These yachts give connoisseurs the feeling of having traveled back in time. Most even crafted from wood or aluminum, sporting beautiful, classic lines and fine craftsmanship that embody a sense of nostalgia and seamanship unsurpassed by other styles of luxury yachts. If you want to experience yachting from the past, then chartering or owning a classic yacht can be a very intriguing experience.

  • Reminiscent of the past
  • Elegant head turners
  • Carry an air of romanticism
  • Low fuel costs
  • Require more varnishing
  • Expensive restoration costs
  • Only run near shallow waters
  • Less deck spaces

Sportfish yachts

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Sportfish yachts are a dream come true for fishing aficionados looking to experience a fantastic charter vacation centered around their favorite hobby. These yachts boast large cockpits that can house fishers and rods, bait, tackle and the catch of the day. Built with gamefish in mind, they are often equipped with towers, outriggers, aerated live wells, freezers, fighting chairs, and more. Performance-wise, these yachts are durable and can pick up speed quickly and handle rough seas and large waves, so you do not need to worry about your vessel capsizing during high tides or storms. They often have semi-displacement or planing configurations. They can stay idle or operate at low speeds during fishing activities and during pleasure, they may be operated at high speeds. With this yacht, you can venture into deep waters without any worry. Not only this, most crewed sport fisher yachts offer a range of comforts and amenities to suit the needs of your charter party.

  • Built to accommodate different types of water and environments
  • Access to a relaxing hobby outdoors
  • Built with fishing features and gear in mind
  • Affordable, durable, and versatile
  • Capable of traveling to deep ocean waters
  • Value functionality over luxury

Gulet Yacht

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A Gulet is a hybrid yacht that employs both sails and motors for propulsion. While in the past, these seaworthy vessels were used to keep cargo safe from harm during transport, they are now used for pleasure excursion. Gulet yachts are especially sought-after because of their beautiful and ornate wooden hulls. Performance-wise, a Gulet yacht is durable and sturdy, promising to take you to your destination safely using only the wind in its sails. While its exteriors exude a style of timeless elegance, its impeccable design ensures impressive performance and ocean-going abilities. Gulets are also designed to have several cabins and common areas without skimping on space.

  • Large vessels, safe, stable, and sturdy
  • Large deck spaces
  • Smooth sailing under any condition
  • Comfortable accommodations
  • More expensive than motor boats

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Cruisers are smaller yachts that are designed to take a small group out for recreational trips, out at sea. At typically 30-feet to 60-feet long, a cruiser is larger than a ‘walkaround,’ but smaller than a full-blown ‘yacht.’ Unlike some of the incredibly large yachts listed above, cruisers have a smaller interior layout. You should think about owning or chartering a cruiser if you want to go out on the water to have some fun with your closest friends. The most redeeming feature of a cruiser is that you can always access the water, making them perfect for those that want to go out fishing or even swimming in the ocean. Most cruisers are sleekier and sportier-looking, with open cockpits that intertwine indoor and outdoor living, and 2-3 staterooms. Some even come with Bimini tops that are extended via a hydraulic system should you need some shade during your travels.

  • Sleek and stylish
  • Cost-effective
  • Greater life expectancy
  • Speedy—cruising 25-30 knots or more
  • Higher fuel consumption
  • Less amenities due to space constraints
  • Difficult to maintain
  • Less storage areas
  • Not suitable for long-distance cruising, especially in inclement weather

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By Jeff Hemmel | July 2023

Learn more about Cruisers Yachts by viewing our extensive collection of boat tests, reviews and other related content. Boating-exclusive content is produced by Boating Editors, expert, longtime boating enthusiasts with extensive knowledge of the boating industry. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or just research the brand, our content is here to help.

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The roots of Cruisers Yachts date back to 1904 and the Thompson Bros. Boat Manufacturing Company. Builders of iconic lapstrake boats, by the 1950s a second generation of the Thompson family would begin building outboard-powered, wood lapstrake cabin cruisers under the Cruisers Inc. name. Cruisers saw multiple owners over the ensuing decades, before developing the first of their modern yacht lineup, the 48 Cantius , in 2011. Defined by its premium comfort and livability, the Cantius series would ultimately expand to boats from 34’ – 60’ . The GLS line, designed with an eye toward excitement and performance, would be added in 2019 and do likewise, and now includes models from 34’ – 50’ . In 2021, MarineMax acquired the company to add premium, American-built yachts to its portfolio. Today, Cruisers Yachts continues to be built in the brand’s original home state of Wisconsin by a knowledgeable workforce, some of whom are fourth-generation boatbuilders.

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Cruisers Yachts are divided into two distinct series, the luxurious and spacious 34’ – 60’ Cantius lineup and the sporty and aggressive 34’ – 50’ GLS models.

Boat Types Express Cruisers; Flybridge Cruiser; Dayboats
Hull Types Fiberglass V-hulls
Average Length/Size Cantius express cruisers and flybridge in lengths from 34’ - 60’; GLS dayboats from 34’ - 50’
Fuel Types Gasoline, Diesel
Activity/Usage Types Recreational cruising, offshore cruising, entertaining, overnighting

Types of Cruisers Yachts

Cruisers Yachts produces two distinct lines, Cantius express cruisers and flybridge model from 34’ – 60’ and GLS dayboats from 34’ – 50’.

  • A mix of inboard , sterndrive and outboard-powered express cruisers from 39’ – 60’, the Cantius series includes the 60 Cantius , 60 Fly , 50 Cantius , 46 Cantius , 42 Cantius and 39 Express Coupe .
  • Upper salons equipped with large windows for open feel, retractable sunroof, comfortable seating and access to helm, galley and dinette or, on larger models, formal dining area.
  • Modern, spacious galleys feature single or dual sinks, microwave/convection oven, flatscreen TV and refrigerator/freezer.
  • Cockpits include convertible seating, removable tables, available grille , refrigerator and bar stools.
  • Below-deck accommodations include both queen-berth Master and king-berth VIP staterooms , with private head compartments. Larger models offer a third stateroom.
  • Open-air bow lounges offer reclining sun lounges , wood table and cupholders.
  • 60 Flybridge adds piloting station along with open-air entertainment area with expansive views, an overhead hardtop, and a built-in grill and wet bar.
  • 39 EC features walk around access to bow deck ; relaxing aft deck; galley with sink, fridge, electric stovetop and microwave/convention oven; master stateroom with double-berth, portside settee, spacious head compartment; lower salon with convertible dinette.
  • Power options, depending on model, include Volvo Penta gas or diesel inboard engines , Volvo Penta gas or diesel IPS , Volvo Penta or MerCruiser gasoline sterndrives , and MerCruiser gasoline outboards .
  • Ideal for cruising , overnighting , and entertaining .
  • A collection of both outboard and sterndrive-powered dayboats from 34’ – 50’, GLS models include the 50 GLS , 42 GLS OB , 42 GLS I/O , 38 GLS OB , 38 GLS I/O , 34 GLS OB , and 34 GLS I/O .
  • Well-equipped helms include twin-to-triple Simrad touchscreen displays , joystick piloting control, and modern aesthetics. Larger models offer double-wide companion chairs with storage or an optional ice-maker below.
  • Cockpit amenities include fold-down bulwarks/beach doors for convenient water access , increased cockpit space, and an open feel.
  • Cockpit galleys feature sink, refrigerator, storage, available grill and TV options, and raised wet bar with swivel bar stools.
  • Forward and aft staterooms , along with convertible dinettes, and head compartments with sink, toilet and standing shower .
  • Bow seating accessed via port walk-thru, converts to large sunpad with available foredeck shade.
  • Available power options include triple Mercury Verado 600 s on the flagship 50 GLS, and the choice of either gas or diesel sterndrive pairings from both Volvo Penta and Mercury Marine , or Mercury outboards , on remaining models, all with joystick piloting.

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Find the answers to frequently asked questions about Cruisers Yachts, including the types of boats Cruisers makes, where they’re produced and how to find a Cruisers Yachts boat that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Cruisers Yachts offerings are divided into the Cantius and GLS series. Cantius models are known for their exceptional interior volume and include the 60 Fly , 60 Cantius , 50 Cantius , 46 Cantius , 42 Cantius, and 39 EC . GLS models target the midrange, luxury yacht market with fast, agile models including the 50 GLS , 42 GLS OB , 42 GLS I/O , 38 GLS OB , 38 GLS I/O , 34 GLS OB , and 34 GLS I/O .

Cruisers Yachts are built in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

Cruisers Yachts use a variety of engines depending on the application, including Volvo Penta Inboards , Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS), MerCruiser and Volvo Penta sterndrives , and Mercury Marine outboard motors .

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Like any boat, basic maintenance, including washing and waxing the fiberglass hull, keeping compartments clean and dry, and cleaning and using protectant on vinyl surfaces will keep a Cruisers Yacht looking and performing like new for years to come. Boats left in the water should have hulls cleaned yearly to remove marine growth; anti-fouling paint on submerged areas of the hull should also be applied. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, including yearly engine service, to ensure reliable, safe operation. Factory-recommended service should be performed at an authorized Cruisers Yachts dealer.

All models produced by Cruisers Yachts can be used for family outings and overnights .

Cantius models stand out for their emphasis on comfort and space , and include multiple cabins, full-featured head compartments, and galley amenities including sinks, prep space, multiple cooking appliances, and refrigerators.

Though GLS models place more of an emphasis on performance, they also include multiple cabin options , head compartments and galleys, all of which combine for comfortable days and nights on the water with family or friends.

MarineMax, one of the largest and most recognizable retailers in the marine industry, acquired Cruisers Yachts in 2021 to fill a gap in their existing brand lineup. Cruisers Yachts will maintain its existing dealer network and be offered in select MarineMax locations.

Cruisers Yachts are available in the United States, Canada, and multiple international locations. Find your nearest Cruisers Yachts dealer here . 

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What Is A Cruising Sailboat?

What Is A Cruising Sailboat? | Life of Sailing

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Jacob Collier

August 30, 2022

If you're buying a sailboat to go on a long getaway, you need a cruising sailboat. But what is a cruising sailboat, and how is it different from other boats?

Simply put, a cruising sailboat is a water-based vessel that can be used for long-distance travel. This means that the boat needs to be livable, should have the right amenities and storage space, and should be able to travel at a decent speed. Moreover, it should be strong and durable. 

More often than not, people end up purchasing a cruising sailboat even though they have no intentions of going on long sailing trips, in which case, they will be paying a lot more just for a weekend getaway. On the other hand, beginners who are looking to sail may end up with a sailboat that's inadequate.

As veteran skippers ourselves, we know a thing or two about cruising sailboats, having gone on plenty of excursions. Here, we're going to talk about cruising sailboats and their requirements.

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‍ What Is a Cruising Sailboat?

While for many folks, all sailboats may look the same, apart from their size, the truth is, different sailboats are built for different purposes. This is why it is crucial for those looking to take long trips on their boat to choose a cruising sailboat. For instance, the following are some of the different types of sailboats that are available:

  • Sailing dinghies
  • Sailing cruisers
  • Day cruisers
  • Racing sailboats
  • Bluewater cruising sailboats
  • Motorsailers

What's Required in a Cruising Sailboat?

So, what's required in a cruising sailboat? While opinions differ, some features are universal in all cruising sailboats, depending on the skipper you're asking.

The first factor to consider when it comes to choosing a cruising sailboat is the size. When it comes to boats, it turns out, size does matter, both in terms of getting more speed and better stability, which are two of the basic requirements of a cruising sailboat. One of the reasons for this is that you need to be comfortable when you are stuck on a boat for several days. Larger sailboats have an adequate deck and a cabin, along with plenty of space to store away the essentials you will need for your trip.

If you are sailing through bad weather, which is often the case when going on weekend trips, then a large cabin can really be a blessing since you will be spending much of your time indoors. The size of a cruising sailboat matters even more if two or more people are going to come along for the cruising trip because it means you'll be getting more sleeping quarters and extra square footage for everyone to move around in comfortably.

It goes without saying that a sailboat that's not stable cannot be a good choice for cruising over open waters, especially if you're going to be sailing for multiple days or travelling through rough waters. A sailboat needs to maintain stability and stand up to the harsh conditions of the sea to keep the occupants safe. As a rule of thumb, it is advised to always choose sailboats with a wide hull, or multiple hulls, which almost guarantees better stability while cruising.

While we are on the topic of sailboat hulls, it is important to note that there are different types of hulls that are on a sailboat: monohulls or a single hull, catamarans, or two hulls, and trimarans that have three hulls.

Monohulls may have a single hull, but that doesn't mean that they are all similar. For instance, traditional monohulls could have a full keel, a cutaway keel for better maneuverability, swing keels, or a bolted keel on the fin. It is important to know the difference between all of these types of monohulls if you are planning to choose one for cruising.

Catamarans or cats come with dual hulls and a trampoline or deck in the middle. It is important to note that small cats that come with just a trampoline in the middle of the hulls are only recommended for daysailers and not for longer trips. If you are looking to take a long but quick cruise, then catamarans are a great option since their keels are shallow and lightweight, making them sail faster.

As the name implies, trimarans have three hulls and come with two side hulls for added stability. Large trimarans are fast becoming the go-to choice for sailors who enjoy cruising sailboats that are fast and stable.

It goes without saying that a sturdy hull will be able to withstand even the most demanding sea conditions. This is one of the main reasons why some cruising sailboats are built using metal reinforcements to give the hulls extra support. On the other hand, many sailboats do not use metal to reinforce the hulls, which are not recommended if you are looking for a cruising sailboat. When it comes to the durability of a sailboat, many other factors also need to be considered.

For instance, the durability of a sailboat does not only mean having hulls that have been reinforced with metal. Other areas of a sailboat, such as the mast and sail, are also important. For example, if the mast of a sailboat is not strong enough, the sail will likely come down, and a sailboat without a sail or mast also increases the chances of the boat capsizing.

Speaking of sails, the sail that is used in a cruising sailboat is going to be different from a racing sailboat, which is another factor that you need to consider.

If you plan on getting a cruising sailboat, you will want to get one that has not only been well built but also has the space that's necessary to store the essentials, such as food and water. This is another important factor to consider because if you plan on going on cruising for a few days or a week out in the open waters, you will need to have a sailboat that also has a large storage room to accommodate your storage needs, which in this case, is a week's worth of rations.

There are many reasons why sailing enthusiasts or beginners would love to sail the open seas, mainly because the sense of adventure that one experiences is like no other. While long-distance cruising can be incredibly exciting both for experienced as well as novice boat enthusiasts, it is also important to make sure you have the right vessel for the job.

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Born into a family of sailing enthusiasts, words like “ballast” and “jibing” were often a part of dinner conversations. These days Jacob sails a Hallberg-Rassy 44, having covered almost 6000 NM. While he’s made several voyages, his favorite one is the trip from California to Hawaii as it was his first fully independent voyage.

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Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS Reviewed

  • By Chris Caswell
  • September 28, 2023

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

When I reviewed the Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS two years ago, I decided that GLS must mean “great little ship.” With the 50 GLS flagship, I know it means “greater little ship.”

It actually means Grand Luxury Sport, which is also an apt description of the Cruisers GLS “adventuring” series. Cruisers, now owned by MarineMax, has paid attention to how we use our boats. The 50 GLS is a bowrider on steroids, an express cruiser with entertaining ambitions, an overnighter with comfort and a performance boat (49.6 knots) with the oomph to yank skiers or tubers with aplomb.

The 50 GLS is powered by three 600 hp Mercury Verado V-12 outboards . When I put the hammer down from idle, I was literally shoved back into the comfy, Ultraleather helm seat. And the yacht has fold-down terraces (Cruisers calls them beach doors) on each side of the cockpit, whose beam expands from 14 feet, 6 inches to more than 21 feet. That’s about the beam of many 95-foot yachts. The combination—with the outboard engines being out of the way on the transom—creates a cockpit that feels like a ballroom filled with dining and seating options.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

This is also a good-looking yacht, with a black slash on the topsides to conceal the windows, and a windshield that rakes steeply into the sleek hardtop with a sunroof. For passengers boarding from dockside, the transom platform is wide and one level to the cockpit. That transom on the 50 GLS that I got aboard had a pair of Kenyon grills (one is standard). This positioning means smoke from charred steak won’t intrude into the cockpit. Just forward of the barbecue is a forward-facing settee with twin removable tables for dining or cocktails.

In the forward corner of the cockpit are an L-shaped counter, dual Isotherm fridges, an ice maker and a sink. Opposite this space—on an 8-inch raised platform—is another dining table, this one facing a 55-inch pop-up TV.

A secure walkway to port leads to the bow, which has three seats with headrests and an electric table that rises for cocktails or meals on the hook. This cockpit is deep (40 inches) and safe for kids. A cooler with a chiller plate (read no ice needed) is tucked under a seat.

At the helm is an intuitive dashboard with three 19-inch Simrad monitors and a joystick linked to the Side-Power bow thruster. We used that Mercury JPO joystick to make painless work of a normally tough situation: a fierce side wind, a strong current and a skinny dock. Dock-watchers hoping for a Sunday afternoon show will be disappointed.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

And the 50 GLS is about more than alfresco living. A sliding hatch (with a screen) leads into a bright cabin with overhead and side windows. A counter holds a microwave and a fridge for morning coffee and warm croissants without having to leave the cabin.

Forward is a stateroom, with a wider-than-queen berth, hanging lockers and privacy from French doors. Headroom is a surprising 6 feet, 8 inches, which adds to the airy feeling. Just aft and to starboard is the head, with a separate stall shower that is also oversize: 4 feet by nearly 3 feet.

Another stateroom is tucked under the cockpit with a pair of berths that can be configured as seats or as a “playpen,” with a TV on the bulkhead. This space is perfect for an afternoon nap for kids, and it’s comfortable (I stretched out with no problem) for adult overnighters, though it won’t encourage them to linger.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

Underway, the 50 GLS is simply great fun. Hammer down, it came up fast and flat, regardless of whether we were using no tabs or letting the auto-tab system think for us. The boat topped out at 49.6 knots. For a 50-footer weighing some 19 tons, going 85 feet per second is impressive.

Even better, the 50 GLS felt solid, and I had a chance to check out the bottom before it hit the water. There are two full-length strakes below the waterline. Our result was a soft ride through a 2-to-3-foot wake when we circled back at full throttle. The spray was thrown far to the side, thanks to wide chine flats. This yacht begged to be treated like a 20-foot bowrider. We carved some swoops just for fun.

Those swoops were accomplished in silence too. My decibel meter read just 58 at idle (65 dBs is the level of normal conversation), and it got no higher than 85 at full throttle. The federal government’s safety agency says that’s the noise level of a vacuum cleaner.

Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS

The 50 GLS I got aboard had a Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer (we didn’t need it) and a 16 kW Kohler genset to provide air conditioning all day at anchor or at the sandbar. This equipage was under a hatch in the cockpit. Access via a ladder was outstanding, with room left to stow all the gear, from fenders to inflatable toys.

Everything said and done, the Cruisers Yachts 50 GLS is an on-the-water delight: fast and fun with varied entertaining spaces, thoughtful luxuries and the facilities for comfortable overnighting. This yacht truly is a greater little ship.

Major Power

Mercury’s V-12, 7.6-liter engine is revolutionary because the lower-unit gear case is steerable. A two-speed transmission provides torque in first gear and efficiency in second, and the dual-prop design provides solid bite, even in hard turns.

Catching Air

The 50 GLS has power-operated “vent windows” like those on older cars, providing a steady flow of controllable air. Electric side windows add to the breeze, as does the opening sunroof in the hardtop. Opening ports in the staterooms are another fresh-air plus.

Built Right

Cruisers Yachts uses a mix of modern and traditional methods in the 50 GLS, including hand-laid and resin-infused fiberglass for specific areas. The stringer grid that supports the interior components is wood-free with all-foam coring for a long-life, no-rot hull.

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What characteristics make a yacht fit for purpose? Duncan Kent explores the meaning of 'seaworthy' and how hull design and technology have changed the way we think

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Hallberg-Rassy yachts have long been the epitome of a rock solid modern cruiser. These too have now changed to twin rudders. Credit: Rick Tomlinson Credit: Rick Tomlinson

A hundred years ago a yacht was considered seaworthy 
if it could stand up to a full gale whilst continuing to make headway under sail while still keeping its crew safe.

Today, yachts are designed and built using entirely different construction parameters, with far more emphasis on speed, ease of handling, openness and comfortable living.

Do any of the old maxims still apply or are new cruising yachts better than the classics?

Cutter rig of the Amel 55 ketch

A cutter rig gives you more options for reducing sail and balancing your canvas. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

There are many improvements to the contemporary offshore yacht that have indeed increased its seaworthiness.

Take sail plans and sail handling, for instance.

Fifty years ago it was common to battle your way to the bucking foredeck to change headsails as the wind reached screaming pitch.

Rarely would you be wearing a lifejacket either, as these consisted of big lumps of foam tied awkwardly together, which always got in the way of what you were doing.

Today, the fractional sloop rig with furling headsails is pretty much standard, so the foresails are smaller and the risk of leaving the cockpit to reef is removed.

powered winch on a yacht

Powered winches have revolutionised sail handling

Cutters or ‘slutters’ (twin headstays close to each other) seem to be the sail plan for long distance sailing and even downwind sails come with furlers and the yachts with bowsprits for their tacks.

The same goes for the mainsail which, even if it isn’t the furling type, is often fully battened and can usually be dropped safely into a zipped sail bag using cockpit-led sail controls.

There’s no doubt that this has brought about a massive improvement to the safety of the crew, and in turn the 
yacht’s general seaworthiness.

The introduction of modern ropes has also improved the life of the sailor no end.

Massively strong man-made fibres such as Spectra and Dyneema have allowed much lighter and smaller diameter lines to be used and many are changing their old steel shackles for the more user-friendly ‘soft’ shackles, eliminating the dangers of flying bits of heavy metal and making a corroded shackle pin a thing of the past.

Despite modern yachts being able to sail so much better than the classics in light airs, at some point you’ll need an engine – even if it’s just to charge your batteries.

Despite being relied upon so heavily these days, the good old marine diesel can be the cause 
of many headaches.

A properly designed engine installation will offer easy access 
to all the regular service points, particularly the water pump, fuel filters and water traps, alternator, coolant, oil filler, dipstick and 
filter and starter battery.

Hull design

One of today’s most prevalent and popular yacht designers is Stephen Jones, creator of the Rustler 33, 42 and 44, Starlight 35 and 39, the Hunter Mystery 35, Sadler 260, Southerly 32, 38 and 470 and many more performance cruisers as well as traditional racing designs such as the Spirit.

One of the primary reasons for his popularity is that he undoubtedly has the knack of blending tradition and technology – the result being 
a stunning combination of beauty and performance, rather than an indifferent compromise between new and old.

Rustler 37

A Rustler 37, with an encapsulated keel, emerges from its mould. Credit: Graham Snook

Of his many classic designs Jones 
says: ‘Without doubt the modern CAD-derived hull outperforms all of those built in the days when the main criteria for 
a cruising yacht was just that it had to 
be virtually indestructible. I try to blend 
the aesthetically attractive elements with 
the best technology can offer in order to produce a yacht that doesn’t just look beautiful but is also exciting to sail.’

A great deal has changed in hull design since the advent of the famous Folkboat, some 50 years ago.

The advent of bolt-on keels has allowed bilges to be shallower, improving the yacht’s speed – especially off the wind.

Long keel yacht

Traditional long keels, with external and internal ballast, soften the motion at sea

Whereas a 50% ballast ratio used to be considered the norm for an offshore yacht, today fin keels often have the ballast placed deep down in a bulb at their tip, where it provides the greatest righting moment possible for the least amount of ballast, so it’s not uncommon to find the 
ratio is now more like 30-35%.

In addition, the keel’s short length reduces the wetted area and associated drag. Some insist that bolt-on keels are unseaworthy and indeed, accidents have happened where they have become detached. But these incidents are actually very rare and almost always the result of a hard grounding or poor maintenance.

Making the bilges too shallow made for 
a good deal of slamming when sailing to windward in many 1980-90s boats, but in later years this habit was eliminated with the introduction of finer bows with deeper entry.

Wider hulls

One downside of a wide, flat boat is that it can be almost as stable inverted as upright, so increasing the angle of heel at which the yacht’s stability vanishes (AVS) to the highest degree is very important.

Hull chines, which were originally introduced for plywood and steel boats to allow simple flat materials to be used in their construction, have made a widespread comeback over the past decade.

With sterns becoming wider and wider to improve accommodation below and cockpit space for twin wheels, any means of increasing a hull’s inherent form stability 
(the hull natural resistance to heeling and inversion) is welcome and hard chines appear to do just that – giving the hull defined ‘rails’ on which to run.

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Modern: The Beneteau 46.1’s full-length chine and twin rudders. Credit: Guido Cantini / Beneteau

They also improve directional stability and help prevent the yacht rounding up when over-pressed.

More cruising yachts are disabled through loss of, or damage to their rudder by flotsam than almost anything else.

Traditionally, they were well protected either by a long keel or, more likely, a stout skeg at least half the depth of the rudder.

a yacht sailing in white water

Classic: A long keel and a slender stern

The modern trend, however, appears to be for deep spade rudders with no such protection, and twin rudders are now becoming popular. Primarily they’re designed to keep steerage when the quarter of a very wide stern lifts clear of the water when heeled.

Some believe they provide redundancy in the event one is knocked off, but any amount of heel beyond 10° with a wide-sterned cruiser can cause 
the windward rudder to come out of the water. If you’ve lost a rudder, you are 
forced to remain on one tack or to sail dead downwind.

More importantly, unless you’re smart (like renowned circumnavigator Jimmy Cornell with his new Aventura ) and you ensure each rudder can be independently steered, damage to one rudder will very likely disable the entire steering system 
due to the linkage between them.

Although there’s a tendency these days 
for yacht designers to prioritise style over substance, the wide-open cockpits of the modern production cruiser can fulfil both 
the need for lounging space at anchor and safety at sea by making a few simple, relatively inexpensive modifications.

Before embarking on regular offshore passages, the owner needs to carry out a careful analysis of the likely risk areas and to retro-fit extra safety features such as grabrails and harness points where necessary.

The centre cockpit, made famous by 
Bill Dixon in his many Moody yachts, is still popular in many Swedish yachts, but like many aspects of yacht design it has its advantages and disadvantages.

Amel 55

The Amel 55 is designed to take her owners anywhere in the world in comfort. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

Being higher up and forward in the boat means that water rarely gets near it and it often imparts a feeling of security in the crew being so far above the water.

However, it does restrict the helmsman’s view forward when the genoa’s flying and it can make those prone to seasickness feel worse 
due to the more pronounced side-to-side movement in a beam sea.

One real bonus, however, is the raised height allows for huge aft cabins – something for which Moody and Halberg-Rassy yachts are renowned.

An aft cockpit, though more vulnerable 
to a steep following sea, does make you 
feel more in touch with the boat somehow.

A high bridge deck or similar can greatly reduce the risk of down-flooding from the stern in stormy conditions.

Below decks

The seaworthiness of a yacht is not only affected by its hull design and rig, but also how sea kindly it is below.

For a start, those wanting to cruise overnight will need a decent bunk for the off-watch crew.

By that 
I mean one that’s preferably close to the middle of the boat and that can be converted to a comfy, secure single berth.

In most production cruisers this will mean the saloon berths, so if you’re looking to buy it’s worth just checking the length, width and suitability of these.

Garcia 45 Exploration

The raised coachroof of the Garcia 45 Exploration gives comfort below, while granny bars at the mast keep crew on deck secure. Credit: Morris Adant

If not, then double berths can often be converted using lee cloths or boards, which can be removed or folded away when at anchor or in port. The worst place for a sea berth is in the forepeak, as this is where the motion will be greatest.

You’ll often need to add a few handrails around the boat too, especially as you descend the companionway. A little clever repositioning or subtle padding of furniture can make a difference.

One of the most important aspects of boat safety is the through hull fittings. It’s a good idea to draw a sketch of where they all are and what they do so that crew unfamiliar with the boat could find them quickly in an emergency.

Also ensure all your seacocks are good quality marine devices (Bronze or DZR), not domestic plumbing ones (worryingly common on many new boats) and that you tie a suitable softwood bung to it.

Choosing a yacht

The very first question you should ask yourself when considering buying a yacht 
is ‘what do I intend to do on this boat?’

The answer should then steer you towards the type of yacht suitable for your endeavours, whether they be pootling along the coast 
on fair weather days and tying up in a marina berth at night or taking your family on long passages in open and unprotected offshore waters.

The former is catered for by myriad production boatbuilders and should be reasonably affordable. The latter not so.

A properly designed and constructed offshore yacht will cost much more – probably three to four times as much as a production cruiser – and rightly so.

All that extra investment will be reflected in the integrity of the design, the quality of the materials used and the standard of craftsmanship put into building her.

Saying that, it’s a myth that many pocket cruisers are inherently dangerous if sailed offshore.

Mingming II

Roger Taylor converted his Achilles 24 to sail to some of the most remote high latitudes imaginable

I’ve often felt happier sailing a 
well-found 26-footer across the English Channel in a near gale than I would have 
felt in a modern 50ft production cruiser set up for day sailing in fine conditions.

I know this rather makes a mockery of the RCD categorisation scheme (A-ocean; B-offshore etc), but often smaller boats are only Cat B 
or C because the builders can’t afford the more stringent testing for higher categories.

Any sailor worth their salt will know that 
a large portion of a vessel’s ability to sail safely offshore is in how you prepare your boat and crew beforehand and many adventurous sailors have ventured far afield without incident in small yachts.

Roger Taylor single-handedly overcome the vagaries of the northern latitude weather systems, covering thousands of miles safely in the same type boat in which Ellen MacArthur first circumnavigated Britain.

Shane Acton’s 18ft long Caprice, Shrimpy , would never get an RCD A (Ocean) rating whatever you did to it, but she proved seaworthy enough to get Acton around the world in one piece.

Without doubt, there have been numerous innovations over the past few decades that have made offshore sailing easier.

Jean Luc Van Den Heede in his Rustler 36 preparing for the Golden globe Race

Effective self-steering made Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s life easier in the 2018 Golden Globe Race. The Rustler 36 was the boat of choice in the race, sailed by the first three finishers. Credit: Alain Zimeray/Golden Globe Race/PPL

A crew 
of two can now easily handle the latest 60ft yacht, thanks in particular to cockpit sail controls, electrically assisted deck gear and up-to-the-minute navigation technology.

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Duncan Kent has tested hundreds of yachts and is the author of Choosing and Buying A Yacht

The greatest advantage a modern yacht has over an older, heavier boat is speed. A modern yacht’s ability to make headway fast is in fact one of its most seaworthy points as it allows the crew to navigate around a slow-moving storm or to sail off 
a dangerous lee shore in the event the engine dies or the anchor drags.

Problems encountered by many of the 2018 Golden Globe Race (GGR) entrants were certainly aggravated by their inability to sail faster than a few knots away from threatening weather.

Instead, they had to sit it out, hoping their sluggish old classics would be tough enough to take the hammering of the Southern Ocean waves.

Most recently launched hulls are a huge improvement over the over-engineered 20th-Century designs, but changes in style mean compromises will have to be made to ensure your yacht is as seaworthy as it can be.

Wide, open cockpits require more clipping on points and extra handrails, and for those planning to go world cruising in 
a standard production boat, much of the 
kit supplied will need to be upgraded before you set off.

Top tips to improve seaworthiness before blue- water cruising

  • Install watertight crash bulkheads forward and aft (forward of the rudder stock).
  • Move heavy items such as batteries, tanks, spare anchors and tinned provisions as low and as close to the centre of the boat as possible and ensure they are strapped down.
  • Make sure all locker lids, soleboards and washboards can be securely locked in place.
  • Pre-build a workable emergency steering system and test it out in heavy seas before you depart.
  • Create easy-launch stowage for the liferaft.
  • Carry several heavy lines, a series drogue and a sea anchor.

Bung attached to a seacock

Ensure the right size bungs are attached to your seacocks

  • Make tough wooden shutters and easy attachments for vulnerable hatches and portlights.
  • Any windows in the topsides should be non-opening and made from seriously reinforced glass.

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Have a means of locking stowage shut. Credit: Graham Snook/Yachting Monthly

  • Tie suitable bungs to every skin fitting for emergency use.
  • Fit fire extinguishers of varying sorts near to where they might be needed and keep them regularly serviced.
  • Fit a bilge alarm and dual electric bilge pumps plus a manual.

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A Complete Guide to Cabin Cruiser Boats: All You Need to Know!

John Sampson

If you’re looking for a boat to go cruising, the cabin cruiser is a great option. These boats come in various styles, designs, and lengths, with many configurations for driver setups, cabins, below-deck utilities, and motor options.

The cabin cruiser is ideal for spending a few days out on the water without coming back to land. Take long cruises around islands or up and down the coast. Typically, the larger models are for the ocean, with the smaller boats being suitable for trailering between inland and coastal waters.

A cabin cruiser is suitable for fishing, and the smaller models are good for watersports as well. However, the larger luxury models have characteristics that make them more akin to yachts than boats. Depending on the manufacturing brand and model, you could end up spending a small fortune on your cabin cruiser for customizations.

This post gives you everything you need to know about cabin cruiser boats. We’ll unpack the characteristics of this vessel to provide you with an idea of whether it’s the right option for your new boat.

What Is a Cabin Cruiser?

Cabin cruisers have a design for traveling long distances. They also generally have living quarters in the V-berth of the boat, found towards the vessel’s front. The V-berth gives you all the same options as you would find in a cuddy cabin model, but they typically have more room, standing space, and better amenities, depending on the model.

The cabin cruiser is ideal for traveling between islands or up and down the coastline on longer boating trips that last a few days. The cabin cruiser has a small deck compared to the space available on the boat.

However, the living quarters are usually spacious, offering you setups for couches and beds, with plenty of luxuries like TVs, stereo systems, fridges, toilets, showers, air-conditioning, and galleys. You have everything you need onboard to enjoy your time on the water without the need to go back to land.

The cabin cruiser is one of the larger models of boats available. Most cabin cruisers range between 20 to 45-feet in length. The bigger boats offer you more luxury on the water, and some models even look like small yachts.

Cabin Interior

Benefits of Cabin Cruiser Boats

Is the cabin cruiser the right choice for your boat? Let’s look at some of the benefits of owning this vessel and how it can benefit your time on the water.

Cabin for overnight adventures

The cabin cruiser has a large v-berth in the vessel’s front, with a cabin over the driver cockpit. The cabin setup makes it easy to navigate the boat through rainy conditions, keeping you dry. Cabin cruiser models in the shorter range below 35-feet might have less luxury and more practicality to them.

However, when you get to the longer models, the price tag starts escalating thanks to the customizations and features of the boat. For example, the longer models may include generators to power amenities like showers and fridges.

The cabin cruiser comes with a setup for fishing, and they are popular diving boats for spending days out on the water doing research projects or taking tours. The cabin is a full enclosure with a hard roof, and some models may also offer enclosed cabins with air conditioning to control the climate.

Cabin cruisers have deep hulls allowing for easy cruising through all ocean-going conditions. The V-berth may include sleeping quarters and a dining area on larger models. Some of the larger cruisers may also have split v-berths, offering you separate living and sleeping quarters.

Cabin Cruiser Boats

Cabin cruisers come in many options, from basic models with small cabins the large boats that look like yachts. Typically, the boat starts at around 24-feet in length, with some models reaching up to 45-feet or longer.

Fittings and Customizations

As mentioned, the cabin cruiser comes with plenty of customization options, especially on larger boats. Some models may have heating and air conditioning, along with options like complete bathrooms, multiple v-berths, and generators.

You also have different options for driver configurations, with the center console design being popular for these models. Some boats come with split levels, providing the captain’s deck on top, and a lounge or living area below the cabin, leading into the berth.

Speed and Handling

The cruiser comes with powerful motors , but it’s more of a cruising boat than a high-performance model. These boats are ideal for lazy cruises, and they offer a stable platform out on the water, even in rough seas.

While they can reach high speeds, the longer models lack the maneuverability and tight turning arc of smaller boats like bowriders . They offer a very smooth driving experience, and they are suitable for beginners or experienced captains.

Trailering Small Models

The larger models of cruisers are not trailerable, and they require docking in a slip. However, the smaller boats under 28-feet are usually suitable for trailering.

However, the boat’s width might be a problem, and you’ll need to get a special permit for trailering the boat if it’s wider than 10-feet.

Motor Configurations

The cabin cruiser is a powerboat, and it comes with a dual or quadruple motor setup, depending on the model. Many larger boats rely on outboard or jet propulsion motors to provide the power the boat needs to cruise along without straining the engine.

There are plenty of motor configurations, with the jet propulsion system being the most expensive option. However, the jets run quiet, and they offer excellent power. It’s a great choice for serene cruises in waters where you want to go diving.

Cabin Cruiser Motor

Disadvantages of Cabin Cruiser Boats

Cabin cruisers are fantastic boats, but they don’t suit all activities on the water . Here are some of the drawbacks of owning a cabin cruiser over other models.

The cabin cruiser can be a very expensive boat, especially for the larger models.

Most start at around $100,000, with the luxury models costing up to $500,000 or more. The price depends on the finishes and customizations you order for the watercraft.

Less Seating Room

The smaller versions of cabin cruisers have less seating room than you would expect. The large v-berth area in the hull takes up plenty of space on luxury models. However, you can fit anywhere from four to nine people on the average cabin cruiser model.

No Trailers for Large Models

The large cabin cruiser model over 35-feet may struggle with trailers. As a result, they require docking in a slip, and you’ll have to pay fees for this service.


Cabin cruisers are expensive boats to purchase and maintain. They come with advanced engines and multiple configurations. The luxury models will be costly to service, so consider those costs when settling on the right model for your ocean adventures.

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Types of Cabin Cruiser Boats

Cabin cruisers come in several models with different setups for the cabin and v-berth areas. Typically, you’ll find that cabin cruisers fall into one of three categories.

These models have an open design without any roof. Some smaller models may have a sunshade, and open models usually feature a windscreen to keep the spray out of the driver’s face.

Closed Cabin

These models feature a solid roof overhead. Some boats may also feature sealed climate-controlled cabins. These boats are more expensive than open-cabin models, and they often come in split-level designs, similar to yachts.

Top Cabin Cruiser Brands and Models

Four winns vista 255 ob.

From the exterior, the Four Winns Vista 255 OB looks like a small boat. However, the clever design of this vessel utilizes every square inch of space available on the boat. As a result, you get a surprising amount of space on board, with plenty of functionality, allowing you to take long, overnight cruises.

You have several options for driving and seating configurations, with setups including sun pads, wide rear seats, or L-shaped seating for your guests. The driver seats come with swivels and extra padding to reduce driver fatigue on longer trips.

Four Winns Vista 255

The cockpit on the Four Winns features all the creature comforts you need for life out on the water. You get a dining table, hot plate, a galley, and a built-in cooler included for storing fish or drinks.

This Four Winns model features Yamaha or Mercury outboard motors, offering your efficiency and speed out on the open water. The living area is bright and spacious, featuring seven windows in the v-berth.

The Grand Banks Eastbay 44

This boat features outstanding build and design quality. You get excellent performance and plenty of useful amenities for living out on the water over a long weekend or a holiday. The Eastbay 44 by Grand Banks comes with a teak cockpit and dining/seating area featuring electric windows.

Grand Banks Eastbay 44

The boat has a wide beam, several cabin configuration options, and room for six people to sleep in the v-berth. The main cabin on the boat features a queen-size bed and a large wardrobe. This model is ideal for longer cruises around North American coastlines or the Great Loop, with its extended fuel tank .

There’s a deep V-hull for ultimate stability, even in rough ocean conditions. The design and length also offer excellent maneuverability, similar to what you would expect from a smaller cuddy cabin model.

Rinker 270 Express Cruiser

If you want the best balance of functionality and comfort, the Rinker 270 Express is a great choice for your cabin cruiser. This boat features a 6’5″ headroom in the cabin for standing, and it’s a trailerable design. You also get a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge and stove and a toilet with a shower.

Rinker 270 Express Cruiser

The sleeping quarters are ideal for two or three people, but you can fit four people in at a stretch. While it’s one of the smaller models, the boat’s design lends itself to a spacious feeling for its size. The boat has plenty of power for cruising, and the deep V-hull adds stability out on the open ocean.

The Rinker 270 Express Cruiser comes with your choice of Volvo Penta OceanX Drive or MerCruiser SeaCore Drive for gas-powered or diesel engine options.

Back Cove 34O

This model comes with the perfect balance of comfort and performance, with a setup ideal for couples that enjoy cruising the coastline on weekends. The boat’s hull is unique, featuring the patented “Trailing Edge Lifting Surface (TRELIS)” design, fitted with the standard bow-thruster.

The 34O model offers you a high-performance model compared to the traditional single diesel Back Cove, with cruising and top-end speeds that are around 10-knots faster. This model is the entertainer’s dream, featuring a cockpit with a salon and comfortable couch. There’s a fully-equipped galley, and the rear-facing seating converts into a U-shaped berth or dinette.

Back Cove 34O

The Back Cove 340 comes with a double outboard configuration, featuring twin 300-hp Yamaha motors, and you have the option to upgrade to the more powerful 350-hp option made by Suzuki. When you open up the engines, the boat feels a lot like a ski model with excellent maneuverability.

The innovative helm design is one of the highlights of the Back Cove 34O. You get superior visibility to other models, with plenty of storage space below the deck.

Pack away your fishing gear and watersports equipment out of sight without encroaching on cabin space. The master cabin features a queen-size bed and a toilet with a shower.

Wrapping Up

The cabin cruiser is a great choice if you spend a lot of time out on the ocean. These boats are ideal for spending the night out on the sea, and they come with all the living amenities you need to enjoy the life aquatic.

While they are an expensive boat, you get what you pay for with a cruiser. These boats can come in basic or luxury models to suit your taste, boating requirements, and budget. Set the boat up any way you want, with custom configurations for v-berths, driver cockpits, and roof and cabin designs.

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What is a Cabin Cruiser Boat (and what makes it Unique)?

If you’re like most people, the word “cabin cruiser” conjures up images of luxury and relaxation. And you’re not wrong. Cabin cruiser boats are designed for comfort and entertaining, with plenty of space for overnight guests. But there’s more to these boats than meets the eye.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of cabin cruiser boats, their features, and what to look for when choosing the right one for you. So, whether you’re in the market for a new cabin cruiser or just want to learn more about these popular boats, read on!

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What is a Cabin Cruiser?

A cabin cruiser is a type of recreational boat that typically combines an enclosed living space with outdoor areas for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. They are popular for both day trips and extended cruising vacations, as they provide a comfortable place to stay while exploring new areas.

Cabin cruisers first became popular in the early 20th century as a way for people to enjoy the outdoors while also having a comfortable place to sleep at night. The first cabin cruisers were typically small and had only basic amenities, but they gradually became larger and more luxurious over time.

Today, most cabin cruisers are between 30 and 50 feet long and can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably. They usually have one or two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area, as well as an outdoor deck space. Some larger models may even have multiple decks and multiple bedrooms.

There are many different styles of cabin cruisers available, from small and basic models to large luxury boats. Whatever your budget or needs, there is likely a cabin cruiser out there that will suit you.

What are the different types of Cabin Cruiser, and what do they look like?

Cabin cruisers come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they’re designed for comfort and convenience. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a day of fishing on the open water or simply exploring a new coastline, cabin cruisers are a perfect choice.

Luxury Cruisers

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Luxury cruisers are what most people think of when you refer to cabin cruisers. They usually have all the bells and whistles and amenities that make your life easy when out on the water. There most meant for those who boat recreationally; however you could easily rig them up for some deep-sea fishing.

Downeast Cabin Cruisers

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Downeast cabin cruisers are characterized by their long, sleek hulls and slender profiles. These boats are designed for speed and maneuverability, making them ideal for exploring narrow waterways. Many downeast cabin cruisers also feature enclosed bridges, which offer protection from the elements while still providing ample seating and storage space.

Canal Cabin Cruisers

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Canal cabin cruisers are similar to downeast cabin cruisers in terms of their overall design. However, these boats are typically shorter and thiner, which makes them more sutable for narrow canals. Canal cabin cruisers are also equipped with shallow-draft hulls, making them ideal for cruising through shallow waters.

Sport Fishing Cabin Cruisers

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Sport fishing cabin cruisers are designed for serious anglers. These boats feature large cockpits and plenty of storage space for all your gear. Many sport fishing cabin cruisers also come equipped with live wells, bait stations, and fish finders, making them the perfect choice for a day of fishing on the open water.

How much do Cabin Cruisers Cost?

Cabin cruisers generally cost around $300,000-$1 million, depending on the size, brand, features, etc. You can find used cabin cruisers for significantly cheaper, even on boats just a couple of years old.

Cabin Cruiser vs Yacht vs Cuddy Cabin

There are a few key differences between cabin cruisers, yachts, and cuddy cabins that you should be aware of before making a purchase. For starters, cabin cruisers are typically smaller than yachts and cuddy cabins.

This makes them more maneuverable and easier to dock, but it also means they have less space on board. Yachts, on the other hand, are much larger and can accommodate more passengers and crew. Cuddy cabins are usually even smaller than cabin cruisers making them even easier to maneuver but offering less space.

Another key difference is that Yachts cabin cruisers typically have an open layout, while cuddy cabins tend to be more closed off. This means that cabin cruisers are generally more social boats, as there is less of a barrier between the cockpit and the rest of the boat.

Finally, yachts are typically the most expensive, cabin cruisers are second, and cuddy cabins are usually the cheapest. This makes cabin cruisers a great option for those looking for a quality boat without breaking the bank. However, cabin cruisers still can cost upwards of millions of dollars, so they are not an option for everyone.

Overall, cabin cruisers are a great choice for those looking for a quality boat that can be maneuvered by yourself without needing a captain and are relatively affordable compared to yachts. Yachts are better suited for those who have the budget for a more luxurious option and are looking for more space and privacy on board. Cuddy cabins are best for people who don’t want to spend a whole lot of money and what something smaller that involves less work.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Cabin Cruiser?

Cabin cruisers offer many advantages over other boats including more space and amenities, greater stability, and easier docking (compared to yachts). However, cabin cruisers also have some disadvantages, such as higher costs and heavier weight.


1. More Space: Cabin cruisers offer much more interior space than other types of boats of comparable size. This extra space can be used for storage, sleeping quarters or simply to provide a more comfortable cruising experience.

2. More Amenities: Cabin cruisers also typically come equipped with more amenities than other types of boats. These amenities can include anything from full kitchens and bathrooms to spacious lounge areas and state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

3. Greater Stability: Because of their larger size and weight, cabin cruisers are generally much more stable than other types of boats. This makes them ideal for cruising in rough waters or for hosting large parties on board.

4. Easier Docking: Cabin cruisers can be easier to dock than other types of boats, thanks to their greater stability and the fact that they typically have two or more engines for added maneuverability.

5. Luxurious Accommodations: Many cabin cruisers are designed with luxury in mind, offering high-end finishes and amenities that rival those found in upscale homes.

6. Ideal for Entertaining: Cabin cruisers are often used as floating party venues, thanks to their spacious interiors and convenient onboard amenities.


1. Higher Costs: Cabin cruisers can be significantly more expensive than other types of boats, both to purchase and to maintain.

2. Heavier Weight: Cabin cruisers are typically quite large and heavy, which can make them difficult to tow and store.

3. More Difficult to Maneuver: Because of their size and weight, cabin cruisers can be more difficult to maneuver than other types of boats. This can make them challenging to dock in tight spaces.

What are the top brands to purchase quality Cabin Cruisers?

There are a few great brands when it comes to cabin cruisers, including:

  • Sea Ray – luxurious cabin cruiser with all the bells and whistles
  • Tiara – reliable and well-built cabin cruisers
  • Formula – Very reputable brand
  • Cutwater – affordable and stylish cabin cruisers

All three manufacturers offer high-quality options that will provide you with years of enjoyment on the water. When choosing a cabin cruiser, it is important to consider your budget and what features are most important to you.

What should you look for before buying Cabin Cruisers?

There are many things you should look for before buying a cabin cruiser. The size of the boat, the type of engine, and the amenities offered are just a few things to consider. You also need to decide if you want a new or used model. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect cabin cruiser for your needs.

What do you plan to use your cabin cruiser for? Whether you want to spend weekends on the lake or cruise around the coastline, it’s important to choose a model that suits your needs.

One of the most important things to consider when buying a cabin cruiser is the size of the boat. You need to make sure that the boat is big enough for your needs. Cabin cruisers come in all different sizes, so you should be able to find one that is perfect for you.

  • Type of Engine

Another thing you need to consider when buying a cabin cruiser is the type of engine. There are two main types of engines, gasoline and diesel. Gasoline engines are less expensive, but they require more maintenance. Diesel engines are more expensive, but they last longer and require less maintenance.

When you are looking at cabin cruisers, you should also consider the amenities that are offered. Some cabin cruisers come with features like air conditioning, televisions, and stereos. Others do not have any of these features. You need to decide what amenities you want and how much you are willing to pay for them.

  • New or Used

Finally, you need to decide if you want a new or used cabin cruiser. Used models can be cheaper, but they may not have all of the features that you want. New models will be more expensive, but they will have all of the latest features. You need to decide what is more important to you, price or features.

These are just a few things to consider when you are looking at cabin cruisers. If you take your time and do your research, you should be able to find the perfect boat for your needs.

Final Words

In conclusion, a cabin cruiser boat is a great choice for anyone looking for a versatile that you could live in and take anywhere. Whether you’re fishing, swimming, or just cruising around, a cabin cruiser boat can provide you with plenty of enjoyment. With so many different models and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect cabin cruiser boat for your needs. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start enjoying the water today.

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Demystifying yacht classification A, B, C, D

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Demystifying yacht classification :  Class A, B, C and D

Since 1998, CE certification is required for all recreational boats entering or being sold in Europe obliging boat manufacturers to respect certain building and security standards.  Therefore, yachts ( boats ) are classified into four categories depending on their aptitude to confront navigational conditions taking into account both force of the wind and height of the waves.  The categories are not to limit the area and distance of navigation (that is defined by security equipement onboard) but  to  sensitize the owner and/or captain of the boats capacities to navigate in complete security.

Let us start with the Beaufort Scale.   A scale for classifying the force of the wind ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane).   It was devised by an admiral in the British Navy, Francis Beaufort, to uniform the description of the effect of different winds at sea.

There is a direct link between the Beaufort scale and boat classification.   For discussion purposes, we will use only the 6, 7 and 8 forces.

A Class A yacht ( boat ) is a vessel that is built to navigate the open ocean and surpass a force 8 on the Beaufort scale and surpass waves higher that 4 meters.   These yachts are constructed to be self sufficient in hostile seas.

A Class B yacht ( boat ) is a vessel built to navigate on the offshore waters (200 miles and less) and can substain UP TO force 8 and waves UP TO 4 meters.

A Class C boat is a vessel built to navigate inshore such as lakes, rivers, bays and close to the shore and can sustain UP TO force 6 and waves UP TO 2 meters.

A Class D boat is built for protected or sheltered waters such as canals, rivers, small lakes and sustain a force 4 and waves UP TO .3 meters (less that 1 ft).

With this said, you can understand that the Class A yacht ( boat ) respects a rigorous building code more so than a Class B and so forth.    But regardless of the class, it is strongly discouraged to navigate in a force 7 for the reasons of safety and comfort as « pleasure » should always be on the agenda.  Always consult the weather forecast prior to leaving any port and check hourly the weather situation.

Classification is very important and should be on your question list before purchasing any boat or yacht.

Classification rules are developed to assess the structural strength and integrity of the essential parts of the hull, the reliability and function of the propulsion, steering systems, power generation and all the other features installed on board which contribute to guarantee the main essential services of yacht.

Also for a class A, the portholes will be more resistant against a sustained wave, the drains to evacuate the water more abundant and of good size, the joints of the hull more hermetic, in short everything is in place to prevent water from s’ infiltrate on board.

By way of information, let us quote for example all the Ferretti yachts (60 to 96 feet), Pershing (60 to 115), the Riva (44 to 122) are all of class A just like the Magellano range at Azimut including also the 66 Flybridge.

Ferretti yachts (500, 550, 670 fly and over), Pershing (7X and over), Azimut Yachts (62, 64, 66, 68 Fly and over, the Sport Series 7X and over, all Magellano) are Class A.  There are also other classifications such as RINA and American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd Register, that are more precise regulations and we will cover this later in another article.

Below is the graph of the Beaufort Scale along with photos.

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7 New Dayboats That Bring Superyacht-Style Design to the High Seas

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7 of the world's largest dayboats.

A dayboat is exactly what it sounds like—a vessel to spend the day on before retiring to somewhere else to spend the night. Traditionally it’s a European style of boating, relegated to boats in the 30- to 50-foot range. But in the last few years, thanks to a flood of new owners, the dayboat market has seen big design changes and enormous growth—literally. The boats keep getting larger to the point where many should be rightfully be called day yachts . The trend started with the HCB Custom 65 . The boat, Estrella , was a monster center-console design, powered by six outboards totaling more than 3000 hp. That 2018 launch set a new standard for dayboats.

But the new generation of maxi-sized dayboats aren’t limited to utilitarian center consoles. The 77-foot Wajer that former quarterback Tom Brady purchased last year is a good example of a more yacht-like design, while the 115-ft. Vanquish Veloce VQ115 is an even more dramatic case.

These new designs, all with large staterooms, show how much the definition of dayboat has changed from smaller open boats. The intent of the design is now as important as the form—to maximize exterior space, and with it, the number of guests who can come on board to enjoy a day on the water. There are the usual salons, galleys and heads, but the focus is the exterior, or in most cases, the blending of the interior and exterior through large glass doors that slide and conceal to connect inside and out.

Here are seven of the largest, newest dayboats on the water today.

Vanquish VQ115 Veloce

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Vanquish’s VQ115 Veloce is the largest dayboat on this list. The 115 has an aluminum hull, and with triple 2,650-horsepower MTU Rolls-Royce V16s matched to surface drives, Vanquish says it can hit speeds of 50 mph. The VQ115 has two separate tender garages: one for a VQ16 and the other a VQ11, both bearing a resemblance to the mothership. A Jacuzzi on the boat’s foredeck is sure to be a popular at anchor, while the aft cockpit connects to an open-arrangement salon via sliding glass doors. That arrangement puts the day in day yacht. A boat this size will be able to accommodate four crew members.

Scout 670 LX

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Currently under build in South Carolina, the Scout 670 LX will be the largest center console ever built when it debuts at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show. With five 600-horsepower Mercury outboards, this Scout should see top speeds close to 60 mph. Three different versions of this boat will be made available, including an LXF (luxury fish), LXC (luxury cruiser), and LXS (luxury sport). The boat was designed in conjunction with superyacht design studio Harrison Eidsgaard. It will be constructed in carbon-fiber epoxy. The forepeak master will have its own en suite—a design breakthrough for vessels of this type.

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When you’re the greatest quarterback of all time, and also find yourself back on the singles scene in your early 40s, what better way to re-acclimate yourself than a hot boat? And that’s exactly what Tom Brady bought for himself. The Wajer 77 is a Dutch-built dayboat with one of the most beautiful sterns in yachting. It has a 40-mph top speed and cruising range of over 400 miles. Wajer’s trademark walkaround design opens up the alfresco entertainment options onboard, meaning the boat can ferry large numbers of guests comfortably to the sandbar and back. The boat also has three staterooms, plus crew accommodations for two, as you might expect from a dayboat this large.

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With an axe bow and a reverse-rake windshield, mirrored by a reverse-rake windscreen on its flybridge, the Pardo Endurance 60 conjures up the profile of a stylish workboat. But it is built for play. Its walkaround design couples with foldout terraces in the cockpit to open up the deck space for entertaining. A hydraulic swim platform aft holds a tender for easier beach access, or it can double as a beach club. The Pardo has twin 600-horspower Volvo Penta D8s matched to IPS drives, making it easy to dock and maneuver at slow speeds. The boat runs the low-to-mid-20-mph range.

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Unveiled last year at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Bluegame 75 is the first edition in a line of multihulls the Italian builder plans to release. Bluegame is known for its innovative designs, and this boat was penned in conjunction with Bernardo Zuccon and Piero Lissoni with a hullform that mimics an America’s Cup chase boat. The 75 will also be able to carry up to 56 solar panels to minimize its carbon footprint. The interior layout is intended to maximize the boat’s natural beaminess. Open arrangements the norm particularly on the lower deck, where an unorthodox salon lies at sea level, and the upper deck is fully open for social events.

Zeelander 7

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The 66-foot Zeelander 7 is this Dutch yard’s new flagship. Zeelanders all have similar lines as well as high levels of fit and finish. The boat has a foldout beach club from its transom, with a generous amount of tumblehome. A four-stool bar at the bulwark separating the cockpit and salon complements a dining settee in the aft section of the cockpit. The boat’s fully enclosed salon has nearly 360-degree worth of windows. This boat can reach 40 mph at top end.

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From Brazil comes the Okean 80, a boat clearly built for a party. Like its smaller sisters, the builder’s flagship has foldout terraces to port and starboard on its main deck. Also on the main deck is a pane of smart glass between the helm and salon that can become see-through or opaque at the touch of a button. Up top, the 80’s flybridge features a wetbar and modular furniture. A beach club at the hydraulic swim platform is partially recessed into the transom for shade, a design trait which adds a sense of gravitas to the space.

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The daily pause applies to part of southern Gaza, but not to some of the places most in need.

The Israeli military said on Monday that it had paused operations during daylight hours in parts of southern Gaza, as a new policy announced a day earlier appeared to take hold amid cautious hopes that it would allow more aid to reach residents of the beleaguered territory.

Aid workers said they hoped that the daily pause in the Israeli offensive would remove one of several obstacles to delivering aid to areas in central and southern Gaza from Kerem Shalom, an important border crossing between Israel and Gaza. Despite the pause, aid agencies warned that other restrictions on movement, as well as lawlessness in the territory, made food distribution difficult.

The policy applies only to a seven-mile stretch of road in southern Gaza, and not to areas in central Gaza to which hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians have fled since the Rafah invasion began.

When Israel invaded Rafah in early May, the move led to the closure of the lone supply route between Egypt and Gaza, at Rafah, and it hindered aid groups’ ability to distribute food and other aid delivered from Israel and bound for southern and central Gaza.

Though aid groups had stockpiled food and other supplies before the Israeli push into Rafah, six weeks of fighting there have prompted concerns about hunger in southern Gaza, even as fears of a famine ebbed in the territory’s north.

With those stockpiles dwindling, “maybe for a couple of weeks they’ll have enough food, but if we cannot have access and sustain that, then that’s going to be a big problem,” said Carl Skau, the deputy director of the World Food Program, an arm of the United Nations that distributes food in Gaza. Food supplies in southern Gaza were “more stabilized a month ago, but we are really concerned now,” said Mr. Skau, who visited Gaza last week.

The closure of the Rafah border and fighting around it have forced aid groups and commercial vendors to route more of their convoys through Israel, where trucks enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing point. Once the food is inside Gaza, humanitarian organizations transfer it to their own vehicles and distribute it. Those groups say that Israel does too little to ensure the safety of those delivering aid, citing attacks on aid convoys and workers, including Israeli airstrikes.

Israel regularly says that there are no limits on the amount of aid it allows to enter Gaza and blames disorganized aid groups — as well as theft by Hamas — for the failure to move food from Israeli to Palestinian control.

“We think their main problem is logistical, and they’re not doing enough to overcome those logistical problems,” said Shimon Freedman, a spokesman for COGAT, the branch of the Israeli defense ministry that coordinates with aid groups.

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But prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have accused Israeli leaders of restricting aid delivery, seeking their arrest on charges including the use of starvation as a weapon of war. And aid groups said the fighting near the Kerem Shalom crossing made it even harder for aid groups to collect the food from the border and then distribute it onward through Gaza.

“Before Rafah, we had free access to Kerem Shalom basically all day, every day,” said Scott Anderson, the deputy Gaza director for UNRWA, the lead United Nations agency for Palestinians. “Now we still have access, it’s just a little more nuanced and difficult to get there,” he added, citing frequent gunfire and explosions in areas traversed by aid trucks, including three times recently when convoys recently came within roughly 100 yards of fighting.

“What we had asked for was windows to access Kerem Shalom without having to coordinate so closely with the I.D.F. — to be able to come and go, and the trucks to come and go, with more freedom,” said Mr. Anderson, using the initials of the Israel Defense Forces.

That led to the new Israeli policy of avoiding combat in daylight hours.

The military said on Monday that it had killed more than 500 combatants in Rafah, severely reducing the capacity of two of Hamas’s four battalions in the city. The remaining two battalions were operating at a “medium level,” the military said.

Though humanitarian groups welcomed the pause, they said that far more still needed to be done.

Israeli strikes have damaged supply routes in Gaza, hindering the passage of convoys, and crowds of desperate Gazans often intercept trucks in search of food. Cash shortages have prevented many civilians from buying food brought into Gaza by commercial convoys.

And as summer approaches, there is a rising need for more clean drinking water, Mr. Anderson said.

In recent weeks, Israel has allowed aid groups far greater access to northern Gaza, where fears of famine were once highest, opening up more access points to the north. But aid groups say that sanitation and health care are still highly inadequate in northern Gaza, even if food supplies have improved.

“We were driving through rivers of sewage everywhere,” said Mr. Skau, the W.F.P. official.

“We really flooded the place with ready-to-eat food commodities,” he added. “But this progress needs to be sustained and frankly we need to diversify.”

Aaron Boxerman contributed reporting.

— Patrick Kingsley and Adam Rasgon reporting from Jerusalem

Israeli protesters mass in Jerusalem to call for elections after the war cabinet is dissolved.

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday to call for elections and the immediate return of hostages held in Gaza in a demonstration that followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent decision to dissolve his war cabinet.

The protest outside the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, highlighted the competing pressures the Israeli prime minister is under from conflicting elements of Israeli society.

Last week, two relatively moderate members resigned from the emergency war cabinet Mr. Netanyahu formed in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas-led assault on Israel, citing differences over the conduct of the war against Hamas in Gaza. Far-right members of Mr. Netanyahu’s coalition called on him to appoint them to the war cabinet, but on Sunday, according to Israeli officials, the prime minister communicated to ministers at a wider cabinet meeting that he was dissolving the body instead.

In the crowd in front of the Knesset on Monday was Yair Lapid, the opposition leader in Parliament , video posted on social media showed. Some of the marchers carried a banner stating that they were “leading the nation to the day after,” a reference to the end of the war in Gaza.

An Israeli police statement said that the police had helped facilitate the rally near the Knesset, and no arrests were immediately reported there.

However, confrontations appear to have been more intense when some protesters broke off to march to Mr. Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem, breaching a police roadblock. Anti-government activists have regularly gathered there throughout the war.

The activists chanted, “You are the chief, you are to blame” in front of the prime minister’s residence. Photographs showed some of them gathered around an open fire. Water cannons were fired, and at least nine people were arrested. The Israeli police said in a statement that some of the protesters had attacked officers, slightly injuring some of them.

The Israel Police said it would “continue to allow legal freedom of expression and protest but will not allow violations of public order and riots,” noting the fire.

The protests this week by anti-government activists are not connected to Saturday night rallies held weekly in Tel-Aviv and organized by the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, which represents the relatives of hostages held in Gaza. That group held a separate conference in Sderot on Monday on their efforts to bring the hostages home.

The anti-government activists are planning another protest in front of the Knesset on Tuesday.

— Ephrat Livni and Aaron Boxerman


Netanyahu disbands his war cabinet, a widely expected move after two major resignations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has dissolved his war cabinet, an Israeli official said Monday, after the departures of two significant members prompted demands from far-right politicians for representation in the influential group.

The two members, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, quit Mr. Netanyahu’s small war cabinet last week amid disagreements over the direction of the war in Gaza. The men, both former military chiefs , had been seen as voices of moderation in the body, which was formed in October after the Hamas-led assault on Israel and made many decisions about the conflict.

The Israeli official suggested that Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to disband the body — which was communicated to ministers at a wider cabinet meeting on Sunday — was largely symbolic given that Mr. Gantz and Mr. Eisenkot had already resigned.

Since their departures, discussions about the war have been driven by Mr. Netanyahu in conjunction with his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, and close advisers, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Dissolving the war cabinet formalizes that process. It may also defuse calls from Mr. Netanyahu’s far-right coalition partners who might have hoped to fill the places of Mr. Gantz and Mr. Eisenkot.

According to Mr. Eisenkot, the influence of one of those far-right leaders, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the minister of national security, had long loomed over the war cabinet’s discussions. After Mr. Gantz resigned, Mr. Ben-Gvir immediately demanded to join the group, writing on X that it was “about time to take brave decisions, achieve true deterrence, and bring true safety to the residents of the south, north, and all of Israel.”

Israeli news outlets reported on Monday that Mr. Netanyahu’s move to disband the war cabinet was a direct response to that demand.

For now, major decisions about the war in Gaza — like whether to agree to a cease-fire with Hamas — will still be put to a separate and broader security cabinet. That group includes Mr. Ben-Gvir and another far-right member, Bezalel Smotrich, the finance minister. Both have argued strongly that Israel’s military offensive in Gaza must continue until Hamas is destroyed.

The smaller war cabinet was charged with overseeing the fighting in Gaza. Having members like Mr. Gantz and Mr. Eisenkot, former military chiefs of staff from the centrist opposition to Mr. Netanyahu’s government, lent an aura of consensus and legitimacy internationally as Israel grew increasingly isolated over its handling of the war.

“Netanyahu was hearing from very serious perspectives,” said Mitchell Barak, an Israeli pollster and analyst who worked as an aide to Mr. Netanyahu in the 1990s, citing the military careers of Mr. Gantz and Mr. Eisenkot. “Now he’s lost it. What he has now is more of an echo chamber.”

Israeli news outlets reported that Mr. Netanyahu is now expected to rely on advisers like Ron Dermer, a seasoned confidant of the prime minister and former ambassador to the United States who served as a nonvoting member of the war cabinet.

But it’s important to remember that Mr. Netanyahu was nevertheless always in the driver’s seat, Mr. Barak added.

Dissolving the war cabinet “centralizes his power and solidifies it and makes it much more difficult for any mutiny,” he said.

— Patrick Kingsley and Cassandra Vinograd

The war cabinet is gone. Who’s left in Netanyahu’s inner circle?

Having dissolved his war cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will rely on an informal group of a few of his closest advisers in making important decisions about the war in Gaza, analysts say.

Mr. Netanyahu created the war cabinet, an influential five-person body, soon after the Hamas-led attacks last October prompted Israel to go to war in Gaza. Two former military chiefs of staff, Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, members of the centrist opposition to the right-wing government, joined the group, giving it an air of consensus and credibility among Israelis.

But the two former generals resigned last week , and Mr. Netanyahu has not said whether he will reconstitute the war cabinet. His group of close advisers now lacks the political breadth and military experience the war cabinet had, and the stature of Mr. Gantz, one of Mr. Netanyahu’s chief political rivals.

Here is a look at who he is likely to turn to:

Yoav Gallant: Mr. Gallant, the defense minister and a former general, had been in the war cabinet. He is a member of Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party but has occasionally broken with the prime minister. Last year, amid mass protests against a government plan to overhaul the judiciary, Mr. Gallant said the plan threatened national security, with many reservists vowing to refuse service if the plan became law. Mr. Netanyahu fired him, then reinstated him two weeks later. This year, Mr. Gallant has pushed for a specific plan for governing postwar Gaza , something the Israeli leader has resisted doing.

Ron Dermer: One of Mr. Netanyahu’s closest advisers, Mr. Dermer is a former Israeli ambassador to Washington who had been a nonvoting “observer” member of the war cabinet. He currently serves as Israel’s minister for strategic affairs, and he worked on Israel’s attempts to normalize ties with Saudi Arabia and to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Tzachi Hanegbi: Mr. Hanegbi is Mr. Netanyahu’s national security adviser, and Israeli news media reports said that he was likely to be part of a limited group of officials making sensitive decisions about the war. Last month, Mr. Hanegbi said that he expected military operations in Gaza to continue through at least the end of the year .

Aryeh Deri: Israeli news media also said that Mr. Deri, the leader of an ultra-Orthodox Sephardic party and a close ally of the prime minister, would be part of that limited group. Mr. Deri is a contentious figure: Last year, months before the war began, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that he was not fit to serve as a senior minister in Mr. Netanyahu’s government because he had been convicted of tax fraud.

Two prominent right-wing politicians with hawkish views on the war, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, would not be part of the smaller group advising Mr. Netanyahu. Mr. Ben-Gvir, the national security minister, has demanded to be included in the war cabinet, and analysts said that Mr. Netanyahu dissolved it in part to prevent that from happening. Both Mr. Ben-Gvir and Mr. Smotrich remain, however, part of a broader security cabinet that makes some decisions about the war.

— Shashank Bengali

The U.S. Treasury imposes sanctions to cut off weapons to the Houthis in Yemen.

The United States imposed new sanctions on Monday aimed at cutting off weapons, supplies and funding to the Iranian-backed Houthis, who control much of Yemen and have been striking commercial ships in the Red Sea to show support for Palestinians in Gaza.

“The United States remains resolved to use the full range of our tools to halt the flow of military-grade materials and funds from commodities sales that enable these destabilizing terrorist activities,” Brian E. Nelson, the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement .

The sanctions were placed on two individuals and five entities that have facilitated weapons procurement for the Houthis, as well as an individual, a company and a vessel that have helped with commodities shipments, “the sale of which provides an important funding stream to the Houthis that aids in their weapons procurement,” the Treasury statement said.

Several of the designated entities are based in China or procure materials for weapons from companies in China, according to the Treasury.

The U.S. action comes as the Houthis have recently stepped up attacks on the ships. The U.S. Navy has responded with retaliatory military actions.

The U.S. Central Command said in a post on social media on Monday evening that it had, in the past 24 hours, destroyed four Houthi radars and one maritime drone in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and destroyed an aerial drone over the Red Sea. On Sunday, the Navy said it had airlifted the crew from a Greek merchant vessel that was attacked in the Red Sea last week. The U.S. military launched airstrikes on Thursday that destroyed three anti-ship cruise missile launchers in Houthi-controlled Yemen, according to the Central Command.

Sabrina Singh, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said on Monday that since mid-November, the Houthis, had launched about 190 attacks on ships sailing through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, a crucial shipping route through which 12 percent of world trade passes. The Houthis, the de facto government in northern Yemen, have built their ideology around opposition to Israel and the United States, seeing themselves as part of the Iranian-led “axis of resistance,” along with Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Their leaders often draw parallels between the American-made bombs used to pummel their forces in Yemen and the arms sent to Israel that are used in Gaza.

“The Houthis’ continued, indiscriminate, and reckless attacks against unarmed commercial vessels are made possible by their access to key components necessary for the production of their missiles” and drones, Mr. Nelson said.

The Treasury’s statement accused the Houthis of “killing innocent civilians, causing severe damage to commercial ships, and threatening global freedom of navigation.”

— Ephrat Livni

Amid the devastation, Gaza is the world’s deadliest place for aid workers, the U.N. says.

Gaza has become the most dangerous place in the world for aid workers, the United Nations said on Monday.

At least 250 aid workers have been killed since the war there began on Oct. 7, the United Nations has said, and on Monday the U.N. said that nearly 200 of them worked for UNRWA, its main agency for Palestinian refugees, further hindering the work of organizations already struggling to deliver aid in the enclave.

Aid groups have said that most of the dangers come from Israeli bombardment and airstrikes, which have devastated Gaza over eight months of war, killing more than 37,000 Gazans, according to local health authorities. Israel launched its retaliatory campaign in Gaza after the Hamas-led assault in southern Israel killed about 1,200 people and abducted about 240, according to Israeli officials.

The peril faced by humanitarian workers in Gaza has interrupted or obstructed the distribution of desperately needed aid in a place where, aid groups have warned, hundreds of thousands of people are facing famine conditions.

It was unclear how many aid workers have been killed by Israel’s offensive while delivering humanitarian aid, though at least some of the 193 UNRWA employees were, said Inas Hamdan, UNRWA’s acting public information officer for Gaza.

“Airstrikes or bombardment never stop,” Ms. Hamdan said. She added: “In order for humanitarian response to be effective, stable conditions are needed.”

The International Crisis Group , a think tank, said in early May that the Aid Worker Security Database — an open source for tracking attacks on aid workers globally — had documented 234 deaths stemming from 308 incidents targeting aid workers in Gaza. That is the most incidents recorded in a single conflict year since 1997, the group said.

But beyond Israel’s bombardment, the crisis group said, the rate of aid worker deaths in Gaza also stemmed from an ineffectual system to ensure the safe movement of aid workers by communicating and coordinating with the Israeli military.

Questions to COGAT, the arm of the Israeli military that implements government policy in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, regarding the system, known as deconfliction, were not immediately returned.

Dr. Tanya Haj-Hassan, a pediatric intensive care physician whose work with aid groups has taken her to many conflict zones, spent two weeks in late March volunteering at Al Aqsa Hospital in Deir El Balah for Medical Aid for Palestine, mostly treating airstrike victims. She said deconfliction involved notifying warring parties that aid workers were coming in and where they were going, so that the warring sides could avoid targeting them.

In Gaza, she said, the deconfliction process was “a farce” and aid workers have been struck when there were no military targets nearby.

“Nothing compares to what I experienced in Gaza, the drone and the actual bombing was constant, so you always felt like there was a possibility that you or the building you were in could be hit at any moment,” Dr. Haj-Hassan said.

She added: “We don’t have any safety guarantees.”

In April seven World Central Kitchen workers were killed in an Israeli airstrike, even after the aid group said it had coordinated the movements of its convoy with the Israeli military.

The military later said in a statement that the “grave mistake” stemmed from a string of errors , including “a mistaken identification, errors in decision-making and an attack contrary to the Standard Operating Procedures.”

Israel’s own account of the strike raised questions about the military’s ability to identify civilians and its procedures for protecting them, as well as whether it has been complying with international law, legal experts told The New York Times after the strike.

— Raja Abdulrahim reporting from Jerusalem

A Biden adviser visits Israel as the military warns of a ‘wider escalation’ with Hezbollah.

A White House adviser met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday as the Israeli military warned that the Lebanese militia Hezbollah was risking a wider confrontation with its cross-border strikes against Israel.

The adviser, Amos Hochstein, who has overseen previous talks between Israel and Lebanon , was meeting with Israeli leaders amid swelling concerns that the confrontation with Hezbollah, a powerful militia and Lebanese political faction backed by Iran, could grow into all-out war. Several Israeli news outlets reported that Mr. Hochstein was holding talks aimed at preventing a further escalation.

In a post on social media late Sunday night, the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said: “Hezbollah’s increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation — one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region.”

His comments echoed a threat that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made earlier this month, days after Hezbollah launched a barrage of rockets and exploding drones from Lebanon into northern Israel.

“Whoever thinks he can hurt us and we will respond by sitting on our hands is making a big mistake,” Mr. Netanyahu said , according to his government, while visiting soldiers and firefighters in northern Israel. “We are prepared for very intense action in the north.”

Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah is intertwined with its battle against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Hezbollah have fired back and forth in the months since the Oct. 7 assault on Israel by Hamas, another Iran-backed group, set off the war in Gaza. More than 150,000 people on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border have been displaced by the fighting there.

Hezbollah’s attacks have gradually intensified , with the group using larger and more sophisticated weapons to strike more often and deeper beyond the border. Both sides have refrained from engaging in full-blown war, but the tension has increased in the past week.

Last Tuesday, an Israeli strike targeted and killed Taleb Abdallah , one of Hezbollah’s senior commanders, prompting the group to step up its own attacks the next day.

Two days later, the Israeli military said that its fighter jets had struck “Hezbollah military structures” overnight in Lebanese border villages. Then Hezbollah launched what Israeli officials called the most serious rocket and drone assault in more than eight months of hostilities, a barrage that lasted into the evening.

The United States, France and other mediators have sought for months to curb the exchanges of fire.

President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Thursday that his country and the United States had agreed in principle to establish a trilateral group with Israel to “make progress” on a French proposal to end the violence. But Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, rejected that effort the next day , saying that France had adopted “hostile policies” toward Israel.

— Mike Ives and Randy Pennell

Sailors attacked by the Houthis and rescued by the U.S. Navy recount their ordeal.

The crew of the Tutor, a Greek-owned bulk carrier sailing across the Red Sea to India, were on the deck on a sunny morning last week when they spotted in the distance what looked like a fishing vessel with two people aboard. The crew members thought it was nothing unusual, but moments later, the ship captain said, they noticed a vessel rushing toward their ship.

The boat appeared to be remote-controlled — the fishermen they thought they had glimpsed were dummies — and crew members shouted, “Inside! Inside!” as they raced for cover, according to a video one of them posted on Facebook. The boat collided with their ship and exploded, shattering glass windows on the bridge of their vessel and submerging the engine room in seawater and oil, the captain said.

“We were all scared,” the captain, Christian Domrique, said on Monday in Manila, where he and the crew members, all of whom are from the Philippines, were brought after the U.S. Navy airlifted them from the stricken vessel . “It was the first time for all of us to experience that.”

It was one of the more dramatic episodes in recent months in the Red Sea, where the Houthi militia in Yemen has stepped up missile and drone attacks against ships in what it says is a campaign to pressure Israel to end the war in Gaza.

Twenty-one sailors including the captain were rescued from the Tutor; one crew member, who was in the engine room at the time of the collision, is still missing, according to Mr. Domrique and Philippine government officials.

Mr. Domrique, who spoke on behalf of the crew members at a news conference arranged by the Philippine government, said that all of them had stayed on the bridge of the ship after the attack while he contacted the shipowner, the Philippine government and the U.S. Navy, which has been patrolling the waters to deter Houthi attacks. He also warned nearby ships to avoid their location.

“Requesting immediate assistance. We were hit by a bomb,” Mr. Domrique says into the radio, according to another video posted on Facebook.

About four hours after the collision, at around 1 p.m., he said their immobile ship was rocked by another explosion — this time, from a Houthi missile.

“We did not know what to do,” Mr. Domrique said. “We were being attacked both by water and air. We just relied on prayers.”

The crew members moved downstairs to a passageway and camped there amid a scattering of water bottles, bags, extension cords and phone chargers. Some sailors slept on stairs.

“We are hiding now in the alleyway in the middle of the ship because we don’t know where the bombs will fall,” John Flores, the ship’s chief engineer, said in a series of text messages to his wife, who later posted them on Facebook.

The crew managed to find oil to power a small generator that provided light, a power supply and internet access. But Mr. Flores began to fear they would be attacked again, texting his wife that their ship had been drifting for 10 hours waiting for rescuers.

“Please remember that I love you and the kids very much,” he wrote. “Always take care there. I miss you all so much.”

Finally, U.S. Navy helicopters arrived and airlifted the crew members from the ship, bringing them to a Navy cruiser, the U.S.S. Philippine Sea. The U.S. service members, including many Filipino Americans, greeted them warmly, Mr. Domrique said, singing karaoke songs and bringing them food. They were taken to Bahrain before they flew to Manila.

Arriving at the airport, the crew members were seen smiling, though none spoke to reporters. After the news conference, Mr. Domrique hugged his wife, the relief apparent on their faces.

“We are all traumatized,” he said at the news conference, fighting back tears.

— Camille Elemia reporting from Manila

Netanyahu says he didn’t know about Israel’s plans to reduce fighting in southern Gaza. Analysts are skeptical.

The announcement came seemingly out of the blue on Sunday when it was first publicized via the Israeli military’s English and Arabic-language channels: The military would “pause” its fighting during daytime hours along an important humanitarian aid corridor in southern Gaza until further notice.

Amid some immediate confusion over the scope of the pause, a clarification swiftly followed, this time in Hebrew and seemingly for domestic consumption. The change did not mean a cessation of fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, that statement said, adding that the campaign in the southernmost city of Rafah was continuing. Military officials said the daily pauses were meant only to facilitate the increased distribution of food aid in Gaza, where international organizations have issued dire warnings about hunger.

The strange choreography of the messaging became stranger still when the government suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu only learned of the military’s plan from news reports and signaled his disapproval.

But analysts said it was likely that the prime minister was aware of the plan and that each announcement was tailored to different audiences. The whipsaw statements appeared to reflect the competing pressures facing Mr. Netanyahu, as he juggles demands from the Biden administration and elsewhere around the globe with those of his own hawkish government. His far-right coalition partners oppose any concessions in Gaza, and he relies on their support to stay in power.

The new policy surrounding the humanitarian corridor — where the military said it would pause fighting from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily — went into effect on Saturday, according to military officials. But Mr. Netanyahu insinuated that he did not learn of the plans until Sunday morning.

“It’s classic Bibi,” said Amos Harel, the military affairs analyst for the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, referring to Mr. Netanyahu by his nickname. Like other experts, he said the announcement was unlikely to have been a complete surprise to him, even if the military commanders did not update him on the exact timing of what they called a tactical change.

“He has a mask for every occasion,” Mr. Harel said in an interview. “For the Americans, he needs to show he is doing more to get aid in. For the Israeli audience he can say ‘I didn’t know’ and go for plausible deniability.”

A statement issued on Sunday by an anonymous government official, whose name and office could not be publicized, as per protocol, said that when Mr. Netanyahu learned about the humanitarian pause, he found it unacceptable. The prime minister was later assured, the statement added, that there was no change in the military’s plans regarding the fighting in Rafah, the southern Gaza city near the corridor that has been the focus of recent operations.

Shani Sasson, a spokeswoman for Cogat, the Israeli agency that oversees policy for the Palestinian territories and that liaises with international organizations, said the move was meant to help clear a backlog of more than 1,000 trucks that had already been inspected by Israel and were waiting on the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

“We are asking the aid organizations to come and pick up the aid and distribute it,” Ms. Sasson said. “It’s up to them.”

The military’s move coincided with the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and uncertainty over the fate of an Israeli proposal for a cease-fire with Hamas, which includes an exchange of hostages for Palestinian prisoners. Officials said Hamas had demanded some unworkable changes to the proposal that was backed by the Biden administration and endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.

The “tactical pause” also comes as Israel awaits another international report expected this month regarding food insecurity in Gaza. A previous report in March, warned that half the population of Gaza was facing “catastrophic” food insecurity and imminent famine.

Mr. Netanyahu and his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, also have the threat of arrest, on accusations of war crimes, from the International Criminal Court in The Hague hanging over them. They have been accused of using starvation as a weapon of war.

Israel has portrayed Rafah as a last bastion of Hamas’s organized battalions and the military operation there as the final major step in the war. The military has now gained control of the corridor along Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, long a main conduit for weapons smuggling into the territory.

Israelis are increasingly questioning where the war goes from here and when it will end. The cost for both sides is rising all the time. At least 10 Israeli soldiers were killed in combat this weekend and an 11th died of wounds sustained days earlier.

About 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas-led attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7 that prompted the war and in all, more than 300 Israeli soldiers have since been killed in combat.

More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war so far, according to the Gaza health ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 this weekend, Gadi Eisenkot, a former military chief and now a centrist politician who quit the emergency wartime government along with his party leader, Benny Gantz, last week, accused Mr. Netanyahu of putting his political needs before those of national security.

Mr. Eisenkot said that the influence of one of Mr. Netanyahu’s far-right coalition partners, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the minister of national security, was a constant presence over the discussions in the war cabinet, even though Mr. Ben-Gvir is not a member of that decision-making body.

Mr. Ben-Gvir and the far-right finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, have openly criticized the military leadership during the war and have also vowed to bring down Mr. Netanyahu’s government if he agrees to a cease-fire deal before Hamas is fully destroyed — a goal that many experts say is unattainable.

Predictably, Mr. Ben-Gvir was quick on Sunday to attack the military’s announcement of the humanitarian pause in a social media post , denouncing it as a “crazy and delusional approach” and adding that “the evil fool” who decided on it “must not continue in his position.”

Mr. Ben-Gvir did not specify who he meant.

Gabby Sobelman contributed reporting.

— Isabel Kershner reporting from Jerusalem


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