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Used Boats For Sale Between $100,000 - $200,000

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38' Lagoon Lagoon 380 2004

Vero Beach, United States

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28' Regulator 28 FS 2015

Stuart, United States

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70' Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yacht 1988

Madeira Beach, United States

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50' Sea Ray 1998

Aventura, United States

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46' Jefferson 46 Sundeck 1990

Fort Lauderdale, United States

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55' Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge 1997

Mobile, United States

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47' Sunseeker Camargue 1999

Cranston, United States

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30' Chaparral 300 OSX 2021

Glen Cove, United States

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27' Blackfin 272 CC 2020

Mantoloking, United States

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35' Henriques 35FB 2003

Ocean City, United States

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32' Regal 3200 Bowrider 2016

Palm Beach, United States

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30' Chaparral 2017

34208, United States

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Finding a used boat for sale between $100,000 and $200,000 that fits your needs when it comes to number of passengers, horsepower, inside accommodations, and other features on board can be a challenge with so many options available on the market today. There are many types of boats available between $100k and $200k like  center-consoles ,  cruising yachts , and  fishing boats , but typically your options are going to be slightly older boats if you're looking in the above 40-foot range. Still, there are plenty of opportunities with brands like  Sea Ray ,  Carver , Regal,  Bertram ,  Ocean ,  Hatteras ,  Tiara ,  Boston Whaler , and more. The team at United Yacht Sales has decades of experience helping boaters like you find the right vessel that meets your requirements. Contact one of our  yacht brokers  today to get started on your search.

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Affordable yachts: best boats for your budget.

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The Inside Track on Yacht Budgets and Getting Ahead

Whether you are looking for a used project boat or a brand new affordable family boat, plenty of affordable yachts are available on the market if you know where to look and how to shop for boats online . But before you invest, consider renting a range of different types of yachts to see whether you are really sure if she is ‘the one’. If you want a yacht forty feet plus- we recommend chartering out a boat. You can rent out vessels through sites such as Boatsetter or our favorite Click & Boat that has a very user-friendly platform, which allows you to trial and test a range of boats with or without a captain. Once you have a shortlist, you can set up a sea trial to test the final few that top your list, and if you commission a yacht broker, they will organize this on your behalf. If necessary, apply for boat financing . 

For live-action footage of yachts in action on the water you can stream videos on the YachtWorld YouTube channel which can help you learn more about the type of boating and yachting you want to do.

Owning a yacht can quickly add up, from maintenance to insurance, fuel, the crew, and marina and storage fees are just a few eye-stinging expenses associated with owning a yacht. However, as any boat owner will tell you – it’s not just the yacht you are paying for but the lifestyle. If you are looking for an affordable yacht or boat, remember that secondhand boats are usually the best option for first-time buyers.

Buying a Yacht: Choosing the Perfect Fit

Firstly, you will need to decide on how you intend to use your new vessel. One of the most important considerations when choosing which boat to purchase is why you are buying your boat, which will dictate the size and the design of the vessel. For example, if you intend to charter the superyacht out to offset the cost of ownership- you will want to ensure that the yacht has all of the key charter yacht features to attract charter clients. Consider all of these options carefully before you even start to browse. Choosing the right yacht length is vital because the layout and features can be adapted and changed. If you want to go on a transoceanic journey, you will need a minimum 45–50m yacht. Yachts over 30m are categorized as a superyacht. Any yacht beyond 80m is referred to as a megayacht- otherwise referred to as a gigayacht.

The Yacht Sweet Spot

The size of the boat will determine how many guests your boat will accommodate. From superyachts (vessels over 130 feet in length) to pocket yachts (trailerable boats packed with amenities you might find on a motor home) there is a range of yacht types and sizes to choose from when you’re thinking about your budget, and the sweet spot for you may lie somewhere in between.

Superyacht or Pocket Yacht?

While every yacht’s layout will deviate, superyachts scaling 130-150 feet will typically facilitate 8-10 guests with space for approximately four cabins and a small crew aboard.

Superyachts above 150 feet typically accommodate over 10 passengers with a dedicated team of 9 crew members onboard ready to help with nearly every need and ensure the yacht is running smoothly and safely. These vessels are large enough to provide an abundance of outside space for entertaining and many amenities that can provide a hotel-like experience.

Luxury superyachts measuring over 200 feet in length provide a superior level of luxury onboard. It will typically comprise an amalgamation of approximately seven cabins, a pool, dressing rooms, balconies, a spa, jacuzzi, sauna, and a beach club area. Guests have their every whim and desire catered for. However, there are very few ports where you can dock really large boats – Monaco, Montenegro, and Antibes have the capacity, but you will struggle to fit into several other popular sailing destinations.

On the other end of the spectrum lies “pocket yachts” that can be nimble enough to pop on a trailer and tow with a pickup truck to your home where they can sit and wait for your next family adventure when the time comes. Let’s take a look at some examples of the types of affordable yachts most families and boat owners will be most interested in.

King Of Affordable Yachts

Carver  has long occupied the number one spot on any boat list for best affordable yachts. The company has always made a point to build boats and yachts that are affordable and accessible to a wide variety of families in America. The  C34 Coupe  is the next generation of  Carver Yachts , with a more modern design and sleek profile that provides a strong, yacht-worthy appeal for a fraction of the price of some of the more prominent, more expensive yacht builders. Prices start at US$ 235,000.

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This C34 Coupe, a three-panel sliding glass door, gives access to the salon, which can be entered using a single panel, or both panels can be slid to port, opening the salon to the cockpit. Image credit: Carver

An Affordable Family Boat That Feels like A Big Yacht

Sea Ray is famous for building family cabin cruisers the whole family can enjoy. On one hand, new Sea Ray’s can be quite expensive, however, there are often many used Sea Ray boats on the market priced reasonably that can be had for a modest budget (at least in boating/yachting terms). 

If you’re willing to go with a used boat, you can usually find an older used Sea Ray 370 Sundancer for around $30,000 (something from the 1990s most likely). A Sundancer 370 built after 2000 is likely to bring in around $100K+. You can start your search by browsing the current used Sea Ray Sundancer 370 yachts for sale on Yacht World today and contact a seller near you to find out your options. If you want a brand new model, these boats can run upwards of $800,000 -$950,000 depending on the options, which is debatably affordable in yacht terms, but not out of this world expensive when you consider they are essentially liveaboard boats that can be used as mobile homes on the water.

The all-new 2022 Sundancer 370 OB  is a crossover  bowrider boat that feels like a much larger yacht while still maneuverable and easy to handle with serviceable outboard engines, making it a great family-style boat that is of a yacht-caliber, but that doesn’t have the 2-3 million dollar price tag that a bigger, brand new yacht is likely to command.

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2022 Sundancer 370 OB is also available in a coupe model with a hardtop with a full windshield and electrically actuated windows. Image credit: Sea Ray

Affordable Yacht-Like Cuddy Cabins And Walkarounds

Cuddy cabins might not quite be “yachts”, but the larger models in this class can certainly have some yacht-like amenities. Examples of these types of boats abound, from easily trailerable models with a length below 30 feet and a beam of less than 8.5 feet, to larger boats over 30 feet with a wider beam (that have larger interior cabins and can handle rougher waters offshore). Here are a few that stand out and are worth a look if you’re in the market for this type of boat .

The Grady-White Grady-White’s Adventure 208 is a 20-foot walkaround boat with a cuddy cabin that can provide owners with a stable, durable platform for fishing, cruising and family fun. The cabin has a forward v-berth and can accomodate a portable head with dedicated storage. If you’re looking for a boat to introduce your family to the yachting and boating lifestyle this is a great option. Plus her modest beam (8’1″) allows her to be easily trailered and storing your boat can be as easy as parking at your home in the driveway or yard.

The 2021 Boston Whaler 285 Conquest is a comfort-minded cabin cruiser boat with amenities that enable active day cruises, serious saltwater fishing runs and impromptu overnighting with equal aplomb. The 2021 285 Conquest starts at a reasonable $252,975. 27’10” length she is a bit bigger than the Grady-White Adventure 208 and she can accommodate up to 12 passengers for a true yacht-like experience.

Yacht-Worthy Center Consoles

If you’re on somewhat of a modest budget (in yacht terms) for a new center console boat but are still seeking that #yachtlife lifestyle, you may want to check out a 2022  Chris-Craft Calypso 35 . This boat is dubbed “The Ultimate Entertainer” by Chris-Craft and comes complete with a small interior cabin with berth and head and a luxurious cockpit with premium plush seating and classic yacht styling. Prices start at US$ 229,000.

2021 Chris-Craft 35 CALYPSO

Chris-Craft Calypso 35. debuts a fully enclosed windshield with a power actuated  sliding wind door. Image credit: Calypso.

2021 Edgewater 370CC Center Console

The 2021 Edgewater 370CC Center Console A combination of luxury and superior performance the Edgewater 370CC is built using Single-Piece Infusion, or SPI, which enabled the builder to create a lighter, more efficient and more environmentally-sensitive power boat. She is designed for fishing, entertaining and cruising. Although she is a center console, her cabin is large enough for a berth, sink and head making her an option for weekending and longer cruising with a couple. Check out a full walkthrough of the Edgewater 370CC with boat reviewer Lenny Rudow below.

Cabin Cruisers Worth Every Penny

True cabin cruisers are well-suited to cruising and family weekend trips by nature, designed for island hopping and a yacht-like lifestyle that is akin to that of a much larger yacht, but in a more achievable and manageable package. When you’re talking about the best prices on the market for new cabin cruisers that can deliver this kind of experience for the whole family, and enough for guests to come aboard on cruises, some of the top names include Sea Ray (check out the Sundancer 320 Coupe ), Cutwater Boats (consider the C-32 Coupe) and on the higher end, Tiara Yachts (see the Tiara C39 Coupe pictured below).

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The Tiara Yachts C44 2022. Image credit: Tiara Yachts. 

Grady-White Express 330 Cabin Cruiser

Whaler and Grady often jockey for the top two positions on every boating family’s dream boat list when it comes to current cabin cruiser models on the marketplace. Looking back to Grady-White again, you may consider stepping up from a cuddy cabin to something like the 2021 Express 330 Cabin boat. She is a bit larger than a cuddy cabin but with the same sort of style and layout (although she isn’t a walkaround boat). This bump in size allows for a full stand up interior cabin down below, complete with a stand up head, berth and small galley. She feels more like a pocket yacht but can handle some serious offshore cruising and fishing. View our walkthrough video review of this boat with reviewer Lenny Rudow below.

Regal 33 Express Cabin Cruiser

The Regal 33 Express is a have-it-all cruiser “prepared for an unforgettable adventure”. She is a perfect weekender with a refined yachting flair that provides luxurious comfort on deck and down below, with great cabin space for her size and premium amenities.

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Trailerable Trawlers

A whole genre in and of itself, the term trailerable trawlers has spawned an entire lifestyle movement, akin to the #tinyhomes and #vanlife movements and hashtag crazes in the U.S. in recent years. These are boats that can be used much the same way that RVs, motor homes and campers are on land, but can be be launched as mobile homes on the water for extended cruising with families and couples. By nature they are built to be towed on a trailer, but they feel much larger than most trailerable boats with tons of features packed into them, much like a Swiss Army Knife.

Ranger Tugs

  Ranger Tugs  tops the list in terms of affordable, feature-packed “pocket yachts” that can be great family boats and longer distance cruisers, that can also be easily trailered to different locations (and even used as campers along the way at RV parks). Prices start at US$ 149,000.

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2022 Ranger Tugs R31 Command Bridge. Image credit: Ranger Tugs

Where To Buy An Affordable Yacht

Generally speaking, if a yacht is hot – the price is not. Yachts are a personal investment. Unlike buying a car, the market is dynamic because boats are rare commodities, which is part of their beauty. There are lots of unique models available. If you are budget conscious, the best way to approach buying a yacht is by buying a used yacht for the best price possible. Brands like Sea Ray , Carver, Hatteras, and Bertram family-style cruisers are all good options to look out for.

How To Source A Yacht For The Best Price

Sourcing a yacht using online selling platforms provides you with a plethora of choices. While buying a boat at your local club or boat show was a personable and enjoyable experience twenty years ago, availability was relatively limited, and the buyer had little choice. Online platforms provide you with access to thousands of new and used boats for sale, and they are set up to make the buying process streamline and efficient. YachtWorld’s boat marketplace has the world’s largest selection of brokerage boats for sale, providing access to professional yacht brokers selling a range of new, used, sailing, power, and superyachts. Video viewings are available so that you can scope out the boat out from the safety and comfort of your living room.

Top Tips: YachtWorld’s Buying Guide

A good place to start your yacht buying journey is by reading three quick tips for buying a yacht . Stuart Carruthers, Cruising Manager of the Royal Yachting Association, highlights that additional costs for keeping and maintaining a yacht will be about 10% of the vessel purchase price – which is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind.

  • Setting up Search Alerts on YachtWorld’s online marketplace will immediately notify you if any sellers list a boat that matches your specific criteria.
  • Do your research. Read the NADA guide which regularly updates boats values by model and type to help you pinpoint the value of the vessels you’ve earmarked. The more research sources and guides you draw from, the better.
  •  Look out for sellers paying for storage at a boatyard who no longer want the vessel, they will keener to sell faster in order to lower their monthly costs. In this instance, they may be willing to let the boat go for much less than it’s worth.
  • Dealers have the capacity to hold a large inventory of boats on-site, thus may not need to negotiate on price as much as a private seller.
  • The selling location of a boat will increase or decrease the price due to regional supply/demand differences.
  • You could ask your boat dealer whether it would be possible to showcase your new boat at a boat show in exchange for a worthwhile discount. Some brokers that need a boat to use for sailing demos will be prepared to pay for berthing and maintenance fees too.

Is buying a yacht from a boat auction a good way to buy a cheap yacht?

Don’t fall into the trap of buying a salvage boat or yacht at a boat auctions unless you are very good at repairs, and have checked out the boat beforehand. While auctions can be a great source to find affordable boats, whether you get a great deal or a lousy one is usually determined by a bit of luck, skill, and experience. Pre-loved boats are the most common boats for sale at auctions, however occasionally there are new boats available from local dealers. And, if you do chose to buy a boat from an auction, read more about boat buying and selling tips in auctions to improve your chances of making your buying trip a success.

Is buying a salvage boat for me?

Salvage boats either sink your money and end up costing more than the boat is worth after being repaired. However, if you have the skills, to completely mend structural repairs yourself you could end up making a profit. Consider whether you can fabricate a template to use as a hull repair? Can you fix electrical repairs? If the answer is yes, then a salvage boat may be an avenue worth pursuing.

Our advice is to be very wary of salvage boats. The vessels need to be fully surveyed before you can ascertain the value for the boat. Bear in mind that the surveyor will not necessarily be able to uncover absolutely everything that may need fixing. Some issues lay dormant until the boat is on the water. There are specialist salvage boat experts that buy and sell salvage boats. The upside is picking up boats at a fraction of the price, but the downside is that you are likely to be sitting in a boat which may not have the shine of a new boat, and it is more likely to become problematic later down the line.

Written by Emma Coady

Written by: Emma Coady

Emma Coady is a freelance writer and marine journalist who creates content for many household names in the boating industry, including YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com. She also writes for several boat builders as well as charter and rental companies and regularly contributes to Greenline Hybrid yachts, TJB Super Yachts and Superyachts Monaco. Emma is the founder of Cloud Copy and enjoys traveling around Europe, spending as much of her spare time as possible in or on the water.

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10 Great Used Motoryachts You Can Buy For $150K

10 Great Used Motoryachts You Can Buy For $150K

January 16, 2017 1:45 pm

Consider this scenario: you’re in the market for a used motoryacht — probably nothing smaller than 40 feet — with a budget of $150,000, more or less. You want a boat from a good builder (preferably one of their more popular models), and you’re open to the layout as long as it’s comfortable. Everything else is on the table.

If that describes your boating future, you’ll be happy and perhaps a little surprised at the choices available to you in a used motoryacht or cruiser yacht .

To find out for ourselves, we spent two weeks researching this market on YachtWorld, boats.com, etc., and came away with a list of ten models that represent a cross section of what’s available for about $150,000. There’s a lot to choose from here — traditional aft cabin motor yachts, cockpit motor yachts, classic pilothouse yachts, and sporty sedan cruisers.

All of the ten boats profiled below were popular models during their production years which means (a) that a clean used model should be relatively easy to find, and (b) selling or trading up one day should be no problem.

At the end of the day it’s good to know $150,000 still buys a lot of boat. Assuming 20 percent down and a 15-year note, the monthly payment for one of these yachts can be less than $1,000. For many, that’s an affordable number, especially with strengthening home values and historically low interest rates. Food for thought as we approach the spring boat show season.

1. Carver 500/504 Cockpit MY Production Years: 1996–2000

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At a Glance: A super-popular model for Carver, basically a condo on the water. This is a cockpit version of the Carver 455/456 Aft Cabin model produced during the same years.

Spacious two stateroom maple interior has a folding bulkhead in the forward VIP stateroom that conceals a small guest cabin/den to port with convertible bunks. (This feature was eliminated in 1999 when the interior was redesigned and the name changed to Carver 504.)

The large U-shaped galley is aft in the salon rather than forward as it is in most motoryacht floorplans. In the master stateroom, the walkaround queen bed faces aft to permit the installation of cockpit access door. Washer/dryer is in forward stateroom. Twin 450hp Cummins diesels cruise at 18 knots.

Best Feature: Huge interior, the result of moving the superstructure well forward in the hull (note the relatively short foredeck).

Pr ice Spread: From a low of about $150K up to the mid-to-high $200s for a newer model.

2. Carver 444 Cockpit MY Production Years: 2001 – 2006

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At a Glance: The top-selling cockpit yacht in this class for several years. Basically a Carver 396 Aft Cabin with a good-sized cockpit. The 444’s huge full-beam interior — made possible by raising the side decks to eye level — comes as a surprise. With its panoramic views and nearly seven feet of headroom, the salon’s dimensions are those of a much larger boat.

To save space, the forward head is split with the shower stall to port and toilet compartment to starboard. A sliding glass door in the (smallish) master stateroom opens directly into the cockpit.

In 2004, an optional “Extended Salon” floorplan with a full-size dinette, enlarged galley and redesigned VIP stateroom became available. Twin Volvo 370hp engines cruise at 18–19 knots. Carver sold a ton of these stylish boats.

Best Feature: Enormous salon/dinette/galley area with panoramic outside views.

Price Spread: A random YachtWorld check will find several priced in the mid $100K range.

3. Meridian 411 Sedan Production Years: 2003 – 2008

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At a Glance: Very popular (and very affordable) sedan cruiser — a winning blend of sharp styling and spacious accommodations — made the Meridian 411 one of the best-selling midrange boats in her class. Huge interior layout with galley and booth-style dinette forward, a step up from the aft salon area with entertainment center and facing settees.

Large salon windows bring the outdoors in. Modern decor with cherry cabinets, Ultraleather seating, and Corian counters. Master stateroom includes private en-suite head; guest stateroom has a double berth (tucked under the dinette) and access to the second day head. Extended swim platform leads to a large cockpit (with molded bridge steps) suitable for fishing and entertaining.

Lower helm was optional. Wide side decks make it easy to get to the foredeck sun pad.

Best Feature: A super-social flybridge with sun lounge, wet bar, settee, and aft sun pad.

Price Spread:  Low-to-mid $100s to over $300K.

4. Silverton 39 Motor Yacht Production Years: 2002 – 2008

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At a Glance: This maxi-beam aft cabin cruiser — and her lookalike predecessor, the best-selling Silverton 372/392 Motor Yacht — is proof that a roomy interior trumps graceful styling almost every time. Elevated side decks on both sides of the house provide a huge full-beam salon as well as direct flybridge access to the foredeck.

The 39’s galley rivals many larger boats in storage and counter space. Both staterooms have queen beds, generous storage, and en-suite heads with stall shower. High-gloss cherry trim, Corian counters, and Ultraleather upholstery compliment the interior. Molded steps lead from the swim platform up to a roomy aft deck with wet bar, bench seating and hard top.

Note the triple helm seat on the flybridge. The 39’s high freeboard will test your docking skills on a windy day. Standard 380hp gas engines cruise at 16–18 knots.

Best Feature: Enormous two-stateroom interior dwarfs anything in her class. Excellent galley.

Price Spread: $150K to the mid $200s.

5. Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse Production Years: 1994 – 2002

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At a Glance: Arguably the best big-boat value ever. Spacious, well appointed, and surprisingly fuel efficient. This is basically a restyled (and lengthened) version of the very popular Bayliner 4550/4588 Pilothouse.

Her three stateroom, two head interior features a full-beam salon with large U-shaped galley forward to port, wet bar, L-lounge seating, and large side windows. In the pilothouse, there is a settee aft of the helm and a companion seat to port.

Visibility from the pilothouse is excellent. Second guest stateroom with upper/lower bunks doubles as a den and opens directly to the master stateroom — very clever. An inflatable dinghy can be carried on the extended flybridge deck. The engine room is a tight fit. Forget all that talk about Bayliner quality — the 4788 is simply a lot of boat for the money.

Best Feature: Comfortable salon that opens to the large cockpit — perfect for entertaining. 

Price Spread:  Low-to-mid $100s for a 1994–95 model to $230 to $250K for a 2001–02 model.

6.  Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge Production Years: 1992 – 1998

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At a Glance: Stylish 1990’s cruising yacht with three-stateroom interior and extra-large cockpit. The salon is impressive, a wide-open (carpeted) living area with cut-down galley, long leather sofa, entertainment center, and big wraparound cabin windows.

The forward master stateroom is huge with an island queen bed, two hanging lockers, vanity, and private en-suite head. Roomy guest stateroom has a full-size berth, and the second guest cabin has over/under bunks. Both heads have stall showers, but guest head is tight. Lower helm was optional. Center transom door is flanked by built-in bench seats in the cockpit.

In 1996, the flybridge ladder was replaced with molded steps and the helm was relocated aft. The 550’s straight sheer and drooping bow are distinctive. Detroit 625hp 6V-92 diesels cruise at 22–23 knots.

Best Feature: The large cockpit and party-time flybridge — great attributes for entertaining.

Price Spread: $150K to the mid $200s

7. Maxum 4600 SCB Production Years: 1997 –2001

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At a Glance: Modern styling, an inviting two stateroom interior, and a very competitive price made the Maxum 4600 SCB one of the best motoryacht buys of her day. Maxum engineers packed a lot of value into this boat. The salon is exceptionally inviting with wraparound windows, a long leather sofa, cherry cabinets, and full entertainment center.

A raised dinette is forward to starboard, opposite the home-size galley with overhead glass storage and Corian counters. A lower helm was optional in place of the dinette. Note the tub in the master head. In the cockpit, a center transom door opens to an extended swim platform able to support a PWC.

The 4600 SCB is surprisingly fuel-efficient boat, a feature that stems in part from her relatively light weight. Cummins 370hp diesels cruise at 16–18 knots.

Best Feature: An affordable price — this is what brokers call a lot of boat for the money.

Price Spread:  From about $100K for an older model up to $200K-plus for 2001–02 model.

8. Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge Production Years: 1998 – 2004

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At a Glance:   An innovative yacht when she was introduced in 1998. Not many 45-footers have three staterooms. The aft stateroom — accessed via a private entryway next to the salon door — includes a full-length berth with hanging locker and built-in washer/dryer.

Forward of that, the amidships stateroom features a double berth with partial standing headroom and an opening port. An island queen is in the forward stateroom. Both heads include separate stall showers. Aft of the galley is a breakfast bar with two swing-out stools. Small salon windows limit natural lighting below. Topside, the huge party-time flybridge has seating fore and aft of the center helm console. Note the unique staircase descending from the flybridge to the foredeck.

An extended swim platform was a popular option. Cummins 450hp V-drive diesels cruise at 20–22 knots.

Best Feature: Huge party-time bridge area.

Price Spread:  An early model might be found for $150K. Newer can easily exceed $200K.

9. Carver 440 Aft Cabin Production Years: 1993 – 1999

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At a Glance: The largest model in the Carver fleet when she was introduced in 1993. A big 44-footer with an usually spacious salon, two double staterooms, two full heads, and a convertible dinette — sleeping accommodations for as many as eight adults.

The maple wood accents and carpeted salon are showing their age, but large cabin windows make the interior open and airy. Note salon entertainment center. Full-service galley includes double sink, upright refrigerator, washer/dryer, Corian counter and hardwood floor.

The aft deck is large enough for a table and chairs, and the flybridge has dual captain’s chairs with bench seating forward of the helm. Bow pulpit, fiberglass swim platform, and radar arch were standard. Carver sold a lot of these boats and used models are plentiful.

Best Feature: Very spacious layout with room to entertain a small neighborhood.

Price Spread:  From about $100K for an older model up to $200K-plus for 2001–02 model

10. Sea Ray 420 Aft Cabin Production Years: 1996 – 2002

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At a Glance:   Sleek aft cabin cruising yacht incorporated European styling influences in an era when too many American-built motor yachts looked like floating condos. Well-appointed two stateroom galley-down interior sleeps up to eight — includes L-shaped sofa and raised dinette in the salon, walkaround queen berths fore and aft, two full heads, and stand-up utility room under the salon sole.

Full-size galley comes complete with separate Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, convection oven, and lots of counter and storage space — a big plus. The aft deck is big for a boat this size. Molded steps make boarding from the extended swim platform easy and safe.

Built on a fully cored hull with prop pockets to level the engines. A good performer with 450hp Cummins diesels— cruise in the mid 20s (27–28 knots top.

Best Feature: Utility room with washer/dryer and pantry — a very unique feature in a boat this size

Price Spread:  From the low $100K range for a 1996–97 model up to about $200K for newer.

Ed McKnew  PowerBoat Guide Founder

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