The way a powerboat will be used is the determining factor in the selection of the type of hull and engine the designer chooses. The two main types of cruising are coastal and blue water cruising. Normally, a powerboat to be efficient for extended cruising should be either a full displacement or a semi displacement hull. The coastal cruising boat can be of the displacement type or can have a planing hull such as a deep V or a modified V. The extended cruiser or passagemaker is designed to carry a lot of fuel and supplies in order to achieve its goal of long range and safety. The coastal cruiser doesn't need all that extra fuel and other supplies since the boat will usually be close enough to fuel sources and facilities for acquiring any needed items

Boat Info

The boats specified here are mainly of the slower yet more efficient trawler design. Although a lot of coastal cruising has been done and is still being done on faster planing hull vessels, we feel that for extended cruising you can't beat the trawler design. The boats below are, or have been, production line models, but there are hundreds of great custom boats built of wood, steel, aluminum or fiberglass and designed by naval architects like Seaton, Krogen, Neville, Monk and others.

Nordhavn - the ultimate long range passagemakers (46' to 62')
Kadey Krogen - maker of excellent long range cruisers
MONK 36 - Cape Island Yachts
Grand Banks - great coastal cruisers

Nordic Tugs - tug-like trawler maker

Defever - several excellent cruisers

Gulfstar - 3 models of sturdy trawlers
Cape Horn Yachts - World capable passagemakers

Cheoy Lee - Trawler & Yacht manufacturer

Mainship - makers of several trawler models

Hatteras LRC's - the 42', 48', 58' and 65' passagemakers

Tollycraft - great cruisers

Power Cruising magazine specializing in long range trawlers
Passagemaker - magazine specializing in long range trawlers