A 40 to 50 metre (131feet – 164feet) yacht is a good middle ground between smaller and larger yachts, with plenty of volume and spaces to enjoy but without the operational demands or higher expense of a very large yacht. Generally able to accommodate from 10 to 12 guests in total luxury, most yachts of this size will usually have the advantage of just avoiding the hurdle of 500GT legislative restrictions – in fact 95 % of yachts in this size bracket are under 500GT. Clever designs and layouts means that volumes will be maximised, to extract generous spaces and many options for guests to choose from during their time on board.
The 40 to 50m size bracket lends itself to semi-custom and custom designs, with builds of this size more likely to be individually tailored and with custom features. In this size bracket, yachts will usually span multiple decks with numerous different amenities and spaces. Large numbers of yachts in this bracket come from world-leading yards including Benetti, Christensen, CRN, Delta Marine, Feadship, Heesen, Royal Huisman, Admiral, Perini Navi, Sunseeker and Trinity Yachts.
Motoryachts in this size bracket generally have displacement or semi-displacement hulls, with the exception of a smaller selection of planing hull yachts. This makes the size bracket a good choice for those looking for comfortable cruising, or those who like the idea of travelling further afield with a displacement design. Larger volumes also deliver more choice for onboard spaces, with multiple salons usually on offer. Expect full beam master cabins and often an equally spacious VIP to complement the full accommodation line up. 40 to 50 metre (131feet – 164feet) yachts will usually have between five to six cabins on board. Yachts of this size are well suited to families wanting a good amount of space, or those who appreciate a varied choice of spaces to retreat to.
The bigger the yacht the more features you can pack on board and many yachts of this size will often offer beach clubs, Jacuzzis, entertainment areas and expansive deck spaces. The larger the yacht, the more social it can be. Guests will be able to enjoy many spaces tailored to outdoor living and these will usually include a dedicated sundeck, complete with features including sunpads, a bar, barbeque, al fresco dining set ups and more. As yachts increase in size there are obviously more restrictions on where they can cruise but a 40 to 50 metre yacht still has good options for cruising grounds, with a varied choice amongst the marinas and berths around the world.
For sailing fans, 40 to 50 meter sailing yachts are a good choice for those looking to enjoy the incomparable sensation of sailing, but without sacrificing the larger volumes and comfort of a motoryacht. A sailing yacht of this size is a good option for those wanting to share their time on the water with others, or for those serious above the regatta circuit.
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