The cabin cruiser is usually 25 feet to 44 feet in length, with a head (latrine), small galley and sleeping quarters.
It’s the ideal family boat for fishing, cruising and relaxing on coastal waters, a river or lake. The cabin cruiser, as its name suggests, has a cabin below deck to allow passengers the ability to stay at sea for prolonged periods.
The cruiser may also have a steering station with instruments in the cabin and on deck.
Smaller cabin cruisers can be towed or may remain at a marina. Many people take their cabin cruisers on the water during the spring and later on, in the late fall. The boat can be stored in a garage or storage facility when it isn’t in use.
Cabin cruisers have outboard or inboard engines, depending on their size and design. The engines can be powered by either diesel or gasoline. Larger cabin cruisers may have at least two inboard or outboard engines. Meanwhile, express or fast-cruising vessels must often utilize more than two outboard engines for power.
The vessel’s draft, the area below the waterline, can be anywhere from two to four feet in length. This component of the vessel allows it to cruise most inland waterways. Meanwhile, the cabin cruiser that doesn’t have a high flybridge can travel under bridges on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
There are as many layouts for cabin cruisers as there are boat manufacturers! The layout will also depend on the size of the vessel. The larger cabin cruisers will have a galley with a full-sized propane stove, refrigerator and bathroom (with a shower and even a bathtub). Some have air conditioning and heating in the cabin area. Many people say that the cabin cruiser is comparable to a motorhome on the water.
The V-berth is the most forward part of the cabin and will usually sleep one or two people. It can also be used for storage. The center part of the boat, the main salon, generally has a table and settee. The table can be folded down to create a platform for a bed. You can lay out plush cushions on the table to act as a bed for one or two passengers. Larger cabin cruisers in the 38+ feet range often have a main salon that’s separate from the dining area.
Most cruisers have a toilet with a holding tank and at least one sink connected to a water tank. There may also be a water heater on board. The galley usually has a stove on gimbals so that the stove remains stationary while the boat is moving.
The cabin interior is designed for comfort and convenience in accordance with the needs of the owner. In all, the versatility of the cabin cruiser enables families to live comfortably on board while sailing the seas.
The deck of the cabin cruiser usually has a partially covered cockpit area for the steering controls and instrument panel. It may also have an upper deck or flybridge that gives the captain and crew a good view of the surrounding waters. The captain may be able to steer the boat from the flybridge, as well.
Meanwhile, the stern may have a swim platform with a ladder. The swim platform allows passengers to get on or off the boat to enjoy a variety of water sports. A small dinghy can be boarded from the swim platform. Certain deck elements, such as mounted seats and outriggers, can also be a versatile addition for people who fish from the stern area.
The aft deck of a cabin cruiser can have cushioned seats for family members or guests. This area is usually enclosed for the safety of the passengers.
Cabin cruisers and larger yachts were traditionally made from mahogany, teak and other hardwoods. They were often varnished and stained to create aesthetically pleasing vessels. The interiors were also decorated with these fine woods. Cabin cruisers today are usually made from fiberglass that’s lighter and easier to maintain. Meanwhile, towable cruisers come with trailers and are easy to launch to sea.
If this post has piqued your interest in cabin cruisers, check out the many vessels offered for sale online. Before you sail, take a boat safety class. Finally, take your cabin cruiser out onto the sea to enjoy wonderful weekends with your family and friends.