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The best bluewater multihulls of all time: a complete guide

  • Toby Hodges
  • October 6, 2021

Toby Hodges and François Tregouet consider the best bluewater multihulls and look at the options for sailing the oceans in spacious comfort

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What are the best bluewater multihulls for long term cruising? The one you own, or the one you can afford is the simple answer.

There is a wealth of proven designs to suit bluewater sailing and a variety of budgets. While we have focussed here on the best bluewater multihulls in production, we’ve also included some cracking pedigree multihulls which tour the planet and might occasionally pop up on the brokerage market.

If you can afford to, then pushing towards the 45-50ft length will buy you space, pace and that extra payload capacity needed to take all the items you’d want on your home afloat.

When looking at the best bluewater multihulls, the choice will come down to that perennial balance between comfort/space and speed/weight. Choosing a lighter weight performance design will obviously help you cover distance voyages more rapidly and potentially allow you to outrun weather systems. It means you can sail faster, with less sail up and less load and stress. But you’ll have to sacrifice some luxuries and need to be quite scrupulous about keeping weight down and centralised in order to maintain high average speeds.

For the majority of cruisers, however, it is the amount of space multihulls offer once you’ve reached your destination that really appeals. As well as the non-heeling living area and real estate they provide, they’re well suited to typical tradewind sailing .

If you’re considering your first or next multihull, we hope the following will serve as a taster.

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Outremer 51/55.

When you think of multihulls designed for bluewater cruising, Outremer will likely be one of the first names that comes to mind. Its heritage lies in building catamarans that can sail fast and are built strong enough to do laps of the globe.

The 51, the current version of which launched three years ago, is an archetypal example of what to look for in terms of blending speed and space is a dream design for a family circumnavigation.

The French yard’s new 55ft VPLP design may look boldly different from its past models, but the philosophy behind it remains the same. It is designed to match windspeed up to 12 knots and Outremer reasons that its ability to sail in 5 knots of breeze will allow it to sail for 95% of the time on a circumnavigation.

Read more about the Outremer 51 and Outremer 55.

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Seawind 1600/1370

For nearly four decades the Australian Seawind brand and its founder Richard Ward have been gearing catamarans around safe bluewater sailing, including performance, protection and ease of handling. Its Reichel Pugh-designed 1600, which launched three years ago, is an elegant looking cat with relatively low, long lines and some smart solutions for fast bluewater sailing.

Seawind also launches its new 1370 later this year, a staggering 60 of which have sold on plans alone.

This first 50 is built from a composite sandwich of basalt fibre, a cloth made from volcanic rock, and PET foam from recycled plastic bottles, which helps to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 50% when compared with traditional glassfibre methods.

This new 50 footer is perhaps a more appealing and practical prospect than Rapido’s previous 60 (with its significant fixed beam), particularly as the amas on this new model can fold to reduce beam to 18ft.

Infused carbon foam sandwich construction is used, along with beams, daggerboards and rudder in pre-preg carbon to keep displacement to 8,200kg.

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This OC50 is designed as a more affordable cruising alternative, than the HH models which have preceeded it. This model targets ocean sailing.

It’s still stiffened and strengthened by carbon, but built in vinylester composites with a gelcoat finish. This adds an additional 300kg or so over a full carbon HH50, but cost savings are in the region of $400,000.

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Balance 526

The 526 launched four years ago, designed to suit short-handed sailors and families looking to sail long distances, hence it can carry large payloads and promises easy maintenance. It looks good too.

Berman’s Versahelm design is a key feature. The wheel cantilevers, allowing the helmsman to steer from outboard with clear sightlines or from the hardtop protection of the aft cockpit.

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Atlantic 47

The A47 suits short-handed fast ocean sailing at an approachable size. Lengthening it to 49ft allowed for an aft cockpit. It is available as a sloop or with White’s patented MastFoil ketch rig – rotating aerofoil masts designed for easy short-handed cruising without sacrificing performance.

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A combination of sharp design from François Perus and high build quality brings plenty of appeal to this sporty Italian-built cat. The first example launched three years ago with a light displacement of 10.5 tonnes, thanks to an E-glass epoxy-infused build with carbon strengthening. The yard offers semi-custom construction and full hybrid packages.

Catana 53/Ocean class 50

Catana’s performance model from 2017, sports twin aft helms (which may not suit ocean sailors), reverse bows and carbon daggerboards. The high topsides help create good bridgedeck clearance and plenty of accommodation. Its new Ocean Class 50 seems more in the shipyard’s bluewater DNA. The light weight, and dynamic and modern shape with slim hulls and a relatively short nacelle suggests a seaworthy nature and high speeds.

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Veteran multihull designers Morrelli & Melvin designed this smaller model for the Gunboat range. It was built to be more manageable for an owner-driver yet still capable of up to 300-400 mile days.

The Gunboat 48 is something of a rare breed, just six 48s were built between 2004 and 2009. Oh, to have a spare €1.3m right now… one of them is actually on the market.

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At the start of the Millennium, Catana offered fully equipped boats as standard for long distance cruising. The Catana 471 or 472 (one or two helms respectively), represented at the time the optimum in ocean-going catamarans.

Chincogan/Lightwave

Tony Grainger has been drawing fast multihulls for 35 years, including racing trimarans and the Lightwave and Chincogan cruisers. The popular Lightwave 38 has admirable performance and comfort, and the Chincogan 52 (pictured) has the length to clock high average speeds.

Outremer 45 G. Danson

With its characteristic roof, narrow hulls and daggerboards, the Outremer 45 is a standout design which has become somewhat iconic. Despite a rather spartan interior, it has been a great success with fast cruising enthusiasts. On board, family ocean crossings at an average of 10 knots are the norm.

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The Lagoon 450 remains the most popular model in Lagoons already popular range. It exemplifies the VPLP/Nauta design partnership which has made these the very definition of modern mid-size cruising catamarans which can appeal to families and charterers alike.

Indeed the 450 marked the modern look of Lagoon and was the first with interior styling from Nauta. It originally launched over a decade ago as a flybridge design with central helming position (450F), before this ‘sport top’ option (450S) was offered with a starboard helm station and lower boom.

Read more about the Lagoon 450

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Fountaine Pajot Saona 47

The 47 has a modern shape, with straight bows and a reverse sheer line. It incorporates significant volume in the hulls below the bridgedeck to create room for the optional athwartships cabins. Cabin space is a prime selling point, particularly the owner’s suite to port, where there is also abundant natural light and headroom.

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Leopard Catamarans, together with designer Simonis Voogd and builder Robertson and Caine, produce the archetypal dual-purpose owner-operator or charter boat in their modern catamaran range.

Key features of the 45 are the amount of light in the saloon and the incredible volume and space on offer in the cabins above the relatively narrow waterlines. Vast social living areas include the flybridge, saloon and dual cockpits.

Read more about the Leopard 45

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Nautitech Open/Fly 46

During the 1990s and noughties Nautitech earned a good reputation for its elegant catamarans. The 441 is a timeless example and the 44 can be credited with the ongoing trend in hardtop biminis. While its acquisition by Bavaria seven years ago helped Nautitech implement industrial build techniques, the French brand has retained its DNA at its Rochefort sur Mer yard.

The modern Marc Lombard designs have tall rigs with generous square-top mainsails. Twin wheels in the aft quarters of the Open 46 offer a direct feel on the helm, however those spending long periods in the tropics may prefer the shade of the bimini-equipped flybridge option. The layout is also open, with a saloon more outside than in. Styling is clean, modern and simple, and the standard of build and finish are good.

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First impressions of the Neel 51 are sure to centre on its sheer size and space inside. But as you’ll see from our review of the Neel 43 on page 83, when you sail one overriding impressions quickly centre on its performance.

These trimarans are becoming a popular mass production-built option.

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The Excess 11 packs plenty of potential as the smallest yacht offered by the big production yards. A little like the Lagoon 380 of old, it presents a good value new entry-level boat for genuine cruising in a more sporty, modern and enticing design. Some may argue against aft helms for ocean sailing, but those coming from monohulls will appreciate the more direct steering they offer.

Broadblue 385S

Broadblue is a UK brand which offers a distinct line of cruising and Rapier performance catamarans. Its staple 385 packs a lot of cruising comfort into its length, including generous tankage, and has been sailed all over the world. Broadblue built its first electric drive catamaran 12 years ago and offers the only all-electric production sailing catamaran under 40ft in Europe.

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Bali Catspace

For those looking for maximum volume within 40ft, it’ll be hard to beat the Catspace – although it is more of a holiday apartment than a traditional bluewater cruiser. Bali’s garage style sliding aft door does help offer an enormous amount of enclosed (or open) living space.

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Privilège 510 Signature

The 510 is designed to take a serious amount of cruising gear – up to six tonnes of it in fact. The excellent helm station now has a fixed windscreen and all lines lead to hand. Finish quality including the electrical installation is first class and Privilege’s trademark, an admirable full beam (26ft) forward cabin, is sumptuous.

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Garcia Explocat 52

Garcia Yachts has cornered the market for series-built aluminium monohulls and multihulls in the last decade and this new Explocat 52 is sparking real interest. We ran a full test report in our February issue, describing it as a go-anywhere cat with an enticing combination of space, pace and rugged construction.

Read our review of the Garcia Explocat 52

Built in Argentina, the Antares 44 is the ultimate evolution of a model launched 21 years ago. Entirely dedicated to bluewater cruising, it is the yard’s only model and is constantly being improved according to owner feedback.

Time seems to have no hold on this boatyard and, against the trend, the standard equipment of the Antares 44 is extremely complete

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Discovery Bluewater 50

This luxury Bill Dixon design may be a decade old now and into its third iteration, but the concept behind its original appeal remains. For those used to sailing high-end thoroughbred monohulls, here is an option to consider for a comparative level of build quality and fit out when moving to a multihull.

Read more about the Discovery Bluewater 50

St Francis 50 MKII

With this latest version of its original model, this experienced South African builder has optimised a catamaran cut out for the unforgiving seas of the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic. The MKII allows for an increased load capacity, an important point in long distance cruising.

Xsquisite X5

Intelligent features on the X5 include the protected helm station with glass windscreen, integrated rainwater catcher, UV-protective glass and generous tankage.

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Mcconaghy mc52.

The MC50 (now MC52) was the first and promises some high speed sailing, but it’s the open plan main living deck which will attract the majority. It incorporates an intelligent centreboard system, which hardly affects interior space, but arguably its exposed helms at the aft end of the flybridge will not suit serious ocean cruising.

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HH in Xiamen is building some really impressive large, luxury fast cats up to 90ft. This was its second model to launch, a high-end, high performance Morelli & Melvin design capable of rapid passagemaking speeds and enjoyable regatta sailing. Features include C-shaped boards and central or aft helms.

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Ocean Explorer 60

If Nautor’s Swan made catamarans, they may look like this… The Ocean Explorer 60 uses the same designer in German Frers and some of the same builders who worked at the famous Finnish yard to produce this world cruiser. The resultant quality shines through. A new OE72 is due soon.

Kinetic KC54

A young company with plenty of experience, Kinetic produces custom fast ocean cruisers, which can occasionally race. Its 62 is a serious performance vessel with carbon hulls, rigs and rigging, daggerboards or centreboards. With fast bluewater cruising the goal, carbon is used to minimise weight so features/toys can still be added. The swim platform and hardware on the newly launched 54 weighs just 90kg, and the generous sized tanks are all in carbon too. Views from the saloon and forward cockpit also look special.

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Marsaudon ts4/orc 42.

Few catamaran builders produce genuine performance cruisers at this ‘smaller’ size: this one is kept minimalist and light weight (around 6 tonnes) – the yard’s philosophy is ‘simplicity, then add lightness.’ The 42 is a cruiser-racer with the ability to outpace most yachts across the Atlantic, win a regatta and still offer some space for island hopping. Standard tankage is minimal however. Marsaudon recently rebranded its TS range to Ocean Rider Catamarans (ORCs) and has an ORC 57 in build.

Dazcat 1495

Dazcat builds fast, seaworthy cats from its Multihull Centre in Cornwall. The 1495 is a true ocean cruiser-racer, which is stiff and rewarding to sail, with direct steering linked to carbon rudders. The 1495 can hit 20+ knot speeds with relative ease, but it is the consistent high average speeds which will attract those looking to cover serious miles. Weight is centralised including engines, tanks, and systems all located amidships to help reduce pitching. Dazcat has a semi-custom build approach and creates all sorts of weird and wonderful craft for all abilities.

Dragonfly 40

Dragonfly trimarans are known for their high quality construction and ability to delight sailors with their ease of planing speeds. For those who can live without the space of similar length cats, the new flagship 40 is large enough to offer cruising space, while folding outriggers and retractable appendages mean you can dry out where others wouldn’t dare.

Looping 45/Freydis 48

These two designs by Erik Lerouge both offer a high-performance vision of ocean cruising. The Loopings were built individually and the Freydis in small series, and on both you can sail as fast as the wind in complete safety. Interior quality depends on whether finished by an amateur or by a shipyard.

Swisscat 48

An attractive combination of luxury, comfort and performance, the S48 is a stiff, go-anywhere premium cat that is easy to manage single-handed. The lightweight build (11t) is in epoxy infusion with carbon reinforcement.

Schionning Designs

Jeff Schionning has catamaran design in his blood. His designs exude performance and seaworthiness with flowing, even aerodynamic lines. On all tradewind routes you’ll find a G-Force (models from 12m to 23m) or an Arrow (12m to 15m) sailing more quickly than the rest. His latest venture is with Current Marine in Knysna, South Africa.

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The long-time best-seller from the world leader in catamarans, with more than 1,000 produced over almost 20 years from 1999. With its characteristic vertical windows, the 380 and its big brother the 410 made the purists scream when they were presented. But the 380 proved a pioneer of its kind. Safe bow volumes and light displacement (7,260 kg) helped its seaworthy behaviour. The high number of boats on the market makes this the most affordable bluewater cruising multihull for its size, even if price range is as wide as condition is variable.

Casamance 44/46

Between 44ft and 46ft depending on the year of construction and the length of its transoms, the Casamance was an impressive catamaran on launch in 1985. The design by Joubert/Nivelt offered good volume and load capacity. Of the 490 units produced, many joined the charter fleets. The exterior of the Casamance is dated, but the interior in grey ceruse oak has retained plenty of charm.

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  • You can purchase these famous bluewater sailboats for $150,000 to $1.5 million.
  • The length overall (LOA) of these boats ranges from 30 feet to 49 feet.
  • When you choose a sailboat, consider its size, design, amenities and features, your budget, and your sailing purpose.

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Best bluewater sailboats under 50 feet, key features of bluewater sailboats, choosing your bluewater sailboat.

In this section, we will explore 17 of the most famous and best bluewater sailboats under 50 feet. These boats have earned their place in sailing history and are known for their exceptional performance, craftsmanship, and design.

LOA Beam Size Draft Size Purchase Price
36 feet 10 feet, 9 inches 5 feet, 6 inches $400,000
37 feet 11 feet, 9 inches 6 feet, 2 inches $300,000
42 feet 13 feet, 1 inch 6 feet, 8 inches $600,000
30 feet 10 feet, 6 inches 5 feet, 3 inches $150,000
38 feet 12 feet, 4 inches 4 feet, 7 inches $400,000
37 feet 10 feet, 10 inches 5 feet, 3 inches $400,000
40 feet 12 feet 6 feet $500,000
37 feet 11 feet, 6 inches 6 feet $400,000
42 feet 13 feet, 1 inch 6 feet, 8 inches $500,000
39 feet 12 feet, 6 inches 6 feet, 1 inch $500,000
45 feet 13 feet, 5 inches 7 feet, 2 inches $800,000
47 feet 14 feet, 3 inches 6 feet, 6 inches $1.5 million
37 feet 11 feet, 6 inches 6 feet $100,000
44 feet 13 feet, 4 inches 6 feet, 6 inches $800,000
49 feet 14 feet, 6 inches 6 feet, 9 inches $1 million
46 feet 13 feet, 9 inches 6 feet, 9 inches $1 million
45 feet 14 feet, 5 inches 7 feet, 3 inches $1.5 million

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The Rustler 36 is a classic long-keeled yacht designed for ocean cruising. With a sturdily built hull and excellent sailing performance, this boat is perfect for those looking for a reliable and timeless experience on the open seas.

Design and construction of Rustler 36

The Rustler 36 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a full keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Rustler 36 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a simple rig and a functional interior.

Creature comforts and functionality of Rustler 36

The Rustler 36 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable interior with ample storage space, a galley, and a head. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Rustler 36 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Tartan 37 is a well-known sailboat for its balance of performance, comfort, and seaworthiness. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, it is a versatile cruiser with a roomy layout, known for its durability and ease of handling.

Design and construction of Tartan 37

The Tartan 37 is a classic design that is known for its performance and comfort. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Tartan 37 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a spacious and comfortable interior.

Creature comforts and functionality of Tartan 37

The Tartan 37 is a classic design that is known for its performance and comfort. It features a spacious and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is comfortable and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Tartan 37 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

If you're looking for the best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet , here are the top 13.

Hallberg-Rassy 42F

The Hallberg-Rassy 42F is a solidly constructed, luxurious sailing yacht that has gained a reputation for its exceptional build quality and cruising capabilities. This yacht offers incredible comfort and performance on long passages.

Design and construction of Hallberg-Rassy 42F

The Hallberg-Rassy 42F is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Hallberg-Rassy 42F is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior.

Creature comforts and functionality of Hallberg-Rassy 42F

The Hallberg-Rassy 42F is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Hallberg-Rassy 42F is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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Designed by the famous naval architect Robert H. Perry, the Baba 30 is a tough, full-keeled cruiser with a spacious interior. Its solid construction and seakindly characteristics make it a popular choice for bluewater sailing.

Design and construction of Baba 30

The Baba 30 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a full keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Baba 30 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a simple rig and a functional interior.

Creature comforts and functionality of Baba 30

The Baba 30 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable interior with ample storage space, a galley, and a head. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Baba 30 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Island Packet 38

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The Island Packet 38 is known for its sturdy construction and comfortable accommodations. With its full-foil keel and cutter rig, this boat offers exceptional stability and handling across a wide range of ocean conditions.

Design and construction of Island Packet 38

The Island Packet 38 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a full keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Island Packet 38 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a spacious and comfortable interior.

Creature comforts and functionality of Island Packet 38

The Island Packet 38 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It features a spacious and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is comfortable and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Island Packet 38 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Pacific Seacraft 37

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Designed by William Crealock, the Pacific Seacraft 37 is a well-built cruiser designed for offshore sailing. Its solid construction and traditional lines make it an enduring favorite among bluewater sailors.

Design and construction of Pacific Seacraft 37

The Pacific Seacraft 37 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a full keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Pacific Seacraft 37 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a simple rig and a functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Pacific Seacraft 37

The Pacific Seacraft 37 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable interior with ample storage space, a galley, and a head. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Pacific Seacraft 37 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Valiant 40, designed by Bob Perry, is a classic bluewater cruising sailboat. With a moderate-displacement hull, a powerful sail plan, and spacious accommodations, this boat has earned a reputation for seaworthiness and performance.

Design and construction of Valiant 40

The Valiant 40 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Valiant 40 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a spacious and comfortable interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Valiant 40

The Valiant 40 is a classic design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable interior with ample storage space, a galley, and a head. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Valiant 40 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Swedish-built Najad 370 is a high-quality, luxurious cruiser popular among experienced sailors for its comfortable and spacious interior and top-notch build quality. Its hull design and rigging provide excellent performance and stability on long voyages.

Design and construction of Najad 370

The Najad 370 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Najad 370 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Najad 370

The Najad 370 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Najad 370 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Moody 42 is a well-built, robust cruiser built for bluewater sailing. With a spacious layout and comfortable accommodations, this boat provides a balance of performance and luxury for extensive cruising.

Design and construction of Moody 42

The Moody 42 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Moody 42 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a spacious and comfortable interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Moody 42

The Moody 42 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It features a spacious and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is comfortable and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Moody 42 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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Halberg-Rassy 39

The Hallberg-Rassy 39 is a popular bluewater cruiser designed for long-distance voyages. Its solid construction, high-quality materials, and well-designed accommodations make it one of the top choices among seasoned sailors.

Design and construction of Halberg-Rassy 39

The Halberg-Rassy 39 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Halberg-Rassy 39 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Halberg-Rassy 39

The Halberg-Rassy 39 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Halberg-Rassy 39 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Sweden Yachts 45

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The Sweden Yachts 45 is an elegant and high-performance cruiser, known for its fast and comfortable passages. Its well-built hull and high-quality construction make it a popular choice for long-distance ocean voyages.

Design and construction of Sweden Yachts 45

The Sweden Yachts 45 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Sweden Yachts 45 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior. It also features a deep bulb keel and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Sweden Yachts 45

The Sweden Yachts 45 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Sweden Yachts 45 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Boreal 47 is an aluminum sailing yacht designed for bluewater cruising in heavy conditions. With its lifting keel, watertight bulkheads, and solid construction, this boat is highly respected for its safety and durability.

Design and construction of Boreal 47

The Boreal 47 is a modern design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with a composite hull and a swing keel. The deck is also made of composite and is reinforced with a foam core. The Boreal 47 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a simple rig and a functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Boreal 47

The Boreal 47 is a modern design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Boreal 47 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Tayana 37 is a classic, seaworthy sailboat designed by Robert Perry, known for its durability, comfort, and versatility in sailing. It is a popular choice for long-distance cruising and offshore sailing.

Design and construction of Tayana 37

The Tayana 37 was designed by Robert Perry and first introduced in 1975. It is a full-keeled, heavy displacement, double-ended design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. The hull is hand-laid fiberglass, with a solid fiberglass laminate below the waterline and a cored laminate above the waterline. The deck is also hand-laid fiberglass, with a balsa core for added insulation and stiffness.

Creature comforts and functionality of Tayana 37

The Tayana 37 features a comfortable and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The interior is finished in teak and features a traditional layout with a V-berth forward, a main salon, a galley, a head, and a quarterberth aft. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Tayana 37 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Outbound 44

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The Outbound 44 is a performance cruiser built for comfortable and fast bluewater sailing. With its powerful sail plan, modern hull design, and thoughtfully laid-out interior, this boat is perfect for those seeking a blend of performance and comfort on the high seas.

Design and construction of Outbound 44

The Outbound 44 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Outbound 44 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a spacious and comfortable interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Outbound 44

The Outbound 44 is a modern design that is known for its comfort and performance. It features a spacious and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is comfortable and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Outbound 44 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

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The Hylas 49 is a high-end bluewater cruising yacht known for exceptional build quality and luxurious accommodations. Its powerful sail plan and well-designed hull enable it to provide comfortable and fast passages on any voyage.

Design and construction of Hylas 49

The Hylas 49 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Hylas 49 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Hylas 49

The Hylas 49 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Hylas 49 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing. The Hylas 49 also features a center cockpit layout for added comfort and protection.

The Malo 46 is a Swedish-built, high-quality bluewater cruiser designed for sailing in varied conditions. Its solid construction, comfortable interior, and impressive performance make it a popular choice among experienced sailors.

Design and construction of Malo 46

The Malo 46 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It is constructed with a solid fiberglass hull and a fin keel. The deck is also made of fiberglass and is reinforced with a balsa core. The Malo 46 is designed to be fast and easy to handle, with a luxurious and functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

Creature comforts and functionality of Malo 46

The Malo 46 is a modern design that is known for its luxury and performance. It features a spacious and comfortable interior, with a well-equipped galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is well-protected and comfortable, with easy access to the deck. The Malo 46 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a bow thruster and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing. The Malo 46 also features a center cockpit layout for added comfort and protection.

Garcia Exploration 45

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The Garcia Exploration 45 is an innovative, aluminum-hulled cruising sailboat designed for long-distance voyaging. Its reinforced hull, centerboard, and twin rudders make it well-suited for navigating challenging ocean conditions and reaching remote destinations.

Design and construction of Garcia Exploration 45

The Garcia Exploration 45 is a modern design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It is constructed with an aluminum hull and a swing keel. The deck is also made of aluminum and is reinforced with a foam core. The Garcia Exploration 45 is designed to be easy to handle and maintain, with a simple rig and a functional interior. It also features a skeg-mounted rudder and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing. The aluminum construction provides added strength and durability, making it ideal for long-distance cruising.

Maintenance costs for the Garcia Exploration 45 are moderate, with regular upkeep required for the engine, rigging, and other systems. The aluminum construction of the Garcia Exploration 45 may require specialized maintenance and repairs.

Creature comforts and functionality of Garcia Exploration 45

The Garcia Exploration 45 is a modern design that is known for its seaworthiness and durability. It features a comfortable and well-appointed interior, with a galley, a head, and ample storage space. The cockpit is spacious and well-protected, with easy access to the deck. The Garcia Exploration 45 is designed for comfortable long-distance cruising, with features such as a windvane self-steering system and a cutter rig for versatility in sailing.

The Garcia Exploration 45 also features an aluminum construction for added strength and durability, and a lifting keel for shallow water exploration. The Garcia Exploration 45 also has a unique feature of a watertight bulkhead forward of the living area for added safety.

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Size and design of the sailboat

The best sailboats in this category offer a well-balanced blend of performance, storage, and living space. As many of these boats are designed for long-distance cruising, having ample storage for provisions, equipment, and personal items is essential. While smaller sailboats might be more affordable and easier to handle, you'll need to strike a balance between size and the level of comfort you desire on extended voyages.

Durability of a bluewater sailboat

These boat's hulls are typically constructed with sturdy, long-lasting materials like fiberglass, steel, or even aluminum. Additionally, the rigging and deck hardware should be robust, capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions and continuous use. As you evaluate potential bluewater sailboats, pay attention to the quality of the craftsmanship and materials used throughout the boat, as this will largely determine its ability to handle the rigors of ocean sailing.

Seaworthiness of the sailboat

This characteristic refers to a boat's ability to handle rough seas, high winds, and other challenging conditions that you might encounter on your journeys. A seaworthy sailboat should exhibit:

  • A stable, well-designed hull that can efficiently cut through waves
  • A deep, secure cockpit to protect the crew from the elements
  • High-quality, easily accessible safety equipment
  • Solid, watertight hatches and portlights

When evaluating a sailboat's seaworthiness, it's important to consider its design, construction, and previous ocean-crossing performance, if available.

Comfort and livability of the boat

As you'll likely be spending extended periods at sea, it's essential to have a comfortable living space to make your journey more enjoyable. Key factors in comfort and livability include:

  • A roomy, well-ventilated cabin with ample headroom
  • Adequate sleeping arrangements for the crew
  • A functional galley for meal preparation
  • Efficient systems for heating, ventilation, and lighting
To learn more about bluewater sailing , here's our comprehensive article on it.

Let's discuss a few key factors you should look for to find the perfect bluewater sailboat for your needs.

Size matters : As we're focusing on sailboats under 50 feet, it's important to think about how the size of the boat will impact your cruising experience. Smaller sailboats tend to be easier to manage and maintain, while larger ones typically offer more space and comfort. Take into account your sailing skills and the size of your crew when making a decision.

Design and construction : A well-built sailboat plays a vital role in your safety and success when sailing in blue waters. Look for proven bluewater sailboat designs, like those found on Waterborne Magazine's list or Yachting World's selection. A solid construction and well-maintained hull will ensure your boat can withstand the rigors of offshore sailing.

Budget and maintenance costs : It's crucial to consider not only the initial purchase price but also the ongoing maintenance costs when choosing your bluewater sailboat. Established designs often have a good track record for reliability, which can help keep costs down in the long run. Some sailboats under $100,000 can still provide excellent bluewater cruising experiences.

Sailing purpose and destination : Your choice of sailboat will also depend on the type of sailing you plan to do and the destinations you wish to visit. Are you looking for a boat to tackle lengthy ocean passages or a vessel for coastal cruising? Each type might require different features and focuses, so plan accordingly.

Creature comforts and functionality : Finally, think about the amenities you want on your bluewater sailboat—you'll be spending quite some time onboard. A functional galley, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and a functional navigation station are just a few of the features that can make your sailing experience more enjoyable.

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The best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet (we analyzed 2,000 boats to find out)

By Author Fiona McGlynn

Posted on Last updated: August 17, 2023

What are the best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet?

Last year we analyzed 2,000 offshore designs to bring you a list of the most popular bluewater sailboats .

However, most people are searching for a boat in a particular size class. So, we decided to do a double-click and look at the best sailboats under 40 feet for offshore sailing.

If you’re interested in an even smaller boat, there are plenty of great options under 30 feet in our list of the best small sailboats for sailing around the world .

The characteristics that make a sailboat a bluewater sailboat are a hotly debated topic, so we wanted to use real-world data and find out what cruisers are using to cross oceans and sail around the world.

We looked at 2,000 boats that entered the Pacific Puddle Jump  (PPJ) over the last 12 years. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the PPJ, it’s a rally that crosses the Pacific ocean.  We took part in 2017 and had a ball!

Also, if you’re looking to buy one of the bluewater boats on this list, you might want to check out our post on the best places to buy used boats and how to find free or cheap boats for sale .

Just be aware that a bluewater boat isn’t necessarily offshore-ready. Our top five picks are all older boats and will undoubtedly require work.

Every cruiser we know made substantial repairs and additions before going offshore: adding watermakers , life rafts, solar panels, and more.

Also, always have a boat inspected by a professional and accredited marine surveyor before buying it or taking it offshore.

So, without further preamble, here are the best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet.

The best bluewater sailboats under 40 feet

1. the westsail 32.

Westsail 32 sailboat

The Westsail 32 is one of the most iconic bluewater cruisers. Built by the Westsail Corporation in the 1970s, this plucky, small sailboat has developed a cult following over the decades. Since 2009, 19 have set out to cross the Pacific in the PPJ rallies.

The Westsail 32 is known for its sturdy construction, seaworthiness, and classic looks. In fact, it set the standard for what a real bluewater cruiser should look like. In 1973, the Westsail 32 was featured in Time magazine and inspired many Americans to go cruising.

Though popular, this boat has earned the unenviable nickname “ Wetsnail 32″, a reference to its poor ability to windward and sluggish performance. But Westsail 32 owners don’t care that they won’t be winning any races.

What the boat lacks in speed it makes up for in classic looks and excellent offshore cruising characteristics. Many owners have crossed oceans and circumnavigated the globe in their Westsail 32s.

LOA32.00 ft / 9.75 m
First built1971
BuilderWestsail (USA)
DesignerW. Crealock / W. Atkin
Hull typeLong keel, trans. hung rudder
Rig typeCutter
Displacement19,500 lb / 8,845 kg

2. Tayana 37

Tayana 37 sailboat

The Tayana 37 is a wildly popular Bob Perry design. It first rolled off the production line in 1976 and there are now several hundred of them sailing the world’s oceans.

Above the waterline, the Tayana 37 boasts beautiful traditional lines. However, Perry wanted to avoid the unenviable (read: sluggish) performance characteristics, associated with double-enders.

So, he designed the Tayana 37 with a cut-away long keel and moderate displacement, maintaining the classic look, while achieving reasonable performance.

The Tayana 37 has a devoted following of offshore enthusiasts. Since 2009, 12 Tayana 37s have set out to cross the Pacific in the PPJ rallies.

Read more about the Tayana 37 in this Practical Sailor review .

LOA36.67 ft / 11.18 m
First built1976
BuilderTa Yang (TWN)
DesignerR. Perry
Hull typeLong keel
Rig typeCutter
Displacement22,500 lb / 10,206 kg
 

3. Hans Christian 38T

Black and white photo of Hans Christian 38T Sailboat

The Hans Christian 38T is a full-keeled, heavy displacement bluewater boat with a long bowsprit and a clipper bow, giving it a distinctive appearance. It was first introduced in 1976 and was produced until the early 1990s.

If you hadn’t already guessed, the “T” in the name stands for “Traditional”. Like many boats on this list, it takes a cue from Crealock’s famous Westsail 32 which sparked a craze in the 1970s and 80s for Scandinavian-style doubled-enders.

It’s gained a reputation as a capable and seaworthy cruising yacht. Many owners have crossed oceans and completed circumnavigations in Hans Christian 38Ts.

By our count, eight Hans Christian 38Ts have participated in Pacific Puddle Jump rallies over the last 12 years.

LOA37.92 ft / 11.56 m
First built1976
BuilderAnderson Yachts Ltd. (TAIWAN)
DesignerHarwood Ives
Hull typeLong keel
Rig typeCutter
Displacement26,500 lb / 12,020 kg
 

4. Island Packet 380

Drawing of Island Packet 380 sailboat

I’ve always considered Island Packets the Rolls-Royce of the bluewater boat world. Their distinctive cream-colored topsides make them easy to spot and their robust bluewater construction makes them the envy of many far-flung anchorages.

Designed by Bob Johnson and built by Island Packet Yachts in Florida, the Island Packet 380 was first introduced in 1998. 169 were built before 2004, over which time it gained a reputation as a capable and comfortable offshore cruiser.

Having been built in the ’90s and early 2000s, this is a relatively newer boat. In many ways, it offers the best of both worlds, a classic-looking boat with all the modern cruising conveniences.

The Island Packet 380 design prioritizes safety and stability. It also has several offshore features including standard twin bow rollers, a divided anchor locker, and ample storage for cruising gear.

Life below deck is comfortable too. With a 13-foot (4 meter) beam there’s plenty of room for liveaboard amenities.

The Island Packet 380 is a popular choice for long-distance cruising and offshore passages. Since 2009, six Island Packet 380s have set out to cross the Pacific in PPJ rallies.

Read more about the Island Packet 380 in this review by Yachting Monthly .

LOA39.58 ft / 12.06 m
First built1998
BuilderIsland Packet Yachts (USA)
DesignerBob Johnson
Hull typeLong keel
Rig typeCutter
Displacement21,000 lb / 9,525 kg
 

5. Ingrid 38

Drawing of Ingrid 38 sailboat

The Ingrid 38 is a double-ended sailboat that was originally designed for wood construction in 1938.

In 1971, Bluewater Boat Co. began building a fiberglass version. The design proved hugely popular and more than 140 were built.

With a full keep and heavy displacement, the Ingrid 38 epitomizes the traditional bluewater cruiser. Yet, it remains a well-loved design today. Since 2009, six Ingrid 38s have set out to cross the Pacific in PPJ rallies.

LOA38.00 ft / 11.58 m
First built1938
BuilderBluewater Boat Company (USA)
DesignerWilliam Atkin
Hull typeLong Keel
Rig typeCutter
Displacement26,000 lb / 11,793 kg
 

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Fiona McGlynn is an award-winning boating writer who created Waterborne as a place to learn about living aboard and traveling the world by sailboat. She has written for boating magazines including BoatUS, SAIL, Cruising World, and Good Old Boat. She’s also a contributing editor at Good Old Boat and BoatUS Magazine. In 2017, Fiona and her husband completed a 3-year, 13,000-mile voyage from Vancouver to Mexico to Australia on their 35-foot sailboat.

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Daniel Wade

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Liveaboard bluewater sailboats are both comfortable to live on and capable of making long, offshore ocean voyages.

The best liveaboard bluewater sailboats must strike a balance between comfort and seakeeping abilities. These boats are generally heavy and stable and roomy enough to spend time in. They must also include the necessary hardware to make cooking, sleeping, and bathing possible in choppy conditions.

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Bluewater Liveaboard Sailboat Design

What makes a good bluewater liveaboard sailboat , and how is it different from a coastal cruiser? There are a few aspects of purpose-built bluewater sailboats that make them different from most production vessels. The first and (possibly) most important is the hull design.

The classic bluewater sailboat hull shape features a long, deep, full keel. The keel acts as a hydroplane and keeps the boat stable on course in all sea conditions. Deep keel sailboats aren't the only kind of bluewater-capable vessels, but they're a tried and tested design.

Other vessels gain stability from having a wide beam. Beamy sailboats are far more comfortable in rolling seas, as they tend to buffett and pitch much less than leaner, narrow boats. Most ideal liveaboard bluewater sailboats balance length and beam carefully to make the most of the space and hull shape.

Space is another important quality to consider when choosing the best bluewater liveaboard sailboat. Interior space comes first, as living quarters are a key element of comfort.

Cockpit space should also be considered, especially if more than one person comes aboard. Most liveaboard bluewater sailboats sacrifice cockpit space for cabin space.

A comfortable liveaboard sailboat should include several amenities, including a head (toilet), a shower, two sinks, a galley with a stove, an icebox, a place to eat, and a place to sleep. Ideally, the dining area is separate from the primary sleeping area.

A separate chart table is ideal as well because it keeps food and clutter away from important navigational equipment. A chart table is less important on liveaboard sailboats that spend the majority of their time docked. That said, the chart table functions well as a spot for a microwave, toaster oven, or TV when you're not underway.

A separate forward V-berth, known as a master cabin, is a big plus on liveaboard boats. Separating the sleeping area from the rest of the cabin can increase comfort and coziness.

However, on a bluewater sailboat, a side berth near the hatch is essential as well. This is because you may need to quickly take control of the vessel after waking up, and it's best to sleep close to the helm.

Power and Water

Power and water shouldn't be overlooked when choosing a bluewater liveaboard. Many liveaboards spend most of their time docked and hooked up to shore power, water, and sewage. But bluewater liveaboards are designed for cruising, which means everything must be self-contained.

The best bluewater sailboats have sufficient freshwater storage tanks for several weeks on the water. Some have desalination (water maker) machines, which require electricity to run.

Solar panels are an excellent option for power generation, and they can be installed on almost any sailboat.

But all bluewater sailboats should have battery banks and a gasoline or diesel generator built into the system. On many vessels, the inboard engine also functions as a generator.

Safety is an essential factor to consider when choosing a cruising sailboat , especially if it doubles as your primary residence. Basic safety equipment such as bilge pumps and radios should be maintained and tested regularly. Backups and spare parts should also be kept aboard.

Other safety features, such as watertight hatches, can keep your cabin safe and dry during inclement weather. Self-draining cockpits are helpful when sailing offshore, as spray and waves drain from the exposed cockpit without the use of electric or mechanical pumps. If the drain ports are kept clean, no bailing is ever necessary.

Radar is another useful safety feature that, while not mandatory, can keep you in-the-know and alert you to the presence of nearby ships. Radar is especially useful at night, as the automatic alarms can wake you whenever a potential obstacle appears nearby.

Bluewater Sailboats for Living Aboard and Cruising

Living aboard a sailboat is one of the most interesting and rewarding lifestyles available today. It's even more alluring when you can sail your vessel across oceans, which is what bluewater sailboats are designed to do.

A liveaboard cruising sailboat combines comfort, seakeeping ability, and ease of handling in a compact and thoughtfully-designed package. Here are the best liveaboard sailboats for bluewater cruising.

1. Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20

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The Flicka 20 is the smallest and most interesting sailboat on our list. At only 20 feet overall in length, the interior accommodations of this vessel are spartan at best and suitable for minimalist living.

What makes the Flicka 20 stand out is its exceptional bluewater performance. This sailboat is truly an ultracompact pocket cruiser. With a full ballast keel, self-draining cockpit, and wide beam, the Flicka 20 is more capable offshore than some boats almost twice its size.

This sailboat has the profile of a traditional keel cruiser. From a distance, it would be easy to mistake for a much larger vessel. Its hull shape, manageable Bermuda rig, and small size make it a perfect starter sailboat for single handed offshore cruising.

Inside, you have (almost) everything you need to live comfortably, albeit in a minimalist way. The cabin features standing headroom throughout, which is highly unusual for a 20-foot sailboat. On the port side, you're greeted with a small but functional galley. On the starboard side, there's a small head with a toilet and a shower.

The Flicka 20 displaces a hardy 5,500 lbs. Due to its large keel, there's no centerboard trunk to obstruct interior space. A V-berth upfront makes up the sleeping accommodations, and some models feature settees on both sides with a pop-up dining and chart table in between.

The Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 has achieved somewhat of a cult status amongst bluewater sailboat enthusiasts. Only about 400 were built, so purchasing a Flicka 20 is somewhat of a rare and expensive proposition. That said, the benefits of owning a 20-foot bluewater liveaboard sailboat are hard to beat.

Cheap slip fees, low maintenance costs, and simplicity are the major selling points of this vessel. It's trailerable behind most heavy-duty pickup trucks and technically small enough to store on the street or in a driveway.

2. Pacific Seacraft Allegra 24

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If the Flicka 20 is too small for your taste, try the Pacific Seacraft Allegra 24. It follows the same design principles of the Flicka 20, but with four feet of additional space for cabin amenities and seaworthiness.

Four feet may not sound like a lot, but it makes a world of difference on a sailboat. The additional space on the Allegra 24 adds room to the head, extends the port and starboard settees, and increases the size of the galley.

If you like the idea of a small, semi-trailerable offshore sailboat with liveaboard amenities, you'll love the Allegra 24. This stout sailboat has almost miraculous handling and seakeeping qualities while retaining the benefits of small overall size.

With the Allegra 24, you'll be able to make virtually any offshore passage and save on slip fees, maintenance costs, and overall labor. This vessel is easy to sail single handed and large enough for a minimalistic couple to live, eat, and sleep comfortably.

The Pacific Seacraft Allegra 24 is not ideal for people who need space for pets, children, or guests, as the interior is quite small when compared to other sailboats. That said, there's enough room for an occasional passenger, and the cockpit is comfortable enough for four adults to sit and interact.

3. O'Day 28

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The O'Day 28 is a popular sailboat that makes a great liveaboard cruising platform. This affordable vessel was produced between 1978 and 1986, and over 500 examples were produced over the years.

All in all, the O'Day 28 is a stout cruising sailboat that's suitable for offshore and coastal sailing. It features a raked stern and hidden rudder, and a helm that's similar to what you'd find on much larger boats.

The O'Day has a large fuel tank for its inboard engine and an even larger 25-gallon freshwater capacity, which is excellent for offshore cruising. Additional tanks can be added in storage spaces, making the O'Day 28 suitable for long voyages.

The cabin of the O'Day 28 is spacious and includes everything you'd need to live aboard comfortably, along with plenty of storage space throughout. The wide beam of the O'Day 28 gives it lots of space, so the cabin doesn't feel cramped for its size.

Two models of the O'Day 28 were built; one featured a swing keel, and the other had a fixed swing keel. The swing keel model is ideal for coastal cruising and shallow-water sailing, while the fixed keel O'Day 28 is more suited for bluewater cruising.

That said, both keel variants make fine offshore sailboats. The cabin of the O'Day 28 features a large galley with a stove and icebox, two large settee berths, a large center table ahead, and a V-berth forward. The head serves as a separator to the forward cabin, giving the V-berth an extra layer of privacy.

4. William Atkin "Eric" 32

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"Eric," designed in the 1920s by famous marine architect William Atkin, is a radical departure from typical modern liveaboard sailboats. However, as a bluewater liveaboard sailboat, this vessel likely outshines all the others on this list in almost every conceivable way.

Eric is a 32-foot traditional wooden ketch. This planked full- keel sailboat displaces over 19,000 lbs and has a draft of about five feet. The basic design of the hull is based on early Norweigian fishing boats, which were known for their resilience in rough North Sea storms.

Eric is a traditional gaff-rigged vessel with two short masts and a long bowsprit. Though complex to rig, it sails beautifully in all weather conditions. One of the earliest examples built survived a hurricane offshore in the 1930s, and subsequent models have completed numerous long-range ocean voyages.

Eric is a purpose-built long-range ocean cruiser. Interior accommodations are spacious and designed for comfort and utility. Unlike most sailboats of the time, Eric features a full head with shower, a 'master cabin' style V-berth forward, a full galley with an icebox, and standing headroom throughout.

William Atkin's Eric is, by all definitions, an ocean-crossing sailboat designed to take between one and four adults just about as far as they want to go. It has all the qualities of an oceangoing sailboat in a compact package, along with excellent seakeeping characteristics.

The primary drawback of this 32-foot Atkin sailboat is maintenance. Most of these hulls were constructed using traditional oak planking, which lasts forever if taken care of but requires skilled maintenance. The planks are caulked using cotton wadding, and they'll need recaulking if the boat stays out of the water for too long and "dries up."

If you're looking for a beautiful and historic liveaboard sailboat with serious offshore cruising capabilities, consider an Atkin Eric 32. Although somewhat rare, examples of this design occasionally pop up for sale on the used market.

5. Pearson 35

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The Pearson 35 crosses the rubicon into the 'big boat' category, as it has everything you'd expect of a large oceangoing sailboat. The vessel also has a unique displacement keel with an additional swing keel at the base.

The Pearson 35 is a roomy sailboat with excellent seakeeping abilities and a large sail plan. It's a typical Bermuda-rigged sloop with a tall mast and the usual sheet and halyard arrangement. As a result, it's fun to sail and easy to handle. It's also a fast boat, making it ideal for longer voyages.

The swing keel certainly doesn't make the Pearson 35 a shoal-draft sailboat. It has a modified full keel which (with the swing keel retracted) draws 3 feet 9 inches. With the additional swing keel down, the draft of the Pearson 35 increases to over 7 feet.

The Pearson 35 is a heavy boat with good sea keeping abilities. It was introduced in 1968, and over 500 units were produced. That makes it one of the more popular sailboats in its class, and plenty of Pearson 35s are still sailing around the United States.

Down below in the cabin, the Pearson 35 is roomy and comfortable. It features a full galley, an enclosed head with a shower and sink, and several berthing areas, including a forward V-berth. Plenty of storage is available throughout the cabin, making the Pearson 35 an excellent choice for living aboard.

There's something empowering about piloting a 35-foot sailboat through rough weather. The size of the boat provides both safety and a sense of security, which can help you keep a clear head during stressful situations at sea. The vessel is beamy as well, making it less likely to heel aggressively and increasing roll comfort in dicey seas.

Overall, the Pearson 35 is an excellent choice for a liveaboard bluewater sailboat. It's a large boat in comparison to the others on this list, and it's known for easy handling and excellent windward performance. The Pearson 35 is a common sailboat that's widely available on the used market.

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20 Bluewater Cruising Sailboats Under $100,000

January 5, 2021 by Travis Turgeon 2 Comments

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Choosing the right bluewater yacht for your needs requires a ton of research. With so many designs and features available, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down your options. The process gets even more complicated when you begin to consider the personal opinions of other sailors. 

So how do you know where to start? Every person’s definition of comfortability will vary when it comes to onboard living. What suits a family of four won’t necessarily suit a couple or a single-handed sailor. Your budget, style, and needs are all unique to you and your situation, so it’s essential to know just what to look for when buying a new or used vessel . 

To start you off in the right direction, we put together a list of our top choices for bluewater cruising yachts under $100,000.

Allied Princess 36

Green Allied Princess 36 sailboat at a marina

Built as a long-keel ketch or cutter, the Allied Princess 36 was in production from 1972 to 1982. Around 140 vessels were manufactured in total, so you can occasionally find them on the used market. 

While these cruisers’ design and construction are considered sufficient, the excessive use of fiberglass makes the design a bit bland. Although they may not have the most appealing design, these bluewater yachts certainly tick a lot of boxes.

With the full-keel measuring just four-foot six inches, it’s a design that holds steady on its course without pointing as high as a fin-keel design. 

Overall, the Allied Princess 36 is a wonderful option for bluewater sailing.

Prices range between $30,000 and $60,000.

Cabo Rico 38

Cabo Rico sailboat with green sails

The Cabo Rico 38 is at the top of its class, constructed with a long-keel cutter rig design that gives it outstanding bluewater capabilities for its price point. The vessel was produced in two models – Pilothouse, and Trunk Cabin – although the Pilothouse design is less common.

Cabo Rico i s consistently successful with it s 38 models, and t hey remain one of the most prominent cruising boats on the water.

Internally, this boat has various features required for a bluewater cruiser: Large water and fuel tanks, a solid design with balsa wood cores for thermal and noise insulation, and an overall seaworthy design.

While this boat wasn’t m eant to win races, it is a fantastic choice for a crui sing vessel.

Prices range between $30,000 and $80,000.

Celestial 48

Bluewater Celestial 48 sailboat

The Celestial 48 is the largest boat on our list and is commonly sought after by the cruising fraternity. The problem is, these vessels are scarce on the used market. 

The Celestial 48 is a ketch rig with a shoal-draft, fin-keel design, and a center-cockpit configuration that is comfortable and ideal for bluewater sailing. One of our favorite features is the six-foot, two-inch headroom in the cabin, along with high-capacity water and fuel tanks.

The Celestial 48 was built in China by the Xiamen boatyard, although it’s no longer in production.

If you can find one, the Celestial 48 will make an excellent bluewater cruiser.

Prices start near our $100,000 mark.

Bluewater Corbin 39 sailboat

The Corbin 39 is manufactured in two designs, aft or center cockpit. Designed and built in Canada by Robert Dufour and Marius Corbin, the 39 is now (sadly) out of production. This cruiser remains a favorite of many and is still commonly searched for on the used market.

One thing to note is that most of the boats were sold as unfinished kits, leaving owners to complete the interiors themselves. For this reason, the standard of interior design finish will vary, so it’s worth checking and comparing with other vessels carefully.

When found, the Corbin 39’s present a very reasonable price tag, but a full survey is essential.

Prices range between $40,000 and $60,000.

Docked Freedom 36 sailboat at sunset

The Freedom 36 is one of the smaller yachts on our list, but it has an exciting design that attracts cruisers. The wide beam and long waterline design allow for a much larger interior than most other boats of similar length. As a cruiser, space is a top priority, so this cruiser should be on your list of considerations.

A unique feature of this Freedom yacht is the stayless carbon fiber mast. It looks a little odd for most, with no forestay or backstay and a mast that flexes alarmingly in the wind. It’s a proven design, though, and gives clean lines just like an aircraft wing.

The Freedom 36 is certainly an exciting cruiser to keep an eye on.

Prices range between $40,000 and $80,000.

Gulfstar 44

Gulfstar 44 sailboat at sea

Known as a capable cruiser or live-aboard boat, the Gulfstar 44 is a spacious yacht that can take you around the world.

Designed with a fin-keel and skeg-rudder, the Gulfstar is comfortable and well built.

Internally, you’ll find a large galley, king-size aft cabin, and spacious fore cabin, with ample room in the saloon. Earlier Gulfstar vessels suffered from inconsistent build quality, but from around 1976 onwards, the company made huge improvements.

For a spacious bluewater sailboat with excellent heavy-weather handling characteristics, the Gulfstar 44 is a great choice.

Prices start around $60,000.

Hans Christian 38

1989 Hans Christian 38 T sailboat

If you’re considering cruising the world in a bluewater yacht, then the Hans Christian 38-T should be added to your shortlist of candidates. 

With a full-length keel design and laden with solid teak, this boat weighs in at 12.5 tons, making it a heavy displacement vessel that you can rely on to take you through some of the harshest conditions.

Manufactured in Taiwan, these cruisers can be a chore to acquire. One of the most common downfalls of the Hans 38-T is electrical problems, so be sure to get the wiring checked out by a professional. 

Outside of electrical issues, this boat is a proven winner in the cruising world. 

Prices start around $70,000 but expect to pay well over $100,000 for the more admirable models.

Hinckley Bermuda 40

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The Hinckley Bermuda 40 was in production for over 30 years, from 1959 until 1991, but only 203 boats were manufactured in total. Many Bermuda 40s were used as racing vessels throughout their production, winning the Northern Ocean Racing Trophy in 1964. 

The design also gained many admirers in the cruising world thanks to the long keel and centerboard, which allows the boat to maneuver through shallow waters. The Hinckley Bermuda 40 is hard to beat for versatility, combining classic looks with the shallow draught and generous interior space.

Early models from the 60s and 70s start around $80,000, but later models land well above our $100,000 threshold.

Island Packet 35

Island Packet 35 sailboat anchored at harbor

Although only in production for six years, 178 Island Packet 35s made their way onto the market. These vessels have become justifiably popular with coastal cruisers and bluewater sailors alike.

These cruisers are available in two designs; long-keel or long-keel with centerboard – both of which come with cutter rigging. 

The design is conservative and built for comfort rather than speed. Inside space is very generous, with a 12-foot beam, a v-berth cabin in the forepeak, and a double cabin on the aft port side.

Island Packet 35’s appear on the used market regularly, so locating one shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

Prices start at around $65,000.

Niagara 35 yacht at a dock

The Niagara 35 is a popular cruiser available in two exciting models, each one coming with a fantastic interior design. 

The original model features a center galley and marine toilet that separates the fore and aft areas. The saloon is completely closed off, making it useful during extended passage journeys.

The later model has a double-berth forward, separated from the saloon by the head and shower. Both models include a spacious cockpit design. Through its 12 years of production, 260 Niagara 35’s went on the market – so you can regularly find them for sale.

Early models start around $30,000, with later models coming in closer to $70,000.

White Nordic 40 sailboat with blue sails in a marina

Only 32 of the Robert Perry-designed Nordic 40s went through production, making them exclusive and difficult to find. If you do manage to get your hands on one, however, you won’t be disappointed.

The fin-keel and skeg-mounted rudder design allow for up to six people to stay comfortably, including extra storage space for luggage and provisions. 

The Perry design is recognized for the quality of its fittings, including rod-rigging and full hull insulation on early models. After 1987, they cut back on a few design features, but it’s still a quality boat. 

If you can manage to find a Nordic 40, it will make an excellent investment.

While it may be rare to find one below our $100,000 mark, it is possible.

Passport 40

Passport 40 sailboat anchored near shore

Built in Taiwan, the Passport 40 is another excellent design by Robert Perry. Sporting a fin-keel and a skeg-mounted rudder, the design is known for its well-balanced performance. 

Originally supplied with a sloop-rig, the majority have an inner stay, fitted to allow a double headsail. This cutter-style rig makes the Passport 40 even more suitable for ocean crossings.

The interiors are well designed – as you’d expect from a Robert Perry – and make for comfortable living during long passages.

Peterson 44

Peterson 44 sailboat with a mountain backdrop

The Peterson 44 was designed and built as a performance cruiser, combining sufficient speed and sea-kindly handling. 

A low center-cockpit, 10,000 pounds of lead ballast, and a long fin keel allow this vessel to take turbulent conditions in stride without sacrificing the crew’s comfort. 

Internally, there is plenty of space in the well-designed cabin. For long passages, there’s a 132-gallon water tank and a 117-gallon fuel tank.

Finding a Peterson 44 may be your only problem. They manufactured about 200 boats, but owners rarely like to part with them – adding to their intrigue and value.

Prices for these yachts vary widely. Expect to pick up an older model between $50,000 and $75,000.

Prout Snowgoose 37

Prout Snowgoose 37 catamaran on a mooring line

As the only catamaran on our list, the Prout Snowgoose 37 is a proven boat for circumnavigation on the bluewater trail. 

A standout feature of the early Snowgoose models is its narrow beam, which allows them to navigate canals easily. These boats are popular in Europe and are common on the journey between Spain and France on the Mediterranian. Additionally, the Prout Snowgoose 37 can fit into a single-hull marina, reducing berthing costs when compared to most other catamarans. 

If you have never considered a catamaran in the past, the Prout Snowgoose 37 may change your mind.

Prices start near $45,000, with later models reaching over $100,000.

Two people on the back of a Shannon 38 sailboat

The Shannon 38 comes in two styles, with either an aft cockpit or pilothouse. Shannon Yachts are known for their build quality and attention to detail, and the 38 is no exception. The boat is available as either a ketch or cutter rig, but it’s renowned for its performance at sea in both forms.

Only 100 were built, with the final boat launched in 1988. If you can find one on the used market, it will make a competent bluewater cruiser.

Prices start at $40,000 for older models, with newer models inching closer to our $100,000 mark.

Tartan 4100 Spark sailboat on a cloudy day

Only 80 of the Tartan 41s were manufactured, although they produced a similar Tartan 43 with the same molds. It is a fin keel design, with a skeg-mounted rudder and sloop-rigging. In its day, it was considered a fast cruiser, but now they’re mostly made for comfort.

If you’re looking at a Tartan 41, check out the keel dimensions. The keel was undersized on earlier models, which caused heavy-weather steering issues. The boatyard redesigned the later models, and some retrofitting has been done on the originals.

Prices start around $45,000 and reach upwards of $70,000.

Tayana 37 bluewater sailboat with an American flag

No list of bluewater sailboats would be complete without the Tayana 37. It’s a beautiful boat designed by Robert Perry that comes in three variants; cutter, ketch, and pilothouse. 

Built to compete against the popular Westsail 32, the 37 became a good seller – with almost 600 launched to date. Today, they are manufactured in limited numbers, as the traditional teak-heavy design is now less popular.

If you can find a good Tayana 37, cruising the oceans will be a pleasure in this sturdy and robust vessel.

Early models cost around $45,000, with newer or retrofitted models topping $75,000.

Valiant 40 cruiser with white sails designed by Robert Perry

Another boat designed by Robert Perry, the Valiant 40 is one of the most sought-after bluewater cruisers on the used market. By the end of production, two manufacturers were able to put out around 200 boats, so it’s certainly possible to get your hands on one.

With a fin keel, reasonably heavy displacement, and solid build, open ocean cruising is made comfortable in the Valiant 40.

The Valiant’s trademark is the canoe stern, something Perry has carried over into many of his designs. The boat’s performance sets it apart from the more traditional heavy-cruisers, and it still has many admirers.

Expect to pay upwards of $45,000 for an early Valiant, but well-maintained vessels will command much higher prices.

Wauquiez Pretorien 35

Wauquiez Pretorien 35 small sailboat

When the weather gets rough, most people prefer bigger, heavier cruisers. Small boats generally don’t perform as well in harsh conditions, but the Pretorien 35 is an exception.

Built to IOR specifications, it’s a short, wide-beam design, with a ballast in the keel that makes up half of the displacement. It may be disappointing in light winds, but as the breeze picks up, the Pretorien comes alive.

Wauquiez built boats are known for their quality finish, so you shouldn’t hold any doubts when buying a used Pretorien.

Prices start around $39,000.

Westsail 32

White Westsail 32 cruiser in a marina

At just 32 feet, the Westsail might be a surprising inclusion on our list. However, the design has proven itself many times over and remains popular with many cruisers.

With a long keel, transom-mounted rudder, and heavy displacement, these are seaworthy yachts.

The flipside to this is that the performance can be underwhelming. The Westsails are known for being slow, safe boats that will get you wherever you need to go – making them perfect for leisurely cruising. 

Over 800 vessels entered the market between 1971 and 1981, so there should be plenty available if you look hard enough. The other point to remember is that they sold them as owner-completion kits, so the internal fitments, in particular, will vary in quality.

With so many available, the prices remain reasonable – with an early Westsail 32 fetching around $29,000 and well-maintained older models coming in closer to $50,000.

Remember: When buying a bluewater cruising yacht for less than $100,000, compromise is inevitable. 

If you’re looking for a seaworthy, heavy-displacement design, you’ll have to compromise on the boat’s age. Choosing a modern, light design will allow you more for your money.

The best advice for buying a boat is to be truly honest with yourself by defining your needs and separating them from your desires. 

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Very nicely done. There will always be people who disagree with your list but they reserve the right to comment without creating any value which is what you provided. Thanks for putting this together.

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Michael Jordan's Boat Has Rough Finish At Fishing Tournament

I t wasn't a great end to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament for Michael Jordan and his team in Morehead City, NC over the weekend.

According to reports , the eight-man crew aboard MJ's Catch 23 watercraft did not place or earn any money over the course of the competition. But they were still able to land roughly 400 lbs of fish on His Airness' 82-foot, $15 million boat.

Unfortunately for Jordan, the Blue Marlin Tourney hasn't been an event that he's had much success in — finishing second to last back in 2020 despite catching a massive 442-pounder at Big Rock Landing.

Last year, Michael's team took home third place in the white marlin division of the MidAtlantic fishing tournament; highlighted by a 75-lb catch.

We all know how competitive MJ is so it's hard to imagine he's OK with anyone getting the better of him whether it's on the court, in business or out on the water.

Jordan and Co. took on 300 other boaters for $7.5 million in prize money.

A vessel called Game Time actually ended up winning the tournament after dominating the leaderboard and catching 516-lb blue marlin. They went home with a cool $1,816,375 in earnings.

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Dua Lipa Serves Mermaidcore Vibes in Blue Frock While Sailing Through Italy

Dua Lipa Rocks Blue Frock While Sailing Through Capri

Dua Lipa is back in her mermaid era.

Lipa, 28, commanded attention in a teal frock while attending Jacquemus’ “La Casa” Cruise on Monday, June 10, 2024 in Capri, Italy. For the event, she climbed aboard a boat in a vibrant blue dress featuring a scoop neck, a plunging back, a fitted skirt and a knee-high slit.

The singer gave off major under-the-sea vibes with red accessories including a leather purse finished with gold hardware and cherry sandals featuring a double heel. She added just the right amount of sparkle to her look with diamond stud earrings, multiple rings and black sunglasses.

Lipa’s red hair perfectly matched her aesthetic as she pulled half of it back into an updo and styled the rest of her main in beachy waves.

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After she got on the boat, Lipa traded in her black shades for a pair of blue rimmed ones.

This isn’t the first mermaidcore look Lipa has delivered. In July 2023, she rocked a sheer dress at the Barbie premiere. Her silver Lorenzo Posocco gown featured a crystal embellished crochet design that exposed her nipples. Underneath, Lipa — who played Mermaid Barbie in the film — wore a chrome thong.

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Lipa accessorized with a dainty diamond necklace, silver rings, chrome pumps and a light pink manicure.

For glam, the “Dance the Night” singer donned soft makeup including rosy cheeks, mascara and glossy lips. Her hair, which was brunette at the time, was parted down the middle and styled in soft curls.

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“Mermaid attire,” she captioned a since-deleted social media post of her ensemble.

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In the movie, her character wore a voluminous blue wig, a sparkly azure bikini top and a matching tail. She also sported hot pink hair and a bubblegum set.

In August, she again referenced her mermaid character via social media while showing off a rose gold metallic dress and posing in front of a pool. “All I do is beach,” Lipa wrote alongside the snap, poking fun at Ryan Gosling ’s famous line from the film, “My job … is just beach.” (Gosling, 43, played Ken in the blockbuster.)

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Outdoors | florida boat wins $1.8 million grand prize at big rock blue marlin tournament.

Game Time, a boat based in West Palm Beach, Florida, brought in a 516-pound blue marlin on Monday, June 10, 2024, and sat atop the leaderboard of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Game Time brought in a 516-pound blue marlin Monday and sat atop the leaderboard until the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament scales closed late Saturday to claim the grand prize of an estimated $1.8 million.

None of the tournament’s 302 boats caught a bigger blue marlin after Game Time, captained by Ben Brownlee, reeled in its catch on opening day in the lucrative Morehead City, North Carolina, event.

Pipe Down, a boat based in New Smyrna, Florida, brought in a blue marlin Saturday night, but its 425.1-pound catch landed in fourth place.

The tournament’s total purse was more than $7.5 million, and more than $3.5 million went to two boats.

While Game Time earned the grand prize, Release, a Hatteras Harbor, North Carolina, boat captained by Rom Whitaker, won the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize of $1.729 million for being the tournament’s first to reel in a blue marlin weighing more than 500 pounds. The 504-pound blue marlin took an hour and seven minutes to reel in Monday by angler Kirk Pugh, a Wilmington, North Carolina, resident.

Release was second overall in the blue marlin category, followed by Builder’s Choice (New Bern, North Carolina) with a 431.8-pounder.

Complete official results were not yet posted on the tournament’s web site.

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