The most popular yacht size in the superyacht fleet, a 30 to 40 meter (98feet – 131feet) yacht is a step up from a 20 to 30 meter yacht but still able to be run by a smaller crew and with lower running costs than a bigger design. Usually able to accommodate eight to ten guests, this size is a good choice for families or smaller groups. With an average crew size of five to six, guests will be looked after to the highest standards while still enjoying more privacy than on board a yacht with a much bigger crew.
As the most popular size of a yacht in the superyacht fleet, this means that there is a lot of competition between builders and a great deal of choice when it comes to choosing a design, or style, with a yacht to suit every use or need. From mini explorers to fast open yachts for thrillseekers, there is a wide range of options. Several different hull types are on offer in this size range including planning, semi-displacement and displacement hulls – the expert IYC team can advise on the best type of yacht for you, but typically planing is for those looking to go fast, displacement is good for comfort, space and long range and semi-displacement is the ideal in between which combines space and comfort. This is also a good size bracket for sailing yachts, with lots of the leading sailing builders offering designs in this size range – if the idea of getting involved in the sailing fraternity or regatta scene appeals then a sailing yacht of this size is the ideal starter.
Most yachts in this size bracket are production or semi-custom builds, although there are custom builds too, but each has their own style and flair – the interior is a particularly easy place to make your mark and turn a yacht into your own. With so much choice there are also plenty of pedigree builders to choose from, with popular yards building in this size bracket including: Azimut, Benetti, Broward, Ferretti, Gulf Craft, Heesen, Mangusta, Perini Navi, Sanlorenzo, Southern Wind, Sunseeker and Westport.
Just like their smaller 20 to 30 meter sisters, most 30 to 40 meter(98feet – 131feet) superyachts are able to access the majority of anchorages and cruising grounds – perfect for exploring beautiful coastlines, and mooring up in picturesque marinas. Whether it’s the shallow waters of the Exumas or a cosy marina in the Mediterranean that you wish to visit, a yacht of this size has much fewer limitations than a bigger yacht.
There need be no compromise on comfort with a 30 to 40 meter(98feet – 131feet) yacht, with inviting guest spaces to share and enjoy. Depending on the style of your yacht of choice, many yachts of this size will offer beautifully designed interiors and generous outdoor spaces, often even with bonus features such as a Jacuzzi. The average yacht of this size will have four or five cabins, allowing plenty of space and privacy for guests.
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