Cruising belongs to a fascinating and evocative imagery, a prolonging navigation, taking us beyond the limits we can reach on a daily basis, broadening our horizons. Yet we tend to imagine it as a possibility relegated exclusively to large vessels. Instead, even some watercraft can turn out to be boats with a cruising spirit, and here, then, is a short list of cabin cruisers that are ideal, even, for small cruising.
Cruising cabin cruisers
Beneteau Antares 8 – LOA 8.23 m – LOH 6.98 m
Compact and sporty, designed for day-cruising and small cruising, Beneteau’s Antares 8 presents itself as a versatile 8-meter, available in Cruising and Fishing versions.In the case of the Cruising version, geared toward habitability is cruising, we first find a modular cockpit, where the seats with a central table turn out to be convertible into a stern sundeck, while a second sundeck is located in the bow, thus taking advantage of all the space offered by the deck.
As for the pilot-house, on the other hand, the spaces are designed to gain volume from every single inch, thus offering a small kitchenette, a convivial area consisting of a table and double seat (convertible into a berth), and the wheelhouse, with an ergonomic armchair.
Proceeding further, there is an en-suite bathroom and a forward double cabin, with the option of adding an additional single bed under the saloon, bringing the total beds to 5. Not an insignificant number for an 8-meter boat. In terms of propulsion, the Antares 8 is powered outboard, for a maximum allowable power output of 250 horsepower. Read the full article on the Beneteau Antares 8 here.
Axopar 28 Cabin – LOA 9.18 m – LOH 8.75 m
From Scandinavia come boats that are often fascinating, different from the conception to which we were accustomed, and Axopar is undoubtedly one of the great exponents, strong with several now successful boats, a guarantee of their quality and excellent seaworthiness. Among them is a great little boat, the Axopar 28 Cabin, a dynamic, high-performance adventure boat and most importantly, also suitable for cruising.
In terms of exteriors, the Axopar 28 Cabin first offers 4 different cockpit configurations, respectively as empty, with bench-peak, with cabinet-bar/kitchen, and finally equipped with sundeck. A very differentiated proposal, but aimed at increasing the versatility of the project, aimed at satisfying a particularly differentiated clientele. In the bow, on the other hand, there is a large relaxation area equipped with a coffee table and an L-shaped sofa.
The peculiarity, however, is the boat center, hence the name of the version: Cabin. This pilothouse of sorts is particularly sleek and sheltered, equipped with high-tech wheelhouse, AC, dual helm seats, settees and, aft, double berth. A toilet can optionally be installed in the bow. In terms of motorization, propulsion is provided by one or two outboards for powers between 200 and 400 horsepower, capable of taking the boat up to 46 knots. Read the full article on theAxopar 28 Cabin here– www.cortelottimarine.it
Jeanneau Cap Camarat 10.5 CC – LOA 10.09 m – LOH 9.31 m
Unveiled in Cannes and scheduled for 2023, the Cap Camarat 10.5 CC is the new flagship of Jeanneau’s Center-Console boat segment. First, the deck plan includes a cockpit with a classic layout, furnished with fold-down benches, a solution aimed at optimizing its space, keeping it totally clear in case of eventuality.
A flexible solution targeted for use both while relaxing and during possible fishing trips. In the bow of the pilothouse is a second convivial area, complete with a first center settee and a second U-shaped seat along the broadside, which of course can be converted into a sundeck. Rounding out the deck, a standard T-top shelters from the sun and elements, while an outdoor kitchen, refrigerator, grill and live catch tank result as options.
Moving below deck, the volumes are particularly abundant, with a forward salon complete with sofas, which can be converted into bunks, a private bathroom, and, finally, an aft double cabin. All for a total of 4 beds. In terms of engines, the Cap Camarat 10.5 CC is powered by a pair of 300-horsepower or 425-horsepower outboard engines.
Read the full article on the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 10.5 CC here – www.jeanneau.com
Sasga Menorquin 34 HT – LOA 10.53 m – LOH 9.07 m
Praised internationally for its maneuverability and habitability, the Sasga Menorquín 34 HT is the flagship of Spanish shipyard Sasga Yachts, an exceptional boat inspired by the traditional lines of Balearic fishing boats. Utterly focused on comfort and livability, the Menorquín extracts space and brightness even where it would be most unexpected, providing almost unimpeachable relaxation and safety, all wrapped up in thoughtful volumes and details.
Starting from the stern, there is first of all a swim platform on the water, ideal for improving sea access, facilitating mooring, and stabilizing roll, immediately followed by a large and comfortable cockpit, which welcomes almost as if it were a terrace on the sea. Not farther forward, accessible from the cockpit, is a very bright covered living space, housing the helm station, living area and galley. Two broadside walkways finally lead toward the double forward sundeck. On the deck level, the kitchen and living area are immediately inviting, with a U-shaped sofa, a coffee table, and an equipped work surface.
Finally, below decks, we find a classic layout: enclosed toilet, a forward double cabin and a twin-bed guest cabin make up the whole, resulting, however, in a very spacious layout, especially considering the volumes. Instead, the entire engine room occupies the spaces below the cockpit, thus distancing itself from the convivial areas. Motorization consists of a pair of inboard 270 horsepower each for a maximum of 23 knots, making it an extremely safe boat, categorized A in CE marking.
Read the full article on the Sasga Menorquin 34 HT here – www.pedettiyacht.com
Fiart Seawalker 35 – LOA 11.52m – LOH 9.99 m
With a streamlined and maneuverable hull, the Seawalker 35 is among Fiart Mare’s newest products, and has all the makings to win over owners looking for a fun, stylish and comfortable vessel. Especially considering the fact that, on top of everything else, it is cabin cruiser.
On deck, in keeping with the walkaround philosophy, the central elements of the cockpit are free-standing, the helm station is double-seated and covered by the hard top, and the aft sundeck is behind the outdoor galley, which is equipped with a cabinet with grill or stove top, sink, and refrigerator. At the stern is the small beach for water access, and at the bow is the dinette area equipped with armchairs.
Below deck, the surface area of the Fiart Seawalker 35 is designed to transform the vessel from an open to a cruiser boat thanks to an open space cabin with a double bed forward and equipped with furniture and a bathroom with a separate shower. Two additional single beds are provided under the helm area, allowing the Seawalker 35 to accommodate up to 10 people on board, and 4 for overnight. Guests will have at their disposal two convivial areas, one in the bow and one in the stern. Read the full article here on the Fiart Seawalker 35. – www.fiart.com