Popular Cruising Yachts from
45 to 50 Feet Long Overall

Welcome to this ever-growing gallery of some of the most popular cruising yachts between 45 and 50 feet (13.7m to 15.2m) long overall.

Offshore cruising boats of this length are probably the maximum size that most cruising couples can comfortably handle without taking on additional crew. 

Even so, it's likely that powered sail handling devices - sheet and halyard winches, electric or hydraulic furling gears etc - will be necessary, all of which adds to the cost and complexity of the boat.

If you're fortunate enough to own a production cruising boat within this category perhaps you'd be happy to share a photo of her with the rest of us? If so, please click here to send your pic.

And even if your cruising boat doesn't fall within this boat length category, we'd still like a photo of her.

We'll make sure your pic is displayed in the appropriate category - and you needn't worry about the bullet point stuff, we'll do all that too.

Incidentally, if you want to take a look at the boats in the other categories, you can do so here...

Westerly Ocean 49

A Westerly Ocean 49 cutter at anchor'Laridae', a Westerly 49 at anchor off Fort de France in Martinique
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 48'6" / 14.8m
  • Waterline Length:~ 42'1" / 12.8m
  • Beam:~ 15'1" / 4.6m
  • Draft:~ 7'0" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 28,935lb / 13,125kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 173
  • Designer:~ Ed Dubois
  • Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd. (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1993
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Westerly Owners Association

Jeanneau 'Sun Odyssey' 47

Designed by Phillipe Briand and built by Jeanneau, this 'Sun Odyssey' 47 cruising boat lies at anchor in Grande Anse D'Arlet, Martinique, French West IndiesJeanneau 'Sun Odyssey' 47 at anchor in Grande Anse D'Arlet, Martinique, French West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb fin keel with spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'3" / 14.4m
  • Waterline Length:~ 38'5" / 11.7m
  • Beam:~ 14'7" / 4.5m
  • Draft:~ 6'10" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 27,558lb / 12,500kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 217
  • Designer:~ Philippe Briand
  • Builder:~ Jeanneau (France)
  • Year First Built:~ 1991
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Jeanneau Owners Network


Dawn 48

A German Frers designed Dawn 48The Dawn 48 'Crusader' cruising yacht at anchor in St Anne, Martinique, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 48'1" / 14.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ 37'7" / 11.5m
  • Beam:~ 14'6" / 4.4m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 27,500lb / 12,474kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 18.7
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 230
  • Designer:~ German Frers
  • Builder:~ Kong & Halvorsen Marine & Eng. Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Year First Built:~ 1983
  • Year Last Built:~ 1985
  • Number Built:~ 18
  • Owners Association:~ ?


Tayana 47

A Tayana 47 at anchor in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West IndiesThis is the centre-cockpit version. These cruising yachts are also available with a deck-saloon layout.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'0" / 14.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'3" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 14'6" / 4.4m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 35,000lb / 15,876kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 20.7
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 239
  • Designer:~ Robert Perry
  • Builder:~ Ta Yang Yacht Building Co. Ltd (Taiwan)
  • Year First Built:~ 1991
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ www.tognews.com

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Nicholson 48

A Nicholson 48 Ketch Sailboat'Capercaillie', a Nicholson 48 Ketch Sailboat

Note: This boat is currently for sale at BoatshedScotland.com

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'8" / 14.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 34'4" / 10.5m
  • Beam:~ 12'11" / 3.9m
  • Draft:~ 7'0" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead ketch
  • Displacement:~ 31,300lb / 14,198kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 12.1
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 345
  • Designer:~ Camper & Nicholson
  • Builder:~ Valiant Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1973
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ 


Valiant 47

A Valiant 47 sailboats/y Oasis, a Valiant 47, on one of the visitors moorings in the BVIs
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'0" / 14.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'3" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 13'10" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 6'3" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 30,000lb / 13,608kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.7
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 205
  • Designer:~ Robert Perry
  • Builder:~ Valiant Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1981
  • Year Last Built:~ 1992
  • Number Built:~ 17
  • Owners Association:~ Valiant Yacht Owners Association


Cabo Rico 45

Cabo Rico 45At anchor in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola in the BVIs
  • Hull Type:~ Long Keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 45'0" / 13.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ 35'0" / 10.7m
  • Beam:~ 13'2" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 35,600lb / 16,148kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 19.8
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 371
  • Designer:~ Bill Crealock
  • Builder:~ Cabo Rico
  • Year First Built:~ 1995
  • Year Last Built:~ Still in production (?)
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?


Beneteau Oceanis 473

A Beneteau Oceanis 473 cruising boat under power
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb fin keel with spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'11" / 14.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 43'10" / 13.3m
  • Beam:~ 14'2" / 4.3m
  • Draft:~ 5'7" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 24,277lb / 11,012kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.2*
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 129*
  • Designer:~ Jean Marie Finot
  • Builder:~ Beneteau
  • Year First Built:~ 2000
  • Year Last Built:~ 2005
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Beneteau Yacht Club

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Gulfstar Sailmaster 47

A Gulfstar Sailmaster 47 motorsailer under power
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 42'5" / 14.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'6" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 13'10" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 38,000lb / 17,237kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13.1
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 255
  • Designer:~ Vince Lazzara
  • Builder:~ Gulfstar Yachts (US)
  • Year First Built:~ 1978
  • Year Last Built:~ 1981
  • Number Built:~ 79
  • Owners Association:~ The Gulfstar Yacht Owners Association


Hinckley 48

Bill Trip designed great looking cruising yachts - and this Hinckley 48 is no exception...

Hinckley 49 cutters are great cruising yachts
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel with centreboard
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 48'3" / 14.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ 34'2" / 10'4"
  • Beam:~ 13.0" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ Max 11'9" / 3.6m, Min 5'2" / 1.6m
  • Rig Type:~ Yawl (also produced as a sloop)
  • Displacement:~ 36,000lb / 16,330kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.0
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 403
  • Designer:~ William H Trip
  • Builder:~ Henry Hinckley & Company (US)
  • Year First Built:~ 1965
  • Year Last Built:~ 1974
  • Number Built:~ 8
  • Owners Association:~


Morgan 46

A Morgan 46 sailboat slips along nicely in a slight sea
  • Hull Type:~ Scheel keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'0" / 14.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 39'3" / 12.0m
  • Beam:~ 13'6" / 4.1m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 30,000lb / 13.608kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.58
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 221
  • Designer:~ Henry Scheel
  • Builder:~ Morgan Yachts (US)
  • Year First Built:~ 1980
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Morgan Yacht Owners


Passoa 47 Cruising Yachts

A Passoa 47 cutter rigged aluminium cruising boat under full sail
  • Hull Type:~ Swing-keel/centreboard with twin rudders
  • Hull Material:~ Aluminium
  • Length Overall:~ 47'9" / 14.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'9" / 11.9m
  • Beam:~ 14'1" / 4.3m
  • Draft:~ Min 3'7" / 1.1m, Max 8'2" / 2.5m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 30,649lb / 13,900kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 12.8
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 260
  • Designer:~ Philippe Harlé & Alain Mortain
  • Builder:~ Garcia Aluminium (France)
  • Year First Built:~ ?
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?


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