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.

Here's what we've got so far...

Caliber 47

Caliber 47 Long Range Cruiser'Bakeapple', a Caliber 47 LRC (Long Range Cruiser)
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'10" / 14.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 36'2" / 11.0m
  • Beam:~ 13'2" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 5'3" / 1.6m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 30,000lb / 13,608kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17*
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~283*
  • Designer:~ Michael McCreary
  • Builder:~ Caliber Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1999
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~  Not known
  • Owners Association:~ ?

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Bavaria 44

A Bavaria 44 cruising yacht'Limin' Time', a Bavaria 44 at anchor in Hermitage Bay, Antigua
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb fin keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 45'9" / 14.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 37'6" / 11.4m
  • Beam:~ 13'10" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 6'5" / 2.0m
  • Rig Type:~ Fractional sloop
  • Displacement:~ 21,164lb / 9,600kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 20
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 179
  • Designer:~ J&J Design
  • Builder:~ Bavaria (Germany)
  • Year First Built:~ 2002 
  • Year Last Built:~ 2004
  • Number Built:~  Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Bavaria Owners Association

Outbound 46

An Outbound 46 cruising yacht under sail'Kinetic', an Outbound 46, sports a hard dodger and a Solent Rig.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin Keel with Spade Rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'4" / 14.0m 
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'3" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 13'6" / 4.1m
  • Draft:~ 6'6" / 2.0m, or shoal draft version 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 28,500lb / 12,220kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 19
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 189
  • Designer:~ Carl Schumacher
  • Builder:~ Outbound Yachts
  • Year First Built:~ 2001
  • Year Last Built:~ In production
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Read more about the Outbound 46...


Wauquiez 48

A Wauquiez 48 Pilot House cruising yacht'Pipistrelle', a Wuaquiez 48 Pilot House Cruising Yacht at anchor in Deep Bay, Antigua, West Indies.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 48'10" / 14.9m
  • Waterline Length:~ 41'0" / 12.5m
  • Beam:~ 14'9" / 4.5m
  • Draft:~ 7'1" / 2.2m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop, solent rigged.
  • Displacement:~ 37,478lb / 17,000kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~243
  • Designer:~ Ed Dubois
  • Builder:~ Wauquiez (France)
  • Year First Built:~ 1997 
  • Year Last Built:~ 2002
  • Number Built:~  22
  • Owners Association:~ Wauquiez Owners Info

More about the Wauquiez 48...


J46

A J46 light displavement sailboat'Breezing Up', a light displacement J46 performance cruising yacht.
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb fin keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'0" / 14.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'6" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 13'10" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 6'3" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 24,000lb / 10,886kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 20
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~161
  • Designer:~ Rod Johnstone
  • Builder:~ J Boats (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1995 
  • Year Last Built:~ 2003
  • Number Built:~  35
  • Owners Association:~ J Boat Owners

Read more about the J46...


Malo 45

A Malo 45 cruising sailboat'Malkemi', a Malo 45 bluewater cruising yacht, fitted with a double-headsail solent rig.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'7" / 14.2m
  • Waterline Length:~ 39'0" / 11.9m
  • Beam:~ 13'6" / 4.1m
  • Draft:~ 6'10" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 31,085lb / 14,100kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 234
  • Designer:~ Leif Ängermark
  • Builder:~ Malö Yachts (Sweden)
  • Year First Built:~ 2000 
  • Year Last Built:~ In production
  • Number Built:~  Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

Swan 48

A Swan 48 sailboat'Sleeper X', a S&S Swan 48 on her mooring in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'11" / 14.6m
  • Waterline Length:~ 37'3" / 11.4m
  • Beam:~ 13'7" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 7'9" / 2.4m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 36,000lb / 16,330kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 310
  • Designer:~ Sparkman & Stephens
  • Builder:~ Nautor (Finland)
  • Year First Built:~ 1971 
  • Year Last Built:~ 1975
  • Number Built:~  46
  • Owners Association:~ S&S Swan Owners Association

Hunter 49

A Hunter 49 cruising yacht powers to windwardA Hunter 49 powers to windward towards Guadeloupe in the Caribbean
  • Hull Type:~ Winged keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 49'11" / 15.2m
  • Waterline Length:~ 43'10" / 13.4m
  • Beam:~ 14'9" / 4.5m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 32,813lb / 14,884kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 20
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 174
  • Designer:~ Glenn Henderson
  • Builder:~ Hunter Marine (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 2007 
  • Year Last Built:~ Not known
  • Number Built:~  Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Hunter Owners

Bowman 45

A Bowman 45 sailboat'Piano', Bowman 45 at anchor in Five Islands Bay, Antigua, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 47'7" / 14.6m
  • Waterline Length:~ 36'6" / 11.1m
  • Beam:~ 13'0" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 5'9" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 27,569lb / 12,505kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ Not known
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ Not known
  • Designer:~ Chuck Paine
  • Builder:~ Rustler Yachts (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ Not known
  • Year Last Built:~ Not known
  • Number Built:~  Not known
  • Owners Association:~ None known

Aerodyne 47

Aerodyne 47 sailboat'Pandora', a Aerodyne 47 high-performance cruising yacht at anchor off Deshaies, Guadeloupe, French West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Shoal draft bulb keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ Composite
  • Length Overall:~ 46'7" / 14.2m
  • Waterline Length:~ 42'1" / 12.8m
  • Beam:~ 14'4" / 4.4m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Fractional solent-rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 25,370lb / 11,532kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 152
  • Designer:~ Roger Martin
  • Builder:~ Aerodyne Marine (South Africa)
  • Year First Built:~ 2001
  • Year Last Built:~ 2007
  • Number Built:~ 3 ('Pandora' was build #3)
  • Owners Association:~ None known

Read more about the Aerodyne 47...


Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49

A Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 sailboat'Laurie N', a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 prepares to pick up a mooring in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 49'2" / 15.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 42'4" / 12.9m
  • Beam:~ 14'9" / 4.5m
  • Draft:~ 7'9" / 2.4m
  • Rig Type:~ Fractional sloop
  • Displacement:~ 27,778lb / 12,600kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 18
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 164
  • Designer:~ Phillipe Briand
  • Builder:~ Jeanneau (France)
  • Year First Built:~ 2003
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Jeanneau Owners Network

Moody 46

A Moody 46 cruising sailboat'Cloud Nine', a Moody 46 cruising sailboat
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 46'2" / 14.1m
  • Waterline Length:~ 39'4" / 12.0m
  • Beam:~ 14'5" / 4.4m
  • Draft:~ 6'9" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 31,945lb / 14,490kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 234
  • Designer:~ Bill Dixon
  • Builder:~ Moody Yachts Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1997
  • Year Last Built:~ 2001
  • Number Built:~ 55
  • Owners Association:~ Moody Owners Association

Cambria 44

A Cambria 44 sailboat leaves Dominica and heads for Marie Galante in the West Indies'Katahdin', a centreboard version of the Cambria 44 was the last one built.
  • Hull Type:~ Centreboard keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 45'11" / 14.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 36'4" / 11.1m
  • Beam:~ 13'5" / 4.1m
  • Draft:~ 10'6" / 3.2m (CB down); 5'6" / 1.7m (CB up); 
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 28,600lb / 12,973kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 266
  • Designer:~ David Walters
  • Builder:~ Cabo Rico Custom Yachts Inc (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1985
  • Year Last Built:~ 1990
  • Number Built:~ 18
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

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
  • 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


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


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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