Popular Cruising Yachts from
50 to 55 Feet Long Overall

Welcome to this ever-growing gallery of some of the most popular cruising yachts between 50 and 55 feet (15.2m to 16.8m) long overall.

Large, well-equipped production cruising boats of this size can cross oceans in relative comfort and speed, but you'll need deep pockets to operate and maintain them.

Not only will their systems be powerful, complex and power-hungry but they'll need equally powerful and complex charging regimes to keep everything up and running. Regular maintenance and upkeep will be even more essential than it is on smaller vessels.

If you're the proud owner of such a vessel and would like to see her featured on this page, please click here to send me a pic.

Even if your boat falls outside of this length category, we'd still like a pic; we'll move it to the appropriate category and research the specification and other associated data.

Shearwater 45

A Shearwater 45 cruising boat'Maggy May', a Shearwater 45 long-distance cruising boat
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 51'5" / 15.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ 37'5" / 11.4m
  • Beam:~ 13'1" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 6'3" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 27,550lb / 12,497kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 20*
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 235*
  • Designer:~ Dudley Dix
  • Builder:~  Acheson Yachts (South Africa)
  • Year First Built:~ 1990
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?

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Beneteau 50

A Beneteau 50 sailboatA Beneteau 50 sailboat at anchor in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb keel & spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 50'9" / 15.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 45'5" / 13.8m
  • Beam:~ 14'8" / 4.5m
  • Draft:~ 7'6" / 2.3m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 28,660lb / 13,000kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 18
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 137
  • Designer:~ Farr Yacht Design with Armel Briand
  • Builder:~  Beneteau (France)
  • Year First Built:~ 1995
  • Year Last Built:~ 2004
  • Number Built:~ 200
  • Owners Association:~ Beneteau Owners Club

Discovery 55

A Discovery 55 luxury cruiser'Eupraxia', a Discovery 55 motors north off the coast of Guadeloupe, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 54'10" / 16.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ ?
  • Beam:~ 15'8" / 4.8m
  • Draft:~ 7'4" / 2.2m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 49,604lb / 22,500kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ ?
  • Designer:~ Ron Holland
  • Builder:~  Discovery Yachts (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 2000
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 20
  • Owners Association:~ Discovery Yacht Owners

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Little Harbor 54

Little Harbor 54 at anchor off Nevis, West IndiesThe Ted Hood designed Little Harbor 54
  • Hull Type:~ Centreboard & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 54'0" / 16.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 43'2" / 13.2m
  • Beam:~ 15'0" / 4.7m
  • Draft (centreboard up):~ 6'4" / 1.9m
  • Draft (centreboard down):~ 12'1" / 3.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 62,359lb / 28,286kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 346
  • Designer:~ Ted Hood
  • Builder:~  Little Harbor Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1989
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Irwin 52

An Irwin 52 cruising yacht at anchortAt anchor in Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda in the BVIs
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 52'0" / 15.9m
  • Waterline Length:~ 44'0" / 13.4m
  • Beam:~ 15'4" / 4.7m
  • Draft:~ 7'0" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter-rigged Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 55,000lb / 24,948kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 288
  • Designer:~ Ted Irwin
  • Builder:~  Irwin Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1976
  • Year Last Built:~ 1985
  • Number Built:~ 250
  • Owners Association:~ ?

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Boothbay Explorer

The 58 fooot Boothbay Explorer Cruising Yacht
  • Hull Type:~ Long Keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 58'7" / 17.7m
  • Waterline Length:~ 41'0" / 12.8m
  • Beam:~ 19'8" / 4.8m
  • Draft:~ 6'2" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 53,300lb / 24,177kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ ?
  • Designer:~ Clifford Swain/John G Alden
  • Builder:~  Hodgdon Bros. (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1968
  • Year Last Built:~ 1974
  • Number Built:~ 5
  • Owners Association:~ ?

There were 12 Boothbay Challengers (a centreboard version of the Explorer) built during the same period, all but one by Hodgdon. One was by Palmer-Johnson.


Gulfstar 50

A Gulfstar 50 ketch rigged motorsailer at anchor
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 50'0" / 15.2m
  • Waterline Length:~ 39'8" / 12.1m
  • Beam:~ 13'8" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Ketch
  • Displacement:~ 35,000lb / 15,876kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13.5
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 250
  • Designer:~ Vincent Lazarra
  • Builder:~ Gulfstar Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1975
  • Year Last Built:~ 1980
  • Number Built:~ 250
  • Owners Association:~ ?

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Nautor Swan 53

Nautor Swans are famed for producing beautiful cruising yachts and this Swan 53-2 proves the point.

This 53 footer is just one of Nautor Swan's range of cruising yachts
  • Hull Type:~ Bulb fin keel with spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 54'1" / 16.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 47'3" / 14.4m
  • Beam:~ 15'7" / 4.8m
  • Draft:~ 8'1" / 2.4m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 48,501lb / 22,000kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 205
  • Designer:~ German Frers
  • Builder:~ Nautor Swan (Finland)
  • Year First Built:~ 2005
  • Year Last Built:~ 2009
  • Number Built:~ 20
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Valiant 50

A Valiant 50 cutter rigged cruiser
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fibreglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 50'8" / 15.4m
  • Waterline Length:~ 40'3" / 12.3m
  • Beam:~ 13'10" / 4.2m
  • Draft:~ 6'3" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter-rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 35,550lb / 16,125kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 14.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 243
  • Designer:~ Robert Perry
  • Builder:~ Valiant Yachts (US)
  • Year First Built:~ 1997
  • Year Last Built:~ 2011 (Production of all Valiant Yachts ceased in January 2011)
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Valiant Yacht Owners Association

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