Popular Cruising Yachts from
45 to 50 Feet Long Overall
Their Physical Properties & Key Performance Indicators

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.

Oceanic 46

The bowsprit and dinghy davits of the attractive Oceanic 46 are likely to be included in the chargeable length overall in marinas and boatyards.


Beneteau Oceanis 50

Hull Type: Fin keel & spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 49'6" (15.1m)

Waterline Length: 43'8" (13.3m)

Beam: 14'9" (4.5m)

Draft: 6'7" (1.7m)

Rig Type: Fractional Sloop

Displacement: 27,454lb (12,453kg)

Designer: Berret Racoupeau

Builder: Beneteau (France)

Year First Built: 2010


Dufour 520

The plumb bow and stern on this sleek Dufour 520 maximise her waterline length and hence her theoretical hull speed, but do nothing to help her Comfort Ratio.


Wauquiez 48

The twin headsail rig on this Wauquiez 48 is known as a 'Solent Rig'. Clearly it differs form a cutter rig, but which is the better choice for cruising?


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