Which yacht is right for you?

Many factors contribute to the selection of a yacht. At the root of any sound yacht purchase decision is the core performance factors that are essential to consider long before you review interior decoration or layout.

  • Motor or Sailing yacht
  • High-speed performance, Semi-planing hull shape or slow full displacement?
  • Size restrictions: Will you need access to a location with draft, beam, length or height restrictions? Does the dock behind your home have X feet of available water or a fixed bridge limiting access to the yacht with an air draft of less than Y feet?
  • Guest carriage requirements: Number of guests cruising onboard and sleeping onboard?
  • Maintenance issues: Are parts readily available in the intended cruising areas?
  • Crew: Will the yacht accommodate a suitable number of crew to match your service expectations?
  • Range: Where in the world do you wish to travel? If those ports are not serviced by a yacht transport service then the yacht will need to have an ocean passage making range and hull shape.
  • Full-displacement vs. Semi-displacement?


The pros and cons of semi-displacement compared to full-displacement are:

Semi-Displacement Full-Displacement
Speed 18-25 knot cruising speed 10-12 knot cruising speed
Fuel Consumption Very high fuel consumption. Often four to six times the fuel consumption of a similar-sized full displacement yacht. Fuel efficient when compared with a semi-displacement.
Transatlantic passages Not self-powered, but possible using yacht transportation at a cost of $850-$1,200 per foot each way. Capable of self-powered transatlantic passages. Costs range from $250 to $600 per foot depending upon crew size and engine size.
Engine Maintenance Specialist engineering. High powered engines require more maintenance from outside companies and specialists. Lower power rating and crew engineers should be capable of maintaining 95% of all engineering needs.
Stability / Comfort Hard/fast roll due to hard chine hull shape. Slow roll. Generally more comfortable at anchor.
Volume When designed initially for speed semi-displacement models generally have the shallower draft and less interior volume than full-displacement models of the same length. Volume considerations have less impact on performance so hull shapes generally contain more interior volume than the similar length in semi-displacement.
Noise Generally louder interiors whilst underway due to desire to reduce weight in construction and larger engines and faster water movement. No restriction on build weight allows full implementation of noise attenuation. (not all manufacturers employ the necessary construction to minimize noise).