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Dream Cruisers

If life on the water is better, these new boats will help you be a lot happier in the long run.

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Is there a better way to enjoy the freedom that boating offers than on board a vessel custom-made for cruising? Lean back into the padded helm chair, set the chartplotter for anywhere and watch the scenery slide past as you journey in comfort. Good times and good friends are all around, along for the ride, which may include fishing or entertaining or just lazing in the sun. And when you decide to drop the hook at the end of the day — heck, in the middle of the afternoon if you want — there’s nothing left to do but fire up the grill, mix a drink and watch another gorgeous sunset as you revel in a world of your own design. Here are eight new cruising boats that can help make your voyaging daydreams a reality.

Back Cove Downeast 37
Introduced in July, the Maine-built Downeast 37 (pictured, top) was designed with a simple idea in mind: “Stop-in-your-tracks prettiness and the biggest, most flexible exterior spaces available on a boat this size,” said Ken Burn, vice president of design and development for Back Cove Yachts. The cockpit is indeed large, stretching 12 feet by 12 feet, with a SureShade cover offering protection from the elements. Inside, the 37 can sleep two people in the forward V-berth and two more in a mid-berth. The interior is fresh and light, enhancing the open feel of the yacht. In the engine room, a 480-horsepower Cummins diesel promises dependable, efficient power. The company reports a cruise speed of 20 knots and top speed of 25 knots. www.backcoveyachts.com

Length Overall: 42 feet, 6 inches
Beam: 13 feet, 3 inches
Draft: 2 feet, 8 inches
Displacement: 22,100 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 300 gallons
Water Capacity: 120 gallons
Power: 480-hp Cummins diesel inboard
Base Price: $433,500

Beneteau Swift 50

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50
The latest in the five-model Swift Trawler range, the 50 will launch this fall with pod drives — a first for the series. “By incorporating Volvo IPS pod propulsion, not only is the Swift 50 as quick and fuel efficient as her sisters, but it frees up valuable space in the midship, making the boat feel larger than other boats in her class,” said Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau Powerboats Division. The 50 takes advantage of that extra space to create a full-beam master stateroom amidships, along with another stateroom or onboard office. On the main level, there’s a large salon aft and a U-shaped galley, dinette and helm station forward. The flybridge includes a second helm, lounge seating and available dinghy storage. www.beneteauusa.com

Length Overall: 49 feet, 2 inches
Beam: 15 feet, 3 inches
Draft: 3 feet, 5 inches
Displacement: 35,264 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 634 gallons
Water Capacity: 212 gallons
Power: Twin 435-hp Volvo Penta diesel pod drives
Base Price: $899,900

Carver C40

Carver C40
The C40 is the second in this Wisconsin-based builder’s line of new flybridge motor yachts. (The first, the C34, was reviewed in our May issue.) Like its sister vessel, the C40 has shapely lines and a plumb bow, plus twin diesel inboards and a long list of standards that make it an capable cruiser with great value. The command bridge includes a full helm station with spacious seating for the captain and guests, and a giant sun pad. The aft cockpit leads to both an integrated swim platform and wide side decks that run forward for easy line handling. On the main level, the salon, dinette and galley are connected to create a single, user-friendly environment. Below, the C40 has a forward master stateroom, starboard guest stateroom and two heads with showers. www.carveryachts.com

Length Overall: 39 feet, 10 inches
Beam: 13 feet, 6 inches
Draft: 3 feet, 7 inches                      
Dry Weight: 20,500 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 350 gallons
Water Capacity: 131 gallons
Power: Twin 305-hp Cummins diesel inboards
Base Price: $485,575

Cutwater 26

Cutwater 26
Built with functionality in mind, the new Cutwater 26 is loaded with smart features to help make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. It starts with high rails at the bow and stern, massive pilothouse windows, and hatches and skylights throughout to maximize natural light and ventilation. The forward master stateroom, with its V-berth and head and shower, provides comfort and privacy. There’s also a mid-berth, and the dinette in the pilothouse converts to a sleeper for another couple — allowing accommodations for up to six total. The hull design is unique in that it incorporates tapered intake tunnels, a keel pad, skeg keel and raked stem for enhanced lift, stability and straight-line tracking. Plus, it’s trailerable! www.cutwaterbots.com

Length Overall: 30 feet, 4 inches
Beam: 8 feet, 6 inches
Draft: 2 feet, 4 inches
Dry Weight: 5,900 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 80 gallons
Water Capacity: 40 gallons
Power: 200-hp Volvo Penta diesel inboard
Base Price: $139,937

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