Best affordable yacht options

Many elderly boaters find great appeal in calling it quits and spending their golden years aboard a boat. Thankfully, there are a large number of older powerboats with the qualities boaters want in a decent liveaboard. Of course, size plus living space are important, but storage space is also important, the more the better. A spacious galley is crucial, and it would be beneficial to seek for a model with an integrated dinette on boats over 40 feet. A washer/dryer is a huge advantage on a liveaboard yacht, especially for those searching for somewhere in the 50-foot range. Additional amenities on the wish list include a master bedroom tub, a galley freezer, easy engine access, and plenty of outdoor gathering space. Continue to read and we will share 3 of the most affordable yacht options available for your consideration as of now. 

  • Hatteras 53

A modernized take on the traditional Hatteras 53 Motor Yacht with such a huge full-beam salon. The salon and wheelhouse are divided by a wall, and the modest aft deck space is accessed by centerline teak doors. Three steps down from the deckhouse level is the mid-level galley, which has a booth-style dinette for four people and spacious counters. A guest bedroom (or crew cabin) up front has over/under bunk beds and a private bathroom with a shower. 

The guest bedroom with two beds is to port, behind the divided engine rooms. Opposite is a complete bathroom with a stall shower. The full-beam master bedroom is farther aft and has a walk-around queen bed, a dressing table, and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Compared to her predecessor, the flybridge is much larger and has a redesigned helm and more lounge space.

  • Hatteras 56

A traditional twin-deck Hatteras motor boat, the height of opulence in yachting in the 1980s. The Hatteras 56 has a large main deck space with the salon totally exposed to the wheelhouse since the galley & dinette are down there. On the bottom deck, there are four staterooms as well as three bathrooms, including a master bedroom with a full beam, a walk-around queen bed or twin sleepers in early versions, and an en-suite bathroom with a tub and shower. 

The second guest cabin and crew quarters is forward including over or under beds and a private head access, while the VIP stateroom amidships has twin berths. A washer/dryer is situated at the bottom of the companionway stairs, and split walk-in motor rooms are positioned on each side of the passage leading aft to the main cabin. The large salon has double doors that go out to the semi-enclosed rear deck, which has a roof and enclosure panels.

  • Carver 4207 

Throughout the late 1980s, one of the motor yachts of her class with the highest sales. The 4207's spacious two-stateroom cabin offers the luxury and amenities often seen on a bigger to rent a yacht. There were two different floor plans available, also with a U-shaped diner opposite the galley, the other without a dinette but with a larger head and a much bigger forward cabin with an island bunk. An entertainment console, bar area, L-shaped sleeping couch, and salon chair can be found in the roomy, teak-trimmed salon. 

A microwave or convection oven combo and a double-door refrigerator are features of a full-service galley. There was no lower helm accessible. A benefit is the roomy side decks. Most 4207 Aft Cabins were supplied with standard 350 hp gas engines, even though diesels are often favored in a boat this size.

Final words

These are some of the most affordable yachts available out there. They offer value for the amount you spend as well. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to take a look at them and pick the best one.