A motor yacht is typically 40 feet long or longer. These boats can make voyages from continent to continent and ply oceans, large rivers or the Great Lakes. They're perfect for saltwater fishing, overnight cruising and day cruising and can be anywhere from 36-100 feet.
Generated electricity, air conditioning, and complete plumbing provide the comforts of home, while allowing far-off adventures. Launch systems are often available to deploy personal watercraft and tenders.
Yachts and cruisers are often set up to be captained from either of two locations: a conventional helm or set of controls in the cabin and another on a ‘fly bridge’ or elevated platform.
Motor yacht construction and hull design: Designs vary greatly depending on the type of boat, such as a cruiser or a fast offshore racing boat. The vast majority of motor yachts are made with composite materials, because of composites' quality, durability and relatively low cost compared to aluminum and wood. But the designs, methods and materials used in composite boat construction vary widely, from hand layup of advanced fibers for specialized racing models to almost completely automated closed-mold processing for high-volume production.
Motor yacht power options: Motor yachts typically are powered by powerful single or twin engines. Some also are equipped with two to four pod drives, giving added maneuverability and joystick steering in close quarters. They can have inboard or sterndrive engines.