It’s a question as old as time: Does size matter? In the boating world, absolutely! The size of your boat will impact things like maneuverability, how it handles rough or choppy waters, and how many people can fit onboard comfortably.
According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), 95% of registered recreational motorized boats are less than 26-feet in length. Of course, just because it’s the right size for most people doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
If you’re in the market for a brand-new luxury powerboat, here’s what you need to know to help you pick out the right sized boat to suit your needs.
How Many People Do You Want to Bring Along?
The first thing you need to think about when buying a luxury powerboat is how many people you want to bring along on your adventures? Are you going on evening cruises with your spouse, or is the whole family coming along on summer excursions? Obviously, the more people you plan on bringing along, the bigger boat you’ll need.
Just about every boat has a sticker that shows the maximum capacity. Before you buy a six-person boat for your six-person crew, you should know that the shown capacity is a maximum. It doesn’t consider comfort or legroom. If you want to be comfortable out on the water, choose a boat with a capacity that’s larger than your typical crew.
The general rule of thumb is to cut the max capacity in half. That’ll usually give you a good idea of how many people can fit comfortably on a boat.
Are You an Experienced Captain?
Bigger boats are more to handle. If you’re an inexperienced boater, starting with a 45-foot boat might be too much for your experience level.
Larger boats are harder to maneuver around docks and in tight spaces. Without at least some boating experience, you could lose control and damage your luxury powerboat or even hurt yourself or those on board.
If you’re not familiar with boating, it’s always best to start with a smaller boat and trade your way up as you get more experience.
Are You Going to Tow Your Boat?
If you don’t plan on towing your boat—either by leaving it in the marina or hiring someone to tow it—feel free to skip to the next consideration. If you plan to tow your boat, size will make a big impact on whether you can even get your boat out of the water, not to mention tow it safely down the road.
If you don’t own a large truck, towing a big boat will be nearly impossible. You need to make sure your tow vehicle is up for the task of towing such a mighty vessel. You’ll also need to decide if you’re comfortable pulling a 45-foot boat down the road.
Consider Water Conditions
Where do you plan on boating? Are you more of a calm lake cruiser, or do you want to sail the high seas? The size of the boat will determine how well it performs in certain conditions.
Generally, larger boats are better at cutting through rough waters and harsh conditions. They’re heavier, longer, and typically wider, giving them a more solid stance in the water. The added weight will also help them cut through bigger waves, resulting in a more stable and smoother ride in rough conditions.
If you plan on boating in the ocean or large bodies of water, a bigger luxury powerboat will give you a better ride on the rougher conditions.
What’s Your Budget?
More boat means higher cost. Larger luxury powerboats are much more expensive than their smaller counterparts. There are just more materials that go into making them. If your budget doesn’t support the price of a large boat, you might have to opt for something a little smaller and more wallet-friendly.
Sizes of Mystic Luxury Powerboats
If you’re looking for the perfect luxury powerboat to fit your needs, Mystic has three different models for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a large cruiser to carry all your passengers in style, power to speed through the waterways, or a smaller, more affordable option, we have the boat for you:
- M4200 – Our flagship model. Coming in at just over 42 feet, this luxury powerboat has all the space and comfort you need to cruise in style.
- M3800 – Mystic’s smallest luxury powerboat sizes up at around 38 feet. It’s a bit more affordable and maneuverable than the M4200, with all the same luxury and power you’d expect from a Mystic.
- C4000 – A double-hulled catamaran that’s built for speed. At 43 feet including the engines, this powerful boat is capable of speeds over 100 mph. Since it’s so long, you can expect comfort and stability in even the choppiest waters.
No matter your preferences, there’s a Mystic luxury powerboat to suit your unique needs and style.
Choose the Luxury Powerboat for Your Needs
Before you jump into the exciting world of luxury powerboats, make sure you consider your needs and choose the boat that’s the right size for you. If you’re inexperienced or looking for something a bit more agile and maneuverable, perhaps a smaller boat is in your future. If you’re all about comfort and luxury, a bigger boat will have everything you need.
If you’re ready for life on the water, reach out to the experts at Mystic. We build the best luxury custom powerboats to suit any preference or style. Contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your needs. We’ll build the perfect boat for your lifestyle.