What is an express cruiser?
An Express Cruiser is a fast cruising boat. To distinguish it from similar boat styles, it has a full head, a galley, comfortable staterooms and quality interiors. There are usually large open areas for guests to congregate near the helm area and in the back of the boat. It is a perfect boat for shorter overnight or day trips where speed is of importance due to time constraints, but comfort is still expected. Most have at least partially enclosed helm areas to keep the helmsman and guests out of the weather and to provide air conditioning if necessary. This boat is suited for almost any cruising area and is a good compromise between the slower trawler type boats and the dime a dozen smaller boats.
Today’s Express Boat Market
Most of the primary yacht manufacturers have developed their own concept of the express cruiser — Grand Banks, Sabre, Pearson and Hinckley— to name a few of the larger yacht builders. Even though each company puts their own spin on the express cruiser, they all share the common traits — comfort, speed, open space and modern hull designs based on classic good looks.
OYA became heavily involved with express cruisers with the introduction of the Grand Banks Eastbay 38, which we found to have all the characteristics our clients, especially on the Chesapeake Bay, were looking for. Through thousands of hours of studying, dissecting, rebuilding and actually cruising these types of boats we feel we have become experts in the Express Cruiser market. With our ability to customize these boats in our Dickerson Harbor facility, we attract quality boats for service, storage and in our brokerage department.