Cruising on a motor yacht gives you the feeling of being a king, because motor yachts have a level of luxury, size and status that sticks out above the regular captain. But when does a boat qualify as a real motor yacht? While the term 'boat' implies a small to medium-sized platform that is easy to operate and relatively affordable, a motor yacht means more total length (usually 40 to about 90 feet, beyond which the term megayacht applies), more luxury and more costs. And unlike those smaller boats, motor yachts are designed to stay on the water for days, even weeks. They are equipped with private cabins and heads, full galleys and the systems needed for longer stays on board and for serious navigation. The social spaces are also emphasized, making motor yachts ideal platforms for entertaining while sailing from one distant port to another.
Motor yacht is a broad term that includes a number of styles, including sedan bridge, flybridge, aft cabin, wheelhouse and large express yachts. However, the majority of motor yachts consist of bridge boats. They have plenty of deck space for guests, spacious and private accommodation options for family and friends, a rudder on the bridge and often an option for a rudder in the cabin, so that the ship can be operated in all seasons and conditions. Large indoor lounges are an important part of the mix, and are often very stylishly designed to meet the entertaining needs of this specific market. A motor yacht will always have a very comfortable and luxurious feeling. On the low side in size and price, the typical model will offer two staterooms, and these cabins are generally related to boutique hotel suites.
Some motor yacht owners will argue that the value of a certain design is determined by the dimensions of the outdoor spaces, namely the flybridge and the cockpit, which is often covered over the passengers' heads. On a large motor yacht the bridge can have at least eight seats. Also on the front deck there are often lounges, which serve as yet another place to show those exceptional host qualities.
Motor yachts can be driven by diesel or petrol engines. Straight inboard engines are common, but poddrives continue to find their way to more buildings. Power and range varies depending on where the specific motor yacht is built for. Some claim that a trawler qualifies as a motor yacht, but this long-distance cruiser will travel much larger distances on a fuel tank than any other type of design and often has a more traditional nautical look and feel, with less wealth.
Hull designs vary. Because the term motor yacht includes such a variety of styles and sizes, there are a number of moving soils. Some motor yachts have a full displacement hull, which means that they are pushed through the seas and displace a certain amount of water when they move. These motor yachts are stable, with their weight as a counterweight to the forces of the sea. They can run in bad weather and can ensure a comfortable ride, especially when features such as stabilizers are added. Other motor yachts have planer hulls that work on top of the water surface to eliminate resistance and generate higher speeds. And then there are the semi-displacement motor yachts, which combine the characteristics of a displacement body with those of a scraper floor. The result: good speed plus stability and reasonable fuel consumption.
Most modern constructions are made of fiberglass, while some are made of aluminum, steel and carbon fiber. Motor yachts are often built in production, but there are also semi-custom and custom designs.
In the long term, a modern motor yacht has been designed to bridge the distance in deep water. This luxury cruiser is best suited for families and large groups because it is spacious, stable and designed for pure hedonistic comfort.