American builders, American brands, American styling and all for sale for under a million American dollars, these motor yachts may be just up your street.
In the mix are a couple of classic Burgers, a trusty Broward, a landmark Hatteras and a very special Westport/Christensen. They may be production yachts, but with their retro charm, individual customisation and evidence of having been cherished through the years by their owners all have their own unique characters and are now looking for new owners and the next lease of life.
Nobility | 1974 | 24.38m | $995,000
With her retro looks, teak trim and classic styling, Nobility is a beauty of a boat. Built in 1974 by Burger she’s had a flybridge added, and has been meticulously maintained through the years. She sleeps six in three doubles and has crew accommodation for four. With twin 485hp diesels she cruises comfortably at 12 knots.
Broker John Todd of Burger Yacht Sales says: ‘Nobility has been extensively updated and is stunning throughout. Her machinery and systems offer the latest technology available today. She has a traditional profile with Burger’s customary teak trim and railings, and is one of the most appealing designs on the waterfront.’
Section 37 | 1986 | 25.91m | $850,000
At the time of her launch in 1986, Section 37 was the largest superyacht Hatteras had ever built. Her owner spared no expense in kitting her out and to this day she has an impressive range of equipment. She sleeps six in three cabins and has a full beam main saloon.
Says her broker Tom Allen of Fraser Yachts, ‘Section 37 is a large volume yacht for not a lot of money. She has a great layout, generous accommodation and a large main saloon and flybridge. Her owners have been kind to her without cost of maintenance or upgrades to systems. She is offered in good condition with all systems up and working and will make a great family cruising boat for the next owner without breaking the bank.’
Grand Cru | 1984 | 32.31m | $995,000
Another Burger, the raised pilothouse motor yacht Grand Cru has had many nips and tucks along the way resulting in a well presented yacht that has kept up with the times. She is all about comfortable entertaining with her air-conditioned enclosed aftdeck, huge cockpit and flybridge. Down below she sleeps six in three double cabins, all en suite.
‘Grand Cru’s owner recently spent quite a bit of money updating her,’ says broker Curtis Stokes. Grand Cru shows well and is a tremendous amount of yacht for the money. She offers classic styling and modern conveniences like her huge cockpit for extensive water sports. She is turn-key and ready for her next cruise.’
Oasis | 1987 | 29.26m | $895,000
Built by Broward Marine in 1987, Oasis has a custom interior by Dee Robinson, and sleeps eight guests in a master and two double cabins plus two Pullman berths.
Says her broker James Nason at Fraser Yachts, ‘I sold this Broward to the present owner out of the YachtFest yacht show in San Diego in 2006. The boat has made several trips to Mexico and the owner and his family have enjoyed many memorable times aboard during their ownership. This Broward has a large cockpit, comfortable California deck and modern country kitchen. At her asking price she represents the best value in a yacht of her size on the west coast.’
Yianoula | 1981 | 27.43m | $849,000
Yianoula is a fibreglass yacht, built in 1981 when most yachts of that size were aluminum. The hull was built at Westport where Dave Christensen, founder of Christensen Yachts, was a partner. When the relationship ended he got some 80 foot hulls as part of the deal, and these were finished off as Christensen yachts. The first yacht with the Christensen name on it was Yianoula which became his personal yacht. Designed by Ed Monk as a long-range cruiser, she has proved her mettle on two transatlantic crossings. She has been constantly upgraded over the years and her classic modern-style interior with matt wood finishes and flush deck design will appeal to the yachtsman with a penchant for the traditional.
Tucker Fallon, her broker at Bradford Marine Yacht Sales, notes that ‘the value of this boat is that it is built of fibreglass and the heritage of the two builders involved in her construction, Westport and Christensen. The engines were replaced and the vessel has made a transatlantic crossing with these engines.’ What’s more, her price has just been reduced.
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