Thinking of changing to a smaller boat? Switching from sail to power? Here’s why pocket cruisers make sense.
Pocket cruisers are gaining popularity for their efficiency and lower purchase and upkeep costs, and their appeal is resonating with baby boomers who are downsizing from bigger cruising boats or migrating from sail.
The 24 Coastal Hardtop remains the most popular model in the New Hampshire builder’s 11-boat fleet, which starts at 18 feet.
The list of Elco motoryacht owners reads like a 20th century “Who’s Who”: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Adm. George Dewey, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild. John Jacob Astor had two of them. From 1893 through 1949, the Electric Launch Co. was among the premier custom motoryacht builders in the world, and it had a clientele that reached to the heights of society.
Illustration by Jim EwingThe emergence of fiberglass in the late 1950s represented the beginning of a sea change in yacht design and construction. At the forefront stood an up-and-coming designer and a well-known builder of wooden boats.
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