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5 New Boats That Are Ideal For First Time Buyers

Marina Nazario | February 12, 2021



New Boats Under 50 Feet, For Sale In The United States.

You probably know this already, but buying a boat for the first time is a big deal. According to a study by Grow Boating, the journey to ownership for the first-time boat buyer is different than for someone buying a second or third boat. It’s a process that can take decades. But for some people, it’s a matter of now or never.

If we’re catching you at the “now,” stay with us for a moment. Let’s talk about buying a shiny, new boat as a first-time buyer. When you buy a new boat with Denison Yachting, such as a Beneteau or Bertram, you get a range of benefits, including warranty protection, professional training, and service support. As a bonus, a new boat is like a blank canvas, and as the first owner, you can add personal touches to the yacht. New boats come equipped with an extensive list of factory options, but customizing a new yacht to suit your preference is part of the fun.

We’ve already discussed the benefits of buying a new boat, so here are 5 new boats (power and sail) that are perfect for first-time buyers. It’s only uphill from here.


1. Excess 12

Okay, we’ll admit it — the Excess 12 is an adventurous first boat purchase, but the beauty of this catamaran is that it’s fun and easy to sail. The XCS 12 has a generous sail plan — a self-tacking jib makes it easy for single-handed sailing, twin helms provide excellent visibility, and electric winches are on either side of the boat.

Denison offers comprehensive technical and operational training when you purchase a new boat, including the Excess 12. We provide on-the-water instruction with an expert captain to quickly build your confidence and accelerate joy on the water. After your new boat is delivered, Denison’s factory-trained technical team is available to assist when you need it.

Contact Denison yacht broker Dan Margraf to inquire about this new boat.


2. Excess 11

Are we really suggesting two catamarans that are 1 meter apart in length? Yes, yes, we are. No matter if you’re buying a power or sail vessel, it’s best to start small and build a base of experience. The 37-foot Excess 11 is the perfect starter catamaran. Maneuvering this multihull is easy thanks to titanium-style aluminum stanchions and cleats, along with Dyneema steering cables, to improve the helm’s responsiveness and sensitivity.

Like the Excess 12, the XCS 11 is an award-winning boat that took Overall Boat of the Year 2021 by Cruising World Magazine and Best Boat 2021 by SAIL Magazine. The judges enjoyed the thoughtful, pleasant, workable, and innovative layout of the Excess 11.

Contact Denison yacht broker Matthew Morrison to inquire about this new boat.


3. Beneteau Gran Turismo 36

French by design, American made — Beneteau Gran Turismo 36 makes cruising a dream. This 38-foot long vessel is built for distance, speed, and comfort. She cuts through the water seamlessly and is perfect for zooming through lakes, rivers, and along the coasts. The GT 36 is an excellent powerboat for a first-time boat buyer. Her hull has zipwakes for improved stability when turning and reaches top speeds of 35 knots. With a joystick on top of a steering wheel, handling the fast Gran Turismo 36 is child’s play.

Contact Denison yacht broker Ricardo Solci to inquire about this new boat.


4. Beneteau Swift Trawler 35

So you want a comfortable, safe, and long-range boat? Look no further than the Swift Trawler 35. A semi-planing hull and a Cummins 425 horsepower engine offer easy maneuvering and comfortable cruising. Invite your friends on this new boat — the 2 cabin, 1 head layout, U-shaped galley, and sofa bed in the salon creates plenty of space for guests on the Swift Trawler 35.

Contact Denison yacht broker Jason Smith to inquire about this new boat.


5. Beneteau Oceanis 30.1

If you’re going to buy a sailboat for the first time, why not purchase an award-winning boat? The Oceanis 30.1 won Best Performance Cruiser 2020 by Cruising World Magazine and Best Boat: Small Cruiser Category 2020 by SAIL Magazine. She’s a robust little cruiser, perfect for sailing lakes, rivers, coasts, and high sea adventures. The self-tacking jib and the single winch make her an enjoyable and straightforward boat to handle. The OC 30.1 is the perfect beginner sailboat because it’s a comfortable and easy boat to sail yet promises thrills and new experiences to her captain.

Contact Denison yacht broker Matthew Morrison to inquire about this new boat.


Denison makes buying a boat easy and accessible for everyone. Still, the overall process of buying a new yacht is more straightforward than buying a used boat because there are no surveys, haulouts, or engine inspections to complicate the process. Contact a Denison yacht broker to buy a new boat today.


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