Yacht Types


Having decided to purchase or charter a yacht, the wealth of choice of different yacht types is huge. The good news is that such a big range of different yacht sizes, styles, performance capabilities, and purposes mean that there truly is a yacht for everyone.

When narrowing your choices, there are two main yacht types on offer: motor and sail and each type has its unique properties to offer. Traditionally, motor yachts have more space and stability and are a popular choice for families or larger groups, while sailing yachts have the same high levels of luxury but are well suited to those who like the idea of travelling under sail or participating in the busy regatta circuit. Other key decisions include choosing between hull types – mono or multi – and the different styles and uses, including performance, cruising and explorer-style yachts.

Read on to learn more about the main different types of a superyacht for sale, or talk to your expert Luxe Yacht Empire Consultant today to gain an overview of the best of what is on offer in your chosen categories.

Motor Yachts

The most popular style of luxury yacht – a motor yacht offers many benefits including a variety of large and versatile spaces for groups of all sizes to enjoy.

Sailing Yachts

Perfect for those looking to be hands-on with their yacht and love the idea of traveling across the water, powered by the wind.

Displacement Yachts

Displacement yachts combine huge amounts of onboard space, deep drafts and rounded hulls that are ideal for long passages on the open water.

Semi-Displacement Yachts

Perfect for those looking to be hands-on with their yacht and love the idea of traveling across the water, powered by the wind.

Explorer / Expedition Yachts

Those who seek adventure can benefit from explorer or expedition yachts, which are engineered to take on longer trips and expeditions across the ocean.

Open Yachts / Sports Cruisers

These fast yachts combine sporty, sleek lines, powerful engines, and high knots to create an exciting overall package for guests to enjoy the thrill of yachting.

Classic Yachts

Classic yachts are known for evoking emotions, thanks to the beauty of their classic lines and enduring timeless appeal.

Flybridge Yachts

With an extra wheel station on the fly deck, flybridge yachts offer comfortable living spaces, with high speeds and a decent cruising range capacity.

Fishing Yachts / Sportsfishers

Designed to allow owners to indulge their passion for fishing and then retreat to a luxury superyacht setting, a luxury sports fisher pairs form with function.

Catamaran Yachts

Catamarans offer the perfect blend of stability and volume, due to their spacious hulls, giving guests a larger yacht than the equivalent monohull.

Support Yachts

Originally developed as offshore supply vessels, support yachts typically comprise a large stern deck storage space, garage or helipad.

Hybrid Yachts

Hybrid yachts use a combination of electric battery and engine power for their propulsion systems, allowing for more environmentally friendly cruising.