Welcome aboard the CF!
In general (and in general only), a boat is called an express cruiser when it a power boat
with large engine(s), a planing hull
, and has a full head
, and berths. Since they can range from 24-50 ft in length, the accommodations can be tight or luxurious. They are relatively expensive for their size, and can be very expensive to run since they suck down the fuel
on plane, but can cruise
fast (20-45 knots). They also tend to have a short range. Some folks use express cruisers for serious cruising; however, a sailboat or trawler
is more typical due to their longer range and better economy. (A trawler
is generally a power boat
with the same accommodations as an express cruiser, but it does not plane on the water
(displacement hull), has smaller engine(s), is slower (5-12 knots cruising), MUCH better economy, and longer range. Some cruising trawlers are set up to hold enough fuel
to cross the ocean. Hope this helps!