Weekends are a chance to unwind, become more mindful and spend quality time with our nearest and dearest.

The moment you step on board a weekender boat, you’ll feel your shoulders relax. This is what getting away from it all is all about. It’s the time to disengage, free yourself of social media and focus on the world around you.

Check out our top luxury boat picks as we set sail on some of the best weekend cruising vessels on the market.

The Benefits of A Weekender Boat

Your boat can be a home-from-home with exactly the same sorts of creature comforts you’ve become used to on weekdays. Some people even prefer life at sea. There’s less clutter, less space to fill and more thought given to necessity rather than desire. Weekender boats are where luxury and simplicity can coexist in harmony.

But there’s a whole lot more to weekend cruising vessels. They open up a new world of adventure, exercise and tranquillity. If you have kids glued to their smartphones, now is your chance to break the mould.

However you spend the time, there are endless opportunities to bond with family members and create happy memories to cherish. Here are our top luxury boat picks to whet your appetite:

The “All New” Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1095

Fancy downsizing without sacrificing on space? Look no further than the newly updated Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1095.

A generous 10.5 metres in length and a lovely wide beam mean there’s lots of room on board, making it ideal for families or couples. There’s a luxurious sun lounger at the bow from where you can sit back and take in the scenery. There’s a high handrail and wide walkway for safe and easy access all the way down the side of the boat.

You’ll find several table options for your ideal seating arrangements, a rear sliding door and a galley on the starboard side. The galley flows seamlessly into the dining area, and a large window will give you plenty of light when you’re preparing food.

There’s lots of storage available below a handy benchtop. And you’ll have a microwave, a fridge, a two-burner stove, a sink and lots of bench space for floor preparation.

You could go for a two or three-berth layout. You’ll find the main berth at the bow with ample storage and beautiful windows allowing the light to stream in.

The second berth runs up underneath the dining area. It has a closing door for extra privacy. The third berth has enough room for a single bed, or you could convert it into a storage area with an optional second fridge.

Although high-sided and imposing, the boat is straightforward to drive. There’s an optional bow thruster control that makes it easy to berth. The driving position is set high for a fuller view. This boat is perfect for cruising around Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie and Gippsland Lakes in Victoria or even further north up towards Queensland.

This boat means you’re getting a three-bedroom home with waterfront views for a third of the price that a standard Sydney house would set you back!

The Updated Maritimo S60

Lifestyle is the buzzword for these weekend cruising vessels. The team behind the Maritimo S60 has put emphasis on space in the areas customers like to use most. The result is a stunning cockpit deck and adventure deck space catering to a range of relaxation, entertainment and adventure activities.

The spacious alfresco upper cockpit is a place to relax and enjoy life on the ocean waves. There are deep walk-around decks with few steps for safe and easy accessibility. You can access the often under-used sedan hardtop from the upper cockpit deck for extra space.

The iconic aft galley seamlessly connects the huge saloon area and upper cockpit deck. You’ll experience more fresh air and light from the unique two-stage vista sliding windows, transforming the areas into an indoor or outdoor retreat.

Below deck, free-flowing spaces make good use of the hull for better height with fewer steps. There are three spacious rooms available, with a:

  • Full-beam king master stateroom
  • Offset queen forward stateroom
  • Twin single starboard guestroom

The Wellcraft 302 Fisherman (Updated Model)

Next up in our top luxury boat picks is a vessel that comes in lots of colour choices as well as non-slip flooring options.

In the transom area of the Wellcraft 302, there are plenty of extras for fishing enthusiasts, as well as a comfortable seating arrangement. There’s a state-of-the-art dive door on the side of the boat for easy access to the water and lots of room for tackle storage.

You’ll benefit from a wonderful refreshment centre for preparing food and drinks with an Orca cooler on a pull-out tray. The design team has thought through the ergonomics of the steering station and console carefully. There are multiple footrests and a wide screen for easy viewing.

The bow has plenty of luxury seating to relax on. The front of the bow acts as a huge casting platform. Cup holders along the sides of this boat also act as rod holders. Finally, there is a useful “easy access” bathroom on board.

The Wellcraft 202 Fisherman

This weekender boat is ideal for those looking to downsize. The range of colours and textures makes this compact family-sized boat look sleek and ultra-modern.

An optional roof protects the driver from the sun on the Wellcraft 202 Fisherman. The boat also comes with rod holders, which you’ll find along the boat’s sides. You can use these as cup holders, too.

There are twin jump seats at the stern, which act as a casting platform when folded down. The clever helm seat can fold back, and there’s an excellent drainage system aboard and plenty of non-slip surfaces.

The designers have paid great attention to ergonomics. There’s a tilt stainless steel steering wheel, for example. There’s a removable window screen in front of the steering system. And you’ll find plenty of storage space, luxurious seating and the option for a foldaway toilet.

Let MW Marine Help You Choose Your New Weekender Boat

MW Marine has all the top luxury boat picks at our fingertips. Get in touch with one of the friendly team to check on the availability of your choice of weekend cruising vessels.