There are many competing types of luxury sailing yachts for sale around the world. The suitability of the specific sailing yacht (sailboat) of choice depends on your intended purpose as well as your personal tastes. There are many designs and builds to choose from. Europe produces many sailing superyachts as does New Zealand and America.
Some designers and brands worthy of mention include Alloy Yachts, Dubois Yachts, Bill Trip, Bruce Farr, Nautor Swan, Wally, Perini Navi, Fitzroy Yachts, Royal Huisman, CNB, Holland Jachtbouw, Southern Wind Yachts, and Ron Holland.
This type of sailing yacht is built for comfort and luxury. Usually volumous and spacious below decks the luxury cruising yacht will have everything you need for extended cruising comfort and relaxation. These yachts are also designed to be seaworthy for serious off shore sailing and long range cruising.
In order to have weight and space yachts designed for pure speed will have very little in the way of comforts below deck. Yachts designs are getting faster and faster and the technology better and better. The super maxi (sailing yachts under 100’ or 30m) are increasingly popular and as more yachts are launched the competition gets better. Super Maxis are raced in all the large worldwide yacht events from the Fastnet to the Sydney to Hobart to the Middle Seas race.
Racer / Cruisers
These yachts are designed for performance sailing and racing, but they also offer comfortable luxury below deck. This twin use is increasingly popular because to means owners can mix it up on the race coarse and enjoy all the fun and socialization that comes with racing their yacht as well as safe and comfortable family cruising with speed.
Well known racer/cruisers include Nautor Swan and Wally and these brands also offer their own race programs. There are also many custom sailing yachts in this category as designed by leading racing yacht designers like Bruce Farr or Bill Trip.