Best Sailboats Under 40 Feet

Best Sailboats Under 40ft list | Hanse 388Hunter e33 | Najad 355 | Catalina 38 | Island Packet Estero | Seawind 1160 | Tayana 37 | Maine Cat 38 | J-121Dufour Grand Large 360 | Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319

We've compiled a list of the best sailboats under 40 ft. on the market today. These have been voted by you, the community so there is no bias in any one vessel chosen.

These boats are picked based on their design, specifications, price and all around ease of use.  There'll hopefully be at least one boat that gets your interest.

If you are interested in getting a boat to live on, you can check out our best sailboats to live on for some ideas. Whether it's a Catalina or a Najad sailboat, there will be something unique for most avid sailors.

Also, if you are serious about buying a boat, you can download free boat buying checklist to use when assessing any used sailboat.

Right, let's get into the list. Please note this list is in no order of preference.

Sailboat List

HANSE 388

hanse 388 sailboat
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This is the first boat to make it onto the list. It's powered by a 27.3 HP diesel boat engine. As this is a newer model and with it's beautiful design, it costs well over $200,000.

You can check out our Hanse 388 review for more information on this boat.

It is 38' and comes with all the features you'd expect from a modern vessel like: 

It also comes with all the modern safety features like a built in fire extinguisher, fire blankets, first aid kits and kill switches to ensure you boating trip is always a fun and safe one.

You aren't limited to the specifications mentioned above. You can get a Hanse 388 in your desired specifications with options on 1 or 2 engines and multiple optional extras.

If this boat is something you'd like, you'll find them on yachtworld.com or boattrader. Alternatively, you can ask your local marina for information.

Hunter e33

hunter e33
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You can check our Hunter e33 review for more information on this boat.

This 33ft boat is the next on the list. You can get one of these boats for under $100,000. It is powered by a 21 HP boat engine. (However, this can vary based on spec)

It comes with all the features you'd expect: 

It also comes with all the modern safety features like a built in fire extinguisher, fire blankets, first aid kits and kill switches to ensure you boating trip is always a fun and safe one.

You can find these boats in many different specifications/features so you are not limited to what's mentioned above. You'll find these for sale on Yachtworld or Boattrader.

Najad 355

najad 355
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The Najad 355 is the next boat on this list. This is a 36ft boat and comes with a price of $150,000+. You can check out our Najad 355 review for a more detailed look at this boat. It has all the features you'll need with a boat including:

Again, as with all the boat's on the list, you can find them in different specs. It comes with a 40HP diesel boat engine to power it through the sea.

As with all the boats on the list, it comes with the safety features and equipment you'd expect to see like fire extinguishers, fire blankets, first aid kits etc.

You'll find these for sale in the usual places like Yachtworld or Boattrader.

CATALINA 38

catalina 28 boat
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These 38ft boats are one of the cheapest on the list with a price under $50,000. Some of the features on this sailboat include:

It's a great boat for offshore cruising and it is powered by a 25 HP boat engine. As with all the boats, it comes with the regular safety equipment like fire blankets, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, etc.

You can find them for sale on Yachtsworld, Boattrader etc. As these are a cheaper option, they are an awesome way to get started with a sailboat.

Island Packet Estero

Island Packet Estero
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The next sailboat is the 36ft Island Packet Estero. You can get one for $150,000+. It comes with a 40 HP diesel boat engine.

Some of the features and specifications include: 

The boat comes with all the safety equipment required for compliance like fire extinguishers, fire blankets etc. These boat's are for sale on sites like Yachtworld & Boattrader.

Leopard 38

Leopard 38 yacht
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The Leopard 38 is the next boat to make it onto the list. It is a 38ft beautifully designed vessel and costs over $155,000. It comes in different specs but you can get one with 2 engines totally 58 HP.

Some of the features include:

As with all the boats, it comes with the regular safety gear like fire extinguishers, fire blankets, first aid kit etc. You'll find these for sale on Yachtworld or Boattrader.

Alternatively, contact your local marina as they may know people in your local area selling these boats.

Seawind 1160

seawind 1160 boat
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This luxurious boat is another great boat under 40ft. Coming in at 38ft, it's beautiful design, high specifications and features means it will cost upwards of $250,000+.

It comes with a 60 HP boat engine to power you through your boating trip and comes with lots of features including:

It has all the usual fire safety gear and depending on spec, it can come with a fire hose too for added safety. You can find these for sale on Yachtworld, Boattrader or Seawindcats.com

Tayana 37

Tayana 37 boat
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The Tayana 37 is another cheaper option with prices under $100,000 and in a lot of cases can be found for under $50,000 depending on specifications/year.

This 37 ft boat is one of the older models on the list with the majority for sale being built in 1980's and prior.

Some of the features include:


It comes with all the required safety features including fire extinguishers, fire blankets and first aid kits. You can find these boats for sale on Yachtworld, Boatrader or tayanaworld.com

J/121

J/121 yachts
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This modern beauty is one of the most expensive on the list with most for sale over $600,000+. Powered by a 30 HP boat engine, this 40ft boat comes with many wonderful features including:

It comes with all the safety equipment you need including fire extinguishers, fire blankets and first aid kit. This is a more expensive option but you can find them for sale on Boattrader, Yachtworld or Jboats.com.

Finding a used J/121 can be tricky but those websites should help. If you cannot find any, you can always try your local marina or contact a boat builders yard and they may be able to put you in contact with these boat owners.

Maine Cat 38

Maine Cat 38
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This 38ft boat is the next on the list. This catamaran comes in at a price of $280,000 + depending on specifications, year, condition etc.

It comes with all the modern features like: 

It's also one of the faster boats with a top speed of 20 knots. Finding a used Maine cat can be tough but you can look on Yachtworld, Boattrader or Mecat.com.

Alternatively, you can contact a broker to try help find one.

Dufour Grand Large 360

Dufour Grand Large 360
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The Dufour Grand Large 360 cost $100,000+. This 36 ft boat comes with features like:

You can find these boats for sale on Yachtworld, Boattrader and/or Dreamyachtsales.com. Alternatively, you can contact a broker or your local marina to see can they source the boat.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319
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The final boat to make it onto the list is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319. This 33ft boat modern boat costs $100,000 +. However this price will range based on specifications/features, year and the overall condition.

It is powered by diesel Yanmar engine. It has a max speed of 9 knots. Some of it's features include:

This boat is a modern beauty and comes with all the latest features you'd except on a newer boat. You can find these for sale on Yachtworld and/or Boattrader.

Alternatively, you can contact your local marina or a boat broker to try find you one for sale.

Written by Paul