TOP 10 Best Monohull Sailboats 2023
We have compiled a list of the top 10 best single-hull sailboats (yachts) for 2023, which will be in demand on the market in the near future and stand out from other models thanks to well-thought-out and innovative solutions. All the sailing yachts we have chosen are modern in design and have all the necessary equipment on board.
Why are there 10? Because it is impossible to unambiguously single out only one best yacht. Selection criteria depend on the purpose of the sailing trips, budget and personal preferences.
If the yacht is intended for a regatta, more sporty boats with excellent performance should be considered, such as Hanse 458, Dufour 430 or X-Yachts X4³ for top regattas.
If you are going on a cruise with a large group, choose spacious yachts with four cabins. These can be the same Hanse 458 and Dufour 430, as well as Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 and Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 with four full cabins, Elan E6 is also a good choice. Yachts with such characteristics are also ideal for charters.
We based the top 10 best monohull sailboats list of 2023 on our own personal experience and opinion. So don't be surprised if your favorite brand or model isn't mentioned here - it may be just because that particular model didn’t get into our hands yet.
1. Dufour 430
Connoisseurs of comfort on board buy a Dufour 430 sailing yacht for both family cruises and regattas. It is ergonomic and easy to operate. Her decks and rooms impress with spaciousness, which guarantees the safety of movement. This makes it attractive for boating with children.
Architect Umberto Felci managed to raise the saloon roof and widen the stern without adding too much weight to the yacht. At the same time, he retained the high seaworthiness and performance of the vessel, which distinguishes all the latest models of the shipyard.
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For sailboats of this size, ideal comfort has been created for passengers and crew: cozy recreation areas, places for joint dinners, swimming, sunbathing and even solitude if needed.
The layout of comfortable spacious cabins is chosen by the buyer from two versions - for the personal ownership and for the charter:
- with 3 cabins - the owner's cabin with a bathroom and two cabins with a shared bathroom;
- three 2-berth cabins and an extra pullman cabin (charter option);
The first version has an L-shaped galley, while the second version has a straight galley along the wall.
The famous shipyard Dufour Yachts allows the buyer to choose the complete set of sailing equipment, depending on your sailing plans. You can choose from two ready-made solutions - standard (mainsail and genoa) or with additional options.
The deck along the sides and in the bow is free from halyards - they are located on the roof of the wheelhouse. Sheet carriage is also there. And winches are located near the control post. This layout provides easy management of the yacht by yourself.
The performance improvements of the Grand Large cruise line models do not compromise the level of comfort provided to cruisers.
You do not have to solve a complex puzzle by putting the minimum of necessary things in a suitcase - you can take everything that you are used to taking on a cruise. On deck, in the cabins and saloon, there are plenty of storage spaces - wardrobes, cabinets, lockers.
A mobile platform on the transom is a private beach for sunbathing and swimming or a way to expand the cockpit area for an outdoor party.
2. Beneteau Oceanis 40.1
Sailing yacht Oceanis 40.1 offers the essentials for family cruisers and charter boats - a well-organized, safe and spacious space. At the same time, this model is known for its speed and maneuverability.
Architect Marc Lombard turned his attention to the most popular areas for passengers - the cockpit and saloon, as well as what’s most important for the crew - sailing equipment and management organization. Not wanting to solve some problems at the expense of others, he got the best result for a family cruiser:
- saloon - roomy and bright thanks to the hatches, with a C-shaped galley;
- cockpit - large and wide, with steering wheels and seats for helmsmen and also high railings at the helm to protect against falling;
- two rudder blades provide excellent control and responsiveness to steering wheel movements;
- two handwheels made of stainless steel provide easy control;
- options for improved handling (composite helms, First Line sports kit, etc.) expand the possibilities of the yacht.
On the transom, deck, and under the navigational seat, there are lockers where the anchor chain, rigging, raft and other equipment are placed. The hinged transom makes it easy to enter the yacht from the stern.
Bowsprit, visually lengthening the hull, high freeboard (1.4 m) and long chines are not there only for the sake of beauty. The bowsprit is an additional place for attaching rigging and bringing forward the center of sail. A high side and an elongated chine prevent waves from flooding the deck and ensure the safety of passengers. All of these details also enhance the maneuverability and performance of the Oceanis 40.1.
The interior layout version can be selected from several options depending on the purpose of the voyage. Standard is 2 cabins with 1 latrine. Version of 3 cabins + 1 latrine is also accessible, as well as with one or two double aft cabins.
The galley has plenty of cabinets and shelves, all the necessary kitchen equipment, including a 190 liter refrigerator.
Beneteau Oceanis 40.1 is an excellent family cruising yacht, at the helm of which you feel calm and confident.
3. Bavaria C45
The shipyard opened the construction of the C-Line series with this 45-foot yacht, using the vacuum infusion method for the first time. This method of applying a binder under pressure during the manufacturing process of a fiberglass hull eliminates osmosis processes, and also reduces the weight of the boat.
Reducing the weight of the hull made it possible to bring its width to 4.5 m, which, with a length of 14.25 m, provides significant space. Along with this, the high freeboards give the Bavaria C45 a powerful look.
The expansion of usable space allows the shipyard to offer a new generation monohull yacht for both personal use and commercial voyages. It is ideal for a large family with children, for a group of friends and for a charter as there are three cabin layouts to choose from:
- with three cabins - for the owner in the bow with all amenities and a double bed and two large aft cabins with a common latrine and a separate shower room;
- with four cabins - a separate berth is added in the bow compartment through a partition;
- with five cabins - the bow compartment is divided into two double berths.
The shipyard offers comfort and safety on the one hand and excellent driving performance on the other. The yacht can be steered from two control stations in the rear cockpit, with 4 winches adjusting the sail setting. From the helm there is an excellent view of the course, sails and all navigational equipment.
A wide deck, a roomy cockpit, a light-filled saloon, a huge bathing platform, cozy cabins with a variety of layouts - everything is designed for comfort and safety for a large number of passengers and convenience for the crew.
You can choose from three options for the Bavaria C45 monohull sailing yacht: Holiday, Style or Ambition.
4. Hanse 458
The monohull Hanse 458 does not have a free-standing mast. The main bulkhead is a carbon-enhanced composite structure. It provides a rigid and direct connection to the mast keel. This makes the design of the yacht somewhat aggressive, while at the same time turning it into a kind of loft.
But not only this makes it ideal for family racing and sea travel. Quality, performance and comfort - these are the three directions in which the creative imagination of the designers and builders of the shipyard moved.
Hanse 458 allows you to choose from two layout versions. They include six to eight cozy beds, plus extra beds in the spacious saloon if there are too many guests.
The standard Hanse 458 living arrangement includes:
- 2 aft cabins with double bed and storage space;
- saloon with L-galley and dining area aft, living room with chart table and shower on the port side;
- master cabin with island double bed, storage room and separate shower.
There is a large dining area with sofa and navigation console on the port side, plus a galley that caters for all your worries. Shower room and toilet are also located on the port side.
For Hanse 458, there are two medium layouts. The first one is standard. The second one gives you the division of the mother-cabin into two with two berths. In this case, access to the shower and bathroom with toilet will be available from the sleeping area or the main cabin.
Huge cockpit with twin steering wheels at the stern. All cables run aft under the shelter, exit next to the ladder and lead to the winches at the entrance to the cockpit. Together with the hatches that do not protrude, this produces safety when moving on deck and cockpit.
5. X-Yachts X4³
The X4³ monohull sailboat is the result of X-Yachts' designers and architects' desire to combine the strengths of their sporty and cruising models, the XC Cruising and XP Performance. The result is the X4³, a yacht that offers high performance, excellent maneuverability with ease of handling, as well as a comfortable living environment thanks to the organization of space on board.
The model was highly appreciated by yachtsmen - its 43-foot hull under sail can be found in the seas of the whole globe. This is due to its versatility - it feels great in regattas and is an excellent option for family trips or charter flights.
In the hull manufacturing process, a technology is involved that has successfully proven itself on previous models. The safety and strength of the design is ensured by the vacuum infusion method that prevents osmosis, as well as the integration of a powerful steel frame into the body.
Maneuverability and performance are improved with the following innovations:
- changing the contours of the hull due to its lengthening and expansion of the aft sections;
- extension of the bowsprit, allowing you to take out the sail further;
- increase in mast height and sail area.
The helms have footrests, which improves visibility for the helmsman and makes it easier to maneuver.
The cockpit and the deck as a whole have additional protection against water ingress - a wind fairing on the pit and coaming. You can choose a cockpit table variation: a large table with built-in storage or a folding one.
Excellent ventilation and lighting of saloon and cabins is provided by 12 deck hatches and 11 portholes.
You can choose from 4 layout options for cabins and bathrooms: 2 double cabins and 1 bathroom; 2 double cabins and 2 bathrooms; 3 double cabins and 1 bathroom; 3 double cabins and 2 bathrooms.
6. Elan E6
A hallmark of the E Line sailing yachts over the years has been their dual purpose. The E6 single-hull sailboat from the Elan Yachts shipyard was no exception. It can please both an ambitious racing team and those who love comfortable cruising. No wonder this monohull was nominated for the Performance Yacht of the Year at the 2022 British Yachting Awards.
Among people involved in creation of sailing cruiser-racer model E6 are:
- Humphreys Yacht Design specialists, who achieved even greater performance and agility;
- industry-leading specialist Gurit provided high-tech composite technology and pushed it to the next level;
- Italian automotive designers from Pininfarina company developed exterior and interior aesthetics.
This great team has gone to great lengths to ensure that the E6 is easily handled by not only experienced crew, but just a well-trained couple. Quality of life while handling the yacht is facilitated by three pairs of winches, located so as not to interfere with fast movement. Their set and functional distribution were tested by the Olympic yachting team.
Boom-sheet carriage is accessible from the bottom of the cockpit. The mainsail cables are fed into special boxes on the sides of the cockpit.
The cockpit can be extended with two sizes of bathing platforms to choose from. There is also a grill, a refrigerator, a sink and several lockers of different sizes.
The number of cabins below deck depends on the selected E6 layout option. There can be three or four of them, supplemented by two bathrooms.
Cabins and saloon finish is natural oak veneer with additional elements of solid wood. Optionally, you can order furniture with a unique okoume tropical wood finish.
To date, the E6 monohull sailboat by Elan Yachts has collected 6 awards and nominations, including, in addition to the above mentioned, the European Yacht of the Year and three design awards.
7. Hallberg-Rassy 40C
The 40C monohull sailboat for the Hallberg-Rassy shipyard was designed by the team of renowned Germán Frers from Naval Architecture & Engineering. We could just leave it there and end up with a very short review this way, since the ingenious developments of Germán Frers are beyond comments and ratings.
Here the architects and designers were faced with the task of combining the characteristics of a racer and a cruiser in one yacht. Every time before that Naval Architecture & Engineering did a great job and the 40C was no exception.
Having obtained the expanded dimensions of the hull (width up to 4.18 m and length up to 12.3 m), the engineers used this space to build in two large lockers on the cockpit. The transom can be expanded with a choice of two sizes of bathing platform, which is attached to the hoists, which saves energy consumption.
There are several options for planning aft cabins:
- standard with two separate beds - double and single with a comfortable sofa between them;
- optional with king size bed, sofa and dressing table;
- an optional version that includes, in addition to a different layout of the cabin, a thruster, which greatly facilitates maneuvering when mooring, even in strong headwinds;
- all versions come with two large storage lockers in the aft area.
You also have a choice of mahogany or oak interiors, a standard or larger galley with a variety of equipment options, a cockpit windshield with a folding shroud or a more robust hard top guardrail.
Every detail is aimed at ensuring high driving performance, including the vertical bow. The bowsprit, due to moving the sail forward, made it possible to increase its area and provide sufficient windage even with a light wind.
Dual compliant helms provide excellent control and maneuverability, and these qualities are enhanced by a heavy lead keel with a low center of gravity.
8. Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410
Marc Lombard and his team at Marc Lombard Design, in collaboration with Jean-Marc Piaton at Piaton Yacht Design, have created another masterpiece for the Jeanneau shipyard, the Sun Odyssey 410 monohull sailing yacht. Designers and architects have combined the powerful hull of racing yachts and the comfortable living conditions on board - feels almost like a house. Thus the Sun Odyssey 410 cruiser racer was introduced to the sailing world.
Being on board this sailboat, you can forget that it is primarily a high-performance, maneuverable, high-speed vessel - its space is that comfortably organized, its interior is that thought out and elegant.
Jeanneau gives the future Sun Odyssey 410 owners more freedom of choice:
- in three versions of keel types: with deep, shallow or lifting keel;
- in 4 cabin layouts: 2 cabins and 1 bathroom, 2 cabins and 2 bathrooms, 3 cabins and 1 bathroom, 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms;
- in two wood versions for furniture and finishes: teak or gray cedar;
- in two engine types: Standard - Yanmar 40CV/23kW Shaft Drive, Optional - Yanmar 45CV/33kW Shaft Drive.
Free movement on deck and free access to the cockpit are the basis for a comfortable stay on board, which was provided by the developments of architects. These areas are free from lines, halyards and sheets. All those go to the winches through the deckhouse roof and coaming.
The low position of the boom makes it easier to access the sail, which also allowed for a larger sail area. You can see in this example how developers use features to create maximum comfort without sacrificing performance.
A minimum crew is required to sail the yacht. Convenient and simple control is supported by two sensitive steering wheels in the cockpit. There are also benches, lockers and a folding table. A transom bathing platform helps to expand the space.
A soft ladder from the cockpit to the salon unites two spaces for working, relaxation, dining, swimming and sunbathing with pleasure - in general, living a full and harmonious life on board.
9. Oyster 495
A perfect Oyster from stern to bow with the shipyard's signature elegance and the combination of comfort and style with high seaworthiness. This is a monohull sailing yacht Oyster 495, which continues and develops the tradition of the shipyard. This time - in the niche of 50-foot sailing yachts for the high seas.
With high performance, it demonstrates the convenience and ease of operation not only by racing yachtsmen, but also by trained family crew.
The Humphreys Yacht Design team and Oyster's in-house design studio have built on all the achievements of previous designs and added significant innovations:
- the clear lines of the hull have been preserved, the contours have been improved, which ensures excellent stability and excellent driving performance;
- the double rudder configuration has been retained, while its sensitivity and obedience have been increased, resulting in easy control even in the most difficult maneuvering conditions;
- a number of technologies have been added to facilitate the regulation of sailing equipment, such as push-button control of sails, which can be carried out from the helm station, etc.;
- The navigation station is located in the aisle next to the engine room.
The raised saloon, traditional for boats of the shipyard, is still there. The Oyster 495 has a high freeboard, which, combined with slight protrusions in the bow and stern, provides a blocky hull with a perfectly straight sideline. As we said - style and elegance.
But not only the appearance guided the architects: the high freeboard is the safety of passengers and crew, including a dry deck and reducing the possibility of falling overboard.
The salon is designed for two pairs of adults with the possibility of organizing a mini-cabin with two berths for children in the bow. Two cabins are provided with separate shower cabins.
Sailing monohull Oyster 495 has been nominated for the Oscars of boat building - the European Yacht of the Year 2023.
10. Solaris 40
The Solaris 40 is a stylish and high performance monohull sailing fiberglass cruiser for warm latitudes designed for Solaris Yachts by Javier Soto Acebal, as are many of the shipyard's latest models. This is an even more advanced version, which affected both the life comfort on the ship and its seaworthiness.
Much attention has been paid to the improvement of the hull:
- a light, floating shape of the bow was chosen, with a thin chine, ending in the middle of the hull;
- the lightness of the bow is balanced by a wide stern, the stability of which is ensured by twin rudders, including during tacking process;
- bowsprit brings the sail far forward, which allowed to increase its area;
Balanced rigging (mainsail, automated jib and furling gennaker) allows you to accelerate up to 7-10 knots.
Full-length steering racks are located in the cockpit, which provides excellent visibility, including ahead, even with a significant roll. The designer explained this decision and the elimination of side decks at the rear of the cockpit as a desire for helmsmen to feel the same benefits as when driving a racing yacht. He succeeded to the fullest.
From the cockpit you can climb to the deck via a ladder of several steps.
The Solaris 40 has a choice of 30-60 hp engines. For comfortable daily trips, a 350-liter drinking water tank, as well as a 200-liter fuel tank are designed.
You can order one of 2 cabin layout options: three cabins with two bathrooms or two cabins with two bathrooms and a separate shower room. The owner's cabin benefits greatly from the extra width in the bow area.
Natural lighting in the cabin is provided by six windows. To the left of the gangway in the salon is an L-shaped galley with the necessary kitchen equipment. There is also a corner sofa and table. To the right of the ladder are a chart table and a straight sofa.
The Roseo Design team designed interiors for the Solaris 40 monohull sailboat in light-coloured natural wood veneer.
And again - this is just our personal take on the top 10 best monohull boats. At the end of the day, the choice is always up to you. Take care!
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