Motor Cruisers

Welcome to our Motor Cruiser information page, here you'll find everything you need to know, from insuring your vessel to holiday hotspots. If you have any questions, please watch the video below.




There’s no better way to cruise the world’s oceans than aboard a motor cruiser. Built to stay on the water for days and even weeks on end, the design and performance of a motor yacht is second to none. They are the epitome of luxury and class, dominating smaller boats with their size and status.

Generally, a motor cruiser delivers significant length over a traditional vessel – often measuring between 40 to 90 feet – with cabin space and systems specifically designed for long-term cruising. There’s almost always room for socialising too, with purpose-built decks and entertainment spaces offering an ideal platform for gatherings.

There is a range of styles of motor cruisers that come under the term, including flybridge, pilothouse, aft cabin, sedan bridge and large, express-style yachts. Bridge boats are the most popular style type, offering plenty of room for overnight accommodation and deck space alongside a helm on the bridge as well as in the cabin, allowing for all-season functionality. More often than not, a motor cruiser design is defined by the size of its outdoor spaces like the flybridge or cockpit – the more space to impress your guests, the better…  

Powered by either petrol or diesel engines, the range of power can depend on the original purpose of the motor cruiser build. The look and feel of a motor cruiser can also vary massively, with many different styles and sizes of hulls, from full-displacements to planing hulls that can change the boat's stability, speed and resistance.

Motor Cruiser Tips & Advice

6 Luxury Locations to Take Your Motor Cruiser

The UK staycation market has risen - with many opting to stay closer to home, we've picked out the top 6 luxury locations to visit on your motor cruiser.

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12 Tips To Protect Your Motor Cruiser From Theft

Protect your motor cruiser from theft with our top 12 tips, from having the right locks in place to being on the lookout for suspicious behaviour.

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5 Easy Meals for Onboard Your Motor Cruiser

Our 5 easy meal ideas for while onboard your boat will make sure you can spend more time up on the deck.

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5 Tips for Naming Your Motor Cruiser

One of the joys of getting a new boat is giving it a name, to help you out, we’ve put together 5 tips for naming your boat...

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6 of the Most Iconic Classic Motor Boats

There are hundreds of classic boats that we admire, but we've managed to pick out 6 of the all-time greats.

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Maintenance Costs To Expect As A Motor Cruiser Owner

Find our helpful guide to what costs you can expect when performing maintenance on your motor cruiser.

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Insure Your Vessel

Get a quote for your motor cruiser insurance

When you’ve invested so much time and money on your motor yacht, getting the right protection is essential to avoid financial and emotional trouble should something happen. Whilst it’s not technically a legal requirement to have yacht insurance in the UK, it is generally compulsory at most harbours, marinas and mooring areas. You will also need to have proof of insurance in order to obtain an inland waterways licence.

Most insurance policies will provide cover for fires, theft, storm damage, collisions and vandalism, though some will cover more than others. There are a number of factors that can affect how much your yacht insurance will cost, including where you keep and use your boat, as well as its size, value and age. For more information, read about how much it costs to insure a motor cruiser.

GJW’s Motor Cruiser and Power Boat Insurance is one of the best available in the market and provides fully comprehensive cover and great value, as well as a number of extra features. We offer an outstanding service and a fast and fair claims settlement reputation that is second to none.

Some features of our motor cruiser cover includes*:

  • Agreed Value
  • Marina Features
  • 0% finance

*subject to exclusions and limitations

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Motor Cruiser Resources


7 Tips For Motor Cruiser Maintenance

As you clock in miles sailing around the world, your motor cruiser is going to need some essential maintenance. Discover our 7 top tips now!

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6 Tips For Motor Cruiser Maintenance

Buying or Selling a Motor Cruiser? Advice and Tips...

Buying or selling a boat is a whole other world and can sometimes get confusing, read our top tips to help make the process a little easier...

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How Much Does it Cost to Insure a Motor Cruiser?

Insuring your motor cruiser is an important precaution. If you’ve spent thousands of pounds on a new boat, be it motor cruiser or yacht, a good insurance policy can save you hundreds should you ever need to make a claim. But how much is insurance going to cost?

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How To Store Your Motor Cruiser Documentation Digitally

Struggling to keep track of all your boating documents and paperwork? Discover our easy, free solution for storing everything you need digitally, so it's never at risk from water damage or loss.

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How To Store Your Motor Cruiser Documentation Digitally

Motor Cruiser Accessory Must-Haves

From underwater cameras to spectacular light show gadgets, there are plenty of accessories out there to make your boating adventures even more incredible. Take a look at some of our favourites!

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Motor Cruiser Accessory Must-Haves

Take a Look Inside the Most Luxurious Motor Cruisers in the World

Take a sneak peek into the world's wealthiest superyachts with swimming pools, jacuzzis and helipads plus so much more...

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Take a Look Inside the Most Luxurious Motor Cruisers in the World

Motor Cruiser Pre-departure Checklist

Struggling to remember everything before setting out to the seas? We’ve put together a pre-departure checklist for your motor cruiser.

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Discover MyBoat

MyBoat is a free online portal for the boat owner community. It’s the only free boating service in the UK! MyBoat keeps all of your important boat information in one place and sends you alerts using its easy-to-use digital organiser. It also keeps you updated with the latest news, views and weather, tailored to your travels as well as offering you some amazing discounts, including:

 Safety products
 Boat fittings
 Cleaning products
Narrowboat accessories

How can I receive discounts with MyBoat?

To gain these discounts you have to have insurance from GJW Direct and have an account on MyBoat. Once on MyBoat, navigate to the My Discounts tab, where you’ll be able to see all of your own discounts. We’ve partnered up with some amazing companies to ensure you receive great discounts off boat essentials.
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  • Store all boating documentation
  • Set reminders for servicing equipment
  • GJW Direct customers can receive exclusive discounts