When it comes to combining tough aluminum alloy with posh yacht accommodations and overall looks, a handful of British Columbia builds, like the mid-sized EagleCraft boats from Daigle Welding & Marine Ltd., really stand out. The company’s EagleCraft Cruiser 38, currently in production, is made to take on wild northern waters while offering the full yachting experience. Right away, you see elements of both the fast-paced, aluminum fishing boat and the motortrawler combined.
With regards to the latter, the forward attack angled wheelhouse, deep-set and open work deck, and, of course, metal hull speak to the company’s commercial fishing roots. The Cruiser 38 is also a performer with a 25-knot reported cruising speed. The published fuel burn is less than 24 gallons per hour, yielding a 360-mile range. This is all made possible by the twin Volvo Penta D6 400-horsepower stern drives (with joystick docking controls).
As far as the yachting experience goes, features like the open flybridge with helm station, dinghy and davit system above, and the accommodations separate the Cruiser 38 from her working sisters. The boat sleeps six, including a cleverly enclosed “secret” berth tucked beneath the dining table, and has two enclosed heads. The dining table can also become a double berth.
The star of the show is the forward master suite, complete with massive island-style berth for the skipper plus one. Or plus two? No judgements here! The overall styling is also beautiful, especially the wood trim and cabinetry that includes cheery, maple, or teak options.
When combined, the EagleCraft Cruiser 38 is definitely more yacht than workboat, but incorporating the best of both worlds is what makes an EagleCraft an EagleCraft. Whether she is a working-class gal in her Sunday best or a high-class lady wearing Grundens gear is a matter of perspective. You can learn more and inquire about pricing from Daigle Welding & Marine Ltd