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A cruiser is a type of warship. The term has been in use for several hundred years, and has had different meanings throughout this period. During the Age of Sail, the term cruising referred to certain kinds of missions - independent scouting, raiding or commerce protection - fulfilled by a frigate or sloop, which were the cruising warships of a fleet.

The term "cruiser" or "cruizer" was first commonly used in the 17th century to refer to an independent warship. "Cruiser" meant the purpose or mission of a ship, rather than a category of vessel. However, the term was nonetheless used to mean a smaller, faster warship suitable for such a role. In the 17th century, the ship of the line was generally too large, inflexible, and expensive to be dispatched on long-range missions (for instance, to the Americas), and too strategically important to be put at risk of fouling and foundering by continual patrol duties.

In the middle of the 19th century, cruiser came to be a classification for the ships intended for this kind of role, though cruisers came in a wide variety of sizes, from the small protected cruiser to armored cruisers that were as large (although not as powerful) as a battleship.

By the early 20th century, cruisers could be placed on a consistent scale of warship size, smaller than a battleship but larger than a destroyer. In 1922, the Washington Naval Treaty placed a formal limit on cruisers, which were defined as warships of up to 10,000 tons displacement carrying guns no larger than 8 inches in calibre. These limits shaped cruisers until the end of World War II. The very large battlecruisers of the World War I era were now classified, along with battleships, as capital ships.

In the later 20th century, the obsolescence of the battleship left the cruiser as the largest and most powerful surface combatant (excluding aircraft carriers). The role of the cruiser varied according to ship and navy, often including air defense, commerce raiding, and shore bombardment. The U.S. Navy in the Cold War period built guided-missile cruisers primarily designed to provide air defense, while the navy of the USSR built battlecruisers with heavy anti-ship missiles designed to sink NATO carrier task forces.

Recently Listed
Cruisers For Sale

Cruisers for sale: Freedom Yachts 36, 36' - $49,900

Freedom Yachts 36'

Beaufort, SC
Single
Engine
121113
Stock #
9 photos
$49,900
Listed 8.4 hrs ago
Year
1987
Brand
Freedom Yachts
Model
36
Type
Cruiser
Length
36'
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: C & C Yachts 34, 34' - $22,500

C & C Yachts 34'

National City, CA
Single
Engine
120977
Stock #
7 photos
$22,500
Brand New Listing
Year
1981
Brand
C & C Yachts
Model
34
Type
Cruiser
Length
34' 7"
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: Cal Yachts 31, 31' - $15,000

Cal Yachts 31'

Sea Bright, NJ
Single
Engine
119996
Stock #
143 photos
$15,000
Available
Year
1983
Brand
Cal Yachts
Model
31
Type
Cruiser
Length
31'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 31, 31' - $27,800

Hunter 31'

Stuart, FL
Single
Engine
119467
Stock #
6 photos
$27,800
Brand New Listing
Year
1984
Brand
Hunter
Model
31
Type
Cruiser
Length
31' 4"
Hours
Not yet known

Best Value
Per Foot

Cruisers for sale: Wellcraft Starwind 27, 26' - $5,950

Wellcraft 26'

Berkeley, CA
No
Engine
105625
Stock #
79 photos
1 video
$15,500
$5,950
Available
Year
1984
Brand
Wellcraft
Model
Starwind 27
Type
Cruiser
Length
26' 7"
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 45 Legend, 46' - $55,000

Hunter 46'

Bradenton Beach, FL
Single
Engine
114689
Stock #
219 photos
1 video
$55,000
Available
Year
1987
Brand
Hunter
Model
45 Legend
Type
Cruiser
Length
46' 8"
Hours
992
Cruisers for sale: Custom 37, 38' - $15,000

Custom 38'

Fort Meyers, FL
Single
Engine
064403
Stock #
177 photos
$44,400
$15,000
Available
Year
2002
Brand
Custom
Model
37
Type
Cruiser
Length
38' 3"
Hours
20
Cruisers for sale: Pearson 30, 29' - $9,000

Pearson 29'

San Diego, CA
Single
Engine
116214
Stock #
93 photos
1 video
$25,000
$9,000
New
Year
1974
Brand
Pearson
Model
30
Type
Cruiser
Length
29' 10"
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: Ranger Yachts One Ton, 37' - $17,000

Ranger Yachts 37'

Port Saint Joe, FL
Single
Engine
112188
Stock #
30 photos
1 video
$17,000
Available
Year
1973
Brand
Ranger Yachts
Model
One Ton
Type
Cruiser
Length
37'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Morgan 35, 35' - $10,500

Morgan 35'

Norfolk, VA
Single
Engine
095413
Stock #
195 photos
1 video
$21,500
$10,500
Available
Year
1970
Brand
Morgan
Model
35
Type
Cruiser
Length
35'
Hours
Unknown

Recently Sold
Cruisers

Cruisers for sale: Cheoy Lee 42 Golden Wave, 42' - $55,600

Cheoy Lee 42'

Port Washington,
Single
Engine
094133
Stock #
48 photos
$55,600
Sold 2.4 hrs ago
Year
1987
Brand
Cheoy Lee
Model
42 Golden Wave
Type
Cruiser
Length
42'
Hours
240
Cruisers for sale: Marine Trader Island Trader 39, 39' - $70,000

Marine Trader 39'

Jekyll Island, GA
Single
Engine
107704
Stock #
178 photos
1 video
$70,000
Sold 3.3 wks ago
Year
1985
Brand
Marine Trader
Model
Island Trader 39
Type
Cruiser
Length
39' 3"
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: Bristol Yachts 35 Sloop, 34' - $27,800

Bristol Yachts 34'

Gulfport, FL
Single
Engine
097114
Stock #
192 photos
1 video
$27,800
Sold 1.5 mos ago
Year
1973
Brand
Bristol Yachts
Model
35 Sloop
Type
Cruiser
Length
34' 8"
Hours
482
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 240, 24' - $15,000

Hunter 24'

Pataskala, OH
Single
Engine
106876
Stock #
17 photos
$15,000
Sold 1.6 mos ago
Year
1998
Brand
Hunter
Model
240
Type
Cruiser
Length
24' 1"
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Tartan 34-2, 34' - $28,000

Tartan 34'

Sarasota, FL
Single
Engine
111931
Stock #
143 photos
1 video
$28,000
Sold 3.3 mos ago
Year
1985
Brand
Tartan
Model
34-2
Type
Cruiser
Length
34'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Tattoo 26, 25' - $35,600

Tattoo 25'

Bradenton, FL
Single
Engine
099284
Stock #
121 photos
1 video
$35,600
Sold 3.6 mos ago
Year
2014
Brand
Tattoo
Model
26
Type
Cruiser
Length
25' 10"
Hours
250

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