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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: Hinterhoeller Nonsuch 30 classic, 30' - $29,900

Hinterhoeller 30'

Palm City, FL
Single
Engine
135485
Stock #
101 photos
$29,900
Brand New Listing
Year
1980
Brand
Hinterhoeller
Model
Nonsuch 30 classic
Type
Cruiser
Length
30'
Hours
542
Cruisers for sale: Barens 32, 32' - $35,600

Barens 32'

Placida, FL
Single
Engine
134223
Stock #
27 photos
$35,600
Brand New Listing
Year
1972
Brand
Barens
Model
32
Type
Cruiser
Length
32'
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: C & C Yachts 34, 34' - $22,500

C & C Yachts 34'

Lewes, DE
Single
Engine
083498
Stock #
50 photos
$22,500
Brand New Listing
Year
1979
Brand
C & C Yachts
Model
34
Type
Cruiser
Length
34'
Hours
Not yet known
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 31, 31' - $13,988

Hunter 31'

Winthrop, MA
Single
Engine
133552
Stock #
22 photos
$15,000
$13,988
New
Year
1984
Brand
Hunter
Model
31
Type
Cruiser
Length
31' 4"
Hours
300

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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: Tartan 34C, 34' - $6,500

Tartan 34'

Bayville, NJ
Single
Engine
119212
Stock #
108 photos
$15,000
$6,500
Available
Year
1977
Brand
Tartan
Model
34C
Type
Cruiser
Length
34'
Hours
750
Cruisers for sale: Irwin Yachts 37, 37' - $15,000

Irwin Yachts 37'

Riverhead, NY
Single
Engine
109946
Stock #
147 photos
$32,300
$15,000
Available
Year
1973
Brand
Irwin Yachts
Model
37
Type
Cruiser
Length
37'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Ranger Yachts One Ton, 37' - $17,000

Ranger Yachts 37'

Port Saint Joe, FL
Single
Engine
112188
Stock #
131 photos
1 video
$17,000
Available
Year
1973
Brand
Ranger Yachts
Model
One Ton
Type
Cruiser
Length
37'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Cascade 36, 36' - $19,000

Cascade 36'

Long Beach, CA
Single
Engine
130768
Stock #
129 photos
$24,000
$19,000
Available
Year
1972
Brand
Cascade
Model
36
Type
Cruiser
Length
36' 1"
Hours
942
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 28.5, 28' - $12,750

Hunter 28'

Cornelius, NC
Single
Engine
127543
Stock #
206 photos
1 video
$16,750
$12,750
Available
Year
1985
Brand
Hunter
Model
28.5
Type
Cruiser
Length
28' 5"
Hours
Unknown

Recently Sold
Cruisers

Cruisers for sale: Catalina 27, 26' - $15,000

Catalina 26'

Panama City, FL
Single
Engine
131558
Stock #
11 photos
$15,000
Sold 1.7 wks ago
Year
1985
Brand
Catalina
Model
27
Type
Cruiser
Length
26' 10"
Hours
Pleasure
Cruisers for sale: WWP 19, 18' - $18,000

WWP 18'

Huntsville, TX
Single
Engine
078571
Stock #
43 photos
$18,000
Sold 1.7 wks ago
Year
2011
Brand
WWP
Model
19
Type
Cruiser
Length
18' 9"
Hours
10
Cruisers for sale: MacGregor 26X, 25' - $22,500

MacGregor 25'

Marlborough, CT
Single
Engine
111660
Stock #
98 photos
$22,500
Sold 1.1 mos ago
Year
2002
Brand
MacGregor
Model
26X
Type
Cruiser
Length
25' 10"
Hours
100
Cruisers for sale: Morgan 35, 35' - $21,500

Morgan 35'

Norfolk, VA
Single
Engine
095413
Stock #
179 photos
1 video
$21,500
Sold 1.3 mos ago
Year
1970
Brand
Morgan
Model
35
Type
Cruiser
Length
35'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: S2 Yachts 9.2M, 30' - $22,400

S2 Yachts 30'

Deltaville, VA
Single
Engine
096384
Stock #
46 photos
$22,400
Sold 1.8 mos ago
Year
1981
Brand
S2 Yachts
Model
9.2M
Type
Cruiser
Length
30'
Hours
Unknown
Cruisers for sale: Hunter 26, 26' - $15,500

Hunter 26'

Grand Haven, MI
Single
Engine
113709
Stock #
45 photos
1 video
$15,500
Sold 1.9 mos ago
Year
1994
Brand
Hunter
Model
26
Type
Cruiser
Length
26'
Hours
Unknown

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