It's not uncommon to attribute male marital attractiveness to the size or style of his choice of yacht – indeed one such light-hearted guide exists on for your enlightenment: Ladykillers: top yachts to get the girl. Yet over the past couple of decades more and more women have bought boats and now make up a significant proportion of boat owners, often subsequently becoming the more knowledgeable and capable sailor in a relationship. So it stands to reason that a woman's eligibility may also be deduced, or influenced by her choice of sailing machine. So here it is, tongue firmly in cheek, a guide to women for yachts to get the guy...


SB20 Sportsboat

Offering full-on adrenaline, especially in a big wind, sailing a sportsboat well shows you can handle a high-powered boat as well as, or better than, anyone else.

Sarah Allen’s SB20 ‘Gill Sailing Team’

Sarah Allen’s SB20 Gill Sailing Team, which took second overall in the 33-strong class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in 2013. Photo Rick Tomlinson/CWL.


Etchells: One design keelboat

Big fleet racing in a world-class event provides adrenaline, glamour and excitement all tied up in a single package. Sailing a one-design keelboat is also a great way to build your skills and there are few better ways to get noticed than top-notch sailing ability.

Annabel Vose and team: 2014 women's student team racing world championship

The talent of Annabel Vose’s team, seen here relaxing at the inaugural Etchells Invitational Cup while waiting for the sea breeze needed for racing to start, is not to be underestimated – they won the 2014 Women’s Student Team Racing World Championship.


IMOCA 60: Singlehanded ocean racing

Success in the Mini 6.50 fleet can propel you to the very highest echelons of the yacht racing world. Former Mini sailor Sam Davies, one of only two women skippers in the 2008-09 Vendee Globe non-stop singlehanded round the world race, finished fourth out of the 30 boats that started that edition of the race.

Sam Davies - Saveol

Sam Davies races aboard IMOCA 60 Savéol. Photo JM Liot / Savéol.


Rustler 44: Ocean cruiser

The Princess Royal, who reputedly met her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, when he was a navigating officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia, has a Rustler 44. While Princess Anne keeps her boat in north-west Scotland, it’s a one that’s equally at home exploring the oceans of the world.

Rustler 44 – ocean cruising for royalty

Rustler 44 – ocean cruising for royalty.


J Class: Classic superyacht

Owning a large yacht will certainly get you noticed, and there are few that are more stylish than the giant J Class Endeavour, which was restored by Elizabeth Meyer in the mid to late 1980s. But beware, you may find it takes over your business life as well as your personal one – while Meyer originally made her money in the property restoration business, her interests now lie in restoring classic yachts. She has had direct involvement in some 80 projects and founded the International Yacht Restoration School in 1993.

J Class Yacht Endeavour

J Class Yacht Endeavour restored in the mid-1980s by Elizabeth Meyer. Photo D. Ramey Logan, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

If powerboats are more your thing then see Hello boys! 5 boats to impress the guys or Babe magnets: boats to wow the ladies.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.