There’s nothing quite like slicing through the waves on a fair weather afternoon with the wind in your hair—just leaving the world in your wake en route to a favorite cruising destination. Sport cruisers have become the vessel of choice for a fast-growing number of cruising fanatics. They are complex in design by necessity, requiring a well-engineered balance between docile handling qualities, usable interior space, dependable performance, and onboard comfort. With the increasing popularity of these sleek stallions, dozens of builders worldwide have entered the ring making it sometimes difficult to key in on the one model that’s perfect for one’s cruising needs. Here are five of our favorites from around the globe to get your search started—ranging in length from 43 to 76 feet LOA—and to keep your eye on this boat show season.