By Lenny Rudow
2013 Cruisers Sport Series 278 Boat Test Notes
Detailed test notes from reviewing the 27 foot bowrider from Cruisers Yachts.
Overview: A sporty bowrider with plenty of pep, a head in the console, and a huge swim platform.
-Create a bowrider that maximizes interior space, without sacrificing performance.
-Hatches and doors are RTM molded, to maximize strength, minimize weight, and provide a finished surface inside and out.
-Stout aluminum plates beef up the engine mounting system, to ensure perfect alignment for the long run.
-Seat cushions are hinged for easy access to stowage compartments.
-It’s fast out of the hole, and top-end breaks 50-mph.
-Hull vent gives partial advantages of a step, without the disadvantages.
-Grips the water in hard turns; cranking the wheel hard-over at WOT is not a problem—but it is fun!
-22-degree deadrise hull handles a chop well, and there’s little pounding or vibration.
-Aft seat transforms from forward-facing, to aft-facing, to a flat sunpad.
-Cockpit table fits mounts in the bow and at the stern, and stows in the driver’s side console.
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- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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