2014 Cruisers Sport Series 259 Boat Test Notes

Lenny Rudow shares his notes about testing this 25 foot cuddy cabin from Cruisers.

25th August 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

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Watch the 2014 Cruisers Sport Series 259 Video Boat Review

Overview: A mid-size Cruisers Sport Series cuddy cabin boat.

Concept:
-Build a cuddy cabin version of the Sport Series mid-sized model.

Construction:
-Hatches and doors are RTM molded, to maximize strength, minimize weight, and provide a finished surface inside and out.
-Aluminum plates beef up the engine mounting system, and back up deck hardware.
- Cabin table is heavily-built and serves as a V-berth filler.

Specifications
Length 25’0″
Beam 8’6″
Max Draft 3’3″
Deadrise 22 degrees
Displacement 5,180 lbs
Fuel capacity 68 gal

Unique features:

Performance & Handling:
-300 Volvo-Penta horses make this boat a screamer—we hit 53.1-MPH.
-Steps in the hullside chines help the boat dig in and grip in tight turns, while breaking adhesion, to aid fuel economy.
-Additional weight of the cabin assists in quick planing with little bowrise, and helps the boat bull its way through waves.
-Locating the head in the swing-open compartment in the passenger’s console is a smart move, and will keep icky odors out of the cabin.
-Swim platform ladder is canted off to the side, to keep swimmers away from the props.
-Flip-back lounger in the stern converts into a full-length sunpad.

Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 1 POB
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 6.4 1.7 3.8
2000 10.0 6.9 1.5
3000 29.8 10.4 2.9
4000 40.7 17.5 2.3
5000 53.1 22.4 2.4
Power 300-hp Volvo Penta stern drive. Prop – DPS Duo-prop Propset.

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About the author:

Lenny Rudow

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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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