Cruisers Sport Series 208 Boat Test Notes

Details from the smallest boat built by Cruisers Yachts.

9th August 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the Cruisers Sport Series 208 Video Boat Review

Overview: The smallest bow rider in the Cruisers Sport Series.

Concept
CSS-208-BTN

  • Build a small bow rider with the same attention to detail and equipment as Cruisers uses on their larger, far more expensive yachts.

Construction

  • Hatches and doors are RTM molded, to maximize strength, minimize weight, and provide a finished surface inside and out.
Specifications
Length 20’10″
Beam 7’6″
Max Draft 2’4″
Deadrise 19 degrees
Displacement 3,100 lbs
Fuel capacity 35 gal.
  • Aluminum plates beef up the engine mounting system and back up all deck hardware.
  • Snap-in woven mat replaces carpet with a stronger, easier to clean surface that’s also easy on the feet.

Performance & Handling

  • With a 260-hp Mercury stern drive, we blasted past 50-mph.
  • Semi-steps in the hullsides help the boat dig in and grip in hair-pin turns.
  • Better than 3.5 MPG at cruise.
  • Handles a chop well, and there’s little pounding or vibration.
Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 1 POB
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 4.5 1.2 3.8
2000 7.8 3.6 2.2
3000 26.5 6.4 4.1
4000 39.0 11.0 3.5
5000 49.0 18.8 2.6
5350 52.6 21.8 2.4
Power 260-hp Mercury 5.0L stern drive, 21” Alpha One Propset

Unique Features

  • There’s a back-up pump switch in the bilge and a auto fire extinguisher in the engine-box; both are unheard-of in production boats of this size.
  • Swim platform ladder is canted off to the side to keep swimmers safely away from the props.

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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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