2014 Cruisers Sport Series 258 Boat Test Notes

Here are Lenny's review notes from the 2014 mid-sized bowrider of the Cruisers Yachts family.

16th August 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the 2014 Cruisers Sport Series 258 Video Boat Review

Overview: A mid-size Cruisers Sport Series bowrider.CSS-258-BTN

Concept

  • Build a bow rider with the same attention to detail and equipment used with Cruisers’ yachts, and make it adaptable as a tow boat for watersports.

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.
  • Snap-in woven mat replaces carpet with a stronger, easier to clean surface that’s easy on the feet.
Specifications
Length 25’0″
Beam 8’6″
Max Draft 3’3″
Deadrise 18 degrees
Displacement 5,160 lbs
Fuel capacity 68 gal

Performance & Handling

  • The 300-hp Mercury 350 MAG stern drive brings this boat up to over 43-MPH.
  • Steps in the hullside chines help the boat dig in and grip in tight turns.
  • Steps also break adhesion, aiding fuel economy.
  • The one-foot chop we encountered during our test presented zero challenge for this boat, and we ran full-tilt right into it.
Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 2 POBs
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 4.9 1.9 2.6
2000 8.5 5.7 1.5
3000 24.7 9.0 2.7
4000 35.5 14.8 2.4
5000 43.6 28.1 1.6
Power 300-hp Mercury MAG stern drive, 22.5” Bravo Three Props

Unique Features

  • Swing-open head compartment in the passenger’s console is roomy, and includes an opening port and a sink.
  • Swim platform ladder is canted off to the side, to keep swimmers away from the props.
  • Slick magnetic catch holds swing-open windshield in place.

 


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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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