By Lenny Rudow
First Look at the Cruisers Yachts 328 Bowrider Prototype
There's a new mega-monster bowrider in the works called the 328, and boats.com was invited to a pre-launch tour of this all-new design from Cruisers Yachts
News Flash: Cruisers Yachts is coming out with a Sport Series 328 bowrider, which will bring an entirely new form of usability to boating. We happened to visit the Cruisers factory (while filming a Cruisers Sport Series 208 video boat review, among others), and one of the other production lines caught our eye. Go ahead, click on this video – we’re betting it’ll catch your eye, too.
At 32’11″ long and with a 10’6″ beam, the hull carries a cushy bow cockpit full of seating. But monster-sized bowriders have been creeping into the marketplace for several years now, so how is this one different?
When we climbed aboard over tools, plastic, and other still-in-progress signs, we quickly saw that Cruisers did not follow the usual concept. Most boats of this type have a cabin with standing room built up into the helm station console and/or the passenger’s console, with a stoop-and-scoot section beneath the deck of the centerline walkway to the bow cockpit. It’s a nifty use of space, but it does force a lot of contorting to get around when belowdecks. Instead of following this pattern, Cruisers built the walkway to the bow on the port side of the boat. The helm is to starboard, with the cabin door along the centerline.
Net result? The entire cabin is stand-up size and you don’t have to do any ducking or bending to get around down there. There’s a stand-up head, a galley, an entertainment center, and settees. And there’s no sacrifice made in the bow cockpit, where there’s room for a half-dozen people to hang out and enjoy.
The 328 bowrider is powered by a pair of twin 380-hp stern-drives, carries 154 gallons of fuel, and runs on a 22-degree deadrise deep-V hull. It weighs in at 11,000 lbs. And perhaps most importantly, it’s one of a kind – no one else has a mega-monster super-sized bowrider with a cabin like this one.
Photos courtesy Paul Cronin Studios
- 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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