2014 Cruisers Sport Series 278 Extreme Package Boat Test Notes

New for 2014, here are some details from our review of the the 278 Extreme package.

1st September 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the 2014 Cruisers Sport Series 278 Extreme Package Video Boat Review


The Cruisers Sport Series 278.

The Cruisers Sport Series 278.

Overview: A Cruisers Sport Series bowrider, with the Extreme package.


-Build a bow rider with the same attention to detail and equipping as is used with Cruisers’ yachts, and equip it with the Extreme tow tower package.


-Hatches and doors are RTM molded, to maximize strength, minimize weight, and provide a finished surface inside and out.

Length 27’0″
Beam 8’6″
Max Draft 3’3″
Deadrise 22 degrees
Displacement 5,720 lbs
Fuel capacity 68 gal

-Aluminum plates beef up the engine mounting system, and back up deck hardware.

- Billet aluminum tower is as solid and as rugged as they come.

Performance & Handling:

-Top-end comes close to 50-MPH, and acceleration is quick enough for any of the towing watersports.

-Steps in the hullside chines help the boat dig in and grip in tight turns, while breaking adhesion to boost fuel economy.

-22-degree deadrise bottom slices open a one-foot chop without hesitation, banging, or rattling.

Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 1 POB
1000 5.8 1.8 3.2
2000 8.8 6.8 1.3
3000 21.6 10.5 2.1
4000 33.1 18.0 1.8
5000 42.9 23.0 1.9
5500 48.4 26.0 1.9
Power 320-hp Volvo Penta stern drive. Prop – DPS Duo-prop Propset.

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.

-Beefy tower includes board racks and stereo speakers.

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About the author:

Lenny Rudow

Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including boats.com and YachtWorld. 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, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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