2014 Cruisers Sport Series 279 Boat Test Notes

Lenny shares his notes from reviewing the Cruisers Sport Series 279 cuddy cabin boat.

11th September 2013.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch our 2014 Cruisers Sport Series 279 Video Boat Review2014-Cruisers-279-BTN

Overview: A relatively large Cruisers Sport Series cuddy cabin boat.

Concept: Build a cuddy boat in the Sport Series with the same attention to detail and equipping as is used with Cruisers’ yachts.

Construction:

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

Specifications
Length 27’0″
Beam 8’6″
Max Draft 3’3″
Deadrise 22 degrees
Displacement 5,780 lbs
Fuel capacity 68 gal

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

- Seat cushions, bases, and backs are all composite.

Performance & Handling:

-Top-end comes close to 50-MPH, with a 320-hp Volvo-Penta stern drive.

Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 1 POB
RPM MPH GPH MPG
1000 5.8 1.9 3.1
2000 9.6 7.0 1.4
3000 21.9 11.0 2.0
4000 33.7 18.0 1.9
5000 43.3 23.2 1.9
5400 47.6 25.9 1.8
Power 320-hp Volvo Penta stern drive. Prop – DPS Duo-prop Propset.

-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 easily, while the additional forward weight of the cabin keeps the bow down during acceleration.

Unique features:

-Swing-open head compartment in the passenger’s console keeps the cabin clear of unwanted head odors.

-Standard equipment list is extensive, and includes extras like a Bimini top, 12-gallon freshwater system, and bow and stern cockpit covers.


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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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