By Lenny Rudow
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.
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.
|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.
|Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 – 15 knots, 1 POB|
|Power||320-hp Volvo Penta stern drive. Prop – DPS Duo-prop Propset.|
-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.
- 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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