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Cruisers Sport Series 328
Draft (max): 3'1½"
Displacement (approx.): 11,000 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 22 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 6'3"
Max Cabin Headroom: 6'0"
Fuel Capacity: 154 gal.
Max Horsepower: 760
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta gasoline sterndrives to 760 hp total; twin Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives to 600 hp total
Eschewing the ubiquitous centerline path, the off-center bow walkway of the Cruisers Sport Series 328 struck me as smart. While the asymmetry of this bowrider-with-a-cabin’s deck plan might give some boaters pause, testing revealed myriad merits to the layout. For details plus opinion regarding its construction and performance, read on.
During 2013, no less than five boat manufacturers debuted outsize bowriders that incorporated belowdecks accommodations. In addition to Cruisers Sport Series, Chaparral, Cobalt, Formula, Monterey and Regal build these big, sporty day boats. We also know of some even larger models in development and due to debut during 2014. The longest of the current crop, Formula’s 350 CBR ($353,910 powered like my test boat) also utilizes off-center bow access.
These day boats target boaters who ply big water, with a big crew, and crave the ability to keep everyone comfortable, happy and entertained for a long day afloat. That description may be obvious given that berths and galleys are incorporated into a supersize design. But you must run a boat like the 328 to really get it — that is, to fully appreciate the amalgamated goodness that comes from the amenity-rich bigness.