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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
The cockpit also boasts abundant amenity. There is a double-wide articulating lounge either side of the bow walkway, serving as helm and companion seats while cruising. Pulling a tube? Spin the portside seat around for your spotter. Anchored in the cove? Spin both seats around and, in conjunction with the aft lounge, a conversation pit is created. With the bow lounge’s capacity to seat an additional eight, I envision this boat serving as the center of the action in a raft-up.
The aft lounge provides a seamless transition to the oversize swim platform. It’s an electrically convertible chaise that forms what I’ll call a triple-wide sun pad. Run your hands across the upholstery and note the rich mix of texture and the triple stitching that accompanies the colors. A transom walkway is to starboard.
Head belowdecks and you’ll at once understand the logic for the off-center bow access: It allows for one big cabin instead of the split accommodation arrangement found aboard other gigabowriders, like Chaparral’s 32-foot-6-inch by 10-foot 327 SSX ($247,320 powered like my tester). Here we discovered an L-shaped settee that converts to a queen berth; an enclosed head with shower and a cool-looking clear sink; a flat-screen TV; and, for cooking, a sink, refrigerator ($2,140) and microwave ($550). Options include air-conditioning ($4,795), an inverter ($3,915) and a gas or diesel generator (starting at $17,485).
The 328’s cabin is quite roomy, and headroom, at 6 feet, is generous. Couple its size with a pair of skylights plus opening ports, and any notion of “cave” is quickly dispelled.
Boats like the Cruisers Sport Series 328 make so much sense for so many boaters. But there’s more to making a good one than lopping off the front of a cruiser’s cabin, upholstering the berth with exterior fabric and calling it a bowrider. Overall, the Cruisers Sport Series 328 rates as one of the best in this new and burgeoning class of pleasure boat.