The 370 Day Cruiser's mission recalls many boats of yore, and its decor may further evoke that spirit, but its performance, like its angular profile, is modern. Twin 370-hp MerCruiser 8.1S Horizon DTS V-drive inboards power this boat to 36.2 mph. Its 173-mile range at 30 mph gives it long enough legs to explore plenty of shoreline in a day's run, or, more likely, provide three or four day-long trips before needing to refuel. However, you might want to run a little faster.
At speeds under 4200 rpm (32 mph on test day) the 370 Day Cruiser boat sits back on its heels more than is typical. Inordinate inclination, coupled with thick, high, chaise-style bow lounges, impairs visibility from the helm. I had to stand to see except at wide open throttle.
Minnesota's St. Croix River didn't challenge the 370 Day Cruiser's ability to handle chop. But I'd bet that its 22-degree deadrise would make mush out of the rough stuff. Back at the dock, it spun easily into the slip, better than some, as the props aren't buried in overly deep pockets, and that deep-V, deeper than most, acts like a keel. Hey, that's one more link with the day boats of old.