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2020 Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS

The 38 GLS is a nicely appointed bowrider with luxury overnighter capabilities.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS running shot
Smooth-riding hull with 21-plus-degree deadrise to handle chop.Garrett Cortese

The new Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS takes all the ingredients you -really, really want—bowrider, outboard, luxury overnighter—and blends them into a delightful concoction. Upon first boarding and walking through the 38 GLS, most first-time boat shoppers will take away several high points, such as the foldout “beach door” that turns a big chunk of the starboard coaming into a water-level replacement for the transom platform you lose with outboards. It’s an elegant solution for allowing the corrosion resistance and other benefits of outboard power, while simultaneously offering the ability to use the stern of the boat as a swimming, -lounging and socializing center.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS cockpit
The 38 GLS’s capacious cockpit is notable for offering a full bar—complete with stools—and an outdoor kitchen.

Even better, the aft seating swivels to face this “beach” so that parents can watch their little water rats paddle around. The rest of the 38 GLS’s capacious cockpit is notable for offering a full bar—complete with stools—and an outdoor kitchen including a grill, sink, refrigerator and an ice maker. Cruisers Yachts makes the most of the bowrider seating with streamlined headrests and a removable table, adding flexibility and function.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS cabin
The cabin is equipped with a nearly queen-size berth and a hot-and-cold freshwater shower.Courtesy Cruisers Yachts

The other takeaway is the cabin, which surprises first with 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom, second with a nearly queen-size berth in a private stateroom for naps or overnighting, and last—but -really -important—is an enclosed head with a hot-and-cold freshwater shower. No more rinse-offs on the transom, although there is another shower there. The settee/-dinette below also converts into a double, offering comfy sleeping for four.

Standard power is a trio of 300 hp -Mercury Verado outboards (350 hp -Verados are optional), and we easily hit 53 mph with a bunch of people aboard and a full fuel tank. These Mercs give you joystick maneuvering for docking; they’re surprisingly fuel-efficient too.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS bow seating
Bow seating features streamlined headrests and a removable table, adding flexibility and function.Courtesy Cruisers Yachts

Want to play with water toys? The twin 300 hp Mercury outboard engines hit planing speed—22 knots—in just 5.5 seconds, and ran flat-out at top speed in 21 seconds.

Another convenience option is a 5.5 kW generator to power the cabin’s air conditioning or run the blender at the sandbar.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS helm
The helm is thoughtfully designed with with no-reflection dash and bolstered seat.Courtesy Cruisers Yachts

High Points

⋅Ignition interlock on beach door to prevent use when engines are running.

⋅Thoughtfully designed helm with no-reflection dash and bolstered seat.

⋅Nice touches include standard vacuum (sandy feet!), microwave and screen door to prevent no-see-ums from entering the cabin.

⋅Smooth-riding hull with 21-plus-degree deadrise to handle chop.

Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS performance data
Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS Certified Test ResultsBoating

Specs

LOA: 38′

Beam: 12′6″

Draft (max): 44′3″

Dry Weight: 23,916 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified

Fuel Capacity: 335 gal.

Price: $610,920

How We Tested

Engines: Twin 300 hp Mercury Verado

Drive/Props: Outboard/16″ x 18″ 4-blade

Gear Ratio: 1.75:1

Fuel Load: 200 gal.

Crew Weight: 850 lb.

More Information

Cruisers Yachts - Oconto, Wisconsin; 800-743-3478; cruisersyachts.com