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Overview: A relatively large Cruisers Sport Series cuddy cabin boat.

Concept: Build a cuddy boat in the Sport Series with the same attention to detail and equipping as is used with Cruisers’ yachts.


-Hatches and doors are RTM molded, to maximize strength, minimize weight, and provide a finished surface inside and out.

Max Draft3'3"
Deadrise22 degrees
Displacement5,780 lbs
Fuel capacity68 gal

-Aluminum plates beef up the engine mounting system, and back up deck hardware.

- Seat cushions, bases, and backs are all composite.

Performance & Handling:

-Top-end comes close to 50-MPH, with a 320-hp Volvo-Penta stern drive.
Performance Data
Test conditions: 1 foot chop, winds 10 - 15 knots, 1 POB
Power320-hp Volvo Penta stern drive. Prop – DPS Duo-prop Propset.

-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 easily, while the additional forward weight of the cabin keeps the bow down during acceleration.

Unique features:

-Swing-open head compartment in the passenger’s console keeps the cabin clear of unwanted head odors.

-Standard equipment list is extensive, and includes extras like a Bimini top, 12-gallon freshwater system, and bow and stern cockpit covers.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, 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, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.