Two levels of side windows, and three panels forward, complete the 360-degree sweep, giving guests standing or sitting below wonderful views of surrounding waters. Seating choices are plentiful and varied, from the buttery smooth Ultraleather-covered Flexsteel incliners to port and starboard sofa sleeper to the raised dinette. Once you go below, you'll find generous natural light and ventilation available in the master stateroom forward, via four opening ports and an overhead hatch, plus six opening vertical ports illuminating the midships guest stateroom.
According to Don DePouw, vice president of marketing at Cruisers Yachts, the accommodations layout will change slightly from the prototype I boarded earlier this year. To accommodate an additional hanging locker and dressing table, the portside head will lose its separate shower compartment. Access to the guest stateroom and the main saloon as a day head will remain unchanged, and the private head compartment to starboard will continue to serve the master stateroom exclusively.
Living well and eating well go hand in hand, so Cruisers designers paid close attention to surveys and their own considerable experience to create a galley that is at once attractive and easy to work in. Karadon solid-surface counters topping rich cherry cabinetry encircle the chef on three sides, providing ample working and serving surface, in addition to supporting a two-burner electric stove at the forward end, a storage nook for the standard coffeemaker and two deep stainless sinks topped with Karadon covers at the aft end. Beneath the stove, the microwave is set into the face of the cabinet at just about waist level-a good use of space that keeps the counters open. The refrigerator and freezer are separate units, set under the counter that faces a fabulous side window-you'll enjoy the view of your favorite anchorage while checking to see if the pasta is al dente-with space left in between for an optional Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. And while I'm on the subject of options for living well, the 32-bottle wine captain would seem to have an edge over the available trash compactor.
If this sounds like much of the under-cabinet stowage is gone, fear not. Besides the lockers under the sinks, there's a hidden dinnerware locker in the curved portion of the cabinetry near the centerline. And beneath the sole of the saloon, you'll find a voluminous storage area large enough to hold a low-silhouette washer/dryer, boxes of food and drink to sustain a week's cruise, the tools and hoses for the standard vacuum system and maybe even a folding bicycle or two.
From its dramatic profile to its highly livable interior, clearly the folks at Cruisers have gone all out to bring you an innovative sport sedan with performance to please the entire family. Fit and finish on the yacht I inspected and tested was top flight, and it's clear to me that Cruisers Yachts has a new hit on its hands.
Contact: Cruisers Yachts, (800) 743-3478; www.cruisersyachts.com