Posted on 24 February 2009
Written by Chris Landry
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Cruisers 470 Sports Coupe
You could say the 470 Sports Coupe from Cruisers Yachts belongs to a subset of the express cruiser design. Essentially, the express cruiser and sports coupe serve the same purpose: delivering crew and guests to their destination in fast, comfortable fashion. Upon arrival, they can enjoy all the creature comforts of home.
The hardtop/windshield design separates the two types. The coupe’s windshield, side windows and hardtop are one integral unit, with the window framing joining the hardtop on three sides. The conventional express cruiser’s hardtop and windshield are separate units, connected with the aforementioned see-through canvas and plastic panels. With these panels removed, everyone enjoys the sea breeze.
“We’ve evolved and eliminated the canvas,” says Tony Martens, director of product development and engineering for Oconto, Wis.-based Cruisers. “The canvas has always been a sore spot for boaters. Now they don’t have to fight with it, and we have the opportunity to climate-control the area.”
The coupe brings a more modern look to the genre, with its aerodynamic shape. It relies on an opening in the hardtop — or a retracting hardtop — for natural ventilation.
The first 470 Sports Coupe is scheduled for completion this summer and likely will be on display for the first time at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the fall. The boat will be offered only with Volvo Penta IPS pod drives. This engine package has allowed the builder to increase the size of the master stateroom, which is under the helm deck. Three hull windows on each side welcome in natural light. And this stateroom will have 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom. A head and separate shower and a vanity with sink are on the port side, while a queen-size island berth is to starboard. You’ll feel even more at home with the optional washer/dryer combo unit and a 26-inch LCD flat screen TV/DVD player.
Moving forward, the port-side galley includes all the essentials and more – a microwave/convection oven, electric stove, large refrigerator/freezer, double sink and a lighted liquor cabinet. A dishwasher, wine captain and trash compactor can also be ordered as options.
The forward stateroom also has an island berth. The head and vanity with sink is to starboard and the shower to port. The head can be accessed via the saloon.
Like the Chaparral, the Cruisers has an aft-facing seat just forward of the swim platform that folds down into a sun lounge. Access the cockpit via steps to starboard. The immense cockpit settee wraps around the port side of the cockpit and extends across the stern. Two tables can be mounted here for dining. To starboard, a wet bar with solid surface, refrigerator, sink and faucet, along with plenty of storage, are standard. An inboard-facing settee extends along the helm deck’s port side. The helm comes with a single pedestal seat or twin seats with flip-up bolsters.
Cruisers will offer the 470 with IPS500s (370-hp diesels), IPS600s (435-hp diesels) or IPS550Gs (375-hp gas). Pricing was unavailable at press time.
See related story: "Express Cruisers Boxes"
This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.