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Cutwater 30

This all-season, single-diesel pilothouse cruiser becomes the flagship for the Monroe Wash., builder’s growing fleet, joining its 26- and 28-footers.“We’re able to offer the same smooth ride and efficient performance in a roomier hull,” says Jeff Messmer, Cutwater vice president of sales and marketing. “The innovative arrangement ensures comfort for long-range cruising, with a number of design refinements.”

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The innovative elements include port and starboard cockpit two-person settees that fold outboard to seat four crew without taking up deck space. Another double seat built into the transom can be adjusted to face forward or aft. In addition, a panel in the cabin’s aft bulkhead swings up to allow the aft dinette seat to be reversed and serve as another cockpit seat.

On the foredeck, two flush hatches open to reveal cushioned seats, and there’s a ladder that extends from the bow pulpit for access on and off the boat. Enough for you? It’s no wonder the 30’s younger sister, the Cutwater 28, pocketed an Active Interest Media 2012 Editors’ Choice Award (Best Domestic Motoryacht, 20 to 30 feet).

The builder does a good job fitting many creature comforts in the pilothouse, including a dinette that converts to a double berth. The port-side galley has a sink, refrigerator and an electric range with oven — all of which are concealed under the swing-up countertop.

The skipper pilots from a starboard helm with a two-person seat or from an optional cockpit station. An island double berth anchors a forward stateroom, which includes a hanging locker, desk/vanity and storage. The head has a separate enclosed shower — impressive for a 30-footer.

The builder calls the hull a “stepped keel” design that generates a “contact layer of air to deliver exceptionally efficient performance.” With its single 370-hp Volvo Penta diesel, the Cutwater 30 gets about 1.9 nmpg at a 15.6-knot cruising speed. At the displacement speed of 6 knots, she gets 6 nmpg.

Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, a windlass and an inverter/battery charger. Options include air conditioning/heat (saloon 16,000 Btu, master stateroom 12,000 Btu), 5-kW genset, aft steering station, and solar panel.


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LOA: 34 feet, 4 inches

BEAM: 10 feet

DRAFT: 2 feet, 5 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 10,500 pounds (dry)

HULL TYPE: stepped-keel

SPEED: 27.5 knots top, 25 knots cruise

TANKAGE: 180 gallons fuel, 80 gallons water, 40 gallons waste

POWER: 370-hp Volvo Penta D6

BASE PRICE: $279,937 with Volvo D6

CONTACT: Cutwater Boats, Monroe, Wash.

PHONE: (800) 349-7198.

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May 2013 issue