MasterCraft goes cruising


With its metallic flake gelcoat, blue-tint glass hardtop and joystick steering, the new MasterCraft 300 stands out in the crowded sport cruiser market.

“We want people to know that we’re not just a ski-boat company,” says MasterCraft senior design engineer Kurt Bergstrom.

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MasterCraft builds 43 models under five brand names, and the 300 is the well-known ski- and wakeboard-boat company’s first entry into the cruiser market. The modified-vee hull (16 degrees of deadrise at the transom, 20 degrees amidships) does just fine in choppy water, says Bergstrom. “We ran outside yesterday in 5- to 6-foot rollers with a 1- to 2-foot chop and were cruising comfortably at 28 mph,” says Bergstrom, describing a sea trial off West Palm, Fla. “It was a great ride, and we can’t wait to do it again.”

Standard power for the 300 is twin 6-liter 350-hp Indmar gas inboards, but it is also available with 350-hp Cummins MerCruiser Diesel power plants linked to ZF Marine’s Joystick Maneuvering System. Top speed during sea trials was 40.7 mph, and the boat cruises at 30 to 35 mph, says Bergstrom. It holds 200 gallons of fuel and 30 gallons of water.

On-deck features include a port-side windshield walkthrough with oversized steps and a large bow platform for working the ground tackle. An “equipment bay” under the helm deck facilitates system maintenance and monitoring. “We were able to achieve a space not typically found on a 30-foot boat,” says Bergstrom. “You have access to all of your pumps, seacocks and fuel system controls.”

The boat’s bow, with its twin-tip design, increases interior space. The cabin has 6 feet, 1 inch of headroom and includes a double berth, galley and a head with enclosed shower. With the swim platform, the MasterCraft 300 measures 33 feet, 9 inches overall, with an 11-foot beam. Base price is $289,000 with the gas engines and $370,000 with the CMDs and joystick system.

This article orginally appeared in the May 2009 edition.