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New 30-footer from Cruisers

Following the success of its 500 Express, Cruisers Yachts has introduced a new 30-foot express cruiser.

The builder says the 50-footer garnered considerable interest because of its spaciousness, style and amenities. The new 300 Express was bred from that example. “It’s a very complete boat,” says Don DePouw, Cruisers vice president of marketing.

The company says the boat is the only 30-foot express cruiser to have a forward-facing arch with hardtop as standard equipment. The arch and hardtop also make it easier to put up canvas and weather covers, DePouw says.

Below deck, the galley includes such standard amenities as a microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, electric stove and sink. The boat also is equipped with air conditioning, stainless steel portholes and ventilating hatches.

The saloon has a dinette and can be outfitted with a 13-inch LCD television with a DVD player and a 120-watt CD player (single or six-disc changer), according to Cruisers.

The 300 Express has two cabins — one forward and one amidships — with full-sized berths. DePouw says the midcabin isn’t the usual “cave” found on many smaller cruising powerboats. He says it is fully appointed, with storage at the foot of the berth. The boat also has a fiberglass standing head compartment with shower and vanity.

“This boat is really trick,” says DePouw.

He says the 300 has 6 more inches of beam than the 280 Express and is more than a foot taller from the keel to the top of the arch. The new boat has 6 feet, 3 inches of cabin headroom.

A walk-through windshield leads to the foredeck, and a swim platform (with a concealed stainless steel swim ladder) runs the full width of the transom.

Dedicated fender storage is molded into the transom and the forward rope locker, and there is additional transom storage for lines, life jackets, shore-power cables, and other items.

The cockpit/bridge deck area is available in two layouts. The standard has a swiveling helm seat, a crescent-shaped companion lounge with a table, and an aft bench seat. The optional layout has the swiveling helm seat paired with an L-shaped settee and aft-facing cockpit seats.

The cockpit comes standard with a shower, wet bar and 25-quart removable cooler, while options include an icemaker or refrigerator, cockpit speakers and amplifier, sun lounge cushions with a table, and a camper enclosure.

“A customer can pretty well choose the cockpit they want,” says DePouw. “It’s not just, ‘You take what we build.’ The customer has choices.”

Production was to start in mid-August, with boats to be delivered starting in September, according to the builder.