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VIDEO: Cherubini’s new 255 Sport Cruiser

The Cherubini 255 Sport Cruiser is a piece of nautical eye candy with its straight sheer, lots of tumblehome aft and an elliptical transom above a curved teak swim platform.

The new offering from Cherubini Yachts — also a builder of sailboats and retro runabouts — is “your basic take-me-to-dinner boat,” says David R. Cherubini, president and CEO of the Delran, N.J.-based company. But she’s also no scaredy-cat when it comes to facing rough water, he says.

“If you get caught up in nasty, snotty seas, the boat handles beautifully and is predictable and provides a dry ride,” Cherubini says.

The 255 Sport Cruiser debuted in March at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The first boat features plenty of brightwork, but Cherubini says it also can be built without wood. “It’s a semicustom boat, so we can satisfy your needs,” he says.

Click play for a look at the boat in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The layout includes a forward cuddy (perfect for the kids), and two inboard-facing settees and a full-length transom seat in the cockpit. The boat carries 80 gallons of fuel, and it has a 7-foot, 4-inch beam and a 4,600-pound displacement.

The 255 Sport Cruiser at the show was powered with a 425-hp MerCruiser 496 HO and Bravo 3 drive for a top speed of 56 mph and a cruise speed of 42 mph. But she doesn’t need all that horsepower, so Cherubini offers it with a 300-hp MerCruiser 350 and Bravo 3 drive as standard power. Cherubini also can power the 255 with a straight inboard diesel or a diesel with waterjet.

The price is $277,000 with standard propulsion.

Cherubini Yachts also builds an Eric Sponberg-designed 20-foot runabout, the Classic 20. The 255 Sport Cruiser and the company’s other runabout — the Classic 24 — are based on the 20-footer.