Cruisers Yachts 390
Four years ago, Cruisers Yachts recognized that there had been a seismic shift in boaters’ attitudes towards the express-yacht genre: To put a fine point on it, they wanted to be outside more than inside, and so were demanding more on-deck space while refusing to compromise on a spacious, workable cabin with comfortable, family-grade sleeping amenities. The 390 is the result.
To create much more usable exterior accommodations, Cruisers started at the windshield. They discovered that if they moved it forward, basically everything abaft on the main deck could be larger. One decision that had already been made was to power the new model with either stern drives or IPS, both of which would shove the engines well aft and open up the lower-deck area, making room for a relatively spacious full-beam amidships cabin. Cruisers’s designers figured they could move the windshield 3½ feet forward and still maintain a pleasing profile. That yielded a main deck with a remarkable 157 square feet of usable space. Seating is on a large L-shaped settee in either aft corner, a layout that leaves plenty of space to move around and to dine at the standard fold-out table. But the portside settee is on hidden tracks that allow it to move toward the centerline, creating a tighter, more congenial, dining and lounging space. Order the optional sun-lounge package and you will get a dining table that can drop down to create a large sunpad and seat-back cushions that electrically flatten out to expand the sunpad even farther.
So what about the cabin? Thanks to those aft engines, it’s pretty roomy. Besides being full beam, the amidships cabin has enough headroom that someone 6 feet tall can sit on the bed without banging their head. The port and starboard glass here extend well forward, and brighten up the area—and for that matter the whole lower deck. The other sleeping area is in the forepeak: a settee with table that lowers to create a V-berth. If this were my boat I’d leave it as a berth all the time and do all my dining up top, either under cover or out in the cockpit.
Of course, a windshield farther forward means the helm is as well, and this imparts the impression of driving a much smaller boat—one enhanced by the nimble handling granted by stern drives that can be controlled with an Axius joystick. In short, the 390 turns on a dime and gives you back change. Planing is relatively gradual and humpless, thanks to the C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed 15-degree deadrise running surface (derived from a clean sheet of paper), and the brisk acceleration makes it hard to remember that you’ve got 10 tons of boat under you. Sightlines are great, too, thanks to all that side glass and isinglass and a windshield that has no center mullion. To keep the price low, the base engines are gasoline powered.
Well, there’s no doubt that the 390 looks like it’d be at home moored to the Jetson’s dock, but to me the proportions feel right and the overall look is pleasing.
In fact I like just about everything about the 390, but I especially admire the gamble the folks at Cruisers took with this design. It has paid off with a boat that’s truly different and eminently practical.
Cruisers Yachts, 920-834-2211; www.cruisersyachts.com
: 20,000 lb. (gasoline engines)
: 230 gal.
: 70 gal.
: 2/430-hp Mercury 8.2 HO gasoline stern drives
: 2/380-hp Volvo Penta DuoProp gasoline stern drives
: various Mercury gasoline and diesel stern drives to 430 hp; Volvo Penta diesel stern drives and IPS to 370 hp
: Bravo 3X with 2.2:1 gear ratio
: Quicksilver XR 24 propset
*Range based on 90% of advertised fuel capacity.