Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider Crowned Boat of the Year
The Boating Magazine award celebrates the 328 SS design, engineering, and superior workmanship
OCONTO, Wis. - December 17, 2013 — Cruisers Yachts, a world-renowned manufacturer of luxury yachts and sport boats, is pleased to announce Boating Magazine has bestowed the 328 Sport Series with its coveted Boat of the Year award for 2013. Editor's named the vessel "Boat of the Year" after reviewing performance data and commentary from the magazine's Tech Team. In all, the group assessed approximately 100 vessels between 30 and 70 feet. Each test considers a boat's construction, design, styling, performance, and adherence to the standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Boats in contention must also meet the demands of the mission for boats in their category. The 328 SS was chosen because it led all others in innovation and excellence in a brand-new boat category.
"Having the 328 SS recognized by Boating Magazine as the very best, across this broad selection of boats, is truly an honor as well as a confirmation of our strategy," said Mark Pedersen, President of KCS International, Inc. "When we made the decision to add a Sport Series line we believed the market was ready for a quality yacht manufacturer to extend its superior design, engineering, and workmanship into the sport boat category. The 328 is the first sport series designed completely under the KCS umbrella. This award speaks to our ability to extend the craftsmanship that built our reputation in the yacht business into this category."
From bow to stern, the stylish and functional design of the 328 SS is the flagship of the Cruisers Sport Series line. To learn more about the features of the 328 Sport Series above and below deck including specs, please visit www.cruisersyachts.com/company/news. The official announcement of the 328 SS is in Boating's January issue and online at boatingmag.com.
328 Sport Series: Above Deck
Starting from the stern, a four step stainless steel ladder sits port side and provides easy, safe access to and from the water for swimmers. Once aboard, a full-beam, fixed swim platform extends 10' 6" feet across the stern of the boat allowing for ample space to walk around and lounge. The lounge was engineered specifically to retain a relaxing seat without compromising the surrounding space in the cockpit or on the swim platform. The recessed utility garage on the port side houses a shore power cord, city water hook up, TV cable hookup and breakers for a 30 amp to be connected directly to the unit.
Post swim, boaters can spend a leisurely afternoon sunning on the largest sun lounge in the 32 bow rider segment. This unique lounging area expands 5' wide by 6'4" long and has four separate back positions. Boaters have the option to enjoy fold out transom seating with a stereo remote and two speakers. The transom seating is one of the largest in its class.
Boaters also have the option of extending their relaxation to the cockpit on lavish L-shaped seating that runs portside all the way up to the companion seat. The seating serves dual purposes as the port seat base can be lifted to reveal an incredibly large storage space for life vests, lines, fenders and additional supplies. The seat base cushions are conveniently hinged to the base for easy access to storage.
From an entertainment standpoint, the 328 SS can't be beat. The seating and sound systems were designed specifically to provide the best social setting possible. The cockpit can seat four adults all facing forward. With a beam spanning 10' 6", Cruisers was able to include two double wide seats facing forward with flip up bolsters and arm rests for added comfort. Boaters also have the option of adding swivel seats to both helm seats and the port seat for a 360 degree turn radius. An optional wet bar is available as well to house a sink, a refrigerator, and added storage space. The wet bar is mounted directly behind the helm seat.
The dashboard is truly the best in class. Carefully engineered and well balanced, the dashboard incorporates all of the dedicated area needed for full electronic and navigational systems like a Raymarine E97 hybrid/touch screen. The attention to detail in the top stitching and thread is remarkable and gives the boat a sophisticated, fresh look.
One of the most extraordinary elements of the 328 SS is shown through the unique design of the passageway from the cockpit to the forward seating area. Unmatched by any competitors, Cruisers chose to run the walkway along the portside of the boat rather than down the center aisle, allowing for extended interior space in the galley, living area and head. The pass-through area was specifically designed for added mid-ship storage space. This new feature comes as an industry first in this segment.
Transitioning to the bow of the boat, boaters can continue the festivities on comfortable, u-shaped forward seating with the option of a table that can be used upright or dropped down into a sun lounge position. The two positions afford boaters the opportunity to use the table for serving food and drinks or drop it down to fill the space with cushions and create an even bigger lounge area. The bow of the boat serves as an entertaining zone by itself with its own private stereo system, a 48 quart removable cooler and a recessed trash can. Additional storage can be found beneath the u-shaped seating arrangement which also has hinged seat bases. Keeping in line with the sophisticated build process, Cruisers also recessed the anchor storage locker below deck.
328 Sport Series: Below Deck
The 328 SS truly serves as a game changer in terms of interior structure and design. The portside walkway above gives access to additional head room and affords a variety of new design opportunities. Boaters now enter the cabin on the centerline and find themselves in one giant living area stretching all the way from starboard to port side with six feet of headroom above. The luxurious, u-shaped seating arrangement has a specially designed "magic" bed with a disappearing center cushion that converts into a berth with ease. The cabin also boasts an AC/DC panel, a refrigerator, a trash can and an optional flat screen TV and microwave. If that doesn't set the standard for class, then the post-glazed window on the starboard side and the skylight should do the trick. They are carefully constructed and unlike any others in their class.
The below deck amenities also include a full head compartment with 5' 5'' of head room, a mirrored vanity, and storage above and below the vanity unit. Cruisers added even more comfort to the space by raising the toilet off of the floor. In addition, the 328 SS has a full, curtained off shower area for boaters to rinse privately and comfortably at their leisure. The unique features, pristine design and overall functionality of the 328 SS is truly remarkable.
About KCS International Inc.
Headquartered in Oconto, Wis., KCS International Inc. is the parent company of Cruisers Yachts, Cruisers Sport Series and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts. Cruisers Yachts is known as one of the world's premier providers of midsize luxury pleasure yachts and produces 10 models from 31 to 54 feet in its Oconto facility. Cruisers Sport Series, a world-class line of sport boats, range from 20 to 32 feet, and are designed to create an unrivaled boating experience, while representing a perfect blend of luxury and practicality. Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts combine comfort and convenience with speed, durability and performance focused engineering. Built at the Oconto facility, Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts creates highly fishable express and convertible vessels, 34 to 45 feet. For additional information about these lines, visit: CruisersYachts.com; CruisersSportSeries.com; and RampageYachts.com, or call (920) 834-2211. Like us on Facebook.
|Length Overall||32'11" / 9.98 m|
|Hull Length||32'11" / 9.98 m|
|Beam||10'10" / 3.30 m|
|Dry Weight in Pounds (Including max. engine)||11,000 lbs / 4,990 kg|
|Fuel Capacity (Usable fuel capacity 10% less than listed)||154 gal / 583 l|
|Horse Power Capacity||Twin 380 HP / 283 kw|
|Bridge Clearance||75.0" / 1.91 m|
|Draft Up||27.0" / 0.69 m|
|Draft Down||35.5" / 0.90 m|
|Person Capacity||Yacht Cert.|
|Weight Capacity (Including persons and gear)||Yacht Cert.|
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