Cruisers Yachts employs state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology to embrace the best of contemporary naval architecture, engineering, technology and styling. CAD/CAM allows greater manufacturing accuracy by providing exact dimensions for all components and subassemblies. This provides for more features and functionality into less space.
C-N-C machines provide computer-controlled precision when we fabricate cabinets, bulkheads, interior doors, countertops and wood trim. This reduces the chance of poor-fitting components that rattle and squeak when underway.
Marrying Fiberglass Components
One design limitation with fiberglass construction is that you only get a finished part on one side. Many of our finished components are comprised of two sub-components that have to be married together to achieve a two-sided finish. In such cases, Cruisers Yachts always retains the primary component in its mold and bonds in the secondary component, using polyester bonding paste, with locating fixtures. This assures overall component integrity without the risk of distortion.
All cut-outs in fiberglass components are guided by a located, rigid masking system that assures precise location and exact tolerances.
Every fiberglass surface is expertly inspected with florescent lighting to identify any surface flaws. Further, all corners and tight radii are manually tapped, millimeter by millimeter, with special nylon mallets to ensure that no air voids or eggshell escapes detection. Defects are repaired prior to the part being released to assembly.
All fiberglass components are mold cured. They are then carefully handled and dolly supported to eliminate any post-cure distortion or latent defects resulting for over-stressing ‘green’ laminate structures.
Cruisers Yachts utilizes a high wax ‘back-up’ gelcoat to finish all bilge areas. This material is specially formulated to resist staining and scuffing as well as damage from water, oil, acid or fuel.
Each Cruisers Yachts’ hull is manually hand-sanded to remove residual wax and prepare the surface for bottom pain application. This is an expensive and time-consuming process but is more consistent than sand/bead blasting, which can eliminate too much gelcoat, and certainly a more reliable process than chemical strippers, which usually just move the wax around.
An epoxy primer serves as our base coat, to ensure adhesion as well as provide additional protection against osmotic blistering. Finally, 2 coats of Sea Hawk Cukote #3445 (black) are applied.
Sea Hawk Cukote is a top performing premium cuprous oxide formulation specified because
All wiring, both 120V and 12/24V, is tinned, copper strand for superior corrosion resistance and integrity. In addition, all insulation is Type III, rated at 105 degree Celsius.
Custom, Modular Wiring Harnesses
Cruisers Yachts has designed our 12/24V harnesses to be modular, joined by reliable positive latch connectors, similar to contemporary aviation design, for ease of troubleshooting, simple isolation and convenient replacement of any potentially broken or damaged leads.
Our harnesses are hand assembled, in-house, for each specific build order. This means each boat gets the exact right harness, not some ‘universal’ harness with extra wires added ‘just in case’. Also, no wiring added outside the harness because of some unanticipated specification change. All harnesses are secured and bundled for added strength and dependable mounting.
Labeled Low Voltage Harnesses
Each individual 12/24V wire in every harness is repetitively labeled along its entire length with an inkjet-applied designation for easy identification and reference to wiring diagram.
All heavy-duty battery cables are identified with high contrast labels at each end, specifying function and destination.
All heavy-duty battery cables have machine crimped terminal ends for reliable current transfer and heat shrink insulators for added corrosion protection.
Magnetic Circuit Breakers
Magnetic circuit breakers provide reliable, steady current flow and eliminate nuisance tripping due to humidity and heat.
Deutsch connector systems are specially designed for dependable electrical junctions in harsh operating environments. We utilize Deutsch connectors in bilge areas where excessive moisture can be a problem and with any critical component applications.
AMP connector systems are utilized in all other onboard applications. AMP is the world’s leader in electrical connectors for automotive, marine and aerospace.
All connectors are hand assembled in-house with pin junctions that are mechanically attached to their wire ends.
All electrical panels are sized, engraved and built in-house, designed for each specific build order. This means no ‘empty holes’ from trying to stretch panels across several models and configurations. The panel itself is comprised of a non-conducting polymer material to avoid shock hazards. All switches, breakers and gauges are installed by hand and wired modularly for better supportability. Panel backs are accessible only through removal of mechanical fasteners for added security.
Waterproof Terminal Connectors
All cable ends except for those within panels and gauges have heat shrink insulators to prevent corrosion.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
The entire 120V system is GFCI protected utilizing an ABYC approved system for convenience and reliability.
Cruisers Yachts still utilizes guards to protect all wiring and plumbing runs from chaffing as they transition through bulkheads, floors and stringer members.
Cruisers Yachts has two operations devoted to wood working operations
- Our wood mill is located offsite, in nearby Crivitz Wisconsin. In this operation, we convert dimensional into the various specialized shapes and moldings utilized throughout our yachts. We also marry various thicknesses of luan plywoods to cherry and wenge veneers to create our own paneling. Raw doors and tabletops are also fabricated in this operation. These raw materials feeds the Oconto shop.
- Our wood shop located on the Oconto premises cuts all other sheet goods. Furniture bases are fabricated in the shop along with all cabinet assembly and finish operations. In addition, the solid surface countertops are fabricated and finished here.
Marine Grade Cabinetry
With all the push for efficiency, too many brands have lost sight of proven, time honored boat building techniques. Not so with Cruisers Yachts. And, nowhere is this more evident than with our cabinetry. All cabinet face fronts are built from full 3/4” hard wood or paneling. They are joined with ash (hard wood) battens that are drilled, counter-sunk and screwed together. This provides for redundant structural integrity even as the boat ‘works.’
All fasteners are stainless steel. Major cabinet components are joined together with stainless steel angle stock. Drawers are all mounted with roller slides. All cabinet doors and drawer fronts have positive latches.
Solid Panel Doors
Interior stateroom passageways are made private with attractively finished solid panel doors. Distinctively shaped doorways feature solid wood trim for a signature statement that provides a contemporary look yet showcases the skills of our craftspeople.
Durable, High-Gloss Wood Finish
All wood cabinetry components are first seal coated then finished stained to balance out coloration. Next, multiple coats of catalyzed, solvent borne varnish are spray applied, with hand sanding between coats. The finish has UV inhibitors and provides for a luxurious, durable finish. Tabletops have a minimum of 5 finish coats with sanding in between applications.
Premium Hardware & Appointments
All fasteners and hinges are stainless steel. All drawer rollers are powder-coated. In addition to the woodwork, our new Wenge Interior incorporates high contrast accents throughout the cabinetry. Both schemes feature new designer fabric packages collaborating with a very modern hardware and fixture ensemble for a clean, contemporary presentation.
Premium Hard Woods
Cruisers Yachts is offering interior styling schemes fashioned around two attractive wood species.
Solid Surface Countertops
The gracious countertops are sculpted, in house, from Alantra which is a non-porous solid surface material that combines the best aspects of polymer resins with natural materials. The Alantra material is formulated to resist warping, peeling, cracking, staining and fading as well as captive bacteria. It is lighter and more flexible than granites or marbles, making it more crack & chip resistant than these materials. The coloration runs throughout the material, and the surface can be readily repaired in place, if necessary, without costly deconstruction or replacement.
We specify Alantra because of its resistance to warping, peeling, cracking, chipping and fading.
Cruisers Yachts has our own in-house metal fabrication operation. We have expertise in cutting, bending, shaping & welding aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel.
Stainless Steel Bow Rails
Cruisers Yachts cuts, bends and welds all of our bow rails. Rail stock is all 316L stainless steel, with a high molybdenum content for added resistance to pitting and corrosion, and high nickel content for better surface protection. All rail stock is received in ‘pre-buffed’ condition to assure a smoother, sealed surface for longer service life. Rail feet are square, allowing 4 fastener mounting for maximum security. Rail systems are continuous-welded, meaning no faceted joints to compromise integrity. All welds are buffed and polished to minimize surface corrosion. All aft cabin and sedan models feature a welded intermediate rail.
Convenient Grab Rails
For an added measure of security, Cruisers Yachts provides numerous grab rails in convenient locations. These, too, are made in-house from the same 316L stainless steel as the bow rails and welded, buffed, polished and secured with the same level of care.
Aluminum Structural Supports
Cruisers Yachts fabricates of various aluminum structural supports from tube, square and flat stock, performing all cutting, bending, welding and finishing operations in-house.
Aluminum is preferred because of its rigidity and optimum strength-to-weight ratio.
Despite internal expertise, we also outsource several structural components such as arches and hardtop supports. These parts are finished to our specification through a meticulous, multi-step operation that includes prep, filler, primer & finish coats with color-matched imron paint.
All bilge and sump pumps are installed on custom fabricated aluminum flange mounts to provide a secure and readily serviceable base that is more stable and practical than trying to screw into fiberglass or laminated wood platforms as bases.
Aluminum Core Plates
All deck tackle and rail stanchion feet are mounted through aluminum core plates that are actually laminated into the deck. This ensures a stronger and more durable fixture mount by spreading torsional loads. It also stabilizes the mounting surface to preserve sealant bonds, minimizing potential for water intrusion. The use of aluminum plates as core provides better structural integrity than backing plates that are surface mounted, glued to the inner deck surface. In this application, Cruisers Yachts utilizes 6061 aluminum stock, a heat treated alloy with a high machine-ability rating, for good corrosion resistance and excellent strength.
Fuel tanks are designed in-house, specifically for each model. Such vertical integration allows for custom designs that maximize capacity and optimize location in each model yacht for easy inspection and convenient removal, if necessary. They are all fabricated in our metal shop from 5052 aircraft aluminum. Tanks are baffled, welded and pressure tested 3 times, using a chemical leak detector for added assurance. Sending units are pre-tested then manually installed and tested again. Tanks are also wrapped with 1’ foam insulation to help control temperature and securely mounted on 3/8’ thick inert rubber insulators to provide ventilation as well as puncture and spot wear protection.
The Metal Shop also cuts, sizes, shapes and pre-drills the countless flanges, backing plates, gussets and corings that are consumed in our assembly operation.
The structural support for all weather coverings is also fabricated, in-house, from 317L stainless steel.
All anchor rollers are fabricated in-house from the same 316L stainless steel.
Luxurious designer fabric packages are selected annually and reflect contemporary colors, patterns and textures that compliment our hand-crafted cabinetry. The result is stylishly modern furnishings and decor.
Premium Upholstery Materials
Various upholstery materials are also selected annually to accent the designer fabric selections and to coordinate with exterior color schemes. These include
Exterior Cushion & Seat Construction
Most interior cushions and seating is built in-house. Seat frames and bases are fabricated from plywood and hardwoods for durability and shape retention. All dinette, mid-lounge and sofa cushions are lined with silk film to provide a soft, liquid sensation to the touch. In addition, many models feature optional Flexsteel convertible or reclining sofas. Flexsteel is a leading manufacturer of residential, commercial and vehicular seating. Their marine seating features frame/foam construction that is fully sprung, with powder-coated, corrosion resistant components.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Inner spring mattresses are out. All of our mattresses are now constructed from high density memory foam - the same kind of material utilized for the popular Tempur-Pedic Mattresses advertised on television. The result is a form-fitting sleeping surface that provides comfortable and anatomically correct support, adjusts to temperature and eliminates the need for flipping which is not possible in most custom sized applications.
Polymer Exterior Seat Bases
All exterior seat frames and bases are fabricated in-house from Starboard, an inert polymer material specified because
Machine Cut but Hand Sewn
Efficiency versus art . . . an age-old conflict. At Cruisers Yachts, we marry the two, utilizing CNC cutting machines to perform most of the (low-value) cutting tasks. This allows us to save time, maximize yield and minimize waste. In the case of matched materials for interior fabric sets, cutting is still performed by hand to assure precise pattern alignment.
Correspondingly, we rely on seamstress-caliber craftspeople to perform the (high-value) hand-sewing functions utilizing a variety of decorative stitching and quilting techniques for superior, designer quality, custom style furnishings. No short-cuts here. In the time honored fashion, all duvets are constructed layer-by-layer and filled in-house. All curtains are lined.
In addition, the caliber of our teams provides you with the flexibility to select your own fabrics and color palettes to suit your own personal tastes.
Custom Canvas & Enclosures
All weather coverings are cut and hand-sewn in-house. Experienced sail-makers start with patterns so canvas shapes reflect design intent that integrates with the lines of each model. From there, our in-house capabilities allow you to specify seams, openings, closures and other special touches that your experience recognizes as optimal.
Weather covers are made from premium Outdura Trio 12.5 ounce material, the only outdoor fabric that is both breathable and waterproof. The Trio fabric combines 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic fiber cloth with ProVent technology and a brushed-tricot inner liner. The result is a breathable, waterproof outdoor material that protects not only from the elements but also from mold and mildew. In addition, the material offers unprecedented protection from the sun with a UV Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ (which is as high as the rating goes). Plus it features its own ‘best-in-the-business’ six-year warranty.
All transparent panels are fabricated from Strataglass. This 40-mill material is specified because
Screened panels utilize a fiberglass screen material for longer life and maximum flexibility.
All enclosure panel sections are joined with YKK zippers and feature 5’ zipper pulls for added convenience. Panel section joint seams have Velcro fly covers to reinforce and waterproof the junction lines. Each panel section has an ID tag to allow convenient location when re-assembling after storage.
Our experienced professionals utilize a variety of techniques to join and finish canvas sections. These include
Cruisers Yachts also uses a variety of attachment techniques to secure canvas, carpet and upholstered cushions. These include
Bound Cockpit Carpeting
All cockpit carpeting is cut and bound in-house. This allows for precise fit as well as flexibility for custom layouts and easy replacement. Bias cut binding material is utilized to ensure edges lay flat. Stainless steel securement snaps are reinforced with stainless steel washers to prevent tearing.
Bound Carpet Covers
To protect your interior carpet from wear, Criosers also provides carpet covers made from the same Outdura Trio material used for Canvas coverings. These coverings are also bound with bias-cut material and utilize reinforced stainless steel snaps to secure.
Cruisers Yachts utilizes a sequential assembly process that requires the precise, individual fitting and attachment of each component. This systematic, layer-by-layer method ensures integrity by sequencing the addition of each subsequent component to already existing structure, much in the same philosophy as ‘stick-built’ homes. Further, this method assures reliable incorporation of component systems.
Rudders & Struts
All rudders and struts are cast from 421 high strength manganese bronze for superior strength and extended service life.
Cruisers Yachts utilizes a precision overlap method to join decks to hulls. The process starts with carefully crafted tooling that ensures a precision fit with the deck overlapping the hull. The entire joint is secured with a high-quality urethane adhesive/sealant and is then mechanically fastened approximately every three inches along its perimeter. This method produces a secure, waterproof bond. In addition, it incorporates redundant structure to provide additional strength and resilience in this critical area by eliminating the ‘hinge effect’ caused by flanged joints.
The joint is then further protected with a rub-rail system that includes a high impact polymer housing and a polished stainless steel wear rail. The wear rail screws are even installed with square head screws to eliminate the potential for metal residue from the driver heads during installation that can cause latent cosmetic problems.
Drip-less Shaft Logs
We utilize Tides Marine SureSeal self-aligning drip-less shaft seal & bearing assemblies on all inboard propulsion systems. Tides Marine is the industry standard for such installations. They offer a 2-year, 2500 engine hour warranty. We specify Tide’s Sure Seal because
All underwater hose lines are double clamped for security and redundancy.
Underwater Bonding System
A single point bonding system provides a common connection for all metal through-hull components. This system connects to a single transom mounted sacrificial zinc anode to provide maximum galvanic corrosion for these fixtures. In addition, it provides a low-resistance path to ground in the event of lightning strikes.
In addition to securely mounting all bulkheads to indexes on our liner system, Cruisers Yachts also mechanically fastens each bulkhead to the inner surface of the deck, utilizing either ash battens or stainless steel angle stock. This turns them into actual structural elements as opposed to the ‘floating bulkheads’ found with many other brands. The result is a series of stable ‘box beams’ that integrate the entire hull & deck structure.
Redundant Inspection Processes
Many of our competitors ‘manufacture’ yachts, relying on robotic machinery and reducing labor to its lowest common denominator. This requires a detached inspection philosophy to catch mistakes after the manufacturing process but before they ship. Quality control after the fact.
Our ‘build’ approach differs in that it relies on the skill and judgment of each of our builders to systematically assure the quality of their work. This prevents problems from being passed-on and worked around through the rest of the construction process. Informal ‘hand-off’ inspections take place to verify all previous work prior to the boat progressing to the next stage. But we still check.
Upon completion, we perform complete systems verifications. This includes proofing the plumbing system, proofing the 110V & 12/24V electrical systems and a complete mechanical systems run-up.
In addition, complete structural and cosmetic inspections are performed to again verify that no defect has escaped detection and repair. Finally, each unit is physically inspected by key members of our executive team. Experience proves that these guys don’t find much (and they’d better not).
network of trained, professional Dealers ensures that each yacht is fully commissioned, with a 44-point factory system inspection performed prior to final delivery. Everything is checked, then double-checked. This assures each customer that their yacht is sea-worthy from the moment they take possession. All adjustments and fine-tuning has been completed.
Sparkle & Shine
Each hull is fully polished before it leaves our assembly operation to fully seal the gelcoat surface for a lasting measure of protection.
We use white to brighten the bilge areas and to provide maximum contrast to readily identify leaks, spills and dropped fasteners.
All switches, valves, wire and plumbing runs are identified with easy-to-ready labels allowing you to quickly locate and make adjustments with confidence.
We use two types of engine mounting methods, depending on the model
Fuel Cross-Over Systems
A Fuel cross-over system is optional on all models with dual fuel tanks. This cross-over manifold system allows each tank to be isolated, in the event of contamination, plus it allows the operator to compensate for uneven draw and return. This option is not available on the 48 Cantius, whose tanks are tied together.
Primary Fuel Filters
All models have remote mounted primary fuel filters to ensure failsafe engine operation without exposing vital components to poor quality or contaminated fuel.
Cruisers Yachts utilizes two different window mount systems depending on the model configuration
Engine Room Insulation
Main engine room bulkheads are insulated with 2’ Sound Down composite insulation material. This insulation is skinned with a non-rip reflective mylar surface with two underlying absorption and de-coupler layers separated by a lead barrier layer. All hatches or floor members are similarly lined. We also utilized a similar custom manufactured material as supplemental insulation in other critical areas.
The mylar serves to reflect heat back into the engine compartment where it can be dissipated with the engine room blowers and serves as a moisture barrier to prevent the migration of fumes. The dual foam absorbs a large portion of engine noise with the lead barrier serving to absorb and deflect sound waves.
High Integrity Plumbing Systems
The plumbing system on each specific model is comprised of Whale Water System’s color-coded, semi-rigid polyethylene pipe work coupled with their quick connect fittings to ensure a high integrity, reliable system. Whale’s components are specifically designed for use in mobile applications and feature
This integrated system provides for ease of troubleshooting, simple isolation and convenient replacement of any potentially broken or damaged runs.
Cruisers Yachts utilizes three different head systems, depending on the model. Each utilizes a remote holding tank.