Yacht Engineering

PRECISION COMPONENTS

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

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.

Precision Cutting

All cut-outs in fiberglass components are guided by a located, rigid masking system that assures precise location and exact tolerances.

Expert Inspection

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.

Handling

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.

Bottom Paint

Hull Paint

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

  • It’s a self-polishing, ablative coating with multi-season performance capabilities
  • It’s a harder finish that will last longer on planing hulls
  • It may be taken in and out of the water repeatedly without affecting it’s anti-fouling characteristics.
  • It doesn’t contain any toxic organotin compounds (TBT considered toxic to humans and the environment)
  • It can withstand dry-docking for periods up to 3-years without significant deterioration of performance.

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ELECTRICAL

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.

Battery Cables

All heavy-duty battery cables are identified with high contrast labels at each end, specifying function and destination.

Terminal Ends

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.

Specialized Connectors

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.

Electrical Panels

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.

Chaffe Guards

Cruisers Yachts still utilizes guards to protect all wiring and plumbing runs from chaffing as they transition through bulkheads, floors and stringer members.

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WOOD SHOP

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

Woodshop

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

Wenge

Cruisers Yachts is offering interior styling schemes fashioned around two attractive wood species.

Wenge is a rare and exotic tropical hardwood that is normally utilized in high quality residential furniture, handmade musical instruments and other high-end accessories. The species is characterized by its bold, dark color and distinctive cascading, tight-feathered grain pattern. Wenge is dimensionally stable in both paneling and milled applications. Its boldness and rarity make a very high-end, modern impression.

Cherry has been a furniture maker’s standard since colonial times in the US. It’s a moderately hard wood species, close grained, and is strong with a high resistance to warping. Color is generally medium, but will vary from light reddish to darker browns. The wood has a variable pattern and will tend to darken several shades over time, with exposure to sunlight. Despite tradition, cherry, with lighter and medium stains, has a distinctively contemporary look.

Solid Surface Countertops

Counters

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.

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METAL SHOP

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

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.

Pump Mounts

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

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.

Raw Materials

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.

Canvas Frames

The structural support for all weather coverings is also fabricated, in-house, from 317L stainless steel.

Anchor Rollers

All anchor rollers are fabricated in-house from the same 316L stainless steel.

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UPHOLSTERY SHOP

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

  • Interior Carpet - We use Aggressor Marine Carpet from Syntec Industries, a leading supplier of fabrics and material to the marine industry. This is a high quality carpet made from 100% solution dyed Olefin fibers for fade, moisture and stain resistance. Plus, it can be easily cleaned. The Aggressor carpet features a dual layer backing. The primary backing is woven Polypropyleve supported by a secondary Grey Tuft Loc backing for superior tuft hold, ravel reduction and added flexibility to conform to contours.
  • Exterior Carpet - Cruisers Yachts utilizes the Performx Excel collection cut-loop polypropylene exterior marine carpet, also from Syntec Industries. This material utilized advance computer technology to achieve a singly level weave for the plush appearance and feel of fine indoor carpet. Coupled with Syntec’s unique Aqua -Trac backing, this carpet remains flexible, lays flat and resists slippage providing quality, beauty and performance in the demanding outdoor marine environment
  • Interior Upholstery - We use only Brisa material from Ultrafabrics for interior upholstery. This soft, supple material is actually breathable with the look & feel or real leather but with a more consistent finish. In addition, it’s water repellant, stain resistant, easy to clean, always cool to the touch and abrasion resistant to six times heavy-duty industry standards.
  • Headliner & Wal l-coverings- uses an special marine interior grade vinyl from Mobern. This 45 mil material leather-like material has a dull finish and is resistant to burnishing, polishing and ultra-violet exposure. In addition, it is also stain resistant, easy to clean, durable, fire resistant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
  • Exterior Upholstery - Cruisers Yachts uses only marine exterior grade expanded vinyls from Mobern, one of America’s leading ISO certified manufacturers of decorative vinyl fabrics. This 42 mil material is color impregnated and specified for stain resistance, ease of cleaning, durability, fire resistance and anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. In addition, it is treated with Mor-tech, a proprietary surface treatment that improves stain resistance & clean-ability and is flexible enough to retain integrity through repeated cushion compression.

Exterior Cushion & Seat Construction

  • Exterior UpholsterySeat bases are perforated to lighten weight without compromising strength and to allow air to escape when cushions are compressed
  • Cushions are fabricated from two foam densities to provide a secure, comfortable initial deflection, then a firm base
  • All helm seats have knee rolls for the captain’s comfort whether sitting or standing
  • A high density, treated closed cellular foam material is utilized to eliminate moisture absorption.
  • Upholstered seats are all hand sewn with heavy duty bonded nylon thread. This material is produced from type 66 filament nylon, the highest grade available, and is resistant to chemicals, abrasion and sunlight. Our craftspeople use a variety stitching techniques for maximum durability and enhanced cosmetics. These include
    • Straight Stitch - double sewn butt joints
    • Baseball stitching - a single flanged butt joint that is reinforced with redundant stitching of the tag ends to the inside of the surface.
    • Welt Stitch - double sewn butt joints where the joint is reinforced with a beaded welt material
    • Zipper Stitch - This is a finishing technique that produces two butted tabs that overly the zipper seam, helping to conceal and protect the zipper.
  • Upholstery fabric is secured to the seat bases using stainless steel fasteners.

  • The undersides of seat and cushion bases feature a perimeter of durable welting material that terminates the upholstery material and conceals the fasteners for consistent cosmetics as well as provides a small cushioning offset to prevent direct contact with fiberglass surfaces.

  • Foredeck cushions feature special drain-fast foam that will not hold water and are upholstered on the underside with vinyl mesh to breathe.

Interior Seating

Interior Upholstery

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

  • It’s environmentally stable and will not rot, swell or delaminate when exposed to humidity or water.
  • It’s dimensionally stable
  • It’s inert and will not absorb or release water. Will not retain odors.
  • It’s lighter than plywood with a significantly longer lifespan.
  • It will retain fasteners

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

Custom Canvas Enclosure

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

  • It has a scratch resistant coating that prevents fine line scratches from washing, drying, rolling and storage.
  • It has near perfect visual clarity without characteristic blue or gray haziness.
  • It resists fallout and runoff. The barrier coating is resistant to the normal runoff streaking that can mar conventional transparent materials. In addition, it resists industrial fallout such as exhaust soot, power plant soot, acid rain and a variety of other airborne contaminants that can leach into untreated materials and affect visual clarity.
  • It stays supple longer, resisting a tendency towards brittleness, allowing for a longer service life

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

  • Welded Seams - two panel sections are joined using a thermal bonding material for waterproof seams. These are generally found on long, straight seams and around Strataglass panels.
  • Sealed Seams - double sewn seams that utilize an adhesive gasket material to seal the stitching. These are found on tight radius seams.
  • Weblon reinforced capped edges - all canvas ‘edges’ are cap finished. This sail-making technique reinforces the ends with an extra two layers of weblon reinforced material to maintain taut tolerances without fear of damaging the cover material.
  • Reinforced facings - all material ends are ‘serged’ a sewing technique that essentially binds the cut edge. They are then tucked and sewn to eliminate any potential for fraying or unraveling of the fabric. Facings are also reinforced with weblon for added strength and durability.
  • Redundant stitching - all stitched seams feature redundant stitching to spread the load and assure longer life.
  • Polyester thread - we utilize a filament polyester thread that is color-matched to the attached material for all canvas stitching. This thread is specified because it has quick recovery after extension and absorbs very little moisture. It is colorfast and UV resistant with excellent wet strength. In addition, it is abrasion and chemical resistant, enabling it to stand-up to harsh marine environments and repeated cleanings.

Cruisers Yachts also uses a variety of attachment techniques to secure canvas, carpet and upholstered cushions. These include

  • Sail Track - the sail-track system consists of two parts, a rigid PVC receiver which is essentially a track with an 85% enclosed circular channel. This track is low profile and attached to the rigid joining surface. The corresponding canvas or upholstered end is finished with a flanged beaded welt that is inserted through the channel from the side. Such attachments are secure and generally stronger than spot attachments because the load is equally spread across the entire joined surface. They are utilized primarily in forward facing applications where the possibility of wind lift is high. They do require additional handling to load & unload the channel track.
  • Stainless Steel Hardware Fasteners - these include Lift-Dots, Twist-Locks and conventional snaps. All are reinforced on the fabric side with stainless steel washers.
  • Bungees - These are typically utilized in securing canvas coverings along the aft edge and serve as tensioners to help keep the coverings taut and crisp looking.

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.

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ASSEMBLY

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.

Hull-to-Deck Joint

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

  • The housing is molded from a fiber reinforced composite material that is dimensionally stable, unaffected by temperature and will not absorb moisture
  • The new high molecular weight PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene / Teflon) bearing seals provide extended life and can run dry for several hours in the event that water lubricant flow in interrupted.
  • The size matched articulated housing hose allows dynamic positioning to reduce side loads resulting from shaft misalignments. This also helps extend lip seal and bearing life.
  • The non-tensioner type stainless steel hose clamps are gasketed to prevent tearing or marring of the hose. We double clamp and torque to specification, assuring optimum seal.

Entry Doors

  • Sliding Acrylic Entry Doors - Cruisers Yachts utilizes Bomar sliding acrylic doors with screens for entry on all express models. The Bomar system uses a unique rail within an extrusion track mechanism with Teflon rollers mounted on stainless steel pins that assures smooth operation without the binding or breakage of typical truck type systems.
  • Sliding Glass Entry Doors - The polished stainless steel sliding glass doors that grace our sports coupe models are custom manufactured for us by Orca and Taylor.

Double Clamps

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.

Structural Bulkheads

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).

Pre-Delivery Inspection

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.

Bilge Paint

We use white to brighten the bilge areas and to provide maximum contrast to readily identify leaks, spills and dropped fasteners.

ID Tags

All switches, valves, wire and plumbing runs are identified with easy-to-ready labels allowing you to quickly locate and make adjustments with confidence.

Engine Mounting

We use two types of engine mounting methods, depending on the model

  • L-Bracket Mounts - fabricated 1/2 inch gusseted aluminum L-brackets serve as the base for engine mounts on the 330s, 415s and 455s. The L-Brackets are bolted through the stringer systems with stainless steel bolts. Back-up plates on the outside assure a secure mount. This method allows a wider footprint for easier access and servicing of the engines and transfers propulsion thrust to the hull structure via securely mounted brackets.
  • Structural Mounts - engine mounts sit on top of the stringer system and are secured with bolts that are drilled and tapped into steel plates laminated into the tops of the stringer members. This method eliminates static loading and transfers propulsion torque and thrust directly to the hull’s structural members.

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.

Window Systems

Cruisers Yachts utilizes two different window mount systems depending on the model configuration

  • Express and Coupe Models - all use N.A. Taylor windshield systems with tempered safety glass and frames that are either color-matched, powder-coated aluminum or polished stainless steel (depending on size). These provide secure, architecturally integrated windshield structures.
  • Flybridge Models - all use flanged mounted frameless window systems. Windows are installed utilizing a polyurethane adhesive to secure tempered safety glass directly to a molded-in fiberglass receiver. This provides a secure, waterproof seal. Allows for larger panels with more interesting architectural shapes. Finish caulking ensures cosmetics.

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

  • Unique ‘double gripper’ fittings for integrity even at high pressures
  • Innovative ‘collet cage’ seals to eliminate leaks
  • Single piece molded for higher strength
  • Outer sleeve collet cover to prevent accidental release
  • Semi-rigid pipe work that allow some bending and flex
  • Coded blue for cold water and red for hot water

This integrated system provides for ease of troubleshooting, simple isolation and convenient replacement of any potentially broken or damaged runs.

Heads

Cruisers Yachts utilizes three different head systems, depending on the model. Each utilizes a remote holding tank.

  • ITT Jabsco 37010 Series - white vitreous china bowl in household size. Features a flexible impeller flush pump and a fully enclosed, permanent magnet type motor with stainless steel shaft for long service life. It has an integral high capacity macerator and bowl scavenger pump that ensure thorough flushing as well as a built-in back flow preventer. This model is found on the 310s and 350s.
  • SeaLand VacuFlush - white ceramic, deep bowls with adult-size seats and large water surface for easy use. Powerful vacuum actuator keeps bowl and lines clean. The system draws on fresh water to eliminate the odors associated with raw water systems and a flush limiter restricts water usage to 1/2 liter per flush. Reliable, fast clearing system minimizes odor permeation. Used on 415s and 580s.
  • SeaLand Model 500 Plus - white vitreous china with single flush pedal operation that makes it easy to use. There’s a splash-proof rim that keeps water in the bowl while underway. The system draws on fresh water to eliminate the odors associated with raw water systems and a flush limiter restricts water usage to 1/2 liter per flush. A full size wooden seat offers home like comfort and lasting strength. Used on 380s, 430s, 455s, 447s and 540s, optional on 350s.

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