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Cruisers Yachts 3375 boat

Bigger Is Better

Posted: November 1, 2000 | Boat Type: Express Cruiser

Cruisers Yachtsâ new 3470 Express offers more space — and more style

By: Eston Ellis

In the world of express cruisers, Cruisers Yachts 3375 Express was very, very popular. However, thereâ s more to building a great boat than winning a popularity contest. Thatâ s why the company decided to replace the 3375 with the all-new 3470 Express.

Take one look at the longer, more curvaceous and better-equipped 3470 Express, and youâ ll instantly see the improvement.

From its raked-back wrap-around windshield and rounded radar arch to its U-shaped cockpit seating area and wide swim platform, the 3470 Express has a definite sense of style.

It also has a definite sense of practicality. The spacious open cockpit towers above the water, providing the skipper an excellent view in all directions. All that height also makes for a surprisingly roomy interior that offers plenty of headroom, plus sleeping accommodations for up to six adults.

While the 3470 Express sits tall in the water and appears much larger than its predecessor, the 3375, itâ s actually only 10 inches longer. However, those 10 inches make a big difference.

The running surface is 10 inches longer â “ and inside the boat, thereâ s 6 inches more room in the cabin and 4 inches more space in the engine compartment.

Taking a Ride

Seaâ s editor and publisher, Duncan McIntosh, Jr. tested the 3470 Express off Sanibel Harbor, Florida, where the boat was introduced this summer.

Our test boat was equipped with a pair of 300 hp MerCruiser 7.4L MPI Bravo 3 stern drives. The boat is also available with a wide variety of other gasoline engine options â “ including twin 260-375 hp MerCruiser stern drives, twin 300-380 hp MerCruiser inboards, twin 310-375 hp Volvo Penta Duoprop stern drives and twin 320-385 hp Crusader inboards. Diesel power options include a pair of 225 hp MerCruiser D-Tronic diesel stern drives, twin 243 hp Volvo Penta Duoprop diesel stern drives and twin 230 hp Yanmar diesel inboards.

According to naval architect Mike Myers, who worked on this new model, the big stern drives offer the best performance â “ averaging 6-7 mph better top speed than the biggest inboards. In addition, gasoline or diesel auxiliary generators are available options, ranging from 4 to 7.3 kW.

During our sea trial, we put the boat through a variety of maneuvers. Through it all, the 3470 Express gave us a stable ride, the cockpit remained dry and the hull tracked solidly. We reached a top speed of 36.7 knots, at 4,300 rpm; and cruised at around 30 knots, at 3,500 rpm.

The helm console is nicely arranged, with a full array of gauges and easily accessible switches. Controls are conveniently placed, and all key running data can be viewed at a glance.

Our test boat helm had a compass, a wood-trimmed wheel and built-in drink holders. A step is built in adjacent to the helm console, making it easier to get to the high windshield walk-through gate and the foredeck. The cabin door is adjacent to this step.

Aft, thereâ s a hydraulically activated engine hatch, built into the cockpit seating base. At the touch of a button, the seat base rises to reveal the boatâ s twin engines and associated machinery â “ including an auxiliary generator and batteries.

Thereâ s excellent access throughout the engine compartment, making maintenance a breeze. The area is well insulated, which keeps noise to a minimum in the cockpit and in the boatâ s interior.

Youâ ll find ample seating in the cockpit for a crowd of friends and family. The U-shaped settee, abaft the helm seat console, is an especially comfortable conversation area.

Under the cockpit seats, thereâ s plenty of storage for gear and a wealth of carry-along items. Behind the helm seat, the settee offers a large molded, self-draining storage compartment thatâ s big enough for use as a fishbox, or as a giant auxiliary cooler.

If all those guests get thirsty, the cockpitâ s wet bar stands ready to serve up beverages and snacks. Buyers get a choice of three refrigeration options under the bar: an ice-maker or either a Tundra or a 541 Norcold refrigerator.

Cruisers hasnâ t forgotten the importance of cruising music, either. The Cruisers 3470 features Clarion marine stereo systems, both in the cockpit and in the interior. While many other builders use a non-water-resistant stereo system inside the cabin, Cruisers demands that all equipment used on its boats to be of certified marine quality â “ and capable of performing in a wet environment.

Towering above the cockpit is a stylish molded radar arch, fitted with a Bimini top to provide welcome shade for guests in the U-shaped seating area. Stainless steel rails extend from midcockpit — where the wrap-around windshield begins â “ to the foredeck.

The boatâ s wide swim platform is a couple of steps down from the cockpit. An aft compartment is accessible from the cockpit seating area or the swim step, for convenient fender storage.

Accommodating Interior

Just a few steps down from the helm, the main saloon is a relaxing place to unwind. Thereâ s 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom throughout, and youâ ll find a comfortable dinette that can convert to a double berth.

Adjacent to the dinette, positioned beneath the helm, thereâ s an aft stateroom that can be kept open, to provide more interior seating. Here, the buyer can choose either the standard double berth for guests, or opt for a lounge settee that converts to a berth.

Our test boatâ s interior was attractively trimmed in cherry wood (an option), and the numerous cabinets in the saloon provided abundant stowage â “ along with some cleverly designed features.

The television/VCR combination unit is mounted in a cabinet that swivels to face either the main saloon or the master stateroom. It locks into position, to prevent movement while under way.

An AC/DC electrical panel is concealed behind a smoked plexiglass door in the saloon. Switches are well labeled.

The saloon also features a compact, yet fully equipped galley area. It is outfitted with a large undercounter refrigerator, a two-burner glass-top countertop stove, a round sink with a granite-look Corian insert, a microwave oven and an optional built-in coffeemaker.

The galleyâ s designer faucet is crafted of black chrome, as are the switchplates and all lights aboard the boat. Thereâ s ample counter space, and storage cabinets are plentiful.

Forward, the boatâ s big, comfortable master stateroom offers a huge double berth. Thereâ s an overhead hatch to add light and ventilation, plus side storage areas and a mirrored bulkhead.

The 3470â s full-size â stand-up⠝ head compartment is larger than the one in the 3375 â “ and thereâ s a separate stall shower, for added convenience. The compartment includes a head, sink, vanity and portlight.

With so much to offer in a midsize package, Cruisers Yachtsâ 3470 Express will both surprise and impress guests — and new owners. This is a midsize boat that started out small, then got bigger — and better.

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