The Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider measures 32'11" (9.98 m) LOA with a 10'6" (3.20 m) beam, and that means she can be loaded up with friends and family -- up to 16 people according to our count -- to spend the day on the water. But what about the once in awhile trips to the remote destination for overnights? The CSS 328 has that covered as well. She's got a mid cabin with standing headroom suitable for two people to sleep quite comfortably, and mini galley and an enclosed wet head. And now those "once-in-a-while" overnight trips become once every weekend.
The bow area is recessed below the main cockpit deck and offers a roomy layout for half a dozen people to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling crowded by knocking knees. (Remember, this boat has a 10'6" beam, much of which is carried well forward.) An optional pedestal table adds to the inviting atmosphere ($915). There are accommodations for storage under each of the seats and a dedicated place for the table. Drink holders are nestled into the bulwarks along with speakers. The fit and finish is on par with the premium build. Drink holders are stainless steel. Stainless grab rails are mounted low to the caprail.
Bow Riding Offshore. As this boat is made for blue water (Bimini, anyone?), the bow cockpit is deep, with full-size back rests plus a raised grab rail port and starboard. Riding here should be comfortable in normal conditions at all speeds thanks to her deep-V bottom and high freeboard. Speed and wave height will determine comfort sitting here offshore, but if speed matches the conditions we think the bow will be a fun place to sit in all but sloppy conditions.
Because of the J-shaped seating, two people can be seated facing forward, something that most bowriders can't accommodate. Under this seat is a standard slide out 48-qt. cooler for beverages. By having a cooler here, guests up front don't have to depend on their friends aft to keep them well supplied.
Just to the left of the helm is the cabin door leading into a spacious and well laid out mid-cabin. With this clever design, Cruisers was able to design a cabin with standing headroom throughout, and even include the now requisite amenities that overnight boaters are demanding such as an enclosed wet head, mini galley, TV, stereo, and even air conditioning. Naturally these are options, but making them available requires making space to accommodate them, and here it is done with style included.
One of the things that is impressive about this 328 Bow Rider is the level Cruisers Sport Series has gone to with its attention to detail. Everywhere the eye can move shows another example of how just a little more attention was taken to fine-tune the product and enhance its appeal. This is the kind of TLC that separates a high-end builder such as Cruisers from high-volume production boat builders.
As this is an EVC-controlled boat, we let the auto trim control the outdrives making for effortless driving. She comes up on plane with just a momentary loss of visibility to the horizon. Time-to-plane is remarkably fast for this weight of boat. While the 328 was equipped with trim tabs we never felt the need to use them and they would probably only be necessary for an uneven distribution of weight.
Turning. When turning she rolls only 11-degrees into the turn remaining comfortable throughout. She presents a wonderfully solid ride, remaining barely perceptible when crossing through wakes throwing hardly any spray. This also makes her one of the driest boats we've operated in class.
Drive-by-Wire. Response to the digital controls was instantaneous and we also used the engine sync to match the two engines together. With her 11,000-lb.+ displacement and her deep-V bottom she was a joy to take through the chop and her ride was just as soft as one might expect with this bottom shape.
When it was time to come back into the dock the stern drive joystick made it ever so easy to dock the 328 with nearly surgical precision and accuracy. This should remove any doubts about whether transitioning up into a boat this size will present any difficulties.
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