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Brief Summary

Cruisers Yachts has recently entered a realm that market research has shown the entire industry is trending towards… that of outboard powered cruisers. The company’s first, but surely not the last, entry into this growing segment is the 338 OB. A class-packed weekender that is already turning heads. She’s got a large layout with multiple gathering areas that make her a qualified day boat, and a modest cabin and head that allows her to venture well beyond the home marina and firmly plants her into the overnight category. We took her out on her world premier for a full features inspection and performance evaluation to see how Cruisers has done, and in a word, she was impressive. Both to us and everyone we passed.

Key Features

  • Convertible sun pad
  • Cooler storage and bow storage
  • Full-featured helm seat with lower storage
  • Head with a toilet, sink, and shower system
  • Under floor storage for ski equipment
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 32' 10''
    10.01 m
    Beam 10' 10''
    3.30 m
    Dry Weight 12,470 lbs.
    5,656 kg
    Tested Weight 13,502 lbs.
    6,124 kg
    Draft N/A
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21.5-deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 8' 4''
    2.54 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 219 gal.
    829 L
    Water Capacity 25 gal.
    95 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 350-hp Mercury Verado
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.6 3.1 2.0 1.8 1.5 350 304.2 58
    1000 5.8 5.0 2.0 2.9 2.5 567 492.8 62
    1500 7.8 6.7 4.0 1.9 1.7 382 332.1 69
    2000 9.4 8.1 6.5 1.4 1.3 284 246.5 73
    2500 10.4 9.0 10.5 1.0 0.9 195 169.8 74
    3000 11.8 10.2 16.0 0.7 0.6 145 125.9 78
    3500 20.9 18.2 20.0 1.0 0.9 206 179.1 81
    4000 35.0 30.4 23.5 1.5 1.3 294 255.3 82
    4500 40.1 34.8 29.5 1.4 1.2 268 232.7 84
    5000 45.6 39.7 39.0 1.2 1.0 230 200.4 87
    5500 49.5 43.0 49.0 1.0 0.9 199 173.0 85
    5800 53.8 46.8 61.0 0.9 0.8 174 151.2 89
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 304.2 563 5.80 7.57 0.77 58
    1000 492.8 912 9.30 7.57 1.23 62
    1500 332.1 615 12.60 15.14 0.81 69
    2000 246.5 457 15.10 24.61 0.60 73
    2500 169.8 314 16.70 39.75 0.43 74
    3000 125.9 233 19.00 60.57 0.30 78
    3500 179.1 332 33.60 75.71 0.43 81
    4000 255.3 473 56.30 88.96 0.64 82
    4500 232.7 431 64.50 111.67 0.60 84
    5000 200.4 370 73.40 147.63 0.51 87
    5500 173.0 320 79.70 185.48 0.43 85
    5800 151.2 280 86.60 230.91 0.38 89

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.0 sec.
    0 to 30 11.8 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 16x18 Enertia
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 76 deg., 60 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    • Electrical
    • Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB will be turning heads wherever she goes -- which will be pretty much anywhere.

      Overview

      When a company already has a boat that can host a small army of friends for cruising, picnics, grilling or towing watersports by day, be a sunset cocktail platform in the evening, yet also be an overnight cabin cruiser with sleeping and living accommodations comfortable enough for a couple… oh, and the ability to tackle blue water as well as inland lakes, how does it improve on its already well established success?

      Well, in the case of Cruisers Yachts, it converts the power plant of that boat to a system that is well planted in a growing market trend… outboards. Such is the case with the latest launch to come out of the Cruisers Yachts factory, the 338 OB. We recently had the opportunity to test this boat and ride along for her world premier and found it to be a combination that hit the proverbial ball right out of the park. Now, this multi-functional bowrider, that can be loaded up with friends and family – up to 16, according to our count — can accommodate trips to a remote destination for overnights while cranking out good times during the days, is now outboard powered and she handles great.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 OB
      The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB has a LOA of 32'10" (10.01 m), a beam of 10'10" (3.30 m), and a dry weight of 12,470 lbs. (5,656 kg).

      Features Inspection

      The Bow

      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. 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-quart 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. At the foredeck is a hatch concealing a recessed optional windlass with the anchor and rode running through the stem leaving a clean look to the bow.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      There’s plenty of room here for half a dozen people to sit in an inviting conversational atmosphere.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The usual accommodations for storage are underneath the seats, and note the wide, double action hinges. It's so much more convenient not having to hold open the cushion to add or retrieve items from the storage.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Under the aft seat cushion is dedicated storage for the standard 48 quart (45.4 L) cooler.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      A trash receptacle is located just under the step to the walkthrough. Notice the deck drain in the corner and the courtesy light next to the speaker.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The walkthrough between the bow in the cockpit is off to the port hand side. This design scheme allows for standing headroom below throughout the mid-cabin.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Cruisers didn’t forget the air dam for operating on chilly mornings. It’s hinged and lies flush against the bulkhead when not in use.

      The Helm

      The helm is at once elegant and functional with carbon fiber paneling accented with brushed stainless steel and vinyl trim accents. Dual fuel gauges take a prominent location to the upper left of the panel. A trio of multi function gauges takes the center top position. To the mid-left of the panel is an optional Raymarine E97 display. A VHF radio can be added. The wheel is leather wrapped with color matched accent stitching. All switches are toggle type and lighted at the ends when activated.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Cruisers went all out creating an elegant and functional workstation for the 338 OB.

      The Cockpit

      The cockpit makes an equally inviting atmosphere with the captain and observer seats swiveling around to join the conversation. Again, as with the bow, an optional pedestal table completes the warm ambiance. A wet bar is offered as an option with either a cooler or a cockpit refrigerator.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      While the captain and observer’s seats may not be double wide, "extra-wide" would certainly be an accurate statement, and they are certainly big enough for two chums. Both swivel around to join the conversation at the aft seats. Note the cockpit depth which adds to the safety factor of the 338 OB. This boat is made to order for small children.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Classy, quilted padding on the bulwarks is stitched with thread that matches the accent colors throughout the cockpit. Speaker grills are stainless steel.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The companion seat features the same flip-up bolster and flip-down armrests as the captain’s seat. The swivel lever is easy to access.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The aft seat back easily converts to a sun pad wide enough for two tall people.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The aft facing transom seat makes a wonderful place to relax and watch the kids enjoy their time in the water. Notice the concealed swim ladder is mounted off to the side, away from the sharp edges of the running gear. Sound from the dual speakers is controlled by an optional remote control to the left of the seat.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The walkthrough to the cockpit is to the starboard side. Cockpit carpeting is standard, this woven mat is an optional upgrade. Note the two hinges on the swim platform that allow the aft seat to be raised to access the sterndrive engines below.

      The Cabin

      And now we come to the most distinguishing feature of the 338 OB… the cabin. Of course it seems like a contradiction of terms to discuss a cabin and a bowrider in the same sentence, but it’s accurate here. 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 Yachts 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.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The door to the cabin is located just to the port side of the helm. A flexible screen can be inserted here if anchored in a buggy location, but offshore breezes usually keep them away.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The wood tread stairs are built on stainless tube frames, and notice how the nonskid strips accent woodgrain rather than conceal it.
      Cruisers Yachts 328 Bow Rider
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      To the portside are the electronics, nestled into a small shelf above the seating.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The cabin isn't just for sleeping, it also makes a comfortable space to sit and relax before turning in for the night.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Having the seating convert to a berth adds much more utility to the cabin than just having a dedicated berth that can only be used at night.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Cruiser's cabinetry is all built in-house and expertly finished. The refrigerator is at right.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      An optional microwave will add to the build list.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The flatscreen TV is optional and it's recessed into a wood trimmed cutout in the padded bulkhead.
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      No space is wasted, here additional storage can be found behind the seat back. Notice how the hatch can be held in place with a support arm.

      Attention to Detail

      One of the things that is impressive about this 338 OB is the level Cruisers Yachts 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.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      Inside the enclosed wet head is an interesting sink design: a half pipe with a glass barrier.

      Performance

      The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB has a LOA of 32’10” (10.01 m) and a beam of 10’10” (3.30 m). With an empty weight of 12,470 lbs. (5,656 kg), 50% fuel, and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 13,502 lbs. (6,124 kg). Powered by twin 350-hp Mercury Verados turning 16x18 Enertia props, we reached a top speed of 53.8 mph at 5800 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 61 gph for a range of 174 statute miles.

      Best cruise was 35 mph at 4000 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 23.5 gph while still holding back a 10% reserve. We reached time-to-plane in 4.0 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6.6 seconds, and continued accelerating to 30 mph in 11.8 seconds.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 OB
      The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB had a top speed of 53.8 mph at 5800 rpm and reached planing speed in 4 seconds.

      Options To Consider

      Every good builder designs each boat to accommodate a wide range of customers. The only way to do that is by making options available that will meet the needs specific to each customer. This 338 OB is no exception. Here are some of the options that we think should be considered--

      Electrical

      We would start with the electrical system. Here it is important to carefully consider how the cabin of the boat will be used. Will it be used at anchor now and then, more or less like camping out? Will it be used only at a marina? Will it be used on the hook for extended periods in tropical locations? What level of amenities and comfort are desired below?

      An Inverter.

      The answers to these questions will determine what options to buy. For any use other than a casual "camping out" night or two aboard will mean extra batteries with an inverter. (Inverters take DC power from a battery and, utilizing sophisticated circuitry, change it into 120 Volt AC current. But they will only provide 120 Volt AC power as long as there is ample juice left in the 12 Volt batteries. It is strongly recommended that you have a separate, dedicated engine starting battery to avoid accidentally draining the entire 12V system.) Marina operation will mean a 120V inverter so shore power can be used for 12V appliances and recharging the batteries. Those requiring 120V can be run off shore power.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The quilted patterns in the bulwark padding are all done in-house using UV-resistant Gore-Tenera thread.

      More Power to You.

      For those planning on spending several nights anchored out, particularly in the tropics, air conditioning might be wanted. Then a generator will be needed. A 5 kW gas genset or 5 kW diesel are available as options, and both will be enclosed in a sound protective shield. It's nice to be able to cook while underway so a microwave is an option. Food will need to be stored somewhere, which means a refrigerator. A flatscreen TV is offered as an option as well. An electric head with holding tank comes standard, but no one wants to deal with a troublesome head so why not upgrade to a centrifuge system with a holding tank?

      Exterior and Mechanical

      We're going to need at least two cockpit tables, one forward and one aft. There's no sense having a class act boat like this with the standard stereo. An upgrade includes an amplifier, two additional speakers, sub woofer, and remote controls at the bow and stern. A transom shower is a must have option. Might as well go the full class route with the underwater lights and an anchor windlass with line and chain.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      While it would have been just as easy to use a plain door to the cabin, the honeycomb pattern added to this one, signalling higher quality.

      Pricing

      The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB is available with twin 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards for $412,022.

      Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider
      The helm features carbon fiber panels. Accent pieces are double stitched with the same UV resistant thread seen in the cockpit.

      Observations

      Cruisers Yachts has made a smart move by venturing into this growing segment of outboard power and has done so with a boat that is at once versatile, comfortable, and good looking. Her handling was on par with the best of the company’s boats and it was one of those tests that we just didn’t want to end. In fact, we just kept driving her into the late hours until they said we “had to give it back!” So goes the life of testing boats. No matter how much we tried, they just needed it for everyone else. Her new owner will have a boatload of bragging rights with a premium level weekender that is setting a new direction for a company that has done so well with inboard and sterndrive powered boats, and is sure to do well with outboards. It’s off to a good start.

      Test Result Highlights

      • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 338 OB (2019-) is 53.8 mph (86.6 kph), burning 61.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 230.89 liters per hour (lph).
      • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 338 OB (2019-) is 35.0 mph (56.3 kph), and the boat gets 1.5 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.64 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 294 miles (473.15 kilometers).
      • Tested power is 2 x 350-hp Mercury Verado.

      Standard and Optional Features

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