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Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-)
Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-)
Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express has an exceptional amount of usable deck space for her LOA, thanks in part to the lengthy swim platform extension beyond the hull. The mid cabin layout and large, enclosed head is a sure family pleaser. But what we like best is the forward cabin that seats six for dinner and sleeps two.

Key Features

  • Port side chaise lounge
  • Helm seat with flip-up bolster
  • 12V refrigerator in galley
  • 25 quart integrated cooler
  • Cockpit carpeting
  • Stainless steel ski tow
  • Extended swim platform
  • Cockpit table
  • Cockpit wet bar with sink and storage
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with USB port and 4 speakers

Specifications

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Specifications
Length Overall 28’ 8''
8.74 m
Dry Weight 6,805 lbs.
3,087 kg w/ eng
Beam 8’ 6''
2.59 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 39.5''
1.00 m
Fuel Cap 68 gal.
257 L
Deadrise/Transom 18-deg. Water Cap N/A
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 87.5''
2.22 m
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

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C DPS catalyzed
1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta V8-320C DPS catalyzed
1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350C DPS
1 x 380-hp V8-380C DPS catalyzed
4 single MerCruiser engine options from 300-hp to 430-hp

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Captain's Report

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express has a sleek profile and a roomy, versatile cockpit. The adjustable sun lounge provides generous aft seating above the extended swim platform.

The Mission

The Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express is an upscale cruising boat with a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) which makes it a trailerable cruiser -- sometimes called a "pocket cruiser''. She has an array of amenities that set the stage for an opulent experience on the water. The size and layout of the boat make her a versatile platform, equally comfortable for a day of watersports with the family, or over-nighting at a favorite destination. For those moving up from a sportboat, this could well be a stepping stone to something larger -- but, for many boaters, she has all of the amenities that will ever be needed for family boating.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express is a big boat for length and class. She is at home on small lakes and big, and is ideal for cruising the rivers and canals of Europe.

Distinguishing Features

Dual Cockpit Entry. Much like a large motoryacht, the CSS 275 Express has both port and starboard side entries to her cockpit which is flush with the raised swim platform.

Raised, Long Swim Platform. By raising the swim platform to the level of the cockpit deck, Cruisers Sport Series has eliminated a small step up that is invariable something that many people stumble going up or twist their ankle going down. By being long, the platform extends past the lower unit for safety and provides a large space for preparing for watersport activities. When getting underway, it will not drag in the water.

Big Boat Construction. The 275 Express is built to the same standards that are in the large Cruisers Yachts models that currently range to 54' (16.5 m). For example, there are 7 layers of fiberglass in the 275 Express’ hull just as there is in the company's 54-footer. We know of no other builder of boats this size that does that.

Large Yacht Upholstery and Materials. Likewise, the CSS 275 interior, both in the cockpit and down below, are made with exactly the same fabrics, solid surface counter tops and upholstery as the company's large yachts.

Imedge Gel Coat. The 275 Express has the same Imedge CCP gel coat as used in the large Cruisers Yachts. It is harder, has a deeper color, and better UV protection for longer color life. Not surprisingly, it costs 30% more than the gel coat typically used in class.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The deck layout of the Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express is open and functional. The wet bar and cockpit table add additional functionality to this space. Storage is plentiful throughout the deck area.

A Versatile Family Cockpit

There comes a time for most people when it is time to step up from a bowrider, pontoon boat or small fishing boat and move into a cruising boat for expanded horizons. That is what the 275 Express is for. The adjustable sun lounge is at the center of the cockpit and provides a range of seating and lounging options.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

Seen here in the aft-facing chaise positions, the versatile aft seat becomes a good place when at anchor to watch the sun go down or the kids swimming in the water.

3-Way Seat. The large, adjustable sun lounge is in the center of the cockpit and provides a transition to the aft swim platform. The lounge is comfortably cushioned and can be adjusted to a variety of positions. The lounge can be set up as a forward bench seat, or aft facing aft while at anchor, or laid flat to provide a large padded sundeck.

2-Way Chaise. The chaise seating to port opposite the helm is another good place to take the rays. Cruisers has thoughtfully installed angled back rests both facing forward and facing aft, so the seat is really two chaise seats in one.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The cockpit wet bar is easily accessed and convenient to the sun lounge. Beneath the fresh water sink is a cabinet that securely stores a cooler out of the way. Drink holders and a flip up countertop round out the wet bar.

Wet Bar. To port is a wet bar, equipped with a sink and room below for an optional refrigerator. Opposite is a fold up table that can be used to prepare sandwiches. To port is a standard wet bar and companion chaise lounge, while the cockpit table and helm are to starboard. Boaters who like to cook out might put a charcoal BBQ and an aftermarket rod holder in one of the gunwales.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The helm station is sporty and ergonomic with conveniently placed controls and easy to read gauges. The binnacle control is mounted on the starboard gunnel for comfortable operation. The cup holder and stereo controls are within simple reach.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

Helm seating is comfortably cushioned and adjustable. The padded bench style seat with flip up bolster allows the driver a variety of seating options while underway.

Sporty Helm. The helm station has a dapper and performance-oriented feel. All controls are conveniently located and the large gauges are easy to read. Important switches like the horn are thoughtfully placed convenient to the steering wheel. Remote controls for the stereo and a 12V AC adapter are present. A 4” screen GPS system is optional, and would be located right in the middle of the instrument panel.

Helm Seating. The helm seat is wide and comfortably padded. A flip-up bolster provides a choice of seating and leaning options. The seat is adjustable forward and backward. The steering wheel is located in the middle of the doublewide seat -- so which side would the companion sit on? That's easy. The captain simply slides to the right next to the throttle and shift lever and steers with the left hand.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The galley is to port upon entering the cabin. It is appropriately appointed, stylishly designed and contains a generous amount of storage.

Below Decks

Going below we find an interior that is practical, versatile and well-executed. To port is the galley with a glass stovetop, refrigerator, sink and microwave oven up high, just where we like it. To starboard there is a fully enclosed wet head with a mirror, freshwater sink, and opening portlight.

Dining/Salon/Sleeping Cabin. Forward is the cozy U-shaped seating that triples as a salon, a dining room, and makes into a berth for two. To those who have never over-nighted on a boat with these accommodations, they may seem impractical and inconvenient. In fact, this is a rather standard arrangement on both power and sailboats in the mid-size range.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

Forward seating in the cabin of the 275 Express is versatile and can be used in a variety of fashions. With the dinette table removed the cabin provides an open feel with U-shaped lounge seating.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

Inserting the table provides an efficient and comfortable place to enjoy drinks or a meal. Add some mood lighting, a red checked table cloth and some good red wine and the venue will be tough to beat.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The filler cushion converts the area into a full berth for total relaxation. Sheets can be fitted but many people just use sleeping bags because they are so easy.

Atmosphere with Good Friends. Sitting around the table at night with a couple of candles and a good bottle of wine and a simple meal from the galley -- and good conversation! -- is frankly one of the great joys of any boater's life. And when the conversation wanes, or the wine runs out, the table can be easily cleared, lowered and transformed into a platform bed for two.

Mid Cabin. On the port side of the vessel behind the galley, is a passageway to the mid cabin, which like all boats in class, is located under the bridge deck. It is a double bed with one mattress and it can be easily crawled into. Some families put the kids here, others visa versa. This arrangement also makes it possible for two (well-acquainted) couples to cruise together.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The mid cabin is located beneath the helm and provides a comfortable place to lay down. The space is smartly engineered and an average sized adult can sit or lay down with room to spare.

High Fit-and-Finish.

The entire boat has a consistent upscale feel to it with a highly polished finish. From the aft swim platform to the head and cabin, the boat has the hardware, upholstery and finish work of a yacht. That is not an accident. As mentioned above, virtually all of the materials in the 275 Express are the same used in the Cruisers Yachts line, which stretches into million dollar yachts.

What we didn't mention above was the fact that the 275 Express -- and all of the other Cruisers Sport Series models -- are built in the same factory by the same people who build the million-dollar yachts. This is very good news for the consumer because it means that the attention to detail that the shop floor personnel have been trained to give to yachts will carry over to the smaller boats as well. We're told that as a result of this set-up more man-hours go into construction of each CSS boat.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

She's a pocket cruiser that is built with the same materials as are used in Cruisers Yachts' 54-footer.

Standard Equipment

The 275 Express is loaded with standard amenities and in fact most of the optional features are simply an upgraded version of what is already standard. A refrigerator, microwave oven, stereo, Bimini top, canvas cockpit cover, and trim tabs are some of the notable standard items. For many people the boat is turn-key as standard.

Single Engine

One of the advantages of the of the 275 Express is that she is powered by a single engine, something that saves expense both when buying and operating the boat. For most folks, we would recommend getting one of the higher horsepower engines available, something between 380-hp and 430-hp.

Price

The base MSRP with the optional Volvo Penta V8-300C DPS 300-hp engine is $114,530.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express

The standard Bimini top provides good protection over the majority of the cockpit when deployed. When not in use the Bimini folds back out of the way and can be booted. The optional camper enclosure provides full protection from the elements and converts the Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express into a 3 season boat.

Observations

Who is This Boat For? The Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express is for boaters who want more than a day boat. Boaters who enjoy watersports, weekend cruising, and entertaining will get the most out of this model. Discriminating buyers who value a plush finish and comfortable amenities will appreciate the finer points of the 275 Express. Her price is a slight premium to other boats in this class, but given that she has the heart and soul of the Cruisers Yachts in terms of materials, laminating schedule and labor, it is a price worth paying for people who want the best money can buy.

For Traveling, Too. While most people only use their boats around home, a few like to explore and discover new cursing grounds. Going any serious distance on the water can be either slow or expensive, or both. Because of the 275 Express' 8'6" (2.59 m) beam she can zip down I-95, or the I-5, or any other well-paved road and visit distant waters on a two week vacation. For that, she is ideally suited.

And, with a boat built like this one, foul weather is really not much of a concern. Just button up the Bimini.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Windlass Optional
Galley
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Camper Back Optional
Cockpit Cover Standard
Full Canvas Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Warranty

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Price

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express (2015-) Price
Pricing Range $114,000.00 - $138,000.00
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.


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