9,979 kg gas
1.1 m (IPS)
|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500|
2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6, IPS500
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6, IPS600
By Captain Steve
With her sharp profile, and lots of glass, the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe was a joy to drive, says our test captain. Best cruise was 28.4 mph with a range of over 300 miles.
The 430 Sports Coupe features a settee to port and galley to starboard, and berths fore and aft.
With lots of glass surrounding the coupe cockpit, and the trademark Cruisers Yachts high overhead, there's little concern about visibility. That's my clinometer stuck in the middle of the window for measuring bow rise.
At first I was concerned about the windshield frames blocking the view but it turned out to not be a factor once I got used to it.
Performance and Handling
With an empty weight of 22,000 lbs. (9,979 kg), 3/4 fuel and two people onboard, we had a test weight of 23,700 lbs. (10,750 kg). With twin 370-hp IPS500 pods powering our 430 Sports Coupe we reached a top speed of 37 mph at 3550 rpm. At that speed we were burning 41 gph while getting .9 mpg for a range of 243 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 28.4 mph. Now we were getting a 25 gph fuel burn and 1.14 mpg for a range of 307 miles. We had a time to plane of 6.3 seconds, reached 20 mph in 8.2 seconds, and 30 mph in 15 seconds.
The Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe has a 43’0’’ (13.1 m) LOA, a 13’6’’ (4.1 m) beam and a weight of 22,000 lbs. (9,979 kg) in gasoline.
Now while we didn't get to take the 430 Sports Coupe offshore, a lot can be told about a boat by crossing wakes and seeing how she handles them. In that regard, the 430 Sports Coupe was excellent. Crossing at an angle showed no deflection of our heading, and we seemed to cut right through the waves rather than launch up and over. If I slowed down, we went over, and the re-entry was smooth and well mannered. When I took the wakes on the beam, we had a roughly 5-degree list, and again, with no alteration of heading. And try as I might, I failed to manage to take any spray on the windshield.
The cockpit entertainment center offers options that will make the boater's time at anchor, or even at the dock, as enjoyable as when they're cruising.
The aft seating of the 430 Sports Coupe is much like one would find in any other boat in class. Wrap-around seating with storage underneath, tables that lower to form a sun pad. To port is an entertainment center, and the usual cast of options is available to make it what one wants to use it for. Choose from a Kenyon gas grill (add $1,890), a cockpit fridge (add $2,140) or icemaker (add $2,140).
Now if the boater really wants to class up their 430 Sports Coupe, they can opt for teak decking in either synthetic (add $6,025 for cockpit, same for swim platform) or real teak (add $13,230 for cockpit, $11,815 for swim platform) but that would be hard to justify. I have to say I rather enjoyed the look of the snap-in carpet, and being able to remove it for easy cleaning was a benefit to my way of thinking.
An organized helm awaits the captain of the 430 Sports Coupe and Cruisers Yachts offers two electronics packages to fill the empty space in the center. Notice the grab rail for the observer, and the heat/AC vents to either side.
It appears that Cruisers Yachts went to some effort to mount the controls at an angle and I'm not sure why. I'd like to see both the engine controls and the joystick mounted on the horizontal. Here one can't really see the control buttons on the back of the control head, so if one opts to have any of those features (like cruise control, add $2,285 diesel only) on their boat, they're going to have an issue.
The helm deck is elevated, and accessed via two 6" (15.2 cm) steps from the aft cockpit. The helm looked unremarkable due to the empty space for the nav electronics, and I measured 29" (73.7 cm) of open real estate for accommodating a pair of 12" (30.5 cm) flat panels. Analog gauges were above, and included my two favorites…the rudder angle indicator and depth gauge. Two levels of electronics are available through Cruisers. The base system consists of the depth finder, GPS, and Raymarine E127 widescreen (add $5,965). The premium package upgrades the depth to add temperature, plus a 4kw radar and autopilot (add $21,185 for V-drive, $23,660 for IPS integrated autopilot). VHF can also be added to either package for $810.
To port is the usual lounger that keeps the observer in the conversational range of the captain. The stereo, with 12V supply and MP3 port are just ahead, and there are additional vents for heat/AC as well.
One feature I like about the 430 Sports Coupe is the sliding sunroof. Pull it back and one can stand up as they walk through the windshield to go forward. It's not on an electric slider, but I found it to be counter-weighted just right so that it slides nearly effortlessly on its tracks.
The walkthrough windshield is huge, and thankfully, Cruisers Yachts inter-connected the latches so that when the top latch is turned, the bottom turns with it. A great feature since one can never reach that lower one.
The sofa is upholstered in Ultraleather. It's surrounded in storage cabinets, and the cabinet housing the ship's electrical is to the rear. Plenty of storage is under the master berth and along the sides of the cabin.
Adjacent to the stairs is a liquor cabinet. Notice the cherry veneer against the synthetic teak deck.
The hull side windows, combined with the overhead hatches, add a lot of natural light to this salon.
Moving Down Below Decks…
As soon as one walks down the stairs, they are met with an open and roomy salon that has impossibly high overheads. In fact, I couldn't even reach the overhead at 7'3" (2.21 m). The queen island berth is forward and privacy is via a curtain that pulls across. Cruisers Yachts is big on storage and there are the usual accommodations below and to the sides, but not everyone puts the storage in the bow flare, and I was happy to see it here.
At the aft end of the salon are two cherry laminate doors. To starboard is the head with a separate shower stall. To port is the aft cabin with twin guest berths, and they easily convert to a single queen. More importantly, this aft stateroom features a separate vanity and water closet, which makes a perfect combination for two people to get ready for a night on the town at the same time.
A few of the features that the 430 Sports Coupe offers are two ensuite staterooms, side deck and a walkthrough windshield to the bow, and a sun roof.
Power and Pricing
There are a couple choices for powering the 430 Sports Coupe. For diesel there is the 370-hp IPS500s for $757,680, or the 435-hp IPS600s for $803,690.
The Dynamic Positioning System can also be added for $25,205, both of which are activated by buttons already on the control module and joystick, so no additional dash drilling is required.
Cruisers Yachts did a good job with the 430 Sports Coupe. Her fit-and-finish are executed very well, and I found her to be a comfortable boat inside and out.
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|Pricing Range||$757,000.00 - $804,000.00|