Cruisers Yachts 447 Sedan vs. Sea Ray 440 Sedan - 09/30/2009
Regular readers of BoatTEST know that we are partial to sedans and convertibles that eliminate a lower helm station. We think lower helms are a waste of space – space that can be better used for a larger salon. Both Cruisers Yachts and Sea Ray have eliminated the lower helm station in the models we will be comparing.
Three differences jump out at us when we look at the basic specs: 1) The Cruisers Yachts 447 is 1,000 lbs. heavier, 2) it draws 6” more, and 3) it is 3” wider in the beam than the Sea Ray 44. Overall, the Cruisers Yachts 447 appears to slightly larger boat. We have not included the LOA in this comparison because every boat builder measures their boats slightly differently and we find that comparing the beam and displacement measurements are far better at giving us a sense of the true size of the boat.
Two Big Differences
There are two large differences between these two boats when you go below. One is “galley up” (the Cruisers Yachts 447) and one is “galley down” (the Sea Ray 44.) This is a major difference and one that may well be the deciding factor as to which boat you buy. Which do you prefer?
The second major difference is the large, full beam VIP guest stateroom (or perhaps the master?) in the Cruisers Yachts 447. This layout is unusual in a 44-footer. Because this model has the galley in the salon, the builder was able to turn that space into a full beam stateroom, complete with seat, space for a washer/dryer combo, as well as cabinet space. The Sea Ray 44, essentially shares this space between its galley down and a smaller guest stateroom.
People liking the galley down will have to ask themselves if they are willing to accept a small stateroom in order to have it.
Another difference can be seen in the heads. Both boats have two heads, which is good. The Sea Ray 44 has separate shower stalls in each head. The guest head in the Cruisers Yachts has a shower integral to the head. However, the Cruisers Yachts 447 guest head is “en suite”, which means it can be reached privately from the mid cabin. The Sea Ray 44’s second head is not en suite and must be reached from the galley area. Take your pick.
Driving the differences here is the galley up or down decision. Obviously this is the big difference between the two boats. Both have a sofa that makes into another bed, both have a love seat, and both have a settee to port. Additionally, the Cruisers Yachts 447 has a galley in this space.
Essentially the cockpits in the two yachts are basically the same layout. Both have a bench seat at the transom, a molded-in fiberglass stairway to the flying bridge, and both have molded-in steps to the side decks, and engine room access through a hatch in the cockpit deck.
Flying Bridge Comparisons
The Flying Bridges
There are three major differences in the flying bridges in our opinion. First, is the windshield on the Cruisers Yachts 447. This is a relatively high windshield and it has a single windshield wiper. The Sea Ray 44 has a plexy wind diverter that will protect the skipper and the navigator from wind. In rainy weather both boats will use isinglass. On the Cruisers Yachts 447 the isinglass will attach to the top of the windshield frame and on the Sea Ray 44 it will attach in front of the wind diverter. It is easier to see through a windshield with a windshield wiper than through isinglass in stormy conditions.
The second difference is the companion or navigator seat that is to port of the helm seat on the Sea Ray 44. The companion seating on the Cruisers Yachts 447 is the forward area of the wrap around lounge seat which means that the companion will be facing the skipper. Two pairs of eyes comfortably facing forward are better than one, particularly when the boat is going fast.
Thirdly, the Cruisers Yachts has a sunpad abaft the wrap around lounge seating. Obviously this area could be also used to stow a life raft or water toys.
There are many other differences between these two fine boats. We invite you to read what our test captains have to say about the boats. As far as the details of construction, fit and finish, and decor go, obviously you must compare the two boats in person. Take a look at the pictures and read the write-ups on BoatTEST.com to get some guidance first, visit their respective websites, and then see them in person.
Cruisers Yachts 447 Sedan—
Sea Ray 44 Sedan Bridge—