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Brief Summary

We tested four Cruisers Sport Series sportboats in two days ranging from the 238 Bow Rider up to the 298 Bow Rider and during that time we had the opportunity to compare the ride and functionality of each. The surprising discovery was that the smallest of the four, the 238 Bow Rider seen above, rode nearly as well as the the bigger boats. Our report will explain why as well as to report on how Mercury's new 4.5 L 250-hp sterndrive performed. The bottom line is she has the heft and feel of a much bigger boat.

Key Features

  • Image premium gel coat
  • Aft sundeck convertible to 3 positions
  • Helm and companion seat with flip-up bolster
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with USB port and 4 speakers
  • Flush-mounted lift-up cleats
  • Head compartment with sink and faucet
  • Cooler in bow
  • Extended swim platform
  • Stainless steel ski tow
  • Bimini top with boot
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 8''
    7.21 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4,431 lbs.
    2,010 kg(w/ eng)
    Tested Weight 5,074 lbs.
    2,302 kg
    Draft 38.75''
    0.98 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 57.5''
    1.46 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 55 gal.
    208 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    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 1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5L MPI
    Opt. Power 2 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B1
    2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B3
    2 x 270-hp Volvo Penta V8-270C DPS
    2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C DPS

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.1 2.7 0.8 4.1 3.6 205 178 71
    1000 5.5 4.7 1.3 4.2 3.7 208 180 75
    1500 7.3 6.3 2.2 3.4 3.0 168 146 77
    2000 9.2 8.0 4.3 2.2 1.9 107 93 83
    2500 14.1 12.3 6.1 2.3 2.0 114 99 86
    3000 23.2 20.2 6.6 3.5 3.1 175 152 87
    3500 29.4 25.6 8.1 3.6 3.2 180 156 88
    4000 33.1 28.8 9.3 3.6 3.1 177 154 90
    4500 38.7 33.6 14.6 2.7 2.3 131 114 93
    5000 44.8 39.0 19.3 2.3 2.0 115 100 94
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 178 330 5.00 2.84 1.76 71
    1000 180 335 8.90 4.92 1.78 75
    1500 146 270 11.70 8.14 1.45 77
    2000 93 172 14.80 16.09 0.91 83
    2500 99 183 22.70 23.09 0.98 86
    3000 152 282 37.30 24.79 1.51 87
    3500 156 290 47.30 30.66 1.54 88
    4000 154 285 53.30 35.01 1.52 90
    4500 114 211 62.30 55.27 1.13 93
    5000 100 185 72.10 72.87 0.99 94

    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 11.0 sec.
    Ratio
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 25 lbs. of gear
    Climate 74 deg., 55 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 562

    Captain's Report

    Mission

    The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider is designed to be a luxurious bowrider that can be used in both freshwater and saltwater for all sorts of watersports activities. With a 21-degree deadrise and weighing in at 4,640 lbs. (2,105 kgs.) dry, the 238 Bow Rider should be one of the best riding boats in her class in choppy conditions at speed, and one of the most stable at rest.Her cockpit depth is about 30" (75.7 cm) bow to stern and her standard extended swim platform more than covers the lower unit when in the down position. All of this makes it a safe family boat, and while she is not the smallest boat in the Cruisers Sport Series line, she is a place where many boaters will enjoy starting.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has an overall length of 23’8” (7.21 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and a draft up of 22.5” (0.57 m). With 41 gallons (155 L) of fuel, and 2 people aboard we had an estimated test weight of 5,074 lbs. (2,302 kgs).

    Distinguishing Features

    Following is a list of features that set this boat apart from most others in class--

    Construction

    Standard extended swim platform design

    High freeboard and deep cockpit seating

    Ride quality

    Stepped hull

    Upholstery quality

    Unusual styling

    Greater displacement

    Head compartment

    Bow ladder

    Double in-deck storage compartments

    Standard Bimini and cockpit covers

    Details of Distinguishing Features

    Extended "Watersports" Platform.

    The most distinguishing feature of the CSS 238 Bow Rider is her extended watersports platform. Traditionally, we call this a "swim" platform, because that was the origin of its function. But in this day and age, where towing water toys of many sizes, as well as wake boarding are far more popular than skiing, a different kind of stern platform is required, and Cruisers Sport Series has provided it.

    Because watersports

    are a primary mission for this boat, and all watersports are done off the stern, it follows that much of the boat's action will take place on the stern. That's why the builder has made it extra large with a standard extension. Not only does it extend past the lower unit in the down position, but it also provides a huge area for staging, and putting on skis or wakeboards -- something that is much easier to do on deck than it is in the water.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider extended platform
    The 238 Bow Rider's extended watersports platform is about 12" (30.2 cm) off the water, higher than most other boats in class.

    Stern Platform Design.

    The 238 Bow Rider's watersports platform has been designed to be higher off the water than most others in class. At this height people can sit on the platform and dangle their feet in the water without worry about a passing wave getting them wet. It also keeps feet well above the lower unit.The main platform and its extension are angled in port and starboard so that when leaving a dock bow first the platform does not hit the dock. Another benefit of having the high platform is that there is only a small step up to the passageway into the cockpit.

    Stern Amenities.

    A stainless steel tow bit for tubing is located in the center of the transom. (A towing tower is optional.) On the port side is a stereo remote control and a motor tilt switch for convenience when launching the boat from a trailer. A fresh water shower wand to rinse off after a swim is located near the 4-step ladder and transom gate.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider extended platform
    The extended watersports platform is designed so that when leaving the dock bow first, when the stern swings inward the platform will clear the dock and not be banged up.

    The extended watersports platform is designed so that when leaving the dock bow first, when the stern swings inward the platform will clear the dock and not be banged up.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider stern platform
    The expansive stern platform on the 238 Bow Rider has the room for two people to put on water skis at the same time. It is also an ideal place to store water toys and inflated tubes when going to and from the towing area. This frees up the cockpit for guests.

    Convertible Rear Seating/Sun Pad.

    This convertible arrangement provides three functions: 1) Sitting facing forward when cruising along; 2) With the seat back in the forward position, it converts into a chaise for lounging when at anchor and watching activities behind the boat; and, 3) with the seat back in the down position it creates a large sun pad for two.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider seating
    Comfortable seating for 3 while the boat is at rest.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider chaise lounge
    Then converts to a chaise lounge for some laid back lounging on the stern…
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider sun pad
    …and then transitions into a full size sun pad for the sun worshipers on board. And all this is easily accomplished by one person, in seconds. Note that the sun pad is contiguous with the port side bench seat.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider head
    Mom and the kids will appreciate the option of having a head aboard. While it is a bit tight for an adult to change clothes in, children will be able to wiggle out of wet bathing suits and into dry clothes in privacy. The sink at left is outside the compartment which makes it handy and saves room inside.

    Head Compartment.

    Very few boats this size have a head compartment and no premium boat has one. Nevertheless, Cruisers has managed to find a way to install a head compartment without harming the lines of he boat. There is 26” (66.04 cm) of sitting head room over the optional Porta-Potti and 48” (121.92 cm) head room inside the head at the doorway.

    Inside the head

    is an opening portlight for ventilation and a faux teak sole. There is an option for a pump out Porta-Potti, which is something we'd consider.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider head compartment
    The wash basin and head compartment are located just forward of the companion seat.

    Deep Cockpit Seating.

    The high freeboard at the bow of 34” (86.36 cm) created a 29.75” (75.56 cm) cockpit depth forward and some nice deep bow seating. And with a 21” (53.34 cm) wide walkthrough at the windshield, made it easy to access from the cockpit.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider bow
    The stainless steel grab rails extend the length of the seating area on both sides to provide the passengers with a solid hand hold while underway. The chaise lounge configuration is very comfortable and provides a nice secure feeling thanks to the high freeboard at the bow.

    Each chaise lounge at the bow has a retractable arm rest that easily raises up, locks into place and with the touch of a release button, and drops back down into place. The seats themselves are on double hinges so they can be easily lifted up to access storage. Next to the seating areas are the sound system speakers and two stainless steel cup holders.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider carpet bins
    Under the forward seating are two carpet-covered bins. This one has dedicated storage for the side-mount pedestal table. Note the double-hinged at left which articulates, making opening the hatch easy.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider footwell
    The bow seating area is uniquely designed with a curved foot well forward for more knee room.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider filler cushion
    With the optional center cushions installed at the bow, a large sun pad is created. It is big enough for three people, two facing forward and one facing aft in the center. This space, together with the sun pad in the stern, gives the 238 Bow Rider virtually as much sunning capacity as the bigger boats in the line.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider boarding ladder
    An additional 4-step beach boarding ladder is stowed in a recessed locker in the bow that also serves as the anchor locker. This will come in handy when the bow is into the shoreline. This is a feature usually only found on deckboats in this size range.

    Rated Seating for 12. The 238 Bow Rider has a USCG rated seating for 12 or 1,800 lbs (818 kgs.), whichever is reached first. This is the same capacity as many pontoon boats this length, or longer. And along with the versatility of the seating arrangements, the manufacturer has maximized the use of the space underneath the seating areas for dry storage and coolers.

    Major Features

    Helm.

    The helm console has been completely re-designed and up-graded on the new model. On our test boat the helm has a two tone, black on silver combination of colors and materials that are coordinated with a sporty Bussi wheel, which tilts. The brow is a non-glare marine-grade fabric with excellent fit-and-finish. The accent double stitching looks good and should prove to be durable in the elements. The AM/FM stereo is mounted at the lower left section of the helm. There is the usual array of gauges and the side mounted throttle control is mounted in a comfortable position.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider helm
    On each side of the wheel is a nice storage area, with a raised edge to keep things inside while underway. Note that in the middle of the panel, above the steering wheel hub is room for a moving map screen or a depth sounder. Most people won't need either, but even on a small lake it is useful to have a depth sounder.

    Captain’s Seat.

    The captain’s chair, and matching companion’s chair, are an all new design from the manufacturer. One of the things we immediately noticed when looking at the chairs was the various upholstered materials and fabrics that the designer selected and that they are coordinated with the exterior color schemes of the boat. The exterior upholstery is marine exterior top-grade vinyl. All vinyls and fabrics used on the 238 Bow Rider are the same as those used in the builder’s million dollar plus 54-footer.

    The cushions

    are fabricated from two foam densities to provide a firm base and comfort. And all the upholstered seats are hand sewn with a heavy duty bonded nylon thread by craftsmen at the manufacturer’s facility. The attention to detail and the high quality fit and finish of the seat was impressive.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider helm seat
    The newly designed, accent-colored helm and companion seats have drop down armrests, a padded bolster, and seat controls to slide back and forth to find that sweet spot when running the boat. It also adjusts vertically.

    Under Deck Storage.

    Virtually all boats in class have in-deck storage, but few if any have two hatches to reach two distinctly different, but connected storage compartments. The cockpit sole compartment is 8.5” (21.59 cm) deep by 24” (60.96 cm) wide and 41” (104.14 cm) long.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider storage box
    It is not that deep of a storage box in the cockpit but it is open to the bow storage box with a cut out, that could accommodate some long skies and possibly wakeboards forward.

    The forward in deck storage

    box is much deeper at 18” (45.72 cm) deep x 12” (30.48 cm) wide by 48” (121.92 cm) long. Lots of room to stow some gear in here. The center mounted latch is a bit of a stretch to reach, but once open, the gas assist strut will keep it from slamming closed.

    Performance

    The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has a length overall of 23’8” (7.21 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and a draft up of 22.5” (0.57 m). With 41 gallons (155 L) of fuel, and 2 people aboard we had an estimated test weight of 5,074 lbs. (2,302 kgs).

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    A nice view of the high freeboard to keep us dry and the stepped hull to give us some more speed.

    Our test boat was powered by the new MercCruiser 4.5L, MPI, 250-hp engine with the Bravo 3 outdrive. The new engine is 130 lbs. lighter than the 5.0L.

    Bottom Shape.

    The 238 Bow Rider has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom and a single step in the hull at midships. This should reduce some drag and friction when the boat is on plane, feel lighter, turn easier and allow it to go a bit faster.

    Speed Numbers.

    We reached a top speed of 44.8 mph at 5000 rpm. At that speed fuel consumption topped out at 19.25 gph.

    Best cruise

    came in at 3500 rpm and 29.4 mph. That reduced the fuel consumption to 8.1 gph, giving us a range of 180 statute miles while holding back a 10% reserve.

    Hole Shot.

    We took 4.0 seconds to reach planing speed and accelerated to 20 mph in 7.8 seconds, 30 in 10.9 seconds and 40 in 16 seconds. She had about a 12-degree bow rise upon acceleration and settled in to a 5-degree running angle once on plane.In my opinion…the best speed for the comfort and visibility is right about at 3000 rpm. That had us running at about 23.2 mph.

    How About 300-hp?

    The largest engine available for the 238 Bow Rider is the Mercury or Volvo Penta 300-hp 5.7L engine. We tested the previous 238 Bow Rider model with a MerCruiser 350 MAG 300-hp 5.7 L engine turning a 20" pitch prop and were able to rev the engine up to 5300 rpm WOT which gave us a top speed of 48.5 mph. However, at 5000 rpm we got 45.9 mph out of the engine. That was just 1 mph more than we got with the new 250-hp 4.5 L MerCruiser.

    Caveat.

    These comparisons never seem to be apples-to-apples. The props were different and the older model was 209 lbs. (95 kg.) heavier, of that about 110 lbs. (50 hg.) was the increased weight of the 5.7L engine. But when we compare best cruise, the story is remarkably different.

    4.5 L vs. 5.7L.

    At 3500 rpm both 238 Bow Riders were clocked at 29 mph -- but at that speed the 4.5 L engine was getting 3.63 mpg for a range of 180 statute miles, with a 10% fuel reserve. At that rpm and speed the 5.7L engine was getting just 3.02 mpg compared with 3.63 mpg for the new 4.5L MerCruiser engine. That's 20% better fuel economy going the same speed at 3500 rpm.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    Going through the photo boat's wake the 238 threw the water aside with ease and it went everywhere except inside the boat.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    Coming off the wave seen above, the 238 Bow Rider just lands with a comfortable mush thanks to her deep-V bottom.

    Handling

    The 238 Bow Rider is a nimble handling boat that confidently takes on the waves. With a solid hull construction and the weight to go with it, she settles down quickly after crashing a wake, without any pounding or jarring. Because she is only 23’, she will bob a bit if the bow rises up, but will quickly settle down and gain her footing. Taking wakes on the beam is not upsetting and easily controlled.The bow rise was predictable and minimal when applying wide open throttle from a full stop, but once on plane and just a little trim, she settles right down. She leans confidently into the turns, with a good hold and stance in the water. There was no sliding around with this solid hull.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    The boat is very responsive to the input from the wheel and is easy to maneuver at speed. The 4.5L provides excellent mid-range power and very little hull speed is sacrificed during tight turning and maneuvers.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    Our test captain tried repeatedly in hard-overs at several speeds to get the 238 Bow Rider to induce cavitation but she refused.

    Interior Inspection

    The Cruisers Sport Series has designed this boat for watersports and entertainment. When you bring people and gear aboard, it is important to have places to stow it all and places for the cooler items.Starting at the bow, each of the port and starboard seat cushions can be raised on a hinge system to access abundant storage underneath. And the center bow seat cushion lifts up to reveal a storage compartment large enough for a cooler.

    In the Aft Cockpit

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider cockpit
    The cockpit of the 238 Bow Rider can seat 7 to 8 people and has a total rated capacity of 12.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider ice chest
    At the starboard quarter, under the jump seat is a self-draining ice chest.

    In the Cockpit.

    Between the seats, two stainless steel cup holders. The corner seat has a storage locker underneath and the seat back doubles as the stern gate. Lift it up from its locking position and step out onto the swim platform.At the aft seating area of the cockpit, a table can be easily inserted into a beefy stainless steel pedestal to accommodate some mid-day snacks.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider seats
    Seating is maxed out in the 238 Bow Rider. With a cushion on the walkthrough and a padded back rest on the transom gate, no potential space has gone to waste.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider table
    The stainless steel cup holders are perfect for a couple of cold ones or use them to hold snacks such as nuts. And check out the table, it’s not wood, although the simulated grain pattern is so well done that one would think that it was real. It is actually a polyethylene high density plastic. Completely waterproof and UV resistant. This table or its double can also be mounted in the bow.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    When we first saw it we thought it was wood because even the routered accent groove has the "grain" just as it would in the real McCoy.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider cockpit carpeting
    The cockpit carpeting on this boat was the optional Sea Grass, woven mat. Notice how it is cut and bound to fit perfectly. And the stainless steel reinforced snaps will keep it in place and prevent tearing.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider battery switch
    The batteries and disconnect switch are located under the port side bench seat, in front of the 12 gallon fresh water tank for the stern shower.

    Engines

    Our test boat was powered by the MerCruiser 4.5L, MPI, 250-hp with the Bravo 3 outdrive. This new engine is 130 lbs. lighter than the 5.0L.Optional Power:

    • 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    • 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B1
    • 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B3
    • 270-hp Volvo Penta V-8 270C
    • 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C

    Details of Styling

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider styling
    There is something quite pleasing about the look of this boat, but what is it?
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider hull
    The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider is one of the most richly sculptured hulls on the water and this image with the red arrows follow some of the lines of the hull that give it such a fast and intriguing look. All arrows point to the stern.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider striations
    Aft, note the three striations on the metal cutting edge of the swept back faux pilaster. Forward the arrows indicate shadows that add depth to the hull and change the boat's look as light plays over it during the course of the day.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider styling
    There are two important things going on here from a styling point of view: 1) The windshield is not only a thing that keeps wind and water off the operators face, it also can add beauty to the boat if properly executed. Like the canopy of a jet fighter, the windscreen is raked aerodynamically back, the glass is rounded and the header is optional polished stainless steel, the cue to quality, speed and class. 2) The hull sides could be a sheet of blinding white fiberglass but the 238 Bow Rider's sculptured hull keeps that from happening with shadow and reliefs.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider spacious bow
    The CSS 238 Bow Rider manages to both have a spacious bow riding cockpit and a beach boarding ladder without resorting to designs like a pickle fork, or a hatchet or a split chine, thus keeping the pleasing basic lines of a traditional boat.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider transom
    From left to right: Top, note the rounded transom that curves into the rumble seat; the gunwale is drawn behind the transom before it dives down to meet the watersports platform. At right, top, a stylish cap over the sheer hides the engine room air intakes and protects them from spray; style lines in the hull side and at the water line add visual character to a hull side that would otherwise be a sheet of unimaginative white fiberglass.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider windshield
    Bird's eye view of the 238 Bow Rider's curved windshield shows what sets it apart from other boats on the water.

    Construction

    The lamination regime

    used on the 238 Bow Rider is remarkable in that we are told by a company spokesman that it is the same as that used on the builder's large express cruisers designed to go offshore and crash through big seas at 20 knots or more. This CSS model -- and all of the rest as well -- are built with seven layers of glass, including chop strand, woven roving, mat and cloth. As we said, it is remarkable. But we see the logic in it both from a production standpoint and an engineering one -- after all, this boat will be hitting the same water at twice the speed of the big boats and the energy released upon impact grows exponentially with speed.

    One Staff for Both Lines.

    Historically in the boat building business when one company built both sportboats and large cruisers it would be done in different plants with different crews. Typically the level of fit-and-finish required for the larger, more expensive boats would be much higher than for the smaller boats, so having one crew work on boat lines was fraught with problems.We're told by the folks at Cruisers Yachts that its veteran work force puts into the Cruisers Sport Series boats the same level of TLC lavished on the big boats, thereby eliminating a double standard of quality. The result is obvious to see. And it is no secret that the CSS line has more man-hours in the boats than most other sportboats of similar size.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider seat vinyls
    The vinyls used on the seating are the same used in Cruisers Yachts million dollar express cruisers. Not the gray fabric at left. The vertical stitching makes it look like wainscotting.

    No Double Standard for Materials.

    Likewise, the fabrics, vinyls, resin and other raw materials used in the Cruisers Yachts line is also used in the Cruisers Sport Series boats. This keeps inventory and SKU numbers down. It also means that the buyers of the CSS boats are getting the same level of materials as the big boat buyers.For example, premium Image gel coat holds color longer, is harder and resists scratching, and has greater UV protection than does the standard gel coat used in the industry. Not surprisingly, it costs 30% more. Cruisers Yachts uses it on all of its boats, large and small. The same goes for most of its other materials and components.

    Options to Consider

    • Full hull color
    • Swim platform, cover, soft deck
    • Trim tabs
    • Table
    • Wind screen door for walkthrough

    Price

    Base boat (with MerCruiser 4.5L engine) $75,905Manufacturer’s options (as tested) $6,810MSRP $82,715These prices place the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider firmly at the top of the sportboat pyramid, and given her build quality, we think that is where she belongs.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider running shot
    For those who would like a cuddy version of the 238 Bow Rider, Cruisers Sport Series builds 25’ (7.6 m) and 27' (8.22 m) models in cuddy versions.

    Observations

    The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has the overall fit-and-finish of the highest end sportboats built in America. More important, the 238 Bow Rider has functionality and utility which goes beyond her good looks. With her huge watersports platform she can play host to local wakeboard jousts. With her bow and stern table mounts, 12-person capacity, and head she can be an entertainment platform to rival most pontoon boats.Most important to many boaters will be 238 Bow Rider's build regimen. We can only say that it is remarkable, given that most boat builders are doing virtually anything they can to save nickels and dimes all over its boats. Finally, comes the ride quality. It is here that the weight and the 21-degree deadrise pay off. It is easily as good as the Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider.Our feeling is that the 238 Bow Rider is ahead of its time because its design, styling and watersports utility. Our guess is that she and her larger Cruisers Sport Series siblings will be trend setters.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider (2015-) is 44.8 mph (72.1 kph), burning 19.25 gallons per hour (gph) or 72.86 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider (2015-) is 29.4 mph (47.3 kph), and the boat gets 3.63 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.54 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 180 miles (289.68 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5L MPI.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Standard

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited 10-years structural


    Deck Warranty
    Limited 10-years structural
    Blistering Warranty
    3-years
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