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Brief Summary

When you think of a world-class long-distance cruising yacht, you may not at first think of an express cruiser. But theCruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe is an example of the new breed of large express cruisers that have been introduced in Europe and the U.S. by a couple of builders. The 520 is an outstanding example of that type built in America. Designed with open spaces and different venues for entertaining large groups of friends, ruisers 520 is well executed. From easy boarding from port or starboard, a stern rumble seat for evening cocktails at sunset, adjustable cockpit seating and exquisite joinerwork this yacht is set apart from just about anything in her class. When it comes to performance, we tested this model with triple Volvo Penta IPS diesels and she felt like an open sport boat at the wheel. The 520 has a cockpit galley complete with refrigerator, electric grill and ice maker to serve guests without moving more than a few steps. She weighs in at about 42,000 lbs and has a 15’6” beam. We found top speeds in the low 40’s and cruising speeds in the low 30’s.

Key Features

  • Enclosed cockpit
  • Walk-thru windshield
  • Power actuated sunroof with manual sky shade
  • Standard cockpit air conditioning and windshield defroster
  • Dual cockpit entrance from the swim platform
  • 15'' side boarding step on both the port and starboard side
  • Optional side-by-side chaise lounge foredeck sun pad
  • Transom rumble seat
  • Large high-lo adjustable cockpit table
  • iPod/MP3 interface cockpit stereo system
  • Standard cockpit grill and wet bar with optional 26'' LCD TV
  • Twelve vertical portholes for light and ventilation in the salon, galley, and master stateroom
  • Natural cherry wood interior
  • Galley features microwave/convention oven, electric stove, large refrigerator/freezer, coffeemaker, double sink
  • Galley options include dishwasher, wine captain, and trash compactor
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 52' 3''
    15.9 m
    Beam 15' 6''
    4.7 m
    Dry Weight 42,000 lbs.
    19,051 kg w/eng
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 44''
    1.1 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6'6''
    2.0 m
    Bridge Clearance 13' 1''
    4.0 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 500 gal.
    1,893 L
    Water Capacity 150 gal.
    568 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.

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.5 3.9 0.9 4.9 4.3 2225 1935 66
    1000 7.5 6.5 2.4 3.1 2.7 1406 1223 72
    1500 11.0 9.5 9.5 1.2 1.0 521 453 75
    2000 14.5 12.6 20.1 0.7 0.6 324 281 77
    2500 23.7 20.6 27.2 0.9 0.8 393 342 80
    3000 32.5 28.3 36.8 0.9 0.8 398 346 82
    3640 42.3 36.8 60.5 0.7 0.6 315 274 85
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 1935 3581 7.20 3.41 2.10 66
    1000 1223 2263 12.10 9.08 1.33 72
    1500 453 838 17.70 35.96 0.49 75
    2000 281 521 23.30 76.09 0.31 77
    2500 342 632 38.10 102.96 0.37 80
    3000 346 641 52.30 139.30 0.37 82
    3640 274 507 68.10 229.02 0.30 85

    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 N/A
    0 to 30 9.0 sec.
    Ratio 1.94 : 1
    Props T4
    Load 3 person, 1/2 fuel, full water, 75 lbs. of gear
    Climate 51.8 deg.; 62% humid.; wind: 16-23 MPH; seas; 2-3'

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe (2011-) Line Drawing

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    Captain's Report

    By Captain Robert SmithLearn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    The 520 Sports Coupe only comes powered by Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.

    The Mission

    There is little doubt the 520 Sports Coupe will be found anywhere in the world where there are serious cruising couples and families. Whether that is the Med, the Caribbean, Nova Scotia or maybe even just a stone's throw from Cruisers Yacht's own back yard in Door County, or Georgian Bay in neighboring Lake Huron. KCS International and Cruisers is well known for their attention to detail, first class joinery and design that maximizes available space. The 520 fits right in with the best of European built express cruisers, too. We traveled to Oconto, WI, to determine just how the 520 meets her lofty goals.

    Unique Features

    The Cruisers Yachts 520 is powered by triple Volvo Penta 370-hp or 435-hp IPS systems. The reason for triple verses twins is simple: The D6 Volvo Penta diesel was designed specifically for marine applications and it is a relatively new engine. As a result it is far lighter and its horsepower to weight ratio is about 20% better than the D12 diesel. The combination of the 30% improvement in efficiency of pod drives over straight inboards plus the 20% improvement in the hp/weight ratio, makes the triple engines more fuel efficient and better all around performers than the twin D12 inboard diesels. The added advantage of the triple IPS system is its joystick for easy docking.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    This helm is a clean, simple and ergonomic as they come.

    While neither Volvo Penta or Cruisers Yachts talks about it, we see another advantage in having three engines, one of which is on the centerline of the boat. For boaters who want to do some serious long distance cruising at displacement speeds, a single 425-hp engine would be more than enough to move the 42,000 lb. (19,090 kg.) Cruisers 520 at 7 or 8 knots. At that speed her range would be remarkable.The pod drive system gives designers lots of room to organize the engine room and/or take the extra space and use it in the living areas of the lower deck. I was impressed with the space and access with three Volvo Penta diesel pod drives and large generator, and I could get to all fluid checks, filters and strainers. FYI -- the three IPS600 engines measure 9.7 feet wide (3. m) compared to the 15'6" (4.76 m) beam, leaving a total of about 6' (1.8 m) to spread out among the engines and the hull sides.

    Entertainment Space Abounds

    From the large swim platform to the spacious salon below, we found at least four distinct spaces for guests, or just you and your partner, to gather and enjoy what cruising has to offer.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    Guest seating is to port and the entertainment center is huge and to starboard.

    The first is the width of the stern platform. The synthetic teak not only is more durable than real teak, it adds a touch of elegance over white fiberglass as you and your guests board. The addition of a hydraulic lift adds a lot of utility to the swim platform. It is certainly large enough to handle a tender or PWC, and launching them will be as simple as lowering the platform and shoving off. You can stop at the water level and even the most timid swimmer can have the security of getting on a solid surface whenever they need to. Fully up, the size of this platform and the standard rumble seat mean you have a front row seat to a sunset.

    Aft Deck

    You enter onto the aft deck from either side where you will find a large, two-part lounge seat on tracks. Just like a modern stadium, the seating can be moved for the most advantageous use. While boarding, it slides to lock in position centered on the stern; to open up the deck for a group, it swings on rails to the port side to create a large crescent shaped seating area for seven and an equally large fold-over leaf table in high gloss solid wood finish for al fresco dining.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    The cockpit settee breaks down in to a huge sunpad.

    Since this is the focus of the entertaining spaces, it only makes sense to create food topside and not have to go below to serve your guests. The 520 has a standard refrigerator, electric grill and ice maker on the starboard side, making it convenient to simply turn and serve directly on the table to port. The table even moves from coffee table height to dining height with a flip of a switch rather than changing posts. How cool is that?Passing through the bridge deck with lounger for three, you can go forward through a walk-through windshield to the bow. Serious cruisers will want the optional foredeck loungers to enjoy a private beach-like atmosphere without the sand and noise.

    Salon

    Stepping below I was taken aback by the immense feeling of the space. A couple of side chairs, will let you serve a formal dinner to eight people, so a large party will be comfortable for all. A small glass cabinet can highlight your collection of cognac while everyone is entertained by surround sound. The galley is as large as any you will find in class and it is well outfitted for cruising with a 7.5 cu. ft. in Nova Kool refrigerator/freezer, a 29.5'' deep solid surface counters, cooktop and microwave. Add the drawer style dishwasher and you have saved someone a ton of work.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    Throughout the interior, we were very impressed with Cruisers’ artisans' joinery work.

    Details in door frames, storage cabinet fronts, and even in the most intricate corners show how much time and effort the cabinet makers take to get it right the first time.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    Standard 20" LCD flat screen can be upgraded to a 32".

    Forward Guest Stateroom

    Forward, you have options in setting up your personal needs. If you are cruising with children or with another couple on a regular basis, you can choose between an island berth or twin single berths. The head is split and the shower has a separate door so while one person showers, another can still use the vanity.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    Elegant Wenge wood cabinets bookend the forward island bed, with more storage below.

    Master Suite

    The master suite really shines in the 520 Sport Cruiser. We found 6’ 3 ½” headroom around the queen sized bed in here. You have walk-around room around the entire bed. Three port lights on each side allow significant light into this full beam suite. Twin hanging lockers and a private head with shower stall all have comfortable overhead clearance. For the serious cruising couple, another necessary option is a combination washer dryer in the port storage cabinet just inside the entrance to the master suite.

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe
    Cruisers puts on the Ritz in the master stateroom.

    Handling and the Con

    We tested the 520 in blustery conditions that ranged from 1-3 feet of wave action and winds up to 23 mph. What impressed us the most was this cruising yacht responded well in all conditions we encountered. In all sea conditions--head seas, beam seas, following seas and quartering seas, she shook off the actions created by the wind and waves. Handling was a light touch on the wheel and you could actually let the wheel go and she would hold course and speed. There is nothing like having three pod drives in following seas to keep firm control of the boat.The triple pod drives moved the 42,000 lb Sports Coupe to 30 mph in only 9 seconds. She reached a top speed of 42.3 mph and had a comfortable cruising speed of 32.5 mph that would give you just under 400 miles of cruising at 3000 rpm. Hard over turns produced amazingly comfortable arcs, about one boat length wider when turning to starboard, yet completely under control.The helm was appointed with dual analog/digital gauges, Volvo Penta touch screen, twin Raymaine E120’s, autopilot and much more. Plainly, you have the room to outfit your yacht with the electronics that make your cruise what you want it to be.

    Recommendation

    The 520 Sports Coupe is for the serious experienced cruiser. Remember this boat weighs in at 42,000 lbs. so she isn't just a lot of boat show sizzle -- she is the steak. You can take her offshore in confidence. Fully outfitted and stocked, with the Cruisers Yachts 520 you will find yourself in good company among the best yachts anywhere in the world.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe (2011-) is 42.3 mph (68.1 kph), burning 60.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 228.99 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe (2011-) is 32.5 mph (52.3 kph), and the boat gets 0.88 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.37 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 398 miles (640.52 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 3 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 D6.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Optional
    Vacuum Standard
    Washer/Dryer Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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