Captain's ReportLearn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...A Sophisticated LadyBy Capt. Chris KellyWhen you see yachts in movies or hear about luxurious yachts, the image that comes to mind is probably not far from what you see when you step aboard Cruisers Yachts’ 560.Starting at the stern, the swim platform is an integral part of the hull and large enough to bolt in your jet ski. Two easy grab handles leads to a 4-rung stainless steel swim ladder and a hot/cold transom shower is just where you need it when coming in from the water. This is the first boat we’ve seen with an aft rumble seat. There is terrific storage underneath as it opens up with gas-assisted struts. You control the Glendenning cable masters with a switch inside and there's room for good size fenders.As soon as you come aboard port side, there is a nice level walkway to the cockpit. There we found a nicely laid out c-shaped lounge that seats 6-8 people. One of the cleverest things on this boat is an electric sun pad that emerges from under the aft seating with the press of a button. Cruisers Yachts makes it so you never have to leave the cockpit area to entertain guests. The main wet bar console is aft facing with an outlet above for your blender and a freshwater sink. A mini-fridge with icemaker is underneath adjacent to a bottle storage area and a small storage locker. Just starboard is an optional helm A/C unit that is great when the canvas is on. A Clarion CD player is standard at this hosting console. Just port of the cockpit is access to the foredeck by a narrow walkway.Another impressive feature is the hardtop with an acrylic, electric sun window just above the cockpit. With the press of a button, an abundance of light and fresh sea air will flood the cockpit of this luxurious vessel.There are plenty of single and double love seats aft and behind the companionway. You can easily seat 12 people comfortably, and with a lot of storage underneath they’ll have a place to put their things. The helm is remarkably laid out in a semi-circle with electronic Volvo controls. Cruisers Yachts has simplified the instrumentation on the 560 by taking all the rocket switches and combining them into one easy to use panel that displays all the information you need to know. A keyless ignition system adds to the cruiser's mystique and keeps your vessel safe. Below DeckWhen you first come down the companionway stairs, you’re greeted with the large, wide open main saloon. Eight to ten people can be seated on the ultraleather love seats and electrically actuated sofa. The inside has gorgeous woodworking with a cherry finish and there is no need to slouch with 6 feet 6 inches of headroom. The lack of a table stands out upon entering, but never fear, Cruisers Yachts makes that available with the push of a button. The table emerges electrically from the floor to give you a spacious dining table when its time to eat. Above the saloon is a decorative panel that covers the air conditioning. This unique unit eliminates the needs for vents all over and gives 360-degree dispersion.Included within the saloon is a little cocktail area with room to store bottles, glasses, and anything else you might need during an impromptu happy hour. There is a good amount of storage above and below and a light up vanity at eye level. A large speaker can be found underneath as well giving you something to shake your martini to. Cocktail TimeThe cocktail area is just a taste of what you’ll find forward in the massive, in-line angled galley. A solid surface counter leads to a little breakfast nook with a large screen television in front. A refrigerator/freezer, two stainless steel sinks, three burner stove top, and microwave give the feeling of your kitchen at home. Storage is not a problem either with six large lockers with room enough to hold even the biggest of lobster pots. AccommodationsFrom the galley forward, is the guest stateroom. It is a centerline island double berth with 2 steps on either side. There is great access to storage surrounding it with small lockers above and 2 large storage drawers at the foot of the bed. An overhead hatch brings the natural light in. A large cedar lined hanging locker with shelf is to starboard. Easily accessible from both the forward stateroom and the saloon is the “day head.” It has a separate shower stall with seat to keep the water out of the head. Made from molded-in fiberglass, there is ample headroom.Mounted athwart ship, is the large master stateroom featuring a double berth. Under the bridge and low in the boat, this is by far the steadiest cabin. There is a large amount of storage in this cabin with a walk-in cedar lined, storage area. A built-in 20’’ television and CD player faces the berth. Built-in is the Splendide 2000, a washer/dryer combo with easy access. Engine RoomEverything in the engine room is well labeled and easy to access. The V-drives are not a problem with strong dripless shaft seals. Cruisers Yachts has mounted the engines on steel beds directly on top of the stringers.The impressive 560 packs every ounce of luxury and style into its 58 foot length. She is a massive vessel with a 16’ beam and weighing in at a dry weight of 46,000 lbs. Its fuel capacity is approximately 650 gallons.The 560 can hold its own with a top speed of 40.3 mph and a best cruise of 32.3 mph at 2000 rpm. Double 700-hp Volvo Penta D twelves with a ZF V-drive transmission gives this luxurious beauty some strength to match its style.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 560 Express (2002-) is 40.3 mph (64.9 kph), burning 75.20 gallons per hour (gph) or 284.63 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 560 Express (2002-) is 32.3 mph (52 kph), and the boat gets 0.69 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.29 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 404 miles (650.17 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 700-hp Volvo Penta D12 - Diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Optional|
||Engine warranties vary by manufacturer|
|1-Year other parts and components Yes|
|ISO Certification NMMA Certification||Yes|
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