Overnighter or Weekend CruiserMonterey is not shy about expounding of their commitment to produce the safest, most stylish, and most luxurious boat on the water, while offering superior dollar value. There’s plenty of evidence of this commitment in the 302 Cruiser. In addition to its high quality features and luxurious amenities, it sports a hand laid hull, with all cavities injected with closed-cell foam. This results in a solid and quiet ride, and is what makes the 302 a favorite with families. The cabin is very flexible, and makes great use of every inch of the 30’ 5” hull. The V-berth forward is convertible to a horseshoe shaped sitting area complete with a center table. Curtains separate the forward berth from the rest of the cabin, where you’ll find a mid-cabin dinette seating that is easily converted into a sleeping berth.Cabin The galley is well-equipped, and offers plenty of headroom while preparing meals. A refrigerator and twin burner stove are standard. It’s great to see that the microwave and coffee maker are built into the one piece fiberglass galley and are safely out of the way. The head conserves space by using a combination faucet /shower head, and comes with a fold down shower seat and vanity storage. Monterey is not one to cut corners, and they certainly haven’t with the plush 60 oz. carpet in the cabin area. Another nice feature of the cabin is its extensive use of both natural and 12-volt lighting, which give the cabin an open and spacious feel. Speaking of space, let’s go up to the bow, where you’ll find a large sun pad with a stainless steel rail located on both sides-very helpful when the swells try to interrupt your sunning and relaxation. On DeckUp forward there’s a molded bow pulpit with an anchor roller and a self-bailing rope/anchor locker. The welded stainless steel bowrail is nice and high for an added feeling of safety. Access to the cockpit is easy with the walk-thru windshield and molded steps. The helm offers an extra-wide seat with plenty of room for your favorite first mate, and it also has a flip up option for either sitting up higher or standing. Sitting at the helm of the 302 just feels good, with a very attractively laid out dash and comfortable double bench seat. The silver bezel Faria gauges are tastefully positioned and easy to read. A built in Humminbird depth sounder is also included in the standard package. Hydraulic trim tabs are standard; however, we would have liked to see trim tab indicators standard, as opposed to being optional. The remote stereo control is a nice option, in that it allows complete control of the 12-CD system from the helm, while the stereo unit itself sits safely below. When you pull up on the latch behind the helm seat, a large storage compartment is revealed, with plenty of room to store your gear and safety equipment. During this action, the helm seat conveniently folds away. You know you’ll be entertaining friends and family, so the 302 comes with a portside wet bar with plenty of storage. There’s nothing like a cold drink on a hot summer day, and there is an optional icemaker for just that purpose. The transom seat is not only comfortable, but also removable, for when you want to open up the cockpit area to do some serious offshore fishing – further enhancing the versatility of the 302 cruiser. If you enjoy swimming and water sports, we would recommend the optional extended swim platform. It allows for easier entry, and has its own recessed swim ladder. And when you’re done swimming, you’ll really appreciate the hot or cold shower, which is located on the transom. PerformanceAlthough the 302 Cruiser offers all the luxury and features you expect in a top line cruiser, she also performs on the water. You’ll want to leave the trim down below 3000 rpm, as excessive bow rise will result, but above that –trim up and you’ll feel the 302 pick up speed and respond more like a sport boat than a cruiser. The 302 hull makes excellent tight turns, and handles swells and chop like a champion. You will hardly hear the sound of the twin 5.7 liter MerCruisers, as Monterey does a great job of acoustically insulating the gel coated engine compartment. Monterey has assembled a satisfying package in the 302, which is sure to give you many hours and days of enjoyment. It outperforms many of the cruisers out there, and does so without sacrificing quality or luxury, and at a competitive price.For more information visitwww.montereyboats.com.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Monterey 302 Cruiser is 47.0 mph (75.6 kph), burning 39.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 147.62 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Monterey 302 Cruiser is 28.5 mph (45.9 kph), and the boat gets 1.80 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.77 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 243 miles (391.07 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.7L EFI.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sony Stereo AM/FM CD Player|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
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