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(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG)


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Brief Summary

Cruisers Yachts recently added a new family member-- the Cruisers Sport Series. A reincarnation of the former Azure build, this 23 to 30 foot (7.01 to 9.14 m) line-up has been revitalized and brought up to the new builder's demanding specs. The smallest in the fleet, the 238 Bow Rider, offers a three-position aft convertible sundeck among its’ standard features.

Key Features

  • Standard gel coat pattern
  • Bimini top & boot with SST frame & trailering struts
  • Bow & cockpit cover
  • Bow scuff plate
  • Color coordinated composite deck vents
  • Extended activity/swim platform
  • Hull mounted recessed halogen docking lights
  • LED activity platform lighting
  • SST telescoping 4-step bow and stern ladder
  • Sony AM/FM/CD player with MP3 port & 4 speakers
  • Simulated leather wrapped helm with silver gauge panel
  • Aft convertible 3-position sunpad
  • Head with portlight
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 8''
    7.21 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4,640 lbs.
    2,105 kg.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 22.5''
    0.57 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 none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG
    Opt. Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B1
    1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG B3
    1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta V-8 270C
    1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.3 2.8 0.9 3.7 3.3 185 161 67
    1000 5.6 4.9 1.6 3.5 3.0 172 150 69
    1500 7.5 6.5 2.6 2.9 2.5 141 123 74
    2000 8.7 7.6 4.7 1.9 1.6 93 80 79
    2500 15.2 13.2 6.1 2.5 2.2 124 108 82
    3000 24.6 21.4 7.5 3.3 2.9 162 141 83
    3500 29.3 25.5 9.7 3.0 2.6 150 131 85
    4000 35.3 30.7 12.1 2.9 2.5 144 126 86
    4500 41.2 35.8 16.1 2.6 2.2 127 110 90
    5000 45.9 39.9 20.1 2.3 2.0 113 98 93
    5300 48.5 42.2 23.1 2.1 1.8 104 91 93
    600 161 298 5.30 3.29 1.59 67
    1000 150 277 9.00 6.13 1.48 69
    1500 123 227 12.10 9.92 1.21 74
    2000 80 150 14.00 17.64 0.80 79
    2500 108 200 24.50 22.90 1.07 82
    3000 141 261 39.60 28.39 1.39 83
    3500 131 241 47.20 36.53 1.29 85
    4000 126 232 56.80 45.80 1.24 86
    4500 110 204 66.30 60.76 1.09 90
    5000 98 182 73.90 76.09 0.97 93
    5300 91 167 78.10 87.29 0.89 93

    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 3.8 sec.
    0 to 30 6.9 sec.
    Ratio 2.0
    Props 20'' pitch
    Load 2 persons, 3/7 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 78 deg., 80 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    By Capt. John--

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    Create a custom look with a choice of colors and accent patterns featuring “Armor Plus” gelcoat and “Imedge” colors.

    Mission Statement for the Cruisers Sport Series Brand

    As a business strategy, the mission of the ten-boat Cruisers Sports Series is to acquaint younger boaters with KCS's big boats down the line. When these owners are ready to graduate up to the cruising lifestyle they will be on a first name basis with the dealers, management, and products of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts. Obviously, that is a long-term venture, but it is one that augurs well for the consumer. In addition, KCS expects to impress beginning boaters with the quality and functionality of KCS boats as well as to acquaint consumers with KCS' customer-friendly culture and dedication to consumer satisfaction.

    Mission Statement for the 238 Bow Rider

    The 238 Bow Rider is designed to be an entry-level, yet luxurious, bowrider that can be used in both freshwater and saltwater for all sorts of watersports activities. By keeping the base MSRP down and providing an extensive option list, customers will be able to customize the boat to suit their specific needs rather than get a general “one-size-fits-all” package. With a relatively high freeboard and deep cockpit the boat should be dry and little ones in the family will be more secure. 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.

    Distinguishing Features

    Unusual Swim Platform Design --

    The swim platform on the 238 Bow Rider is tapered inward at a 30-degree angle from the side of the boat which keeps the stern from hitting the dock when casting off and going forward. It is also raised so that it doesn't drag when getting underway or when making a tight turn. The swim ladder has four steps and there is a special "activity" lighting on the platform which looks cool at night.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    Interior of the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider. Note her U-shaped seating aft and her unusual deck shape.

    Self-draining Cockpit -

    - In our book, this is a biggie. While some other sportboats also have self-draining cockpits, many do not. We have seen too many boats sink at the dock after a prolonged hard rain as a result.

    Two Bilge Pumps --

    Most sportboats have one, the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has two, rated at 1100 gph each.

    Halogen Bow Docking Lights –

    Getting home in the dark after a long day on the water can be an unsettling experience for a new boater. This is a nice little addition which will help, and it’s included as standard equipment on the 238.

    Plush, Thick Seat Cushions

    -- One of the first things that stands out when seeing the 238 Bow Rider is the plush seating. Clearly, the seats are going to be comfortable and guests should feel pampered. We equate them to what one might find in an expensive automobile vs. those found on an economy model.

    Freshwater System

    – A cockpit sink and a shower aft utilize the standard 12 gallon tank and freshwater pump.

    Stylistic Molded-in Highlight in the Hull

    -- When a boat that is supposed to be fast and sleek also has a deep cockpit, designers need to work extra hard to create the optical illusion that the freeboard is low. This builder has gone farther than most by molding in a gentle crease in the hull side from bow to stern which catches the light and makes it look as if there is another cove stripe on the hull side.

    Five Standard Hull Color Choices

    -- Most builders still charge extra for colored hull gel coat. We think that colored hulls add immeasurably to enhancing the pride of ownership as well as to set the boat apart from the pack on the used boat market when that time comes.

    Standard Bimini and Canvas Covers

    -- All boats should have these no matter what the activity and Cruisers Sport Series makes them standard in a choice of colors.


    The forward cockpit offers comfortable seating, and I could even stretch my legs out. A forward swim ladder, drink holders, safety rails, and an optional table are some of the details added for creature comfort.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The comfortable forward seating area.

    For those who are going to be using the boat primarily for a sunning and beach-visiting platform, there are two optional filler cushions ($835). Additionally, sun worshipers will like the sun pad on the stern which has a three-position back rest.

    The Cockpit

    A sturdy walkthrough windshield (with magnet holding the window open) leads to the helm and main seating area. To port is a compartment suitable for a head. It’s a small space, but this is only a 23 footer.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The head compartment is small, but this is only a 23 footer.

    There is an optional bow windscreen door ($420) which I recommend because on a crispy, cool morning it will help keep the cockpit cozy.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The 238 offers a sporty, functional helm and instrumentation package.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The helm and companion seats are bucket seats with cut-out backs and bolsters. Both are available as an adjustable height option ($210 each). The adjustable seat gives the option of ducking behind the windshield or raising it up to look over the top. We like this option as it makes sure that virtually no one, no matter how tall or short, needs to look at the windshield frame. Most importantly, the feel from the helm seat is one of a solid, quality boat.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The convenience of standard docking lights for safety while underway at night.

    Below the deck are storage lockers for water toys, and there’s storage available under the seats; fore and aft.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The 238 has storage lockers with mat liners below the deck.

    Behind the helm and companion bucket seats is a U-shaped wraparound seat surrounding the cockpit. It’s snug but the boat is rated for 12, a sizeable crowd on a twenty-three footer. Folks who like to entertain aboard will go for the optional cockpit table ($565).

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The standard cockpit sink is one of those classy little additions that sets this 23 footer apart.
    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    Cruisers Sport Series’ unique three-position sun lounger is positioned aft in the cockpit.

    On the centerline, aft, is one of the features that make this boat special-- the convertible sun lounger. Use it facing forward for running or socializing. Flip it facing aft when on the hook and playing in the water or relaxing on the swim platform. It can also be folded fully forward, where it serves as a comfortable sun pad. A small gate leads to the swim platform; and the deck design provides for a smooth transition in and out of the cockpit. Cruisers Sport Series has done a particularly clever job of designing this passageway. When underway, a filler cushion fits into the passageway to form the U-shaped conversation pit. The transom gate is padded and serves as a backrest and fits in well with the rest of the cockpit.

    The Stern

    Not just a bolt-on type, the swim platform is the result of a well-considered design process. It’s higher off the water than most, so it doesn’t drag underway, and it extends completely over the outdrive unit for safety.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The cutaway corners of the activity/swim platform help the skipper avoid banging the dock when getting underway.

    The height also makes for an easier step on and off the floating dock. But the most striking feature is the tapered shape of the aft, outboard corners. These corners often get pretty beat-up over time; typically a trouble spot as you leave the dock. By trimming away the corners some platform area is lost but it makes it easier to avoid clipping the dock when getting underway. In the end, I like what I see.

    Performance and Handling

    Our test boat was powered by a single 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG engine driving a Bravo III lower unit. With about 25 gallons of fuel aboard, two men, and 50 pounds of gear we had a test weight of 5,290 lbs. (2,400 kgs.) We planed out in 3.8 seconds and we reached 30 in 6.9 seconds. Our WOT speed was 48.5 mph at 5300 rpm. We calculated the best cruising performance to be at 3000 rpm where our speed was 24.6 mph burning 7.5 gph for a range of 162 statute miles. You could trade 15 miles of range per tankful if you want to run at 3500 rpm and 30 mph.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    The 238 was dry even as the breeze and chop picked up on the test day.

    The Ride.

    I moved around the boat to experience the 238 from both the helm seat and from the aft bench seat. I felt comfortable and secure in both, even as the breeze increased. Bow rise was minimal, and I didn’t lose vision forward. Steering was smooth, true, and responsive; both at slow speed and when I pushed the throttle up and put her through her paces. The noise level was mostly wind, the engine noise was acceptable and I heard no rattles or other unusual noises. Overall, a quality ride.

    Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
    Our test model was powered by the optional 350 MAG from MerCruiser, rated at 300-hp.

    Our Thoughts on the 238 Bow Rider

    The folks in Oconto, Wisconsin (KCS International) have put their experienced yacht building team to work at reviewing every aspect of this model line-up. The results look good so far. In fact, I was given a list of no fewer than thirty different improvements and updates. The molds were re-surfaced, and it shows in the beautiful gel coat work. Attractive color combinations look great, and the attention to detail shows in the upholstery in the cockpit as well as the deck and topsides finish work. Engineering improvements include better cockpit drainage and engine ventilation, changing motor mounts to metal from wood, and updating the fuel system to comply with ABYC and EPA Standards. The effort towards a “job well done” was evident in the attitude of the engineering staff, the quality control department, and the finished product.The 238 Bow Rider is one of four bowrider models in the Cruisers Sport Series. The other models include three sport deck models, two cuddies and one pocket cruiser. Assuming the Sport Series team can maintain its high standards for quality control, I’d bet that this newest member of the Cruisers/Rampage family will deliver on the new KCS mission.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider (2013-) is 48.5 mph (78.1 kph), burning 23.06 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.28 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider (2013-) is 24.6 mph (39.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.28 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.39 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 162 miles (260.71 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional

    Exterior Features

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


    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Standard
    Full Canvas Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Limited 10-year

    Deck Warranty
    Limited 10-year
    Blistering Warranty
    NMMA Certification Yes
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