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(w/ 2 x 575-hp Volvo D9 diesels)

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Brief Summary

The first of an exciting new line from Cruisers Yachts, the 497 Sport Sedan boasts bold new European style, innovative storage, and sea kindly hull shape.

Key Features

  • Fiberglass hardtop
  • Full skiff windshield
  • Bridge complete with wet bar and refrigerator
  • Swim platform with boarding ladder
  • Cockpit shower
  • Entertainment center with 26'' LCD TV with 5 disc DVD system
  • Full width swim platform with side boarding steps
  • Central vacuum system
  • Therapeautic foam mattresses
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 50' 2''
    Beam 15' 0''
    Dry Weight 39,500 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 49''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 6''
    Bridge Clearance 16' 0''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 526 gal.
    Water Capacity 150 gal.
    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.

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    550 6.5 5.7 1.9 3.4 3.0 1620 1408 69
    750 8.1 7.0 3.4 2.4 2.1 1121 975 70
    1000 9.8 8.5 6.6 1.5 1.3 699 608 73
    1250 11.2 9.7 12.2 0.9 0.8 433 376 77
    1500 12.1 10.5 19.8 0.6 0.5 289 252 79
    1750 15.3 13.3 28.3 0.5 0.5 256 223 79
    2000 20.3 17.7 37.0 0.6 0.5 260 226 82
    2250 26.7 23.2 45.5 0.6 0.5 278 242 85
    2500 34.1 29.7 54.0 0.6 0.6 299 260 85
    2570 34.5 30.0 58.0 0.6 0.5 281 245 86
    550 1408 2607 10.50 7.19 1.45 69
    750 975 1804 13.00 12.87 1.01 70
    1000 608 1125 15.80 24.98 0.63 73
    1250 376 697 18.00 46.18 0.39 77
    1500 252 465 19.50 74.95 0.26 79
    1750 223 412 24.60 107.13 0.23 79
    2000 226 418 32.70 140.06 0.23 82
    2250 242 447 43.00 172.24 0.25 85
    2500 260 481 54.90 204.41 0.27 85
    2570 245 452 55.50 219.55 0.25 86

    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 15.8 sec.
    0 to 30 29.7 sec.
    Ratio 1.99:1
    Props 26 x 34 4-blade
    Load 4 persons, 7/8 fuel, full water, minimal gear
    Climate 65 deg, 85% humid, wind: minimal, seas: calm

    Cruisers Yachts 497 Sport Sedan (Not in Production) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Learn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...Innovation and Style Heads the New 497 Sport Sedan by Cruisers YachtsBy Capt. John B. Wenz It was at about the age of twelve that we were first allowed to leave the dock “without adult supervision.” One of my best friends, who is now a harbor pilot, had a 15½ foot Thompson runabout. A popular model, it was built by the Thompson Brothers Boat Company. Their “Better Built Boats” have a lineage that runs back to the turn of the century. In 1953 the next generation of Thompsons formed a start-up venture called Cruisers, Inc. I doubt that the early founders of that company would recognize the Cruisers Yachts' 497 Sport Sedan as the latest in the evolution of their product line.New Bold AppearanceThe first thing I noticed as I approached the dock for our test ride was the look of this motoryacht. Our test boat had blue gel coat on her topsides, and the accent patterns of the hull along with the profile of her cabin structure combine to create a look that seems to say “I wanna go boating right now!” Stepping aboard and into the cabin, you soon realize there’s a lot to see. Not only is this a boat that’s loaded with features, but the salon is surrounded by nearly 360 degrees of glass affording fabulous visibility from both the salon and the galley.AccommodationsUp forward is the master cabin. Cruisers Yachts has placed a queen-sized island berth on the centerline, with a vanity to port and a couple of cedar-lined hanging lockers among the storage compartments. Just aft to starboard is the ensuite head with stall shower. To port of the companionway is the guest head, which can also be entered directly from the second cabin. Another door leads to the mid-cabin. I’m not a big fan of this type of accommodation as I don’t care to duck around low overhangs and step-downs, but there are certain advantages, and Cruisers Yachts has certainly utilized the space efficiently. The twin berths are convertible, by using a filler cushion, you quickly have a queen set up. This adaptability affords no compromises whether you’re cruising, say, with two kids or a second adult couple. They have provided six opening ports for plenty of light and air. In addition, the vanity mirror slides in front of those on the port side, for complete privacy when you want it. A door in the aft bulkhead opens into what the guys at the builder’s yard refer to as “the basement,” which is a storage area located beneath the salon. Later model hulls will access the optional washer/dryer just inside this door, instead of through the floor hatch in main deck.Easy to Cook GalleyA tremendous amount of counter space with a great view is something to please any on-the-water chef, and you’ll find it on the 497. The galley is complete with microwave oven, separate refrigerator and freezer, optional dishwasher and nested dinnerware cabinet are all mounted under the counter, to save space. In addition there is an electric, two-burner cooktop and a double sink. To port is an elevated dinette, with enough room for the whole crew. Modern and Spacious SalonMoving aft to the salon, you’ll find two sofas facing inboard. One is a sleeper, the other a double recliner. The entertainment area features a 26” LCD-TV with 5-disc CD/DVD home theater. The wet bar options include an icemaker, a trash compactor, or a nice looking wine captain. Under a lift-up hatch in the deck is a huge locker- “the basement.” This is a unique feature which is really worth some consideration. The storage flexibility this climate-controlled space offers is tremendous. You can carry a couple of bikes, additional food and beverages, you name it. That’s important for those who are used to driving an SUV full of gear for the next adventure. On DeckOut on the bow, which is surrounded by in-house manufactured 316 stainless steel rails, you’ll find plenty of room for the optional sun pads. A hidden electric windlass offers convenience when anchoring and can be operated from here or on the bridge.Aft Cockpit and Bridge The aft cockpit can be set-up with a wide range of seating, convenience, and entertainment options, and there’s room for a hidden davit on the swim platform. Up on the flying bridge the 497 Sports Sedan has a good amount of standard seating, a wet bar, refrigerator, and folding table to host dinners and other social gatherings. The layout of the helm is nicely executed; everything’s at your fingertips. I still can’t get used to running a fifty-footer with an automobile-sized steering wheel, however, but that’s contemporary design.Beefy EnginesStandard power on this boat are twin 500-hp Volvo D9 V-drive diesels with electronic controls. You can upgrade to the 575-hp models like we found on our test boat. Once they install the standard or optional generator, one would think that the engine compartment would be crowded. I was pleased to see that I could get around, even outboard. I noticed nothing lacking in the layout and execution of the mechanical systems. One little drawback to the aft-engine room, V-Drive layout is the harmonic vibration found to develop while accelerating. We noticed it in the flying bridge hardtop as she climbed out of the hole to reach plane. The builders are beefing up the hardtop bracing, which should do away with this minor issue. Our TestYou don’t always get the foul weather you’d like to have when you schedule a test, and this was one of those days when Mother Nature just didn’t cooperate. It was tough not to enjoy a beautiful mid-winter day on the water. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to run her in anything but flat-calm seas, but I have no reason to doubt the builder’s claims about the 497. They tell me that, like the typical European-style designs, she’s a motoryacht that can run in the rough stuff. The electronic controls allow shifting gears and throttling up to be smooth and easy without the smoke. Handling was a breeze with the optional bow and stern thrusters, and overall I was pleased with the ride from both up on the flying bridge and down below. Our speed test found her to top out at 34.5 mph. Her cruising speed calculated to about 27 mph which works out to a range of about 278 miles. If you’re in the market for a motoryacht in this size range, the Cruisers Yachts' 497 Sport Sedan is certainly one to check out. She’s the first in this new line from Cruisers Yachts, and I expect her to be as popular as she is innovative.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 497 Sport Sedan (Not in Production) is 34.5 mph (55.5 kph), burning 58.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 219.53 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 497 Sport Sedan (Not in Production) is 26.7 mph (43 kph), and the boat gets 0.59 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.25 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 278 miles (447.4 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 575-hp Volvo D9 diesels.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional


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


    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

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


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    5-Year Yes
    Engine Warranty
    Engine warranties vary by manufacturer
    Gelcoat Warranty

    Blistering Warranty
    3-Year Yes
    Accessories Warranty
    1-Year other parts and components Yes
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes
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