Captain's ReportLearn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...A Striking Profile- More than Just Good LooksBy Captain John B. WenzWhen I visited Cruisers Yachts to inspect the first member of the Sport Sedan family (originally called the 477, renamed the 497) I was advised to watch for future models in this group. Curious to see how this design would evolve, I was pleased to be invited aboard the new 447. A slightly smaller sister, she’s indeed a design evolution. I was anxious to see, in person, what I was told would be a nice choice for a boating family. A Striking ProfileThe dramatic styling and the low profile mean much more than what you might initially conclude. At first glance your impression is that she looks like a contemporary European design. Sleek and luxurious are two words which come to mind. Lots of curves, lots of glass, lots of shiny chrome and stainless; traditional she’s not, but this boat definitely catches your eye. With 18.5 degrees of deadrise and a low center of gravity, the 447 promises to be a good ride in the sloppy stuff; something which is often a compromise in sedans and cruisers in this size range. Although I didn’t get a chance to test her in those kinds of conditions, I think it fair to say that she’d probably hold true to the builder’s claims. Up on the flying bridge, visibility’s good and everything you need is within easy reach of the Captain’s chair. There’s also plenty of space for a full compliment of electronics and Cruisers offers a couple of factory installed optional packages. For your guests, there’s L-shaped seating around a removable table, a wet bar, and a slide-out refrigerator. There’s also a sunning area with a pair of incline loungers which adjust for just the right sun angle.Although the standard cockpit is relatively spartan, the available options offer a wide variety of possibilities tailored to your needs. Additions might include seating, a wet bar, and an icemaker. You can also install synthetic teak decking or carpeting, and add a deck enclosure, if you like. The swim platform can also be fitted-out as an 800 pound hydraulic lift for a dinghy or small PWC. Interior Space- Where the 447 Really ShinesStep into the salon and you’ll be pleased by the feeling of open space. The number of square feet of glass is huge and allows for lots of natural light and visibility. The salon and galley are both nicely equipped with appropriate features and conveniences. In addition, there’s the added flexibility of a sleeper/sofa. One of the 447’s big advantages is found below the salon floor; Cruisers Yachts calls it the basement. With the space saving advantages of either V-drives or IPS, you get a huge storage area for just about anything- which is what a family like mine wants to bring aboard- anything and everything!Up forward you’ll find things suitably appointed with the luxuries and conveniences deserving of the master stateroom. Included are a queen-sized island berth, cedar-lined lockers, and access to a European-style head with vessel sink and stall shower. The second head is entered from either the salon or the mid stateroom. This full-beam cabin features a comfy sitting area and lots of natural light from six opening ports. The highlight here is the berth- it converts from a queen to a pair of twins. That’s a real advantage whether you’ve got a couple of kids or a couple of adults who don’t really care to share one bed. Propulsion Systems- Saving SpaceAny one of the available propulsion options, V-drive or Volvo IPS, is a good choice. They range from twin 370’s to twin 480’s and include both gas and diesels; standard are the twin Volvo gas motors rated at 420-hp. Our test boat was equipped with the Volvo 435-hp diesels, which I like, but I’d love to test a 447 fitted with IPS. In any case, they’re all efficiently laid out in an aft, under-cockpit engine room. Not only does this type of arrangement save space, but it also eliminates the possibility of a greasy mechanic messing up the salon carpeting. Our TestGiven that conditions were relatively benign, wind and noise levels were still pleasingly low. I noticed that the electronics arch and soft top seemed to make a difference in the noise level- they didn’t rattle when this boat accelerated. That was a design issue under revision when I drove the 477. I’m happy to see it resolved.The Cruisers Yachts 447 Sedan measures 45’2” in length including the swim platform. She’s got a beam of 14’6” and draws 46” of water. Her tanks hold 375 gallons of fuel, 100 gallons of water, and she weighs in at 29,500 pounds. Out on the water we found the 447 to cruise optimally at 3000 rpm for a speed of 25.1 mph yielding a cruising range of 319 miles. She got up on plane in 7.5 seconds and reached a top speed of 34.1 mph or 29.7 knots. Along with everything else I’ve mentioned, our test boat had a bow thruster. Although not necessary, I’d like to see one included as standard equipment on any boat of this size. It’s an addition that has proven itself to be a real stress-reliever for many a weekend skipper. It can replace a deckhand on the bow and get you out of trouble when you’re in close quarters on a breezy day. For either a boating family or an adult couple, the Cruisers 447 is a good choice. She’s got the standard equipment you need at a competitive price. With an extensive list of factory options and a little thought, you can set this boat up to fit you like a glove.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 447 Sport Sedan (2007-) is 34.1 mph (54.9 kph), burning 41.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 155.94 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 447 Sport Sedan (2007-) is 25.2 mph (40.6 kph), and the boat gets 0.95 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 319 miles (513.38 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 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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