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Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe (2009-2010)
(w/ 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 - Diesel)


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Brief Summary

Cruisers Yachts have some new kids on the block and the 420 Sports Coupe is one of them. This new model addresses one of the age-old issues some of us have with a hardtop. Rather than have the last foot or so open with Isinglass that you have to tangle with, on this model the windshield wraps around the entire top and you need only add the camper canvas across the back when the weather turns on you. The cockpit has lots of seating that can be converted into a sunpad. Cruisers offers two propulsion systems; Volvo Penta IPS gas or diesel, or inboard systems from Volvo Penta, MerCruiser and Yanmar.

Sleeping accommodations and inside headroom are really sweet as well. The forward berth is an island queen and the aft cabin has twins that convert to a queen. Watch the games on the standard 26” LCD TV while you keep the cockpit and cabin cooled in 28,000 BTU of cool air or warm heat from the two standard systems. Don’t worry; there are a lot more standard and optional features onboard!

Key Features

  • Standard walk-thru windshield and sunroof
  • Full beam swim platform
  • 13.5 kilowatt generator and 28,00 BTW cockpit AC/heat unit
  • U-shaped cockpit seating
  • Electric actuated engine hatch
  • Doublewide helm seating
  • Cockpit wet bar with built-in sink, standard refrigerator, and optional cockpit grill and 20'' LCD TV
  • Six vertical portholes with wood blinds
  • Crescent-shaped dinette
  • Granite-like solid surface countertop and full kitchen amenities in galley
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 43' 0''
    13.1 m
    Beam 11' 5''
    3.5 m
    Dry Weight 23, 500 lbs.
    10659 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 44'' with IPS
    1.1 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 5''
    2.0 m
    Bridge Clearance 11' 5''
    3.5 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,136 L
    Water Capacity 75 gal.
    284 L
    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
    600 3.9 3.3 0.7 5.5 4.8 1485 1291 71
    1000 6.3 5.5 2.4 2.6 2.3 709 616 72
    1250 8.2 7.1 3.4 2.4 2.1 647 563 71
    1500 9.0 7.8 3.4 2.7 2.3 715 621 71
    1750 10.2 8.8 9.4 1.1 0.9 292 254 77
    2000 10.9 9.4 12.5 0.9 0.8 234 204 79
    2250 13.2 11.5 18.0 0.7 0.6 198 172 79
    2500 16.7 14.5 20.8 0.8 0.7 216 188 80
    2750 22.3 19.3 25.7 0.9 0.8 234 203 82
    3000 27.7 24.1 27.2 1.0 0.9 275 239 81
    3250 32.5 28.3 30.9 1.1 0.9 284 247 83
    3600 36.5 31.7 41.2 0.9 0.8 239 208 86
    600 1291 2390 6.30 2.65 2.34 71
    1000 616 1141 10.10 9.08 1.12 72
    1250 563 1041 13.20 12.87 1.02 71
    1500 621 1151 14.50 12.87 1.13 71
    1750 254 470 16.40 35.58 0.46 77
    2000 204 377 17.50 47.32 0.37 79
    2250 172 319 21.20 68.14 0.31 79
    2500 188 348 26.90 78.74 0.34 80
    2750 203 377 35.90 97.28 0.37 82
    3000 239 443 44.60 102.96 0.43 81
    3250 247 457 52.30 116.97 0.45 83
    3600 208 385 58.70 155.96 0.37 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 9.4 sec.
    0 to 30 16.3 sec.
    Ratio 1.94 : 1
    Props T4
    Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, 1/2 full, 75 lbs. of gear
    Climate 76 deg., 66% humidity, winds: 3-5 mph, seas: 1-2 minimal chop

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe (2009-2010) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Learn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...By Capt. Rob Smith

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    She is good-looking and well proportioned. Our tests show that she gets impressive fuel mileage at best cruise.

    The standard cockpit air conditioning makes this a yacht you can enjoy year round. Cruisers Yachts only builds yachts in the 30-56 foot range which means they only build yachts, and the company is not a sportboat builder that morphed into large boats. This is an important distinction and one you should consider when you are shopping boats. The Cruisers Yachts workmen are used to building to one quality standard – yacht quality.

    Welcome aboard

    Cruisers Yachts makes it easier to board from the integrated swim platform or from either the port or starboard side decks and molded in steps. I also like to relax with a glass of fine wine watching the sunset, so I would definitely want the optional rumble seat in the stern where my wife and I can have a front row seat as we wait for that flash of green as the sun drops below the horizon. This also makes a good place to gear up for water sports activities keeping the cockpit clear and cleaner.

    Going forward

    Reaching the bow, you can either climb up the two steps to the side decks from the cockpit, or go through the center windshield walkthrough. The side decks are a bit narrow for me, so I will be using the walkthrough. I have found that women also prefer to use the “thru-windshield steps.” The babes will like the optional twin sun loungers forward. Ground tackle includes anchor, 126’ (38.4 meters) of 5/8” line and 30’ (9.1 meters) of 5/16” chain. You won’t have to break your back pulling the anchor in because the windlass is standard on the 420 Coupe. As we said, these are yacht builders.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    There is a lot of room and utility in the cockpit. Wet bar has a standard ice maker and optional grill and refer.


    The 420 Coupe has a large U-shaped lounger that flows from the port side transom entry around and behind the double wide helm seat. This has two tables that also convert this space into a large sun bathing pad. On the port side of the aft cockpit is a wet bar. If you are like me (I like to cook) you will surely add the optional electric grill and optional refrigerator.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    The helm is well-designed and you can stand at the wheel with the overhead closed.

    Stepping on up

    The port side lounger forward is plenty large for three adults to relax and enjoy the ride. The helm is a split double wide bench. Visibility was nearly 360 degrees with the aft support for the hard top obstructing part of the view. While standing, I never lost the horizon from throttle up to planing speed. One of the real values of the Coupe hardtop is expanding the boating season. The windshield is integrated with the hardtop so you don’t have to hassle with isinglass. If it is too cold, or if you want to run the air conditioner (standard), simply add the aft canvas and you can control the cockpit environment. Room at the helm was good whether standing, leaning on the bolster, or sitting down. And, there is plenty of headroom standing with the sunroof closed. This boat is not designed like one of those European coupes where you must open the sunroof to stand.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    This is the standard layout. You can talk to the folks at Cruisers Yachts about optional layouts to suit your needs.

    Below Deck

    The companionway entry has two doors, the usual sliding door and a handy screen door that you can use when the weather is nice, but the bugs are not. The salon has over 7’ (2.13-2.21 meters) of headroom. Pretty amazing for a yacht that doesn’t look high-sided from the outside! The head is under the helm on the starboard side. It also has lots of headroom at 77” to 78” (1.96-1.98 meters) in the enclosed shower. The vanity top is Mystera solid surface with a decorative tile backsplash. The sole is covered in Amtico synthetic cherry and maple complimenting the cherry veneer cabinetry. The entertainment center is mounted above the microwave in the galley. This 26” LCD TV and DVD player will provide hours of entertainment. The settee is crescent shaped and covered in Ultraleather which maintains its good looks better and is easier to clean than real leather. The wood table compliments the joinery in the salon. You can add a couple of stools that can be positioned around the table expanding the seating arrangements for dinner or game time.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    The large portlights provide a lot of light in the salon. There is good storage. All the galley counter needs are fiddles.

    Whipping up a meal

    The galley also has Mystera solid surface counter tops and cherry veneer cabinetry. The grains are all well matched and the doors are all well aligned showing that Cruisers Yachts takes their time to insure great looks. The sole is covered in the same Amtico synthetic cherry and maple as the head. Appliances include a two burner electric cooktop, microwave and coffee maker combo (microwave only in the 220V version) and Nova Kool refrigerator/freezer. Of course you will be enjoying some wine onboard and Cruisers Yachts has just the spot to keep the stemware safe. Next to the companionway is where the stemware and wine will be on display in a lighted cabinet with clear door.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    Three optional stools can be placed on the inboard side of the table giving plenty of seating all around. Note the ample storage space.

    Calling it a night

    When you are ready to catch some sleep, the 420 Sports Coupe is a two-cabin model. Forward is an island queen berth. There is ample storage here for clothes and personal items. A privacy curtain is standard, but an optional bulkhead and door are my preference. Two opening ports and a 22” hatch provide natural light, cooling breezes and emergency escape. The aft cabin has twin bunks that easily convert to a queen bed with two filler cushions. To port is a private vanity for this cabin. It has the same Mystera counter top with decorative tile backsplash as the galley and day head. The sink and head are separate which means two people can get ready at once, both here and in the forward cabin.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    Make up a queen as shown here or take out the center piece for two singles in the mid cabin. There is standing head room in the shower and at the foot of the bed.

    The Joy(stick) of power

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe with Volvo Penta IPS joystick drives will be the talk of the marina with her looks and the dance you can perform with the joystick maneuverability. I tested with Twin Volvo Penta IPS 500s. The IPS system also leaves more room in the engine compartment. This adds a lot of space to get around the engines, standard generator, filters and thru-hull fittings.

    Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe
    With eight different power choices you can find the right one for your application.

    Power Choices

    Fuel capacity is 300 gallons (1,135 liters) and fresh water capacity is 75 gallons (283.8 liters). You have eight choices for power on the 420 Coupe. Choices include Volvo Penta IPS gas or diesel, MerCruiser gas V-drives, Volvo Penta diesel V-drives or Yanmar’s 6LY3 series diesel V-drive inboard.

    Test results

    The morning was rather calm on the day I took the 420 Coupe out. Leaving the docks was simple and unrushed with the Volvo Penta IPS joystick drives doing their job. Out underway throttle and shift action was smooth. Turns were wide and flat, yet with IPS, they probably are still tighter than V-drives can deliver. I took her through our own wake a few times to validate the dry ride. The sharp entry and bow flare along with the wide chine flats sliced through the waves and kept us completely dry. She was on plane in 9.4 seconds and made 30 mph in 16.3 seconds. She clocked a top speed of 36.5 mph (31.7 knots) at 3600 rpm burning 41.2 gph (155.6 lph). Her most economical cruising speed was 32.5 mph (28.3 knots) at 3250 rpm burning 30.9 gph (116.9 lph). She had bow rise of only approximately 13 degrees and running angle of about 3 degrees and kept the horizon clearly in view.


    I was very impressed with the 420 Sports Coupe. With the joystick drives, she is easy enough for just about anyone to take the helm from the time you signal up your lines to the time you secure her in the slip. The 420 Sports Coupe has incredible headroom, especially considering the looks of her at the docks. She doesn’t appear bulky or top heavy, yet she has all that headroom. If you are ready for some serious cruising, the Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe could be a good choice for you.Finally, this boat is currently available at "Factory-Direct" pricing if bought through a Cruisers Yachts dealer. As we have noted elsewhere, this window of buying opportunity will not last very long.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe (2009-2010) is 36.5 mph (58.7 kph), burning 41.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 155.94 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe (2009-2010) is 16.7 mph (26.9 kph), and the boat gets 0.80 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 216 miles (347.62 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 - Diesel.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    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
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Icemaker Optional
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    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
    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Optional
    Vacuum Optional


    Hull Warranty
    5 year

    Deck Warranty
    5 year Yes
    Engine Warranty
    Engine warranties vary by manufacturer
    Gelcoat Warranty
    3 year

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