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(w/ 2 x 420-hp Crusader 8.1 HO)

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Brief Summary

Test# 081502355. Archived 070204.
The 3970 Express is completely redesigned with sleek European styling and improved use of space both above and below deck. She’s a luxurious cruiser that offers a long list of standard and optional features.

Key Features

* Two transom lockers help keep the boat clean and uncluttered
* Wet bar with icemaker/refrigerator, sink, and prep counter
* Coded electronic ignition system
* Choice of either a double or single stateroom layout
* Fully molded fiberglass liner for strength and hull rigidity
* Richly appointed interior finished in cherry wood and tan leather upholstery


Length Overall 43' 0''
Beam 13' 6''
Dry Weight 19, 500 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 0''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom 6' 5''
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
Water Capacity 75 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.

Engine Options

Std. Power 2x370-hp MerCruiser 8.1S Horizon
Tested Power 2 x 420-hp Crusader 8.1 HO
Opt. Power Not Available

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
700 4.7 4.1 3.4 1.4 1.2 373 325 65
1000 7.0 6.0 5.8 1.2 1.0 324 281 70
1500 8.3 7.2 7.4 1.1 1.0 301 262 73
2000 10.4 9.0 12.6 0.8 0.7 222 193 74
2500 12.4 10.8 21.6 0.6 0.5 155 135 77
3000 17.9 15.5 28.6 0.6 0.5 169 147 78
3500 24.6 21.3 33.6 0.7 0.6 197 172 79
4000 31.3 27.2 41.2 0.8 0.7 205 178 84
4500 35.3 30.7 57.6 0.6 0.5 165 144 88
5000 37.8 32.9 69.8 0.5 0.5 146 127 88
700 325 600 7.60 12.87 0.59 65
1000 281 521 11.30 21.96 0.51 70
1500 262 484 13.40 28.01 0.47 73
2000 193 357 16.70 47.70 0.35 74
2500 135 249 20.00 81.76 0.24 77
3000 147 272 28.80 108.26 0.26 78
3500 172 317 39.60 127.19 0.31 79
4000 178 330 50.40 155.96 0.32 84
4500 144 266 56.80 218.04 0.26 88
5000 127 235 60.80 264.22 0.23 88

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 7.9 sec.
0 to 30 16.2 sec.
Ratio 2.53:1
Props 4 blade 22 x 23 x 1.5
Load 6 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 92 deg., 55% humid.; wind: calm; seas: flat

Cruisers Yachts 3970 Express (Not in Production) Line Drawing


Captain's Report

Learn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...New for 2003 is the latest edition to Cruisers Yachts 30 something lineup. The new 3970 Express is completely redesigned with sleek European styling and improved use of space above and below deck. As you board the latest member of the Cruisers family, you will immediately notice the large swim platform and integrated storage lockers in the sole. These three lockers are self-draining and provide a great place to stow wet items. The third locker houses the recessed, folding swim ladder. There are two transom lockers, one is huge and is the place to store all your fenders and more. The other transom locker neatly conceals the pressurized transom shower with hot and cold water, shore hook-ups and cable-master. All these items are well designed to keep your yacht looking clean and uncluttered.As we move forward into the spacious cockpit, a u-shaped lounge to starboard converts into a dinning table perfect for sun set cocktails. The table can be lowered, and a filler cushion added to make a sun lounge. The port side wet bar has everything you need for on the water entertaining. It includes, of course, a sink with pressurized faucet, ice maker/ refrigerator, meal preparation counter, and lots of storage cabinets. Directly forward of the wet bar is a comfortable chase lounge and exceptional steps with hand rails to access the foredeck.The helm is well laid out with all controls and instrumentation within easy reach. I felt the gauge aesthetics were a bit dated in a yacht of this caliber, but they made up for it with a high-tech, digital touch pad located on the starboard gunwale that includes a coded electronic ignition system that prevents the vessel from being started without your special four digit input.Entry in to the luxurious cabin is through a sturdy Plexiglas companionway door and down a few steps. For your cruising delight, this boat is available in two different floor plans. You can choose from either a double stateroom layout that utilizes a private guest stateroom with two single bunks, or, a single stateroom layout that we had the opportunity to evaluate. The single suite configuration is intended for customers seeking a roomier salon, or for those who only occasionally bring along overnight guest. The surprisingly large aft cabin incorporates a comfortable settee with generous headroom as opposed to the small ‘caves’ that you find in so many other aft cabin cruising machines. Additionally, the settee folds out and converts this space into a double berth, should you decide to bring your friends along. Directly to port, is a pass-through underneath the companionway steps that leads to a vanity with sink and cabinet space. Aft of the vanity is an enclosed stand up head with shower. The designers at Cruisers Yachts deserve kudos for making so much space avaible from such a seemingly small area. One of the challenges encountered with this design was that a new stringer system had to be developed in order to provide enough head room in the aft cabin. Cruisers also incorporate a fully molded fiberglass liner for strength and hull rigidity.As we move forward in the salon, the richly appointed interior is finished in cherry wood veneer trim and supple tan leather upholstery. Berber carpeting greats your feet while gold tone hardware adds the finishing touch to this classy yacht. A crescent shaped settee and cherry wood dinning table is located to starboard and provides you with ample room to dine in style. The port side galley is set at an angle to give your gourmet cook more room to create. Complete with a fridge, sink, stovetop, microwave and TV/VCR. The granite/epoxy counter top and cherry wood cabinets add lots of contemporary styling. The large round ceiling hatches provide good light and ventilation when needed. The master suite is forward, just behind a cherry wood door that will give you all the privacy you desire when accompanied by guests. The smart use of space continues in this suite with a good-sized shower to starboard, and a head with vanity located to port.This vessel has so many standard and optional features that I could continue discussing it for pages, but what is important is that Cruisers Yachts builds a premium product. They have executed contemporary styling and combined it with high quality manufacturing to provide their customers with a boat that performs very well and provides luxurious comfort.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 3970 Express (Not in Production) is 37.8 mph (60.8 kph), burning 69.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 264.19 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 3970 Express (Not in Production) is 31.3 mph (50.4 kph), and the boat gets 0.76 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.32 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 205 miles (329.92 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 420-hp Crusader 8.1 HO.

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
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Water Heater Standard


Coffeemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard

Exterior Features

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


Bimini Top Standard
Camper Back Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Generator Optional
Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
Vacuum 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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