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(w/ 2 x 225-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GXi gas sterndrive)

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Brief Summary

The 280 CXi is a stylish express cruiser that also comes with an attractive price tag. She's ideal for weekend cruises and sleeps four comfortably.

Key Features

  • Large cockpit with plenty of seating
  • Transom shower
  • Full galley
  • Enclosed head
  • Air conditioning
  • Radar arch with lights
  • Double helm seat
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 31' 0''
    Beam 10' 0''
    Dry Weight 8,500 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 20''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 3''
    Bridge Clearance 9' 8'' w/arch
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 100 gal.
    Water Capacity 30 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 1 x 225-hp Volvo Penta 4.3 Gxi
    Tested Power 2 x 225-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GXi gas sterndrive
    Opt. Power 1x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG
    2x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI Alpha Drive
    1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta KAD300
    1x 375-hp Volvo 8.1 Gi DP gas inboard

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.7 3.2 1.3 2.9 2.5 256 223 62
    1000 6.5 5.7 2.2 3.0 2.6 266 231 66
    1500 7.3 6.3 3.0 2.4 2.1 219 190 73
    2000 9.5 8.2 6.4 1.5 1.3 133 116 78
    2500 10.8 9.4 10.2 1.1 0.9 95 83 89
    3000 18.5 16.0 13.5 1.4 1.2 123 107 90
    3500 29.1 25.3 21.0 1.4 1.2 125 108 90
    4000 32.0 27.5 27.5 1.2 1.0 105 91 92
    4500 39.0 33.9 30.9 1.3 1.1 113 99 94
    4850 40.5 35.2 36.7 1.1 1.0 99 86 96
    600 223 412 6.00 4.92 1.21 62
    1000 231 428 10.50 8.33 1.25 66
    1500 190 352 11.70 11.36 1.03 73
    2000 116 214 15.30 24.23 0.63 78
    2500 83 153 17.40 38.61 0.45 89
    3000 107 198 29.80 51.10 0.58 90
    3500 108 201 46.80 79.49 0.59 90
    4000 91 169 51.50 104.10 0.49 92
    4500 99 182 62.80 116.97 0.54 94
    4850 86 159 65.20 138.92 0.47 96

    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 8.5 sec.
    0 to 30 15.2 sec.
    Ratio 1.79:1
    Props 3-blade stainless steel 19 pitch
    Load Load: 2 persons, Fuel: full, Water: none, Gear: minimal
    Climate Temp: 85 deg., Humid: 62 %, Wind: 15-20 mph, Seas: 1-3 ft.

    Cruisers Yachts 280 CXi (Not in Production) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Learn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...

    Tested by Capt. Ron SvobodaCruisers Yachts wants to welcome you to their family of quality boats with the introduction of the 280Cxi. This new model is basically an amenities package that Cruisers is adding to the popular 2870 Express edition. The CXi boasts a long list of standard features, many of which you would desire on your new platform anyway, delivered at a price that is almost unbelievable. How do they do it you ask? Well they certainly did not skimp on build quality as our testing determined.Cruisers Yachts has always built their boats to be rugged and dependable. Good thing too, as our test day was brutal. We encountered twenty mile an hour winds combined with a 3-foot confused sea, which provided the ultimate shake down test. Throughout the day, the Boattest crew was surprised as to the toughness of this pocket cruiser. There were no squeaks, rattles or groans from the vessel. No doors popping open, latches loosening or other typical boating announces. We did bobble a bit in the rough stuff, but the 280 remained dry, another attribute to a well-designed hull.Comfortable CockpitLets talk comfort, after all that’s what a cruiser is all about. Starting with the cockpit, the layout is roomy and functional. The aft cockpit area offers a pair of facing settees, which provide room for up to five adults. A small table can be inserted for alfresco dining and/or sunset cocktails. The seat cushions are comfortable, but the seating arrangement does not convert into a sun lounge which would be helpful considering that there is no place provided on the boat for sun tanning. Other notables in the aft cockpit are the dual storage lockers located to port and a wide transom walk-through for easy access to the swim platform.Behind the WheelForward in the cockpit is the helm station and a large companion way. The helm is stocked with all the cruising necessities. Faria analog gauges trimmed with gold bezels provide engine information, while a Garmin GPS supplies navigational help. Also within easy reach is a Raymarine VHF radio and controls for the bow-mounted searchlight. Despite having all this equipment standard, I found the dash layout confusing while I hunted for switches and readouts. On the other hand, foredeck access was good, with molded steps at the helm, leading you through a narrow windshield door to the bow. The foredeck features an anchor locker and roller, plus has excellent non-skid surface, all of which greatly improve the mooring process. Swim PlatformAt the stern, you’ll find an expansive and equipped swim platform. Starting with the molded transom area, which provides a pair of fender brackets, shore power hook-ups and filler ports for fuel and water. One step down from the molded platform is an additional bolt-on swim platform that grants two and a half feet of additional activity space. This stout platform includes a recessed, heavy-duty boarding ladder that telescopes neatly out of sight. Down BelowThe 280’s cabin has an impressive amount of usable space. Starting with a wide companionway that uses a sliding hatch for the upper portion of the door, and a bi-fold acrylic panel for the lower portion. Stepping down in the salon affords 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom and enough width for the chef to work the galley without being bumped by guests moving about the salon’s crescent shaped settee. Complimented by a slender, solid wood dining table, the settee will seat four comfortably and provide the best spot to watch the DVD equipped television. You can also watch the screen from the 280’s aft cabin, which has almost as much width and headroom as that of the forward double berth. Both sleeping areas include privacy curtains and a pair of reading lights.GalleyThe galley includes a refrigerator, microwave oven, a single-burner electric cooktop and a sink with faucet. A solid surface countertop offers decent workspace as well as conceals the sink and cutlery drawer under removable panels. The galley also has several cabinets with ample space for stowing supplies during those long cruises. The head compartment is located to port and is well appointed with an electric pump-out toilet, vanity with sink and faucet.After reading this, you may still be wondering how Cruisers Yachts can offer so much value at such an affordable price? Well, I haven’t figured that out either, but I do know that the special pricing won’t last and the orders are pouring in for the ’04 season, so don’t miss out!

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 280 CXi (Not in Production) is 40.5 mph (65.2 kph), burning 36.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 138.91 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 280 CXi (Not in Production) is 29.1 mph (46.8 kph), and the boat gets 1.38 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.59 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 125 miles (201.17 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 225-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GXi gas sterndrive.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    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


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Bimini Top Standard
    Camper Back Standard


    NMMA Certification Yes
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