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(w/ 2 x 715-hp Volvo Penta D12 diesels)

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Brief Summary

The 520 Express boasts luxurious accommodations for live-aboard cruising and spacious layout for entertaining in elegance. In addition to her good looks, this cruiser also delivers a speedy ride.

Key Features

  • Two private staterooms
  • Sleeps up to six
  • Windlass
  • Generator
  • Large cockpit with plenty of seating
  • Sea Key Safety Security System
  • Hardtop with skylight
  • Extended swim platform
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 52' 3'' incl swim platform
    Beam 15' 6''
    Dry Weight 42,000 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 44''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom 6' 6''
    Bridge Clearance 13' 1''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 500 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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 675-hp Volvo Penta D12 diesels
    Tested Power 2 x 715-hp Volvo Penta D12 diesels
    Opt. Power 2 x 715-hp Volvo Penta D12

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    520 6.5 5.7 2.2 3.0 2.6 1330 1156 73
    750 8.8 7.6 4.7 1.9 1.6 838 728 78
    1000 10.7 9.3 11.2 1.0 0.8 430 374 81
    1250 12.2 10.6 21.7 0.6 0.5 253 220 82
    1500 18.3 15.9 31.7 0.6 0.5 260 226 85
    1750 25.1 21.8 39.1 0.6 0.6 289 251 87
    2000 32.9 28.6 47.0 0.7 0.6 315 273 87
    2250 38.7 33.6 61.0 0.6 0.6 285 248 88
    2350 40.8 35.5 70.5 0.6 0.5 260 226 89
    520 1156 2140 10.50 8.33 1.25 73
    750 728 1349 14.20 17.79 0.79 78
    1000 374 692 17.20 42.40 0.41 81
    1250 220 407 19.60 82.14 0.24 82
    1500 226 418 29.50 120.00 0.25 85
    1750 251 465 40.40 148.01 0.27 87
    2000 273 507 52.90 177.91 0.30 87
    2250 248 459 62.30 230.91 0.27 88
    2350 226 418 65.70 266.87 0.25 89

    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 20.6 sec.
    0 to 30 26.7
    Ratio 2.0:1
    Props 28 x 42 4-blade
    Load Load: 4 persons, Fuel: 3/4 full, Water 1/2 full, Gear: minimal
    Climate Temp: 92 deg., Humid: 41%, Wind: none, Seas: calm

    Cruisers Yachts 520 Express Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Learn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...Tested by Capt. Ron SvobodaThis year while celebrating its 50th anniversary of manufacturing high-end express machines, Cruisers Yachts appropriately unveiled its striking new 520 Express Yacht. Carrying over styling from the 560 flagship, the 520 fills a niche that may not be obvious with all the production cruisers available on the market these days. Design and LayoutThe new express is simply about two things; entertaining in absolute elegance, and getting to a destination quickly. And the cockpit brings the two together with immense amounts of seating under an optional fiberglass hard-top. The two tiered, winged top looks like it was shaped by an artist, and employs skylights to add filtered light and fresh air to the giant cockpit. The entertainment potential of the outdoor party patio is amazing. Located to port is a refrigerator console with ice maker and freezer, where you can keep your steaks and lobster. Good thing, because right next to the fridge, is an electric grill to cook the surf and turf. There is also a sink and faucet for clean up joined by a cabinet with space for liquor bottles and a host of other accoutrements.At the Control StationCruisers Yachts has gone all out in comfort and plush seating at the helm. They mounted a pair of admiral style chairs, complete with flip-up bolsters and winged armrests within reach of an enormous dash panel. Unfortunately, it is occupied by a pair of small digital readouts for the engine management system. I love the technology, but the small display made piloting a bit difficult, especially with the glare on a sunny day. Alternatively, all this space leaves room for a host of electronic navigation screens.Luxuries BelowA sliding acrylic door leads you to the ultra luxurious saloon which provides 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom and is awash in cherry wood cabinetry and trim. Located to port is one of the finest galleys we’ve seen. It is complete with all the chef’s basic needs, plus a dishwasher, trash compactor and a refrigerated wine locker. The chef can also keep up on the latest news or sporting events with the giant 30 inch flat panel LCD TV that is flush mounted in the cabinets.Seating in the cabin is supplied by an uncompromising sofa that spans the saloon’s starboard side. The crescent shaped lounge is wrapped in ultra-leather and features reclining seats and a convertible dining table for a multitude of functional lounging. StateroomsAll the way aft in the boat the master stateroom offers unparalleled space and comfort. Filling the room with light are six large port holes that are reminiscent of European mega yachts. A queen-sized berth is beautifully presented and accompanied by a large number of storage cabinets. An en-suite head compartment and separate shower stall complete the owner’s stunning cabin.The guest stateroom is located at the forepeak and is available with two different layouts. Our test boat had a single queen berth, but you can opt for a pair of twin berths depending upon your cruising needs. There is a day head located forward in the saloon and provides a second door for access from the guest cabin.SpecsThis world class yacht has an overall length of 52 feet, 3 inches. Her beam measures 15 feet, 6 inches and she weights 39,500 pound dry. Loaded with gear and 500 gallons of fuel, you can expect a draft of 44 inches to clear the massive four-bladed propellers.The RideCompared to other boats in this class the 520 Express delivered slightly better top end and cruise speed numbers. Handling was about what you would expect from a 20 ton luxury cruiser; slow, with plenty of forethought needed before making any turns. But where this boat truly stands out from the rest is with its fantastic styling, amenities and outstanding build quality.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 520 Express is 40.8 mph (65.7 kph), burning 70.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 266.84 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 520 Express is 32.9 mph (52.9 kph), and the boat gets 0.70 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 315 miles (506.94 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 715-hp Volvo Penta D12 diesels.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    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: Raw Water Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Standard
    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


    Camper Back Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional
    Full Canvas Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Davit Optional
    Fuel Transfer Standard
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Oil Change System Optional
    Trash Compactor 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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