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Cruisers 447 Sport Sedan — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
— June 2006
PMY’s latest company boat offers on-the-water escapism at its best.
But a boat like this is not just about WOT and S-turns, especially with the social crew here at PMY. Entertaining is a key component, and Cruisers has addressed this need quite well. The flying bridge offers an alfresco party place with lounge seating just abaft the helm and two tanning-friendly chaise lounges on the flying-bridge overhang. To whet your whistle, the cockpit is armed with a wet bar and ice maker. The full-beam (14'6"), wide-open saloon, accessed via the cockpit’s sliding-glass door, provides an inviting indoor entertainment venue with standard port and starboard lounges. (The port lounge has a double incliner, and the starboard one is a sofa/sleeper.) Both offer a clear view of the standard 23-inch Sharp LCD TV for movie night. The saloon’s open arrangement is enhanced by 6'7" headroom. Standard cherry warms up the interior, which is further brightened by wide side and front windows. There’s no feeling of sitting in a hole in this boat, especially since the galley and dinette are up one step from the saloon, with clear views in all directions. All the requisite galley tools are available for the cooking cruiser, including a EuroKera cooktop, solid-surface countertop-prep areas, and a Nova Kool refrigerator and freezer, and all standard issue.
Office Ours’ helm features Murphy. No, not PMY’s group managing editor Eileen Murphy, but HelmView from Murphy, a company that builds engine-monitoring systems. It’s a plug-and-play system that works with J1939 and NMEA 2000 protocols to allow the sharing of information between onboard electronic devices. There are three CAN (Control Area Network) inputs that can integrate engines, gensets, NMEA devices, and GPS. On a display at the helm, I was able to view everything from speed, engine rpm, and fuel burn to waste-tank level and rudder angle. I could even view trim tab levels. The 6.4-inch color VGA LCD flat-screen display was easily viewable, too. Stay tuned for more on HelmView’s progress as PMY puts it to a long-term test this summer.
Spotlight on | Construction
To minimize weight and maximize strength, Cruisers builds the 447 with a fully cored hull. Below the waterline she features Airex foam core, while above the waterline balsa adds stiffness as well as impressive sound deadening. Enhancing the latter is a new product from 3M, which Myers says is placed everywhere including “hull sides, bulkheads, and anywhere they could put it.” My test results indicated this stuff works, as my decibel meter read only 79 dB-A at cruise speed (65 dB-A is the level of normal conversation). I suspect having the engines aft and the use of underwater exhausts also play a big part in this boat’s quiet nature.
This article originally appeared in the July 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.