Sneak Peek: Cruisers Yachts Raises the Bar for Day Boating

Nov 5, 2020

– a big boat with bow area seating!

By Andy Adams 

Once again, Cruisers Yachts is leading the market for day boats with their new 42 GLS model that premiered at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October. The concept of a large day boat is now a very well established trend made possible by the amazing new power and efficiency of the latest four stroke outboards. Buyers are looking for a different boating experience and we think that the 42 GLS nails it. 

The idea is to have maximum comfort and convenience in a boat that is easy to handle, fast enough to cover long distances in the day and to be your floating Paradise Island when you reach your destination. The 42 GLS certainly has galley features, overnight accommodation and an elegant and spacious head compartment, but the emphasis is on outdoor entertaining with plenty of room for the whole family or a gang of friends.  

One of the most important passenger and entertaining spaces is in the bow where the 42GLS has a very large seating area. A removable table means you can serve snacks here if you want and the comfortable seating will make this a very popular separate living area. 

Cruisers 42 GLS Swim Platform– paradise island

The most remarkable feature of the 42 GLS is absolutely the dual beach doors. These are large sections of the hull sides which fold down electrically 90 degrees, to open up the whole back end of the boat with one expanse of flat floor – it becomes your paradise island at the touch of a button! There’s room for a whole gang to go swimming, or to spend the day wading in the water and one of the great features of the triple outboard power is that the engines can be tilted up to take you into the shallows. 

The helm is a special place with a double wide seat that includes an armrest, flip-up bolster for standing operation and a footrest. The triple Mercury Verado 400 outboards come with electro-hydraulic power steering and also include Joystick Piloting for easy docking control. The joystick and the engine control box (that allows single lever control) are both mounted on the starboard side armrest.  

HelmThe triple Mercury Verado engines are pretty remarkable. They are inline 6 cylinder 2.6 litre engines that are supercharged. These supercharged Verado models have been on the market since 2004 and while it was a very sophisticated design, (and still is) the Verado has been well-proven in demanding applications. It’s really not a big engine and to produce 400 horsepower is quite a feat. At wide open throttle, the Verados can run up to 6,800 rpm and the Florida saltwater fishing maniacs actually run them that hard. 

If you are in the market for a really stunning big boat, Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS raises the bar for luxury day boats. 

GLS SternSPECIFICATIONS 

Engines: Triple Mercury Verado  400, supercharged inline 6 cylinder 2.6 litre / 158.8 cubic inch with dual overhead cams and 4 valves per cylinder, 400 hp each.  

Length overall: 42’ / 12.8 m 
Beam: 13’ / 3.96 m 
Displacement (full load): 27,000 lbs / 12,247 kg 
Fuel capacity: 403 gal / 1,525.5 L 
Fresh water capacity: 50 gal / 189.3 L 
Holding tank capacity: 31 gal / 117.3 L 
Test boat and pricing provided by:  Cruisers Yachts Inc., www.cruisersyachts.com  

 

To read Andy Adams’ complete review of the 42 GLS be sure to see it in the December issue of CY magazine.


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