Posted: January 23, 2014Cutwater Boats has announced the unveiling of its newest family inboard cruiser, the Cutwater 30 Command Bridge. As the third model to be designed and built on the company’s 30-foot stepped-keel hull design, first introduced one year ago in a sedan cruiser configuration, this new boat offers many of the features and innovations built into its two predecessors, with the addition of an upper helm station and topside seating.
Jeff Messmer, Cutwater Boats vice president of marketing, noted that the new design was developed in response to a measured demand for a dual-helm station cruiser in a trailerable configuration. “Not many builders offer the all-season capability and versatility that we’ve designed into this new boat, especially in its size range,” said Messmer, “and none have come anywhere near its level of performance, comfort and standard features.” He added that, like each boat in the Cutwater 30 series, the new command bridge version combines a single 370 hp Volvo diesel inboard with the company’s trademark Stepped-Keel hull form and ten-foot beam to deliver spirited, economical performance and generous interior volume.
The addition of the upper helm allows the versatility of fair-weather conning up top, or piloting below in sheltered comfort for an extended cruising season. A built-in stairway with railings assures easy access to the bridge deck without intruding on cockpit deck space. For dockside socializing, the double-wide helm seat reverses to face a pedestal table and a second double bench seat just aft. Among the new design’s significant features is a retractable all-fiberglass bridge coaming that, along with the venturi windscreen and dash panel, hinges downward to reduce overall height for improved trailerability.
“Many customers have asked for a fully equipped command-bridge cruiser with easily trailered dimensions, for overland access to cruising areas that otherwise would be out of reach for them,” Messmer said, adding that many owners of the company’s popular Cutwater 30 Sedan and the recently introduced 30 Sport Top designs routinely transport their boats to remote waterways, thus expanding their horizons and enjoying a more complete cruising experience.
The Cutwater 30 Command Bridge offers liveaboard accommodations for four adults in two separate staterooms, plus a raised four-place dining settee in the main cabin that converts to a third double berth. Other amenities include a lower helm station and port-side companion seat adjacent to a fully equipped galley with a fold-out countertop for convenient buffet and refreshment service. A private head compartment features a separate stall shower. In the self-bailing cockpit, side bulwark sections swing outward to form two cushioned double bench seats without crowding the aft deck, and a reversible transom seat faces forward or aft. A fourth seat emerges from a hinged cabin bulkhead panel to create yet greater capacity. An overhang extends aft from the cabin roof to partially shelter the cockpit, while providing deck space for the aft observation seat up top, and for an optional solar panel to power electrical components and keep batteries topped up.
Sidedecks lead forward to a broad foredeck fitted with a fold-out lounge seat, and, unique to the Cutwater 30 series, two observers’ seats recessed into the nonskid surface. A telescoping five-step boarding ladder concealed in the anchoring platform extends through an opening bow rail to provide easy shore access.
Standard features aboard the Cutwater 30 Command Bridge include trim tabs, docking lights, VHF radio, hot/cold cockpit shower, inverter/battery charger and flat-screen television in both the salon and master stateroom. Bow and stern thrusters, also standard, simplify docking and maneuvering in tight quarters.