Cutwater Boats Unveils 30-Foot Family Cruiser

Posted: January 21, 2013

By: Cutwater Boats

Cutwater Boats has announced the introduction of its newest and largest cruiser, the Cutwater 30. The new boat makes its inaugural appearance Jan. 25, 2013, at the Seattle International Boat Show, and its East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, opening Feb. 14, 2013.

Based on the Cutwater Keel Stepped hull design, this new design expands on the brand’s original concept of comfortable family cruising, efficient performance and exceptional value. With its 30-foot, 3-inch molded length and 10-foot beam, the Cutwater 30 delivers an additional measure of interior and on-deck space compared to its 26- and 28-foot predecessors, a lengthier roster of standard features, and more than a few design innovations of its own. 

“With the new Cutwater 30, we’re able to offer the same smooth ride and efficient performance in a roomier hull," said sales and marketing vice president Jeff Messmer. "The innovative arrangement ensures complete comfort for long-range cruising, with a number of unexpected design refinements for even greater enjoyment.”

Among the most visible of its many design advancements is the cockpit deck layout. By itself measuring some 80 square feet, its dimensions feel yet roomier thanks to port and starboard bench seats that hinge outboard to either side to seat four adults without encroaching on the main cockpit space. A reversible transom seat, moreover, may be adjusted to face forward or aft to serve either as additional aft-deck seating or to face the view astern, and a panel in the cabin aft bulkhead swings up to allow the aft dinette seat to be reversed as a fourth cockpit seat. The entire arrangement accommodates up to eight adults in an agreeably social setting that leaves the entire aft deck open and uncluttered. A molded cabinet houses an electric refrigerator for convenient refreshment service, and a flush hatch opens on gas-assist lifts for easy engine access. Port and starboard sidedecks (with grabrails) lead forward to a large foredeck; here, two flush hatches open to become cushioned observer seats, each with a generous footwell that serves as fender storage when closed. A removable contoured lounge may be secured on centerline. The surrounding stainless steel rail opens to the bow pulpit, from which a five-step ladder may be extended for immediate access to and from the beach.

With its 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom, the salon is similarly spacious. The starboard-side four-place dinette features a custom-crafted maple table that folds inward to reveal a pair of drink holders integrated into a polished stainless steel handrail. This unit may be converted to a double berth. To port, a continuous countertop offers plenty of room for serving snacks or a complete buffet; this hinged surface conceals a stainless sink, a refrigerator and an electric range with oven; a propane range with oven is available as an option. Just forward is a contoured aft-facing lounge seat with armrest. Forward on the starboard side, a double-wide helm seat faces a fully-instrumented control console of finely stitched anti-glare ultraleather. A companionway behind the four-place dinette leads down to a private sleeping space with a 6-foot, 8-inch double berth. A broad expanse of windows all around combine with four skylight hatches in the overhead to illuminate and ventilate the entire salon. Other salon features include a flat-screen TV, wine cooler and a microwave oven. With the engine located completely aft of the salon, sound levels inside allow for muted conversation, even while underway.

The forward stateroom features an island double berth more than 7 feet in length. A large hanging locker and storage compartments accept clothing and gear for extended voyages, and a desk/vanity includes a 110-12v charger for computers and electronics. The adjacent head includes an electric-flush toilet, vanity cabinet with vessel-type sink and large countertop, and a separate enclosed shower with curved sliding door. Opening hullside portlignts admit daylight and fresh air throughout belowdecks living spaces.

The new Cutwater 30 rides on the Stepped Keel hull design, an advanced configuration that distributes lifting forces and a contact layer of air to deliver exceptionally efficient performance for extended range and a lower fuel bill. A skeg keel aids directional stability for straight tracking, and rounded shoulders where the keel meets the hull allow low engine placement for optimum shaft angle, a lower, more stable center of gravity, and lower deck height allowing superior cabin headroom. Standard bow and stern thrusters permit precise maneuvering and easy docking.

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