Cruisers 3470
Length overall  36'6"
Beam  11'8"
Draft  36'
Displacement  13,300 lb
Fuel Capacity  232 gals
Water Capacity  40 gals
Holding Tank Capacity  20 gals
Bridge Clearance  10'
Standard power Twin 7.4 L MPI Mer Cruisers 310HP V-drives

The sleek, new Cruisers 3470 combines good looks with great performance with any one of a number of engine and drive options. The helm console looks like it's right out of a sports car.

The new Cruisers 3470 has it all,style and performance, wrapped up in a sleek, mid-size package. And the boat buyer is offered many of choices for a production boat. 'We try to give the customer a lot of options,' says Don DePouw, vice-president of marketing for Cruisers Yachts, based near Green Bay, Wisconsin. 'We want it to appeal to a broader variety of boaters.'

While the options are legion,a vast array of gas or diesel inboard engines with V-drives or outdrives and variations in the interior layout,the list of standard features is also impressive. The rakishly narrow bow boasts a 100,000-candlepower, remote-controlled spotlight mounted on the stainless-steel bow pulpit. You can get to the bow via a walk-through access panel in the swept-back, wrap-around windshield. Non-skid steps are molded in the non-glare dash, and the windshield features big side vents for good air circulation, even when the standard Bimini top is up and the vinyl enclosure is zipped tight. Again, all are standard features.

The helm station features a double helm seat, the leading edges of which flip up to let you drive while standing. The classic, analog dials are rimmed in gold-toned metal and set in a faux-burled-wood dash. The sports-car-style steering wheel is fully adjustable, and there's room to mount additional electronics as desired. A small, L-shaped lounge to port provides a nice spot for a guest to watch the world go by.

It's a step down to the lounge deck with its J-shaped settee wrapped around a removable table. The wet bar on the port side has its own fridge. With the standard enclosure in place, there's lots of headroom, thanks to the high, forward-raked radar arch that supports it.

The sole of the lounge deck lifts up to reveal the engine compartment. The 3470 is powered by twin 7.4-liter multi-port injection 310 HP MerCruiser inboard gas engines with V-drives. There's a wide range of gas and diesel power options, including MerCruisers, Volvos, Crusaders, or Yanmar, with either V-drives or inboard/outdrives. 'We don't sell many boats with diesels in this market,' DePouw comments, 'but we do sell a lot of them in the international market,' which accounts for about 12 percent of overall sales.