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The Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe is for the discriminating owner for yacht quality. Her layout is unique and allows for free movement of many guests. Great balance of exterior and interior luxury. Enjoy the outdoors then take comfort inside when you choose. Reserve your purchase now to enjoy your new yacht delivery experience this October.
Standards plus nearly all options: Twin Mercruiser 8.2 MAG HO Seacore Axius, 430 HP each, joystick operation, Pearl Whit seating, interior cabinetry is Ebony Oak and Dwell Cliff upholstery, fiberglass hard top with sliding roof, black enclosure and seat covers, foredeck chaise lounges, interior dinette with flip up bunks, aft cockpit seats with power back rests, cockpit wood table with filler cushion, AGM batteries, 7.5 kw generator, central vacuum, bulkhead door, Amtico flooring in cabin, custom bed sheets, towel package, TVs, treads for cabin entry steps, centrifuge head with holding tank, cockpit climate control with air conditioner, woven mat exterior snap in flooring in Chalk Bamboo, windshield defroster, additional wiper on port side, electric grill in cockpit, refrigerator in cockpit, premium stereo, extended swim platform, depth finder. Custom Garmin electronics suite installed by Al Grover's. Warranty.
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Basic Boat Info
- Make: Mercruiser
- Fuel: unleaded
- Engine Power: 860 hp
500 South Main Street
Freeport, NY, US
With ample room to both play and relax, the 39 Express Coupe is the yacht ideal for family cruising. Aboard you'll find plenty of comfortable seating and space to entertain, warm interior accents, and all of the amenities you've come to expect from Cruisers Yachts.
The capable 39 Express Coupe by Cruisers Yachts features the largest cockpit in its class, with more than 150 square feet of integrated cockpit and helm space. The plush seating is a convertible transom giving you the flexibility to create the space you need for whatever adventure may be on the horizon. Additional adjustable seating aboard the 39 Express Coupe yacht converts from split L-shaped seats with a central entry gate, to U-shaped booth seating with table, to the ultimate lounger utilizing filler cushions and the reclining transom back rest. Create the perfect, luxurious space to entertain, play or relax any day of the week aboard your 39 Express Coupe.
The all-new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was designed both for entertaining underway and at anchor, as well as to be a comfortable, stylish family cruising yacht. The manufacturer’s goal was to achieve more main deck space and functionality for all sorts of uses -- and, provide more space than any boat on the market in class.Key Features
- Integrated, full-beam swim platform
- Aft-facing storage
- Port and starboard L-shaped seating
- U-shaped seating arrangement for 6 dining
- Standard wet bar
- Helm with double-wide flip-up bolster seat and companion seat with aft-facing lounge
- Galley with 2-burner stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and drawer storage
3.9 m DRY WEIGHT 20,000 lbs.
9,071 kg (gas) TESTED WEIGHT 21,365 lbs.
9,691 kg DRAFT 45''
1.1 m DEADRISE/TRANSOM 16-deg. MAX HEADROOM 6' 6''
2.0 m BRIDGE CLEARANCE 11'0''
3.4 m (w/ hardtop) FUEL CAPACITY 230 gal.
871 L WATER CAPACITY 70 gal.
265 L TOTAL WEIGHT 21,365 lbs.
9,691 kg Acceleration Times & Conditions TIME TO PLANE 4.9 sec. 0 TO 30 12.5 sec. PROPS Bravo 3 LOAD 4 persons, 2/5 fuel, no water, 25 lbs. of gear CLIMATE 69 deg., 62 humid.; wind: 10-12 mph; seas: 1-2 Engine Options TESTED ENGINE 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2L STD. POWER Not Available OPT. POWER Not Available Captain's ReportLearn More
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The all-new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was designed both for entertaining underway and at anchor, as well as to be a comfortable, stylish family cruising yacht. The manufacturer’s goal was to achieve more main deck space and functionality for all sorts of uses – and, provide more space than any boat on the market in class. One of the advantages of being the newest design in class is the opportunity to survey everything on the market and do them one better. With a main deck living and entertaining space of 157 sq. ft. (14.58 sq. m), a seating scheme that can be rearranged depending on the occasion, full standing headroom at the helm and a sleek, very Euro hardtop profile, the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe has a lot to offer. Clever innovations make the boat quite versatile – much more so than traditional express designs.The Cruiser Yachts 390 Express Coupe has a 39’0” (11.9 m) LOA, with a 12’8” (3.9 m) beam with a draft of 39” (1.0 m) with the sterndrive lower units down. Her dry displacement with gas engines is about 20,000 lbs. (9,071 kgs). Distinguishing Features
- Large cockpit/aft deck
- Moveable on-deck dinette seating module
- Sleek hardtop with large standard sunroof
- Forward cabin salon for maximum seating
- Sterndrive or IPS pod drive propulsion
- Sleeps 6 in two cabins
- Full beam master with love seat
- Large in-hull windows throughout
- Large engine room
The most distinguishing feature of the new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is her cockpit/afterdeck. This is where boaters spend most of their time, so this is where the yacht's designers decided to create something remarkably large and functional. There is truly nothing quite like it on the market.Living Large.
The 390 Express Coupe's 157 sq. ft. cockpit/afterdeck was made possible by means of several design decisions. First, the hardtop's windshield was moved forward 3'6" (1.06 m). By doing this the designers could give the boat full standing headroom at the helm and have far better visibility forward than we find on many Euro designs. Second, instead of running the side decks outside of the afterdeck, it went full-beam with the space available between the gunwales and moved the steps to the side decks forward, just abaft the hardtop enclosure. Thirdly, afterdeck seating has been moved all the way to the rear of the main deck and has eliminated the traditional transom bulwarks that inevitably push seating forward.
Two easy steps up from the swim platform, the main deck is all one level from the transom gate to the companionway steps. With the expansive, one-piece windshield pushed so far forward, this space feels bigger than its actual measurement. Open the sunroof and it seems ever bigger. The flow of the space is comfortable and can be easily rearranged at the aft seating area.Styling on the new 390 Express Coupe takes her cues from the builder's popular Cantius Series (the angled treatments of engine air intakes and the dunnage boxes aft), as well as the sleek coupe profile that is very Euro in inspiration. Here she is in dining mode. With the port seating module moved outboard the boat has a classy centerline passageway to the stern, something rarely seen on boats this size. Two Decks in One
Unique is a word hard to apply to yachts, but we can honestly use it when describing the 390 Express Coupe's afterdeck. Because the port side L-shaped settee can be moved athwartships to create a huge U-shaped banquette with a passage way to the stern on the port side – or be moved outboard to the port bulwarks with the passage way aft on the centerline, this space has versatility we have never seen before on an express cruiser this size.How it Works.
By the lifting of one locking pin at the deck, on the port side seat, the entire L-shaped assembly effortlessly glides to the center of the cockpit to meet up with the starboard side seating. Once in place, the locking pin engages into the deck and now a U-shaped seating arrangement has been formed, in seconds. There is no visible track or rail in the deck to trip over or get fouled with water and debris. In either position the afterdeck looks as if it were designed that way as nothing looks temporary or improvised.Dual Entertainment Modes.
With both L-shaped settees pushed out to the yacht’s bulwarks, the afterdeck is entered through low transom gates on the center line. For a cocktail party, the table to starboard can be lowered. Some guests will enjoy sitting there with their drinks easy at hand. Others will prefer sitting to port where they can get up and move around more easily to mingle.Forward, just behind the double helm seat, is a standard wet bar with an attractive faux wood lid. This counter can act as a side board during cocktail parties for beverages, ice buckets and the like. Below the lid on the wet bar console is a sink (covered at left) and an optional electric grill. Below is an optional refrigerator or icemaker. Every boat this size should have a wet bar console and the 390 Express Coupe has a large one. Note the hatch on the left side for a trash container or an optional icemaker. The snap-in carpet is sea grass.
The wet bar counter is polyethylene faux wood that eliminates maintenance and looks remarkably good due to the realistic grain pattern. This console can be optioned-out to fit each owner’s individual life style or entertaining needs.Al Fresco Dining.
Anyone who has been to waterfront marinas in the Mediterranean knows that Europeans love to have dinner with a large number of friends and family on the aft deck of their yacht with the stern facing the quay. In this way, they can keep an eye out for passing friends and be seen as well by passersby. There, it is a sundown ritual that adds great value to the European boating experience because of the fellowship and bonhomie that good food and wine engender aboard an elegant yacht.This is a close-up view of the polyethylene faux wood counter top. This material is extremely had and is UV resistant, to say nothing of being waterproof. Using this material eliminates maintenance yet gives the ambiance of real hard wood. Cruisers Yachts has used it both outside and below.
The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was made for just his sort of evening-dining scenario. By moving the port L-shaped settee to starboard, and opening the leaf on the all-weather table and the addition of two folding chairs, 8 people can comfortable sit on the afterdeck.Port Side Access.
Access from the stern is to port between the seating and port bulwark. This makes it convenient for guests to board without interrupting those who have already seated themselves. Typically, it would take a boat at least 50’ (15.24m) LOA to seat these many people on the aft deck in comfort for dinner.A Moveable Feast.
Depending on the formality of the occasion, fresh fish or burgers can be prepared on the optional grill under the wet bar counter, or dinner might come from the full galley below -- or catered, for that matter. Families will like the versatility of the arrangement as well. Perhaps the starboard side seats and table will be used for a light breakfast and coffee in the morning. Lunch may be served picnic-style at anchor or underway in either configuration depending on the number of people aboard. Dinner can be served here or below, depending on weather or whim.The dining table has been lowered to create a platform for a filler cushion to form what must be the largest sun pad play pen in class. The seat backs will protect sun bathers from a breeze that might be chilly. With the aft seat backs powered down there is room for 4 sun worshipers when at anchor… …or, create his and hers sun pads by moving the port module outboard. There is nothing like it in class. Sun Bathing Fortissimo
The seatbacks of the two settees can be electrically powered down horizontally to create a huge sun bathing pad. With the addition of a filler cushion, when the two seating modules are together, one giant sun bathing playpen can be created to rival anything available in the Mediterranean no matter what size the boat.The Bow Pad.
Everyone should get a healthy dose of vitamin D aboard the 390 Express Coupe and not just on the stern sun pad. Like most boats in class, the 390 can be equipped for sunning on the foredeck when at anchor and access there is easy from the aft deck. But, there’s more…No, Captain Jim isn’t laying here to get a sun tan, but rather to show the size of the bow sun pads. He is an even 6’ (1.83 m) tall. (Actual measurements: 63" x 82"/159 x 206 cm). Note the thoughtful drink and condiment/sunscreen black container at left. There is another one behind the captain over the galley. Largest Sunroof in Class:
The hardtop comes standard with a canvas sunroof operated by a control toggle at the helm. At 42 sq. ft. (3.90 sq. m.), it baths the helm deck in sunshine. The sunroof sits in a channel in the hardtop frame and is retracted by a motorized system that neatly folds the canvas and stows it in the aft section of the hardtop. When the top is opened, it gives the feeling that the entire top has been retracted, like a convertible top on a car, because it goes so far to the edge of the coupe roof. The builder tells us that this is the largest sunroof in class.The exoskeleton of the coupe frame is another one of the secrets of the 390 Express Coupe’s design. Note how thin the structure is, yet it maximizes what boaters want -- sunshine and good visibility.
The portside companion seat is made for sunning as well as lounging in the shade or facing forward. It is fully under the open sun roof and a sun worshiper can sit facing forward or aft. When not in sunning mode, this seat can handle two people comfortably underway – one seated upright facing forward and one in the chaise position facing aft, or sitting upright facing the captain.Note the angle of the chaise backrest facing aft. We cant think of a more comfortable place on the boat when riding offshore. A companion can also sit facing forward and help with the piloting of the vessel. To be truly successful, any boat has to be not only practical, but also a thing of beauty. Cruisers Yachts has managed both of those missions by designing a coupe profile that is both sleek-looking and high. Note that the helm and standing captain are centered 50% of the way back from the base of the windshield, not under the windshield header (white arrow) as we see in some Euro-styled express coupes. The Hardtop Design
The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is built for the world market, not just the U.S. For that reason her design, styling and functionality must be accepted all over the planet – and be perceived as attractive by boaters with different cultural backgrounds. Europeans prefer a sleek profile with a windshield approaching the 17-degree rake of the famous Lamborghini Gallardo. While Cruisers Yachts hasn’t gone quite that far, the rake of her windshield is about 20-degrees, noticeably less than most American boats her size.There is 6’4” (1.9 m) headroom at the helm with the sunroof closed. Captain Jim is 6’0” (1.83 m) and has an ideal line of sight forward. The hardtop with retracting sunroof is standard equipment on the 390 Express Coupe. Note that the forward support for the roof is relatively thin for this style and type of vessel. Standing Headroom.
Many boaters all over the world like to stand at the helm of their express cruiser, as well as sit, and for that reason it became imperative that the 390 Express Coupe have both full-standing headroom at the helm with excellent visibility forward while standing. The builder accomplished this feat by moving the windshield 3.5’ (1.06 m) forward. In that way, the hardtop of the 390 could have both a sleek profile and full standing headroom.Note the open feeling of the 390 Express Coupe’s helm deck under the hardtop. Side windows come up just halfway in order to defect any wind-blows spray, but the rest is open. Note the sleek pilasters coated in black to be unobtrusive. Cockpit Enclosure.
Optional canvas and isinglass enclosure is easily installed and removed from the track system that encompasses the whole super structure from the windshield area, aft. When all buttoned up the forward cockpit area can be completely climate controlled. Cruisers Yachts uses durable plastic channels both on the side isinglass windows and on the after curtains as well. We like this system because it makes it easy and quick to install and minimizes the number of snaps. We particularly like the sliding aft isinglass door. Placement of Foredeck Access Steps.
The foredeck access steps have been moved forward, to midships, allowing for a full beam cockpit seating and entertaining area. Transitioning from the cockpit to foredeck is made easy with side decks that measure 10” (25 cm) wide on deck. However, because the cabin sides are angled in as they rise to the coach roof and the safety rails are angled out, there is plenty of hip room for even portly men to pass along this deck. The bow rails are 25" (63 cm) high.These are the starboard side deck access steps. They are one of the secrets of the 390 Express Coupe’s large cockpit/aft deck. They are self-draining. As all of the images in this report show, the helm of the 390 Express Coupe is ergonomically correct. While 6' Captain Jim does not need it, a flip-down platform adds 3" (7.5 cm) of elevation for operators wishing it. The helm console has everything easily at hand and note that both the throttles and the joystick are not placed outboard as we usually find them. We particularly like the placement of the joystick as it is convenient when facing forward or when the captain is standing to starboard facing aft when backing in. Note the stylish, leather-wrapped wheel. Underway going 4000 rpm, note the running angle and visibility forward. Also note that the test captain is standing at the helm and has a good view forward with the sunroof closed. The top of the windshield frame is above his line of sight. This hardtop express has superior visibility from the helm thanks to a single piece windshield and relatively narrow forward roof supports. The Helm Deck Helm Seating.
The helm is designed for both the operator and a companion and has a double, richly upholstered seat, with attractive, contrasting stitching. The soft seat slides fore and aft. A foot rest flips down from the seat base and extends a few inches off the deck. Forward in the helm console there is an angled foot rest. All of this makes the helm seating comfortable and practical for both the operator and a companion.
The helm console itself is ergonomically designed with both the throttle and joystick easy at hand whether facing forward or aft. A raised instrument console has room for two navigation screens and is richly detailed in dark , simulated leather vinyl which has classy stitching. The steering wheel itself is stainless steel wrapped in leather and is a work of art. Perhaps most important, the console for the navigation screens is not so high as to impede forward visibility for a short person.This is an unusual throttle and joystick arrangement and is indicative of the out-of-the-box thinking that goes on at Cruisers Yachts. We like the drink holder forward as it is an ideal place for a cell phone. Full-Front, One-Piece Windshield.
One of the critical areas of yacht construction on an express design such as the 390 Express Coupe is joined where the roof structure meets the upper edge of the windshield. When underway and going through wakes, we kept an eye on the fixed frame and hardtop super structure to see if it would sway or shimmy a bit when encountering some rough water. That never happened. The hardtop is strong and well designed with the supports in the right places and most important, not particularly intrusive in the line of sight for the operator.The stern of the 390 Express Coupe is both attractive and practical. (“A”) Both stern quarters of the swim platform are angled 45-degrees so as not to hit the dock when departing bow-first. (“B”) shows the fiberglass seat module that can be moved to the centerline on hidden tracks. (“C”) is the recessed opening for the shore power cord. (“D”) is the 10” ss cleat that is positioned to be used in several directions for mooring. (“E”) provides a handy place to tie a fender to protect the topsides aft. Here we see the 390 Express Coupe with the seats in the closed position with the passageway forward to port. Note the absence of track on the deck and the two low-rise steps up from the swim platform to the aft deck. The two dunnage boxes astern are part of the seat moldings and offer good utility. The one to port typically stores fenders and lines, while the one to starboard handles the shore power cord, water hose and cleaning supplies. They are a comfortable place upon which to sit when at anchor. This faux teak material made by SeaDek is the best imitation teak decking we have ever seen. Its color and texture are remarkably "wood-like", but the material is softer (“A”) without being mushy, and feels good on bare feet. All of the “planks” are beveled (“C”) on a CNC machine exposing the black (“B”) color beneath which simulates traditional Thiokol sealant. But unlike Thiokol, this won’t peel out. The Stern
For years, Cruisers Yachts has built aft decks with moveable seating modules. With the new 390 Express Coupe we think they have finally perfected the concept in the largest moving seat module ever. From the perspective of the stern it looks attractive and natural whether the seats modules are in the port passageway or center-opening position.
The height of the swim platform is close to that of most floating docks, and with the platform extending beyond the bulwarks it is easy to step aboard. Likewise, the two low step risers makes entrance to the aft deck easy for both kids and grandparents. A shower wand is concealed in the port gunwale away from the shore power connector which is in the starboard dunnage box.Faux Teak.
As noted in the photo above we were particularly taken by the faux teak treatment on the stern storage boxes which is made by SeaDek. The material is Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) which has excellent resistance to UV radiation, in addition to having stress-crack resistance, and a remarkably pleasing texture and feel. Not surprisingly, it costs 25% more than standard vinyl decking, but it seems certainly worth it.Here we see the 390 Express Coupe at about 4500 rpm going 39 mph. WOT speed was 42.3 mph at 4800 rpm. Note her 5-degree running angle and clear view forward for the captain. Performance
We tested the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe on a sunny day with a 10 knot breeze out of the west and a slight chop in semi-protected fresh water at an altitude of 577' (176 m). The 390 Express Coupe has a 39' (11.9 m) LOA, with a 12'8" (3.9 m) beam, a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, and a total tested weight of 21,365 lbs. (9,691 kgs.).WOT Speed.
The boat was powered by twin 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Big Block gasoline engines driving through Bravo III sterndrives. The boat was equipped with the Mercury Axius joystick. At wide open throttle we were turning 4800 rpm and we recorded a top speed of 42.3 mph, burning 73.12 gph.Best Cruise
was found at 3500 rpm where we traveled at 27.8 mph and burned 35.7 gph for a range of 161 statute miles. In the test conditions we had we could let her rip because the ride was so comfortable. At 4500 RPM she went 39.0 mph. Range at best cruise is 161 statute miles which means the 390 was intended for local cruising. Conversely, for those who like to smell the roses, at 1500 RPM she went 8.6 mph and burned 7.5 gph. That gives her a range of 236 statute miles.A lot of energy is being expended in this photograph as we hit a 2' wave at full bore. Importantly, upon impact the 390 Express Coupe didn't shake or pound, and her interior joinery was not heard creaking, groaning or in any way complaining about the impact. Her sharp entry cut through the wave and did not pound. We couldn't have asked for anything better. Handling
The twin MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, Big Blocks had no problem getting the 390 Express Coupe up and on her way when we opened the throttles wide. When getting on plane we were surprised that she only had a bow rise between 8 and 9 degrees. When firmly on plane she had a running angle of 5-degrees and a small amount of trim to the drives got her settled into the groove.Waves Bow-On.
She was responsive to the controls and stable when maneuvering at speed. We took advantage of our camera boat’s wake a few times to see how she would handle the waves. The camera boat was the Cruiser Yachts Cantius 54 45 Cantius and she throws a hefty wake when hooked up and we put the 390 Express Coupe into the wake at a few different angles. Taking the wake on the bow was smooth as the 390 sliced right through them without any jarring (see above image). When we took the wake on the beam, she was stable and well seated in the water, without much roll. When we took her through some confused seas in a tight turn at speed, she quickly settled down, providing a stable experience.The 390 Express Coupe comes standard with twin Volvo Penta 380-hp 6.0L gas engines. Our test boat was powered by twin MerCruiser 430-hp 8.2 L gas engines. A Solid Feeling.
While it does not really come under the heading of "handling", one of the things that we particularly noticed when we were trying to get her to pound was how solid she felt – and sounded. In some boats this size going 39 mph there can be a definite "crash" even in seas as low as two feet, but we did not hear or feel any such thing when we were driving through the photo boat's wake. The windshield stayed dry at all times.The hull of the 390 Express Coupe is all-new and has been designed to handle both IPS pod drives or sterndrive propulsion. Hull Design.
The hull was designed by Donald L. Blount and Associates, which is one of the most respected naval architects in the recreational boating business. Blount and Associates have designed thousands of hulls from 20' all the way up to superyachts. In fact, some of the fastest large yachts ever built have been Blount designs. This naval architectural firm has also been on the forefront of designed hulls for IPS pod drive boats. While the 390 Express Coupe we tested had sterndrives, diesel Volvo Penta IPS pod drives are available as an option and the hull has been specially designed for them.We like colored hulls but in this case, the black hull has the added advantage of making the dark-tinted hull side windows hard to see from a distance. 16-Degree Deadrise.
As noted above the bottom has a 16-degree deadrise at the transom. This is an important number as its not as deep as some in class which means that she should be more stable at rest and be more fuel efficient and, perhaps, slightly faster. Remember, the 390 is not an ocean racing powerboat which will be coming completely out of the water, so for that reason she does not need a deep-V in the stern. This is a detail consumers should understand when buying a yacht of this size and type.Engine Options
- Gas: Twin; Volvo Penta V8-380CE, 380-hp, DuoProp, EVC, with Joystick Control.
- Gas: Twin; MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, 380 hp, Bravo 3X stern drives, Axius Joystick Control, SeaCore Anti-Corrosion System
- Diesel: Twin IPS Volvo Penta 370-hp or 435-hp engines.
Virtually all express coupes in this size range have permanent island berths forward, and a mid-cabin above the companionway and a galley and settee with table, galley and head in between. The only question is whether the settee is to port or starboard. Cruisers Yachts has another solution, and after seeing it, we wonder why this hasn't been created more often in this size express.Entertaining Below.
Bearing in mind that one of the primary missions of this boat is entertaining, this builder quite rightly decided that a lower settee with table that seats three comfortably was not very functional, in addition to me just more me-too. What it has done was to simply banish the concept of an island berth – which in this size range is often high, narrow, and impractical – from the boat.
A banquette seating booth around a faux wood table that creates a convivial atmosphere, or a romantic venue, or whatever the occasion demands. Think Russian Tea Room, Sardi's, the Brown Derby, or a local waterside snuggery with low light and high times. Putting the salon in the bow of a boat is not a new concept, and it has been done for years in smaller powerboats and in sailboats this size quite effectively. So, the concept has already been proved. Now, Cruisers Yachts will prove it in a 39-footer express coupe. There are several things going on in the bow that add utility that are worth mentioning. First, the seating is comfortable with inclined back rests rather than straight ones. Second, The banquette seating includes a comfort seat on the centerline in the bow making it possible for five or six people to have lunch or dinner here with adequate elbow room.One of the most welcome features of the 390 Express Coupe are the large windows in the bow of the boat. They not only look out to the sides, but to a surprising extent, they also look forward. They are huge as far as bow windows go in this size of yacht.
In the hull sides, there are four safety glass windows that are remarkably large. This is one of the distinguishing features of the boat. In our test boat they were half obscured because of the Pullman berth arrangement, but without that option they are huge and – make sitting below while underway a whole new experience. One of our crew sat below while running out to the testing grounds and was amazed at the amount of visibility forward.Joinery is walnut and the 390 Express Coupe has much-needed storage space above the windows. These cabinets are expensive to make and install, which is why some boats don't have them. The rich wood tones also warm up the boat making it more yacht-like. Windows on the World.
Imagine sitting there for dinner in an anchorage and being able to watch the latest arrival, and the anchoring fire drill while munching on lunch or dinner, or sitting there curled up with a good book during a summer rain shower.
Our test boat had all walnut joiner work, doors and bulkheads. This dark wood gives the interior an elegant look and feel. Above the windows were walnut cabinets port and starboard which put the bow flare to good use. The deck in the test boat had walnut Amteco vinyl decking which is used these days by many of the top quality boat builders. It is much easier to maintain and less costly to repair than real wood.
The table, just like the one on the afterdeck is made of a specially-made hard resin that has wood grain that is difficult to tell from the real thing. The whole boat is intended to be low maintenance and it starts right with the faux "wood" tables. Of course, this table lowers in order to make a large V-shaped bed. Our test boat was fitted with port and starboard optional Pullman berths. The bed platform are the seat backs which swing up. It is in this configuration that a family, or even an extended family can do some fun summer cruising. For example, mom and dad can sleep in the mid-cabin, and the four kids, or two kids and their friends can all sleep forward. An alternative scenario is a 390 Express Coupe owned by the grandparents. Four grandchildren, or children and grandchildren can sleep forward as the baby boomer grandparents sleep aft. We like all of the possibilities the Pullmans provide, with the only downside being they partially cover the forward windows.Captain Jim prepares to access storage compartments under the stair treads. Note the door in the background that leads to the mid-cabin master stateroom. The bulkhead and door are optional. Mid Cabin Master Stateroom
Our test boat had the optional aft bulkhead installed which gives privacy to those in the mid-cabin. However, we can understand why a cruising couple or a young family might want the whole boat open below. In this case the companionway stairs will be a “lily pad” design that keeps the boat open, making it appear larger.Upon entering the master stateroom, one sees the love seat on the starboard side. We measured 6'10" (2.20 m) of head room by the door and closet, and 6'2" (1.87 m) in front of the 50" (1.27 m) wide settee. These are important dimensions for a 39-footer, where typically mid-cabin overheads are limited. The master stateroom has been carefully designed to maximize headroom where it is needed (at the entrance and where changing clothes). There is a fair amount of storage, including some under the bed. Cruisers Yachts offers a wide assortment of patterns and fabrics with which to decorate the master stateroom. Note the walnut bulkheads and the large window to the left. There is 34.5" (.87 m) of clearance over the bed, plenty high enough to sit up reading in bed, for watching TV, or looking out the port and starboard windows. The Master Stateroom
On the test boat, the mid-cabin had its own optional bulkhead and privacy door. Upon entering we found full standing headroom by the door (6'10"/2.1 m) and 6'1" (1.85 m) in front of the love seat on the port side. Beside the bed the headroom drops down to 51" (1.30 m) which should not be a problem since changing clothes will be done in front of the love seat.Queen Bed.
Once again the builder has made use of the large windows in this full-beam master cabin, and again the space is filled with light. But now the owner and companion can prop themselves up in bed (the overhead is 34.5"/ .87 m) and look out the windows to the outside seascape. The bed itself is a full-size queen, 60" x 80" (152.4 x 203.2 cm).The port side night stand has a solid surface so no worries about rings from perspiring glassware. The ship's electrical panel is handy to the captain. Note the lights that automatically come on when the doors are opened to illuminate the panels. The galley is a typical-size for this class of yachts. The exceptions are her large hull side window and overhead skylight which floods the area with light. The walnut joinery gives the 390 Express Coupe an elegant feel. We like the privacy bulkhead and door behind the captain that leads to the master. The Galley
The port side galley has a two-burner glass stove top with a refrigerator below and a microwave oven above. Forward the counter lowers slightly and there is a round, deep stainless steel sink with trash container below. Above the counter are relatively deep cabinets, all finished in the same dark walnut. All of the doors and joiner work had a satin matt finish that was remarkably executed. The reason is that the doors and panels are not only sanded and carefully varnished, but they are then placed in a special oven where they are cured. This is one of the techniques that make Cruisers Yachts joinery so attractive.The starboard side head has a large window – one of eight in the 390's hull side. The Head
Across from the galley is the head with full standing headroom. It has two main features rarely seen in 39’ (11.9 m) boats: 1) A remarkably large window just above the counter wash basin, and 2) a separate shower stall with bi-fold glass doors and top-grade stainless steel hardware. The solid surface counter is white and the cabinet joinery work is of the same walnut that we see throughout the boat.We like seats in shower stalls as they allow the shower to be used underway. The shower deck is pitched so that water will always run toward the drain. Sounds like an obvious thing to do, but we've seen our share of those that don't. The stairs from the after deck to the engine room are over the optional generator and are easy to negotiate. Headroom in the engine room is greatest on the centerline between the beams at 56" (141 cm) moving up to 44" (111 cm) outboard. Captain Jim at 6'0" ( 1.83 m) and 200 lbs. (90.9 kgs.) had no trouble getting around in it. Engine Room
The engine room is reached through a hatch in the afterdeck and an inclined ladder that is easy to negotiate. As we entered the engine room the first thing that we noticed was how much extra room there was. Our test boat was equipped by twin MerCruiser 8.2 L sterndrives, so the engines were up against the transom. Because the boat has been designed to also handle Volvo Penta IPS pod drives which require that the engines be placed farther forward, that extra space was now available for other things.Fluid fills and filters are located at the front of the engines within easy reach. We like the location of the thru-hull for the raw water generator cooling at the foot of the steps. There are only two thru-hulls in the boat other than the sterndrive lower units. Access to the other one is forward in the master stateroom.
Engine fluid checks were handy and fills as well as filters were at the front of the engine within easy reach. The optional Kohler "Ultra-Low CO" 7.3 kW generator was mounted under the ladder. This is a catalyzed generator and therefore is safe from carbon monoxide. All battery switches are also at the bottom of the ladder.Through-the-stem anchors keep a muddy mess off the deck, but be sure to get the optional washdown bib to be able to clean the smelly muck off the chain and rode. We like the through-the-stem plow anchor and so does Cruisers Yachts as they make a stainless steel one, and the windlass standard equipment. The washdown bib at right is optional. Additional Standard Equipment
In addition to the equipment already mentioned, there are several other items of importance as standard —
- 16,000 BTU A/C
- Cockpit carpet and wet bar
- Hotwater system, 11 gallons (41.5 L)
- Trim tabs
There are two side windows in the picture – but we can only faintly see one. The reflection in the hull is the concrete dock with a covering plate. Options to Consider
- Wet bar refrigerator, icemaker and grill
- Colored hull
- Aft deck/cockpit table
- 7.3 kW generator (for A/C and grill)
- Anchor washdown
When it comes to entertaining, the 390 Express Coupe has a compelling story both in terms of versatile seating for cocktail parties and dinner both on deck and below. When it comes to sunning, she is without peer. The seats on the stern will be a welcome place for adults to sit when children or grandchildren are swimming off the stern. Everyone will like the sunroof, even if it is only to close it up for shade.
Below, the 390 Express Coupe is about as commodious as they come in this size. We particularly like all of the large windows as it makes being below so much more fun. The separate shower stall, the love seat in the master, and its considerable headroom are all a bonus in a 39-footer. For those with big families the Pullmans are a wonderful sleeping solution. Grandparents should consider this option as kids will love it. Otherwise, we could do without them in favor of getting full benefit of the four large forward-facing windows.Her Performance Speaks for Itself.
The joystick plus the performance numbers make a compelling case for the gas sterndrive engine options. Most Europeans, of course, will want diesel, but the boat won't go as fast with them.Overall
We think that Cruisers Yachts has succeeded in building a 39’ (11.9 m) express cruiser that is big and has a lot of utility. In fact, we think that most people will need nothing bigger for day boating and local cruising.
Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe blends a comfortable ride with numerous innovative amenities.By Kevin Falvey March 2, 2015 LOA: 39'0"
Draft (max, w/ IPS): 3'9"
Displacement (approx.): 20,000 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 16 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 11'0"
Max Cabin Headroom: 6'6"
Fuel Capacity: 230 gal.
Max Horsepower: 860
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrives to 860 hp total; twin Volvo Penta IPS to 740 hp
More Information: cruisersyachts.com The Cruisers Yachts 390 EC sports a unique sunshade. Modular cockpit seating provides flexibility. The luxurious cabin offers a place to unwind belowdecks.
It was about halfway through my sea trial of the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe, while motoring in a rather choppy Lower Bay south of New York City, that a memory of the mantra from an old TV beer commercial hit me like a rogue wave: Tastes great! Less filling! Like the brew in the ad, the 390 EC proved possession of two features generally thought incompatible.
Open cockpit! Climate controlled!
Every boat’s a compromise, right? Well, yeah. But check out the key elements Cruisers Yachts developed to ensure that the 390 EC serves both as a day boat and a cruiser.
For one thing, it features an accordionlike Taylor Made sunshade that is like nothing I have seen before. Closed, it thwarts rain. Open it up and the sky’s the limit. The space vacated grants the 390 EC a 42-square-foot skylight opening, the largest in its class, according to Cruisers Yachts. Compared with the retracting skylights aboard some boats I have tested, this one doesn’t rattle or create a whistle when it’s open while underway.ADVERTISEMENT
Compliment-inducing as that sunshade might be, I was also impressed with the windshield. This is a rope-thick piece of curved glass spanning the beam of the helm and delivering an unobstructed view. It’s important to the 390 EC’s mission to note that the vista is afforded whether piloting the 390 EC or reclining on the companion lounge. Stand by.
Now, if you haven’t yet noticed from gawking at the pictures, the 390 EC’s side-deck access steps are forward, just abaft the helm, instead of in the typical aft location. This allows the full beam of the aft cockpit to be used for accommodation space, a fact meriting kudos all by itself. But Cruisers Yachts delivered even more boaty goodness by utilizing that extra real estate to create a seating arrangement that can take on four distinct layouts.
There is no primary seating plan. It all depends upon what the day holds in store. I came into the 390 EC over the swim platform and through a centerline walkway between two L-shaped lounges. But during the course of our photo shoot, I changed the layout by sliding the portside L-lounge to starboard and creating a U-shaped seating area, served by a table at which six could sit. Then I dropped the folding wenge cockpit table ($2,405 with fillers) and lay down the aft backrests, turning the seating into a sun lounge. The fourth iteration manifests itself by leaving the aft backrests erect and deploying the kickstands that prop the forward seat bottoms at an angle so as to create chaiselike backrests, thus creating an encircled “playpen” lounge.ADVERTISEMENT
I should mention that the cockpit sole is all one level for ease of access from transom to companionway. Also, there is a bow chaise lounge optionally available ($5,020) and our tester sported the complete wet bar with the grill ($1,890) and the refrigerator ($2,920).
Putting it all together, you open the sunshade and create a breeze-filled cockpit with seating for about a dozen, or lounging for six, or quiet reading at anchor for two, or … You can entertain to suit the crowd du jour.
Now close the sunshade. In fact, put up the weather curtains. These enclose the helm and companion lounge so you can enjoy protection from the weather en route to a weekend getaway. Because the hardtop extends aft of the drop curtain, if you leave one zipper unzipped, you can dash out to the transom platform, or up and around the side decks to the bow, without any canvas in your way. It’s very seamanlike, and the boat that was yesterday’s darling at the dock is today appreciated for the comfort provided in making a big water crossing.ADVERTISEMENT
Comfort is delivered via ride quality too. Test day’s blustery weather kept our helicopter grounded “on call” and us on station in a steadily building chop. In those gray whitecaps, the Cruisers Yachts 390 EC fared well. Landings were soft — pounding more an expectation than an occurrence. The 390 EC felt buoyant. Running down-sea, it tracked admirably straight. Weight savings in the form of balsa-core construction, resin infusion, and careful materials and accessories selection help it to achieve excellent speed and performance. For example, we hit 40.3 mph powered by twin 430 hp MerCruiser 8.1 HO Bravo Three X Axius Premier sterndrives. But as the seas built to those described, we were most comfortable at about 22 mph.
Belowdecks, the 390 EC offers a full-beam aft master stateroom — the only boat so arranged in this size class. Eight hull-side windows (they’re actually one long window per side with masks: cool, huh?) and a skylight under the windshield work together to ensure this designer cabin’s lightness and airiness.
Cruisers Yachts builds a better mousetrap by reimagining the fundamentals.
There must be a lot of blank parchment floating around boatbuilders’ offices these days because it seems that every new boat I’ve been on of late purports to have sprung from “a clean sheet of paper.” To be fair, the Great Recession has forever changed the way new boats are conceived. Before it, builders could get by with making a few cosmetic changes to an existing model—couple that with a change in designation (sometimes by altering a single numeral), and you could squeeze a few more years of life out of it. No more. Today if it isn’t really new, buyers are probably going to ignore it.
But even so, to claim the provenance of a clean sheet of paper legitimately means having reexamined everything, right down to the basic design principals, something not all builders have the inclination, talent, or resources to do. Nevertheless, 3½ years ago Cruisers Yachts decided to do just that when it was time to refresh its line of express yachts. It recognized that there had been a seismic shift in boaters’ attitudes towards this genre: To put a fine point on it, they wanted to be outside more than inside, and so were demanding more on-deck space while refusing to compromise on a spacious, workable cabin with comfortable, family-grade sleeping amenities.
The problem is there are only so many ways you can divvy up a given length of hull; if you expand one area you must contract another, or at least that was the conventional wisdom. In grappling with this conundrum the folks at Cruisers actually did start from square one—or to be more accurate, they started at the windshield. They discovered that if they moved it forward, basically everything abaft on the main deck could be larger. Of course they couldn’t move it too far or they’d ruin the aesthetics.
Just how far they could go ultimately depended on the length of the boat. One decision that had already been made was to power the new model with either stern drives or IPS, both of which would shove the engines well aft and open up the lower-deck area, making room for a relatively spacious full-beam amidships cabin. To keep the price low, the base engines would be gasoline. Since 40 feet was the threshold at which most boaters believe a boat is too big for stern drives, the LOA was set at 39. Based on this figure, Cruisers’s designers figured they could move the windshield 3½ feet forward and still maintain a pleasing profile. That yielded a main deck with a remarkable 157 square feet of usable space on the boat that was ultimately designated the 390 Express Coupe.
The next step was to maximize the utility of all this space, and one way of doing that was by employing innovative cockpit seating—the largest in its category, says the company. Seating is on a large L-shaped settee in either aft corner, a layout that leaves plenty of space to move around and to dine at the standard fold-out table. But the portside settee is on hidden tracks that allow it to move toward the centerline, creating a tighter, more congenial, dining and lounging space. Order the optional sun-lounge package and you will get a dining table that can drop down to create a large sunpad (see previous page) and seat-back cushions that electrically flatten out to expand the sunpad even further. What’s more, flip-up panels on the fore/aft cushions allow them to become chaise longues.
When the port settee is inboard, it also leaves a walkway that connects the swim platform to the port-side deck and beyond, to the foredeck. I had the chance to test the practicality of this configuration when I had to bring some lines from one of the two aft-facing transom seats/lockers to the foredeck for docking, and I can tell you that it makes getting from platform to foredeck in a hurry simple and safe.
Just as much innovative thought went into the helm area. As you might suspect, there’s plenty of glass here. Either side is windowed FRP but the aft bulkhead is three isinglass panels that weatherproof the area (it is air conditioned) and can be removed quickly. The center panel—the door if you will—slides to starboard instead of being hinged, saving space and hassle.
Of course, a windshield farther forward means the helm is as well, and this imparts the impression of driving a much smaller boat—one enhanced by the nimble handling granted by stern drives that can be controlled with an Axius joystick. In short, the 390 turns on a dime and gives you back change. Planing is relatively gradual and humpless, thanks to the C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed 15-degree deadrise running surface (also derived from a clean sheet of paper), and the brisk acceleration makes it hard to remember that you’ve got 10 tons of boat under you. Sightlines are great, too, thanks to all that side glass and isinglass and a windshield that has no center mullion.
So what about the cabin? Thanks to those aft engines, it’s pretty roomy. Besides being full beam, the amidships cabin has enough headroom that a 6-footer can sit on the bed without banging her head. The port and starboard glass here extend well forward, and brighten up the area—and for that matter the whole lower deck. The other sleeping area is in the forepeak: a settee with table that lowers to create a V-berth. Frankly if this were my boat I’d leave it as a berth all the time and do all my dining up top, either under cover or out in the cockpit.
In theory moving the windshield forward was a stroke of genius, but I’ll bet you’re asking yourself two questions. One: is there enough foredeck space to allow for a workable sunpad? The answer is yes. Because the windlass is recessed and the anchor goes through the stem, the sunpad can easily accommodate a pair of 6-foot-plus individuals—and it also has flip-up backrests. The other question concerns aesthetics: Does the “cab-forward” configuration create a boat that in person looks front-heavy and chunky? Well, there’s no doubt that the 390 looks like it’d be at home moored to the Jetson’s dock, but to me the proportions feel right and the overall look is pleasing.
In fact I like just about everything about the 390, but I especially admire the gamble the folks at Cruisers took with this design. It has paid off with a boat that’s truly different and eminently practical. Not a bad accomplishment when you consider that a clean sheet of paper can just as easily end up covered in mistakes as in strokes of genius.
Tested: Cruisers 390 Express Coupe
by editor | Aug 18, 2015 | Boats |
“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.” That’s hall-of-fame quarterback Joe Namath talking about the new Cruisers 390 Express Coupe. No, not really. As far as I know Broadway Joe has never set foot on the boat, but if his qoute were talking about this next generation model, he’d be spot on.
The all-new 390 EC is the product of an inspired design process that started around the time the Cruisers 328 Bow Rider won Boating magazine’s “Boat of the Year” in 2013. “We knew we had something,” said Matt VanGrunsven, director of marketing for the company. “Our dealers asked for a larger boat with similar social spaces and features, but with overnight accommodations.”
Cruisers’ product development specialists started thinking beyond the deck layout of the “traditional” express cruiser, and that’s when confidence collided with fun. The result? A boat with the largest cockpit in its class, the largest sunroof in its class and movable seating that creates the largest sunbathing area in its class. It was these highlights, among others, that led the 390 EC to be named a “2015 Top Product” by Boating Industry magazine.
Stepping aboard the 390 EC through the central transom walkway, I was struck by the larger-than-expected size of the cockpit. VanGrunsven explained that, by moving the sidedecks forward to mid-ship, the boat’s designers were able to craft a true full-beam cockpit — one that’s 20 inches wider than it might have been.
That extra space was put to good use, with facing L-shaped lounges that slide together to make a big U-shaped settee around a wood table. You can also add a sun lounge package here that includes filler cushions and power-actuated reclining backrests, so the entire upholstered area becomes one giant sun bed with direct access to the integrated swim platform.
Just forward of the cockpit, a standard wet bar with sink can be rigged with an electric grill and refrigerator, so you don’t have to stray far to flip those burgers or grab a cold one. Diagonal from the bar — but still on the same level; no steps up or down — the companion seat is another L-shaped lounge that allows for stretching out and enjoying the view.
And speaking of views, the 390 EC offers a couple of stunners. A full frameless windshield means unrestricted visibility across the horizon, while overhead, a canvas sunroof opens electrically, accordion-style, to let the light shine down and further expand the panoramic, at-one-with-nature sensation.
It bears noting that the entire bridge area can be enclosed and climate-controlled during inclement weather. A clever sliding door in the canvas-and-isinglass lets you easily get to the cockpit and sidedecks when you need to.
Impressive as the 390 EC’s exterior might be, the boat’s interior is no postscript. It starts with a galley to port and a head to starboard at the bottom of the companionway steps. Both are blessed with rich cabinetry crafted in-house at the Cruisers’ facility in Oconto, Wis. The galley comes well equipped with a sink, fridge, elective stovetop and microwave/convention oven. The head features full standup headroom at the vanity and in the walk-in shower, which is as roomy as I’ve seen in this size boat.
Both areas, as well as the forward dinette and full-beam master (more on this in a moment), enjoy exceptional natural lighting thanks to eight hull windows that extend from mid-ship to the bow. There’s also a fixed skylight and an opening hatch forward.
The dinette offers seating for seven or, when it’s time to call it a night, coverts to a V-berth with privacy curtain. To maximize accommodations, you can order optional flip-up backrests that make two additional sleeping bunks — ideal for cruising with kids.
The real showstopper below deck, though, is the amidships master, which has honest-to-goodness standing headroom in the cabin and a portside loveseat for relaxing and dressing. The step-down bed is a queen-size, and there’s a nightstand and chest, along with a full length, cedar-lined hanging locker. All in all, this mid-berth is light years from the coffin-like compartments we’ve saw on older, more “traditional” express boats. It actually made me want overnight there.
On the Run
On the day I was aboard in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the water was calm as could be. The 390 EC we tested was powered with twin 380-horsepower MercCruiser gas sterndrives and equipped with Axius joystick control. Burying the throttles from idle caused a fair degree of bow rise, which lessened when I dropped the tabs and accelerated steadily.
The boat proved smooth and agile in turns, a testament to its hull design and steering system. While running back and forth across the bay, we reached a top end of 39 miles per hour (5100 rpm) and cruised comfortably at 29 miles per hour (4000 rpm).
We were in a tight slip in Skipper Bud’s, at the end of a fairway tucked behind another boat parked side-to, but the Axius system preformed flawlessly, allowing us to slide slowly and precisely into our spot. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day, one that I’m confident could only be made better by a boat like the Cruisers 390 Express Coupe.
If only Joe Namath could have been there.
Cruisers 390 Express Coupe
Length Overall: 39’
Draft (I/O down): 3’3”
Weight (approx.): 20,000 pounds
Fuel capacity: 230 gallons
Water capacity: 70 gallons
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.