The Cruisers 500 Express is a 52-foot express cruiser yacht produced by iconic Wisconsin-based yacht-building firm Cruisers between 2004 and 2007. A sleek European style with an assertive bow-entry, curved flares and a unique ergonomic hood over the cockpit have been married to a North American level of comfort, amenities and finish to make this one of the finest Cruisers Yachts ever built. Add to that a modified V-hull and powerful Penta engines and it is easy to see why this yacht remains in such high-demand on the used and charter markets to this day.
Lounge for hours on the double-width integrated sunpad out on the foredeck, or head back to stern to enjoy warm-water swimming adventures direct from the full-beam bathing platform. Large and robust enough to accommodate a dinghy, there is also a chunky icebox back here to keep those beers cool. A port-side step leads up into the teak-lined salon with an open aspect to the rear and a floating hard-top overhead that is defined by one huge wrap-around leather sofa to starboard and transom that surrounds an extending table, with integrated speakers placed throughout to enhance the vibe. To port, meanwhile, there is a wet-bar station with a U-Line fridge, an ice-chipper and an optional Force 10 outdoor grill perfect for barbecuing burgers and lobster tails. A couple of steps up and you will find an L-shaped sofa sitting across from a helm station boasting two piloting armchairs with pop-up footrests and a modern dashboard featuring Volvo throttles, power-assisted Teleflex Seastar steering, a Penta joystick, Raymarine display screens, Sidepower bow thruster controls, 53 DSC VHF radio and a high-speed compass.
Curves abound in a sedate lower salon lined in warm, veneered cherrywood with a J-shaped sofa, a dining table and an open galley featuring rounded cabinets, a serving bar, granite worktops, a steel sink, a NovaKool fridge-freezer unit, a Sharp microwave, a two-zone electric Princess hob and a Fisher and Paykel dishwasher. Added extras like a trash compactor and a wall-mounted HDTV round out the offering in here, while two en-suite staterooms on this level seal this yacht’s live-aboard credentials. A VIP double to the bow features a skylight, a queen-sized island bed and a cedar-lined closet, while a full-beam stateroom to aft includes vertical mullions, bedside cabinets, glossy timber cabinetry and a lavish en-suite with mirrored cabinets, a mosaic-lined floor and a separate shower cubicle.
You can expect top speeds to hit 38 knots when pushing this vessel to its max, while at cruising speeds in the high 20-knot range you will enjoy sailing for over 300 nautical miles before needing a refuel. A hull with downturned chines crafted from fiberglass, meanwhile, promotes a dry, smooth ride perfect for exploring pristine coastlines.