The Cruisers 520 Express is a 52-foot express cruiser yacht that was produced by iconic Wisconsin-based yacht-building firm Cruisers Yachts between 2005 and 2007. Built on a modified V-hull with a solid fiberglass bottom, and bearing the sort of sleek lines and aerodynamic curves that will wow onlookers, this yacht retains its pulling power on the used and charter markets to this day. Living spaces, meanwhile, present an elegant, European-inspired look and feel but with a North American standard of comfort and amenity.
Take advantage of this yacht’s extended foredeck and lounge for hours in unimpeded sunshine out on a double sunpad facing the bow. Alternatively, head back to stern where you will find a full-beam swimming platform with a hydraulic function that can lift both people and tenders in and out of the water. A few steps up bring you to a stylish cockpit nestled under a floating hard top with a teak sole and an entirely open aspect to the rear. In here you will find a wrap-around leather sofa to starboard and transom and a pair of cocktail tables that can be joined together and used for dinner service. To port there is a wet-bar station with a fridge, a sink, an icemaker and an outdoor electric grill, perfect for keeping guests hydrated and nourished. Further forward there is an L-shaped sofa and a pair of deluxe helm seats with pop-up footrests facing the helm station. This modern, ergonomic helm impresses with bow thruster controls, a Raymarine E120 multi-function display screen, throttles, a steering wheel, hand-held VHF radio, a high-speed compass and electro-hydraulic trim tab switches.
Heading down to the lower deck you are bound to be surprised by the sheer spaciousness on offer. Lined in veneered warm cherrywood with sedate carpeting underfoot, there is an L-shaped leather sofa soft enough to sink into, an extending timber-topped table and an open galley with granite countertops, a microwave combination oven, a steel sink, a two-zone hob, fridge-freezer units and plenty of secure storage. Two private and enclosed staterooms aboard this vessel provide overnight space for four guests, with a double VIP cabin to the bow featuring a skylight, a lavish en-suite with a shower and a cedar-lined closet. The owner’s stateroom sits to aft and boasts full-beam dimensions, a side sofa, two closets, triple hull mullions and a bathroom with an enclosed shower cubicle.
A pair of 715HP Volvo Penta D12 diesels fire the 520 Express to top speeds well in excess of 30 knots with smooth and consistent cruising speeds clocking in at around 25 knots. A 500-gallon fuel tank keeps enough in reserve for long-haul trips traversing the Florida Keys or an extended tour of the Aegean Sea.