|Location||Holland, Michigan, United States|
|Max Bridge Clearance||5.18 m|
|Engine Model||8.1S Horizon (GM Vortec)|
|Engine usage (hours)||490|
|Fuel Tanks||1 x 300 gal|
|Fresh Water Tanks||1 x 70 gal|
|Holding Tanks||1 x 50 gal|
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2004 Cruisers Yachts 375 (previously models 3750 and 3650). 40' aft cabin motor yacht. $120k is what I get as NADA Average Retail with the options on this boat, but not the bigger engines.
This boat came from Georgian Bay north of Toronto three years ago, has only been in fresh water. The original owner used it to commute to his summer home on an island. It appears he never used the cabin. I've maintained big boats professionally, this seemed to be untouched below decks, hasn't even been cleaned much. The original Cruisers Yachts towels are still hanging in the bathrooms. This boat is all original, lightly used, with no modifications. Short, cool summers preserved it well.
The boat has been professionally maintained since new - I have some records from the yacht maintenance company, but not much. They did annual fluid and filter changes on three engines, topped-off the batteries, winterized and summerized, bottom paint and maybe wax. It really didn't need much more, it is a simple boat to maintain. The gelcoat looked bad when I bought it, I've had it professionally buffed and waxed twice to bring it back. The bottom has just been painted before launch, all the gelcoat buffed and waxed this winter, all professionally done. The engines will get new oil and filters after it goes in the water, it should go in the water the first week of May. Coolant and transmission fluids were changed last winter, spark plugs last summer, water pump impellers are two years old. All OEM parts, filters, and fluids, I'm picky about that. There is no wood on the outside of this boat, that is a big reason I own it, I've maintained a lot of wood boats!
This is a perfect family cruising boat, or luxurious floating cabin. It is big enough for family and guests to spread out to different decks and cabins, and small enough to be easy to own and operate. It works well as a floating office, my son-in-law occasionally uses the boat as his office, as his home office now has a new baby.
I’m selling because my wife passed away unexpectedly. This boat made her very happy, and I’m thankful for that. We loved this boat and I hate to sell it, but I’m not going to use it enough to justify keeping it.
The aft master cabin and forward cabin have queen beds, wood doors, good privacy. Aft cabin has its own roomy head (bathroom) with shower/tub. There is another head forward with integrated shower. A pull-out couch in the salon sleeps two. The galley dinette converts to another bed, total indoor sleeping capacity adequate for eight adults, and the sunpad on the bridge could sleep a few more.
All the ceilings inside are 6.5-foot high or more, which is very comfortable. This is a very roomy boat below decks, with big windows, it does not feel cramped inside. The wood is cherry, the upholstery, walls, and ceiling are Ultraleather, soft and easy to clean. The carpet has canvas snap covers.
Guests typically use the forward head, which has an integral shower. The aft cabin has a much larger head with tub/shower. I don't know if the showers have ever been used, I've run them to drain the system for winters, despite storing in heated storage. The vacuum-flush system is very simple, and keeps things very clean.
Boat comes with a slip, paid through the end of the summer, at Eldeans Marina. It is a quick ten-minute idle out to Lake Michigan, that saves a lot of time and gas. The slip includes WiFi, power, water, a beautiful bath and laundry at the end of the dock, pool and hot-tub, indoor parking. It is at the edge of the marina, quiet, facing trees, dunes, and sunset. There are no other slips available, so this is a nice perk.
Cost of ownership: It needs a summer slip and winter storage, that has been my biggest expense. But there are much cheaper marinas. I mostly use it as a day boat, low-speed cruising in Lake Michigan at sunset, anchoring at the beach for swims. At 4 gallons per hour, that is cheap fun, I won't go through a tank of gas in a summer doing that every weekend. Most guests enjoy that kind of cruise, they have everything they want on the boat, no need to hurry anywhere. Saugatuck is an easy afternoon slow cruise. Milwaukee and Chicago are about 85 miles away, 3.5 hours and 150 gallons of gas ($650) on an easy plane. Or go slow like big sailboats and trawlers do, get there in ten hours and burn 40 gallons, if you run both engines the whole time. I love big sailboats and trawlers, but they can't go fast when you need to or just want to. Just sitting on it at the dock is beautiful, and after sunset people love to stretch out below and enjoy visiting, it makes a nice cottage. If it wasn't two miles from my house, I think I'd sleep on it quite often, the beds are comfy.
- Two-burner glass stovetop
- Microwave/convection oven
- Coffee maker (built in)
- Large stainless sink
- Corian countertop
- Icemaker in bar on aft deck, appears never used
This galley features a wood floor, very high ceiling, extra lighting, plenty of storage, it is a very functional and not overly compact workspace. The big fridge/freezer is great for even short trips and entertaining.
- Raymarine chart plotter, works but not reliable, I prefer Navionics on iPad so I haven’t looked at why this glitches out occasionally.
- Raymarine radar, in good shape, but requires the chart plotter to display
- Raymarine auto-helm. You can set and hold headings, make turns, works well.
I've installed Mercruiser SmartCraft VesselView Mobile, a Bluetooth module that you can use with a free app to monitor your engines, speeds, depths, displays and tracks a wide range of data and maintenance info from this boat. It is constantly getting more features.
- Generator, Kohler 7.3 with hush-kit surround. 100 hours, I've used it once for an evening entertaining and watching the fireworks on Lake Michigan.
- Central vacuum (never used)
- Vacuum flush toilets forward and aft
- Two air conditioner heaters, each is big enough to cool or heat this boat.
- Hot water heater (electric, not sure if ever used)
- Stereo, with speakers on three decks. Works well, but cheap update I'll do if it doesn't sell soon.
- CO2 detectors
- Gas fume detectors
- High water alarm
Mechanically, this boat was built with easy access to most everything you might need to access. The engines are easy to work on and around compared to most boats I've worked on or looked into. Other components are also well positioned and accessible for maintenance. The engines are mounted in the middle of the boat, with straight shafts, very simple mechanics, and the centered weight helps stability in big waves.
The engines are 8.1-liter (496CID) Mercruiser gas engines, 375hp each. These are GM 8.1-Vortec engines, developed to compete with diesel engines, and they have much more torque throughout the RPM range than previous gas engines had. These are designed to be truck engines, unlike most gas engines designed for cars. They are really perfect for marine use, give nearly diesel performance without the cost of diesel maintenance, but they burn more fuel than a diesel at high power settings. They are very worry-free engines, I like diesels, but sought these engines for this boat, for simplicity and ease of ownership. They are more engine than this boat needs, are only running at 2/3 throttle on a cruise plane, so they have not been stressed pushing this boat. They are fully digital: each spark and injector is fired individually for that cylinder, which makes them very clean and efficient. Variable valve timing and lift give them their huge torque and performance at all speeds, their specifications don't really give a feel for how powerful and responsive they feel in this boat.
The engines still push the boat at the speed and fuel flow from the original factory test numbers, that indicates they are in perfect shape. When they do need maintenance, any mechanic will be familiar with them, and parts can be found everywhere. At low (sailboat/trawler) speed, around 8mph, they burn around 2 gallons/hour each. These engines are fresh-water cooled, they run coolant, not raw water, through the engines, for longevity and efficiency. They have never been in salt water. I've recently had the risers off and heat exchangers apart, there is no corrosion, see the last two pictures.
When I was looking for a boat like this, many had rebuilt, replaced, or worn-out engines, including diesel engines. Boats this size typically get light-duty engines, barely powerful enough to get on a plane. So owners run full-throttle, long enough and often enough to wear out the engines. Commercial diesel engines can run full-throttle, recreational boats don't get those engines. Oversized engines like these don't need to run full-throttle, this boat planes nicely at 2/3 throttle, full-throttle feels faster than a boat this size should go.