Cutwater 28 – The builders of famed Ranger Tugs may have ‘broken the mold’ with this boat.

Cutwater Boats is new, but the concept behind the creation of the new Cutwater 26 and 28 is tried and true, and backed by the people who make one of most respected “tugs” in the business … the Ranger Tug. Take a quick look at the features of the Cutwater design, and you get an idea of the innovation and creative thought (read “boater’s knowledge”) that goes into every boat. Dig deeper and you’ll find a depth of quality and features that make the Cutwater 28 one of the best values for your yachting dollar.Comfortable living is one thing you’ll find emphasized onboard. The Cutwater 28 includes a double sink, a combination microwave and convection oven, a stateroom refreshment center (including microwave, coffee-maker and sink!) and a flat-screen television. Since these are four of the most requested interior amenities, it appears that the Cutwater planners were listening to their market. The boat features all the regular yachting amenties in addition to these and others.

Cutwater 28 – Specifications

LOA molded 28′ – 0″ 8.5 m
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit) 32′ – 4″ 9.85 m
Bridge clearance (with folded mast) 9′ – 1″ 2.76 m
Beam 8′ 6″ 2.59 m
Draft 28″ .71 m
Fuel capacity 100 U.S. Gal 378.5 L
Water capacity 40 U.S. Gal 151.4 L
Holding tank capacity 30 U.S. Gal 113.6 L
Weight (Dry) 6,400 lbs 2,904 kg
Engine Yanmar 6BY2 260 HP

The Cutwater 28 boasts what it calls a “radical departure from conventional deep-V hull geometry”, largely due to the builder’s Keel Stepped Hull bottom with tapered intake tunnels. This system distributes an uninterrupted flow of air evenly across segments of the running surface, while vectoring air away from the propeller. The result is said to be a smooth ride, straight tracking, responsive performance, and excellent fuel economy. In case you’re wondering if this the same concept used by Regal Marine, it is similar, but not identical. The father and son team that is the ownership of Fluid Motion LLC, David and John Livingston, is also the designer of this revolutionary hull, and in the 90’s they designed the Regal hull.

A “substantial keel skeg” extends down the aft third of the hull, contributing to the boat’s straight tracking and providing protection to the propeller and shaft against submerged objects. The keel pad that runs the length of the Cutwater 28 plays a part in distributing air along the bottom, reducing drag which, in turn, yields benefits in hull speed and fuel efficiency.

The well-appointed yacht comes with a single diesel for propulsion. The Yanmar 260hp, 6-cyllinder 6BY2 diesel is the only propulsion option, and seems well suited to the boat. The Keel Stepped Hull lets the boat achieve about 28 knots (33 mph) and the Japanese diesel is quiet at the helm and throughout the interior of the boat.

The Cutwater 28 is feature rich, but the builders offer a few add-on features worth considering. The aft control station, which is built onto the cockpit sink enclosure, is a popular add ($5000), and if you live in the climbs I do, you’ll want to consider the A/C unit and the generator you need to power it (about $12,500). A  135 watt Kyocera solar panel ($1200) , mounted to the roof, is available to assist with battery charging.The 28’ boat sleeps 6, utilizing the V-berth forward, the convertible dinette (makes into a compact double bed) and a very clever “2nd cabin” concealed beneath the dinette, which boasts 7’ in height and room for two. Six people in the confined space of the cabin and using the single head (with 6’ in headroom) will need to be family or close friends, but it’s really nice that the accommodations have been designed in.

The Cutwater 28 includes a long list of standard features (like stainless rails and built-in fenders to protect your dingy on the oversized aft swim platform) that you need to see and experience to appreciate what it’s like to have aboard your boat. And, perhaps best of all, the Cutwater 26 and 28 are both trailerable (8’6” beam) so when you’re done on one coast, getting to the other and all the lakes and rivers between is just a matter of trailering the boat and saying “see ya”!

* Photos courtesy of mftr. website:


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