The 238 Bow Rider is designed to be an entry-level, yet luxurious, bowrider that can be used in both freshwater and saltwater for all sorts of watersports activities. By keeping the base MSRP down and providing an extensive option list, customers will be able to customize the boat to suit their specific needs rather than get a general “one-size-fits-all” package. With a relatively high freeboard and deep cockpit the boat should be dry and little ones in the family will be more secure. With a 21-degree deadrise and weighing in at 4,640 lbs. (2,105 kgs.) dry the 238 Bow Rider should be one of the best riding boats in her class in choppy conditions at speed.
Unusual Swim Platform Design -- The swim platform on the 238 Bow Rider is tapered inward at a 30-degree angle from the side of the boat which keeps the stern from hitting the dock when casting off and going forward. It is also raised so that it doesn't drag when getting underway or when making a tight turn. The swim ladder has four steps and there is a special "activity" lighting on the platform which looks cool at night.
Self-draining Cockpit -- In our book, this is a biggie. While some other sportboats also have self-draining cockpits, many do not. We have seen too many boats sink at the dock after a prolonged hard rain as a result.
Two Bilge Pumps -- Most sportboats have one, the Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has two, rated at 1100 gph each.
Halogen Bow Docking Lights – Getting home in the dark after a long day on the water can be an unsettling experience for a new boater. This is a nice little addition which will help, and it’s included as standard equipment on the 238.
Plush, Thick Seat Cushions -- One of the first things that stands out when seeing the 238 Bow Rider is the plush seating. Clearly, the seats are going to be comfortable and guests should feel pampered. We equate them to what one might find in an expensive automobile vs. those found on an economy model.
Freshwater System – A cockpit sink and a shower aft utilize the standard 12 gallon tank and freshwater pump.
Stylistic Molded-in Highlight in the Hull -- When a boat that is supposed to be fast and sleek also has a deep cockpit, designers need to work extra hard to create the optical illusion that the freeboard is low. This builder has gone farther than most by molding in a gentle crease in the hull side from bow to stern which catches the light and makes it look as if there is another cove stripe on the hull side.
Five Standard Hull Color Choices -- Most builders still charge extra for colored hull gel coat. We think that colored hulls add immeasurably to enhancing the pride of ownership as well as to set the boat apart from the pack on the used boat market when that time comes.
Standard Bimini and Canvas Covers -- All boats should have these no matter what the activity and Cruisers Sport Series makes them standard in a choice of colors.
The forward cockpit offers comfortable seating, and I could even stretch my legs out. The optional fold-up armrest ($480) is a comfortable little feature, and it’s out of the way until you need it. A forward swim ladder, drink holders, safety rails, and an optional table are some of the details added for creature comfort.
The comfortable forward seating area.
For those who are going to be using the boat primarily for a sunning and beach-visiting platform, there are two optional filler cushions ($810). Additionally, sun worshipers will like the sun pad on the stern which has a three-position back rest.
A sturdy walkthrough windshield (with magnet holding the window open) leads to the helm and main seating area. To port is a compartment suitable for a head. It’s a small space, but this is only a 23 footer.
Cruisers Sport Series’ unique three-position sun lounger is positioned aft in the cockpit.
On the centerline, aft, is one of the features that make this boat special-- the convertible sun lounger. Use it facing forward for running or socializing. Flip it facing aft when on the hook and playing in the water or relaxing on the swim platform. It can also be folded fully forward, where it serves as a comfortable sun pad.
A small gate leads to the swim platform; and the deck design provides for a smooth transition in and out of the cockpit. Cruisers Sport Series has done a particularly clever job of designing this passageway. When underway, a filler cushion fits into the passageway to form the U-shaped conversation pit. The transom gate is padded and serves as a backrest and fits in well with the rest of the cockpit.
Not just a bolt-on type, the swim platform is the result of a well-considered design process. It’s higher off the water than most, so it doesn’t drag underway, and it extends completely over the outdrive unit for safety.
Nominal Length: 23'
Length Overall: 23.7'
Max Draft: 3.3'
Drive Up: 1.8'Engine(s):
Fuel Type: Other
Engine Type: Stern Drive - I/O
3 ft. 3 in.
8 ft. 6 in.
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