Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Cutwater Boats of Munroe, Washington, near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest is “a division of Fluid Motion, LLC, and manufacturer of the popular fleet of Ranger Tugs.” There are nine models of Cutwater boats from twenty-four to thirty feet of which the C-302 Coupe is one of the newest models.
As Cutwater indicates, all of its models come “fully equipped and ready to cruise” with very few factory individual options from which to choose. As a result, the C-302 Coupe is offered in two versions depending on your boating preferences; a Northwest Edition and a Luxury Edition.
Both of these Editions provide the necessary “cruise away” amenities including an anchoring package with chain and line, seven AGM batteries, a Garmin navigation package with twin 7612 screens, radar, depth/fishfinder, autopilot with remote control, bow and stern thrusters with wireless remote control, hardtop-mounted solar panel, swim platform rails, LED lighting, underwater lights, aft hardtop fishing rod holders, macerator discharge, plus a boat-away safety kit.
The Northwest Edition, in keeping with Pacific Northwest boating preferences, adds a cabin forced air diesel heater, microwave oven, propane stove and oven, and downrigger mounting pads. The Luxury Edition, in keeping with Great Lakes and other boating preferences, adds instead a 5Kw gas generator with sound shield, dual burner electric stove, microwave/convection oven, plus cabin air conditioning with reverse cycle heating.
The C-302 Coupe rides on a full-beam double-stepped, ventilated hull design and is powered by twin counter-rotating Yamaha 300 horsepower outboards. Factory performance reports show optimum cruising speed of 25 mph at 3000 RPM and a most commendable top speed of 54 mph at 6000 RPM.
Being a hardtop sedan coupe, the cabin/salon is fully enclosed and weather protected with glass all around with opening side windows, a full-height glass cockpit entrance door, and a large opening starboard side cockpit window which, when open, provides aft-facing cockpit seating on the aft convertible seat cushion of the salon dinette. Additional salon ventilation and natural lighting is provided by four overhead opening hatches with screens. Two similar hatches are within the forward cabin along with five hullside opening, screened portlights.
A large full-width swim platform provides a starboard side concealed four-step boarding ladder and a transom door to the self-draining multi-function cockpit. A double-wide bench seat is concealed within and flips out of each side of the cockpit gunwales and a center transom fold down double-wide seat adds up to cockpit seating for eight, including the aforementioned dinette seat.
A port side cockpit refrigerator/freezer plus a removable cherry table are standard along with a transom top sink with hot and cold water plus a removable Kenyon electric grill which fits neatly into the top of the transom-top 30-gallon livewell. Rod holders, drinkholders, fishboxes, electric equipment room hatch and cockpit raw water washdown are all standard equipment. Cockpit options include a sun shade, bimini top, ice maker in lieu of refrigerator, and a second steering station with electronic controls.
Entering the salon, the convertible dinette is immediately to starboard above a large mid-cabin, double-wide berth with two opening screened portlights. To port is the galley with maple cabinets, sink, stove, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, plus a wine/water cooler. Ahead of the galley is a passenger seat next to the double wide helm seat which is the forward portion of the dinette seat utilizing its convertible seat-back.
In addition to the twin Garmin twelve-inch screens, Yamaha digital engine readouts, and standard windlass and trim tabs controls, there is lots of available room on the large dash face for any accessories you may want to add. The forward master stateroom features an island bed with memory foam mattress, teak flooring, hanging locker, plus storage. The starboard side head has a shower enclosure, electric toilet, vanity with sink, and opening portlight.
The foredeck of the C-302 Coupe is likewise fully utilized. A centred single fold-up lounge seat is augmented with a pair of forward fold-up seats which are themselves the lids of a pair of fender and line storage compartments built into the foredeck just aft of the anchor locker.
Additional notable standard equipment includes hull vinylester barrier coating, shorepower, VHF radio, dual windshield wipers, docking lights, bow access boarding ladder, hardtop sports racks, a Bluetooth-compatible Fusion stereo, TV/DVD in both master stateroom and salon, and a 2000 Watt inverter. The only additional factory options include weather radio, hullside colour choices, a triple-axle aluminum trailer, and a comprehensive factory delivery package with three days docking and orientation.
The Cutwater C-302 Coupe is indeed “fully equipped and ready to cruise” the big waters with built-in flexibility for sleeping, seating, entertaining, and even fishing.
|Dry weight:||9,800 lbs||4,445 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||300 US gals||1136 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Yamaha Outboards|
|Engine HP:||Twin 300|