2870 Express; 280 CXi
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The Cruisers 2870 Express (called the 280 CXi in 200507) is a midcabin cruiser whose sporty lines and versatile layout made her a popular model during her production years. A fairly heavy boat at 10,000 pounds, shes built on a stable modified-V hull with a wide beam and moderate transom deadrise. Like most midcabin boats her size, the floorplan of the 280 is very open and airy with curtains (rather than bulkheads) separating the fore and aft sleeping areas from the main salon. The dinette converts into a double berth suitable for kids, and while the galley is small, its nonetheless suitable for basic food-prep activities. The topside layout incorporates a double-wide helm seat, fore- and aft-facing cockpit settees, and a walk-through windshield with molded-in steps for easy foredeck access. Space at the helm for electronic add-ons is limited. Additional features include a removable cockpit table, sport arch, transom door and swim platform. Among several gas and diesel engine choices, a single 375hp MerCruiser will cruise the 2870 Express at 2223 knots, and twin 225hp Volvo I/Os cruise in the mid 20s (35+ top).