2014 v 2015 Cruisers 278 BR

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2014 v 2015 Cruisers 278 BR

Postby airforce1 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:46 pm

My wife are looking into trading our 1986 Cruisers 220 in for a new bow rider sport boat. We would like to stick with Cruisers as we have found their fit and finish very nice. In fact, the sales people told us they are using the same materials from their yacht lines on the sport models which is pretty awesome. Today we did a bay test on a just traded in 2014 278 bow rider with just 64 hours and nicely loaded. There are some differences between the 2014 and 2015 but all cosmetic mainly being the new helm and passenger seats and seating/trim material as well as a different day. I am not sure what else is different but I think that is it. Does anyone have any input as to what price difference I should expect this late in the 2015 season especially seeing as very soon we will be seeing the 2016 models? Right now I am looking at about a $18k difference in 2014 to 2015.

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Re: 2014 v 2015 Cruisers 278 BR

Postby JeffCooper » Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:21 pm

Depreciation is wonderful thing with boats, isn't it? (Not!)

I suspect the major cost driver is in the engine/drive package. If the power package is the same, then it's just a matter of depreciation. 60 hours is a sign of a good full season of boating (40hrs seems about average in many places around the country). An awesome boat either way!!

Oh, the other bit is that the "new boat blues" have been taken care of, and warts are all worked out - so a double win with a pre-owned!
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Re: 2014 v 2015 Cruisers 278 BR

Postby trackeer » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:12 pm

I don't think you can go wrong with a Cruiser,

Your best deals are Left Over's or current Inventory, if you can find a 14/15 or a nice used boat with low hours that's not a bad way to go. We bought a 14 298 and couldn't be happier, the new models are reflective of Cruisers current interior style of sharp angles vs rounded, other wise the same boats. Your not buying old school just a different interior style from the new models.

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