Cutwater 30 Sport Top

Cutwater 30 Sport Top

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One of the many features of the Cutwater 30 Sport Top is that is it towable.

By Doug Thompson

Cutwater’s new towable 30-footer is designed for tropical adventures.

Having the right toy makes the difference between a good boating weekend and a great one. Sure, Cutwater Boats’ new 30 Sport Top is one big toy. However, a closer look reveals a trailerable cruiser loaded with so many innovative features, it would take a year’s worth of boating weekends to discover them all.

Picture that perfect beach—it’s that one found during shallow-water cruising that would make an ideal lunch, sunbathing or exploring spot. The Cutwater 30 Sport Top is built for beaching with its rugged, protected keel and a telescoping ladder off the bow. If it’s safe and legal to nose the boat in, then you’re all set for a secluded few hours, and that’s where the fun really begins. This big toy is loaded with little toys, but they’re more than mere playthings—intelligent space savers, electronics, and conventional and remote operational controls all make boating easier.

The Cutwater 30 Sport Top debuted at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October and is the outdoorsier version of the Cutwater 30 introduced earlier in the year. One feature that sets apart the Sport Top model is the pilothouse that now fully opens to the aft deck by rolling up or removing the soft enclosure. The original Cutwater 30 is a hardtop sedan made for colder climates, and the pilothouse is an enclosed structure with an aft cabin door. “We decided to do the Sport Top for markets like Florida where boat owners want it more open,” says Mark Mansfield, Cutwater Boats’ National Sales Manager. Cutwater Boats––based in Monroe, Washington––was founded in 2011 by the Livingston family, which also owns Ranger Tugs. “By being more open the inside is exposed to the weather, so we’ve made the interior fabrics and surfaces more durable. We also added a reversible two-person seat where the aft bulkhead used to be. In the forward-facing position it’s part of a four-person dinette. Reverse the seat and you’re looking off the boat to the water.”

The reversible-seat function is just one of the many space-saving features aboard the 30 Sport Top. This function is smartly used throughout the boat; the two-person helm seat and the transom bench seat also are reversible. Further enhancing space, the port- and starboard-side gunwales on the aft deck have bench seat cutouts. The gunwale seat sections fold out over the water with seating for as many as eight people outside.