Cruisers yachts 42 cantius (2019-)

Observations

Although her Euro-styled look is quite appealing, she has been built for American ergonomics.

While the 46 Cantius is Euro-styled, she is designed for American ergonomics and ruggedly constructed. For example, her low-rake one-piece windshield reminds us of many European express boats – virtually of which have such low overheads at the helm that the captain can’t stand at the helm, and if he can, he has to bend over to see out. This is not the case with the 46 Cantius, which has a 6’6” (1.98 m) overhead clearance at the helm.

In profile the 46 Cantius looks robust – and she is. Cruisers Yachts knows its buyers have no interest in a crawl-in mid cabin which some 40-something express cruisers have. While lots of things scale, the human body does not. There is no way to provide headroom for 6’+ owners and guests other than to go up. That is why the dinette is up two rather high steps.

The Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius has room enough to fit the tallest of captains with an overhead clearance of 6’6” (1.98 m) at the helm. On this express cruiser, there’s plenty of space and comfort for everyone to have a fun time aboard.

The all-glass aft bulkhead is unusual and is a culmination of a long quest by Cruisers Yachts to “bring the outside in.” It opens up the interior and creates one large area that encompasses the cockpit, galley, and dinette for entertaining and easy flow of guests in and out. As mentioned before, we recommend the hydraulic swim platform because it adds such utility to the boat. When grilling it becomes another gathering spot.

In our opinion, the best feature of all of the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius are the two, large and private staterooms with en suites. There is no better way to make a guest couple comfortable on a cruise then give them space – and a private head with separate shower. The VIP on this boat is one of the best we have seen in class.

Features Inspection

The Stern. We’re going to begin as if we are boarding at the stern. The 42 Cantius has a water-level swim platform that looks plenty deep to act as a beach for the kids to play on. An electric-hydraulic platform is an option. The al fresco galley console is on the transom, designed to be used by standing on the swim platform. It features the optional grill in the center and three covers open on gas struts when needed. The cockpit door is to port and it closes with a stainless steel gate.

Here we see the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius’ swim platform. It can be finished in synthetic teak as an option.

The aft wet bar can have an optional electric grill and refrigerator beneath the center cover. Note the underside of the cover is appropriately covered with a heat shield.

The Cockpit. Ascend the three steps from the swim platform into the cockpit of the 42 Cantius. It has a lounge that wraps around in an L-shape to starboard and across the transom. There’s stowage for two carry-on coolers under the outboard bottom cushions. A small table fits into a pedestal for an al fresco lunch or post-cruise cocktails. A second table and icemaker are optional, as is an awning for shade.

The in-deck drain between the cockpit area and salon doors prevents water from entering the boat’s salon.

Cruisers Yachts trimmed the interior corner of the cockpit table to make it more comfortable for people seated on the lounge.

Moving Forward. While there are passageways and full rails on both sides of the boat, it’s easier to head to the bow on the port side; a deckhand or passenger would have to step over the cockpit-lounge backrest to use the starboard side. Rails look to be at a good height and we like the grabrails on the pilothouse. The passageways appear to be wide enough.

The stainless steel bowrail is installed on rugged stanchions to provide good support for deckhands.

The Bow. Following a trend that we’re seeing more, Cruisers Yachts put some extra effort into the design and execution of the foredeck. There’s a horseshoe-shaped sun pad with cushions that lay flat for group seating and sunning. The backrests can be raised to create dual forward-facing lounges. A centerline table folds up on custom hinges to enhance the area’s versatility, as does an optional sun shade. The recessed windlass can also come equipped with an optional stainless steel anchor and an anchor washdown system.

Here we see a rendering of the bow seating area on the 42 Cantius.

The foredeck lounges and fold-up table can also be raised.

The Salon. A three-section stainless steel framed sliding door provides entry to the salon and helps create an open feel between the boat’s indoor and outdoor passenger areas. Aft to port is an L-shaped galley area with a dinette, including a table and an L-shaped lounge to starboard. Forward to port is an elevated lounge and to starboard, the helm has a two-person bench seat. The dash panel is finished in black upholstery and is fitted with two multifunction displays and a compass in the center. The steering wheel looks to be centrally positioned on the bench, which could create awkward seating positions if a person wants to sit next to the driver. Controls are traditionally positioned to starboard along the gunwale. Overhead, the sunroof can be opened to let in fresh air.

The richly varnished finish on the salon table is indicative of the quality joinery found throughout the boat.

Dual multifunction displays can be set up to show engine information as well as charting, sounder, and radar data as equipped.

Construction

Modern Techniques. Cruisers Yachts builds the 42 Cantius with resin-infusion as opposed to traditional open molding. This results in more even resin saturation with less excess and better overall strength, according to Cruisers Yachts. A vinylester barrier coat protects against water intrusion that can lead to osmotic blistering. The hull bottom, sides, and deck are cored, except in areas where thru-hull fittings are positioned. In those areas, the bottom is solid fiberglass. Stringers and bulkheads are configured to minimize unsupported areas and liners provide additional support and structural rigidity. The hull and deck attach in a shoebox-lid-style joint that is chemically sealed and mechanically fastened approximately every 3” (7.62 cm) with stainless steel hardware. All deck hardware, such as cleats and bowrail stanchions, is installed with aluminum backing plates.

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A Cruisers Yachts technician applies gelcoat to the mold of the 42 Cantius.

During the infusion process, hoses are positioned to introduce the resin to the laminate, ensuring proper saturation.

Here we see the stringers, transversals, and bulkheads being positioned prior to being laminated in place by hand.

This computer rendering highlights the hull liner (shown in blue), which helps add rigidity and strength to the boat’s overall structure, according to the manufacturer.

Cruisers Yachts calls this beam a sheer shelf. It’s laminated in place near the hullside windows, and is designed to strengthen the hullsides and keep them from flexing.

Aluminum backing plates like this one are used to support every piece of deck hardware on the 42 Cantius.

Rigging. Cruisers Yachts pays attention to the details when it comes to rigging and finishing the 42 Cantius. All limber holes are lined with a PVC pipe. Bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum bases, fuel tanks are installed on raised mounts for proper air flow beneath them, and the engine room is finished with 2” thick composite insulation. The company makes its own electrical panels, and wire harnesses are fabricated for each model. Wires are tinned copper strand and each is individually labeled for its respective accessory with the labeled printed directly on the wire insulation, making the electrical system easier to service. Deutsch connectors are used to resist water penetration.

The bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum plates to make maintenance easier.

Notice that each wire is labeled with the name of the accessory it serves printed right on the wire’s insulation.

Main distribution panels are made in-house out of a non-conductive polymer.

Power Choices. The 42 Cantius is available with twin Volvo Penta IPS500s rated at 370-hp each or twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s.

Performance

During our test, the 42 Cantius hit a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. She had a best cruise of 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm.

The Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius has a LOA of 43’2” (13.15 m), a beam of 13’8” (4.16 m), and a draft of 40” (1.01 m). With an empty weight of 28,469 lbs. (12,913 kg), 37% fuel, and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 29,537 lbs. (13,398 kg). Powered by twin 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500s turning 22P props, we reached a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 41 gph for a range of 224 statute miles.

She reached a time to plane of 6.7 seconds and then went up to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Best cruise was 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 33.5 gph while still holding back a 10-percent reserve. We reached time-to-plane in 6.7 seconds and accelerated to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Performance

Powered by twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 with pod drives, the 46 Cantius proved to have a comfortable ride.

The Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius has a length overall of 46’5” (14.15 m), a beam of 14’6” (4.42 m), and a draft of 42” (1.07 m). With an empty weight of 32,200 lbs. (14,606 kg), 87% fuel, and three persons onboard, the estimated test weight was 34,677 lbs. (15,729 kg).

With twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 with pod drive turning counter-rotating propellers spooled up to 3610 rpm, a top speed of 35.6 mph (31.0 knots) was recorded. With the engine brought back to 20 mph (17.4 knots) cruise, the 46 Cantius was burning 27 gph (102 lph) that produced a range of 250 statute miles (220 nautical miles).

Displacement Speeds. Dropping the speed even more, naturally produced a significant increase in range. Dropping to 10.1 mph (8.7 knots), the range increased to 571 statute miles (486.8 nautical miles).

The sea conditions that the 46 Cantius was tested in were nominal, therefore the ride in chop was tested by crossing the photo-boats wake.

There were not any significant sea conditions during our test, which meant the 46 Cantius was not tested in rough water conditions. However, the 46 Cantius performed well driving through the wake of the photo-boat with the chines extending forward, forming a spray barrier that sent water out low, presenting a dry ride.

The pod drives of the Volvo Penta IPS600s does not present exhilarating high-speed cornering on any boat. That means it is nearly impossible for the skipper to get heavy-handed and throw the boat into an unsafe high-speed turn. Guests and family will appreciate this detail. Likewise, firewall starts are also gentler than what might be possible on non-IPS power yachts. The performance is dialed to give the operator confidence and control and the passengers a relaxed, assured feeling.

During our test runs, the 46 Cantius hit a top speed of 35.6 mph at 3610 rpm while burning 44.5 gph at a range of 259 statute miles.

She planed in 5.9 seconds, and then accelerated to 20 mph in 8.8 seconds, then up to 30 mph in 21.8 seconds.

Features Inspection

The Stern. We’re going to begin as if we are boarding at the stern. The 42 Cantius has a water-level swim platform that looks plenty deep to act as a beach for the kids to play on. An electric-hydraulic platform is an option. The al fresco galley console is on the transom, designed to be used by standing on the swim platform. It features the optional grill in the center and three covers open on gas struts when needed. The cockpit door is to port and it closes with a stainless steel gate.

Here we see the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius’ swim platform. It can be finished in synthetic teak as an option.

The aft wet bar can have an optional electric grill and refrigerator beneath the center cover. Note the underside of the cover is appropriately covered with a heat shield.

The Cockpit. Ascend the three steps from the swim platform into the cockpit of the 42 Cantius. It has a lounge that wraps around in an L-shape to starboard and across the transom. There’s stowage for two carry-on coolers under the outboard bottom cushions. A small table fits into a pedestal for an al fresco lunch or post-cruise cocktails. A second table and icemaker are optional, as is an awning for shade.

The in-deck drain between the cockpit area and salon doors prevents water from entering the boat’s salon.

Cruisers Yachts trimmed the interior corner of the cockpit table to make it more comfortable for people seated on the lounge.

Moving Forward. While there are passageways and full rails on both sides of the boat, it’s easier to head to the bow on the port side; a deckhand or passenger would have to step over the cockpit-lounge backrest to use the starboard side. Rails look to be at a good height and we like the grabrails on the pilothouse. The passageways appear to be wide enough.

The stainless steel bowrail is installed on rugged stanchions to provide good support for deckhands.

The Bow. Following a trend that we’re seeing more, Cruisers Yachts put some extra effort into the design and execution of the foredeck. There’s a horseshoe-shaped sun pad with cushions that lay flat for group seating and sunning. The backrests can be raised to create dual forward-facing lounges. A centerline table folds up on custom hinges to enhance the area’s versatility, as does an optional sun shade. The recessed windlass can also come equipped with an optional stainless steel anchor and an anchor washdown system.

Here we see a rendering of the bow seating area on the 42 Cantius.

The foredeck lounges and fold-up table can also be raised.

The Salon. A three-section stainless steel framed sliding door provides entry to the salon and helps create an open feel between the boat’s indoor and outdoor passenger areas. Aft to port is an L-shaped galley area with a dinette, including a table and an L-shaped lounge to starboard. Forward to port is an elevated lounge and to starboard, the helm has a two-person bench seat. The dash panel is finished in black upholstery and is fitted with two multifunction displays and a compass in the center. The steering wheel looks to be centrally positioned on the bench, which could create awkward seating positions if a person wants to sit next to the driver. Controls are traditionally positioned to starboard along the gunwale. Overhead, the sunroof can be opened to let in fresh air.

The richly varnished finish on the salon table is indicative of the quality joinery found throughout the boat.

Dual multifunction displays can be set up to show engine information as well as charting, sounder, and radar data as equipped.

Construction

Modern Techniques. Cruisers Yachts builds the 42 Cantius with resin-infusion as opposed to traditional open molding. This results in more even resin saturation with less excess and better overall strength, according to Cruisers Yachts. A vinylester barrier coat protects against water intrusion that can lead to osmotic blistering. The hull bottom, sides, and deck are cored, except in areas where thru-hull fittings are positioned. In those areas, the bottom is solid fiberglass. Stringers and bulkheads are configured to minimize unsupported areas and liners provide additional support and structural rigidity. The hull and deck attach in a shoebox-lid-style joint that is chemically sealed and mechanically fastened approximately every 3” (7.62 cm) with stainless steel hardware. All deck hardware, such as cleats and bowrail stanchions, is installed with aluminum backing plates.

A Cruisers Yachts technician applies gelcoat to the mold of the 42 Cantius.

During the infusion process, hoses are positioned to introduce the resin to the laminate, ensuring proper saturation.

Here we see the stringers, transversals, and bulkheads being positioned prior to being laminated in place by hand.

This computer rendering highlights the hull liner (shown in blue), which helps add rigidity and strength to the boat’s overall structure, according to the manufacturer.

Cruisers Yachts calls this beam a sheer shelf. It’s laminated in place near the hullside windows, and is designed to strengthen the hullsides and keep them from flexing.

Aluminum backing plates like this one are used to support every piece of deck hardware on the 42 Cantius.

Rigging. Cruisers Yachts pays attention to the details when it comes to rigging and finishing the 42 Cantius. All limber holes are lined with a PVC pipe. Bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum bases, fuel tanks are installed on raised mounts for proper air flow beneath them, and the engine room is finished with 2” thick composite insulation. The company makes its own electrical panels, and wire harnesses are fabricated for each model. Wires are tinned copper strand and each is individually labeled for its respective accessory with the labeled printed directly on the wire insulation, making the electrical system easier to service. Deutsch connectors are used to resist water penetration.

The bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum plates to make maintenance easier.

Notice that each wire is labeled with the name of the accessory it serves printed right on the wire’s insulation.

Main distribution panels are made in-house out of a non-conductive polymer.

Power Choices. The 42 Cantius is available with twin Volvo Penta IPS500s rated at 370-hp each or twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s.

Accommodations

The belowdecks area on the 42 Cantius is laid out to sleep four people in two staterooms.

Positioned just to port of the centerline and the helm station, the companionway leads belowdecks to the accommodations of the 42 Cantius. In the amidships master stateroom, the transverse berth is positioned with its head to port. There is a small lounge area and stowage to starboard. The master head is to port and comprises a separate standup shower, sink, and MSD. Forward, the second cabin has an island berth on centerline with its head forward. The head for these quarters is also the day head and includes a sink and toilet.

Shown is the 42 Cantius’ master stateroom with a plush queen size bed.

Above is the VIP stateroom. There is also a couch (not shown in picture) in front of the bed.

Performance

During our test, the 42 Cantius hit a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. She had a best cruise of 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm.

The Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius has a LOA of 43’2” (13.15 m), a beam of 13’8” (4.16 m), and a draft of 40” (1.01 m). With an empty weight of 28,469 lbs. (12,913 kg), 37% fuel, and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 29,537 lbs. (13,398 kg). Powered by twin 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500s turning 22P props, we reached a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 41 gph for a range of 224 statute miles.

She reached a time to plane of 6.7 seconds and then went up to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Best cruise was 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 33.5 gph while still holding back a 10-percent reserve. We reached time-to-plane in 6.7 seconds and accelerated to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Distinguishing Features

  • • Aft Grilling Center. The grill, sink, and other accessories are in an al fresco galley console on the transom.This is a smart location because it will keep passengers in the cockpit away from a hot grill.
  • • Single-Level Design. The cockpit and salon are on the same level separated by a stainless steel and glass door that creates the feeling of a unified space when the door is opened.
  • • Bow Sun Pads. The bow seating area has a pair of sun pads with backrests that tilt up to create chaise-style seating.
  • • Galley Aft on Salon Deck. This arrangement lends itself better to entertaining because the cook gets to be part of the fun, while serving the salon and cockpit with ease.

The overall intent of the layout is to make the boat feel more spacious than others in her class.

Accommodations

The belowdecks area on the 42 Cantius is laid out to sleep four people in two staterooms.

Positioned just to port of the centerline and the helm station, the companionway leads belowdecks to the accommodations of the 42 Cantius. In the amidships master stateroom, the transverse berth is positioned with its head to port. There is a small lounge area and stowage to starboard. The master head is to port and comprises a separate standup shower, sink, and MSD. Forward, the second cabin has an island berth on centerline with its head forward. The head for these quarters is also the day head and includes a sink and toilet.

Shown is the 42 Cantius’ master stateroom with a plush queen size bed.

Above is the VIP stateroom. There is also a couch (not shown in picture) in front of the bed.

Docking

With the Volvo Penta IPS600, the pods can vector to allow the 46 Cantius to virtually move in any direction at any attitude when operating at low speeds. Close in maneuvering and docking is stress-free using the systems joystick when it is properly calibrated. Every boat model must be individually calibrated by Volvo techs or trained builder personnel.

Joystick Operation. Moving the joystick forward, back or side to side makes the boat move in the chosen direction. Twisting the joystick, left or right, changes the attitude of the boat. It is an intuitive system that is easy to learn. Some systems are slower than others, or may have a delay before engaging. This characteristic can take some getting used to, and in tight confines with a crosscurrent the operator must definitely plan ahead.

Distinguishing Features

  • • Aft Grilling Center. The grill, sink, and other accessories are in an al fresco galley console on the transom.This is a smart location because it will keep passengers in the cockpit away from a hot grill.
  • • Single-Level Design. The cockpit and salon are on the same level separated by a stainless steel and glass door that creates the feeling of a unified space when the door is opened.
  • • Bow Sun Pads. The bow seating area has a pair of sun pads with backrests that tilt up to create chaise-style seating.
  • • Galley Aft on Salon Deck. This arrangement lends itself better to entertaining because the cook gets to be part of the fun, while serving the salon and cockpit with ease.

The overall intent of the layout is to make the boat feel more spacious than others in her class.

Major Features

  • Interior Decor. Cruisers Yachts choice and application of interior materials, wood, upholstery, fabrics, metal accents, and palette create a feeling of opulence and class.
  • Accommodations Layout. This yacht was designed for cruising by two adult couples in genteel privacy. Both the master and the VIP cabin have large beds, lots of deck space, and large heads with walk-in shower stalls. The builder has not tried to cram three cabins in as most builders do.
  • Forward Seating. The flexible forward seating allows for a group to be seated or converts to side-by-side loungers with a solid wood table that deploys from under the center seat.
  • Aft Glass Bulkhead. The stainless steel framed glass bulkhead has an opening door and the three panels collapse to open the galley and salon to the outside.
  • Transom Storage. The transom features storage that can accommodate fenders, lines, lifejackets, hoses and has a freshwater spigot and shore power connection.
  • Transom Grill. The starboard side of the transom has a smokeless grill under a cover that acts as a backsplash when open.
  • Large Hull-Side Window. The large hullside windows allow daylight into the staterooms and provide views outside.
  • Optional Hydraulically Lowering Swim Platform. Full beam, 4’5” (1.35 m) deep swim platform that can launch the ship’s tender and act as a beach. Integrated stairs automatically deploy as the platform lowers. This is optional, but we recommend it for anyone considering cruising as it is the best place to stow the tender.

Brief Summary

From the wide swim platform that doubles as a patio for the grill station built into the transom, to the bow seating/lounging area, the layout of the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius is designed for comfort and entertaining. Below decks, the full-beam master stateroom with private, en-suite head and guest stateroom with private entry to the day-head ensures those staying onboard have privacy. Cruisers Yachts designers’ choices of materials, palette, and textures create a rich, elegant feel throughout the interior.The boat is powered with twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 with pod drives with joystick.

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