Content courtesy ofThe Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius is a boat that has been designed for the 21st century with a focus on providing its owners the maximum amount of usable space, while at the same time, providing an attractive modern design. During our review we discovered that Cruisers Yachts offers a large number of choices when ordering the 48. These include not just color options for interior spaces, but also types of materials and surfaces.
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Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius (2014-) Line Drawing
By Captain Rob Smith
The 48 Cantius is clearly targeted to veteran boaters who intend to go cruising: maybe with another couple or their children for weekend outings; a possible two week or longer cruise in the height of the season; or a couple of other cruises in the "shoulder" months. In addition, the boat will always be capable of providing pleasant day trips where it serves as more of a swim platform and cabana, or evening cruises when it becomes a bistro afloat with the best table on the water. We say that it is targeted to "veteran" boaters, simply because there are a number of unique (or, if not unique then rarely seen) aspects of the design which are only likely to be fully appreciated by experienced boaters.
To show what I mean I am going to list a few of them here -- Undoubtedly the most noteworthy feature of the 48 Cantius is its "loft" design whereby the bridge deck overlooks the galley and salon below. The first time we saw anything like it this century was in the Lazzara LSX78 which was introduced several years ago. From below there is a cathedral ceiling effect that brings sunshine and air below. From above it is like looking down from a balcony to see what is going on in the salon. It opens up the whole boat and makes it seem far larger than it really is. We predict that this boat will start a trend in class.
The Volvo Penta IPS system is standard in this boat and, in fact, to a large degree it could not have been built with all of the room and utility without it. The boat is powered by twin 435-hp IPS600 diesels and the engine room is immediately below the cockpit, rather than below the bridge deck where it has been in most express cruisers, sedans and convertibles forever. Access to the engines is through a hatch in the cockpit and down below there is a surprise -- 5’4" (1.64 m) headroom in the engine room. It is not standing headroom for most people, but it is a whale of a lot better than crawling or frog-walking headroom that many express cruisers this size have.
Main Cabin and Bridge Deck
The designers made the main deck the key feature of the 48 Cantius because that is where most people will be spending most of their waking time aboard the boat. The openness is inviting and guests can enjoy the view whether underway or relaxing at anchor. I doubt anyone will feel “stuck” inside while they enjoy this salon.She is also built to entertain. Opening the two-panel sliding glass doors completely allows good traffic flow to and from the cockpit and the cabin. Descend a few steps and guests will be in the galley and at the lower salon. This open "loft" design essentially connects three different spaces, making each inviting, and in the process the host and hostess will be able to easily accommodate as many as 15 guests or so without it being crowded.
No matter which area a guest is in, he or she is within easy reach of a refrigerator for ice and beverages. There is a standard wet bar to starboard just inside the main cabin. Outside in the cockpit to the port side is a modular optional cooking station with refrigerator. And, of course, down in the galley there is a huge (for a boat) 8.1 cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer. And all areas have counter space for ice buckets and bubbly.Hors d'oeuvres and other culinary delights can be spotted around the boat easily on the aft deck table, the settee table in the main cabin and on the settee table down below in the salon. The test boat has an optional Sony Bravia hi-low electric lift TV mounted in the solid surface counter just like the megayachts. The surround sound system is mounted in the aft port corner and includes a connection for MP3 players.
Another good thing about the 48 Cantius is that when it is deathly hot, guests can come inside for the much-needed A/C. The upper salon is cooled (and heated) with a 32,000 BTU unit. Below, there is another 32,000 BTUs to cool the three cabins there and each has its own temperature control device. This is a clever use of cooling as clearly the heaviest concentration of cool air will be in the main cabin where the sun will penetrate the most, and because of the open "loft" design that cool air will waft down into the salon below.A Taylor Made 71” by 71” sunroof with 30” x 71” electric opening and manual shade is carefully tucked in the overhead. (By the way, the skipper does not have to open the sunroof to be able to stand at the helm.)
Like most Cruisers Yachts, the 48 Cantius has a "walkthrough" windshield to the port side of the stairs going below. The builder has placed a much-needed handrail to starboard. This walkthrough design has been popularized by Cruisers Yachts as much as any builder. The concept was to make it possible in smaller boats to increase the living space inside the boat by eliminating side decks and to give an added measure of security when having to go forward when the boat was rolling. But the concept has now caught on and while the 48 has wide side decks, she also has the walkthrough.
Completing the upper deck is the helm station. A very modern and ergonomic all-glass navigation system is at the fingertips of the helmsman. I found good sight lines from starboard to fully aft. Mullions for the hardtop present the smallest possible obstructions, something at which Cruisers Yachts is expert. The very nature of the walkthrough glass framework to port adds some distraction, but it is not bad. The port-aft support for the hardtop offers the largest obstruction, but that is necessary to hold the weight of the roof plus have room to run wires for electronics. Aft, the visibility couldn't be better thanks to the glass doors and bulkhead, which should make backing into a slip painless.
Whether entering the cockpit up the steps from the swim platform from port or starboard, the cockpit is spacious for the size of yacht that one is on. The forward facing aft lounge has a high-low table for al fresco dining or simply a game of rummy at anchor. The stern trunk is beneath this lounge and this one had an electric lift to make access easier to the fenders and lines inside. Another tip of the hat to Cruisers Yachts for their use of modular designs: the optional cooking station and refrigeration units can be installed either to port or starboard. The optional grill and refrigerator was to port on the prototype test boat with the ice maker to starboard.
The primary entrance to the 48 Cantius is from the standard swim platform. This platform is larger than what is found on most boats in this class as standard equipment. Stern platforms have been getting longer and longer the last couple of years, and while it has taken my eye some time to get used to the looks of them, I am now heartily embracing the concept of long stern platforms. Here is why: there are simply a lot of things the boater can do with all of the deck space. First, it makes a great "teak beach" when on the hook. One can set up chairs and the ladies can sunbathe there.
Below Decks Accommodations
Because of the boat's "loft" design, one doesn’t have to duck when going below from the main cabin or worry about hitting their head. The galley is positioned to port and the lounger and table are to starboard. The cabin sole, both on the main deck and in the lower salon, is teak and holly with a twist. Cruisers has added a rich dark stain and sealer that complements the Wenge cabinetry and joinery throughout. Going forward, the lounge area will be carpeted while the galley will continue to have the wood decking.
The boater will be the captain of their ship in the master stateroom which is the mid cabin. With a 7’ (2.13 m) entry and 6’6” (1.98 m) headroom at the foot of the bed, it is a huge beam-width stateroom in which to ensconce oneself. A built-in loveseat and vanity like one sees on much larger boats makes extended living aboard this boat more pleasant and comfortable. The upper portion of the port side storage on the test boat had a washer/dryer combination (optional). The island queen berth is easily entered from either side and the mattress is therapeutic foam for comfort.The master head has an enclosed shower and the vanity is outside the head so two can prepare for the day or night at the same time. Separate HVAC controls for the master allows one to decide the comfortable sleeping temperature in their cabin.
The forward stateroom also has a queen island bed with therapeutic foam mattress. Twin hanging lockers and under berth stowage as well as overhead cabinetry gives plenty of stowage space in this area. The head for the forward stateroom is a shared day head with private entry from the stateroom. The split head design for the forward cabin also lends itself to a couple being able to freshen up separately.I found both doors to the head and shower caught the edge of the island bed trim and the port side head door would not open fully due to this.
Handling in Blustery Conditions
I tested the 48 Cantius on both a day with waves up to 6' and a more moderate day with waves reaching only 1' to 2' in Green Bay. Wind speed was anywhere from 20 mph to 40 mph, as recorded on my hand-held Kestrel meter. There was the expected pounding as we made our way through the roughest waters, but I never felt that I couldn't make the boat go where I wanted. I was running at about 2200 rpm most of the time, going about 15 mph or so, which seemed to be about as fast as was prudent given the conditions.
Into Head Seas
Punching into the seas, a couple of waves dumped on the foredeck and swept their way back to the windshield before being tossed overboard. I noted at the time that the "walkthrough" windshield opening did not leak. I kept the windshield wipers on the whole trip as we took fairly constant spray as the wind picked up the bow waves and threw them back at us. Interestingly, when we had the seas on our starboard quarter the boat tracked well and I did not have to add any tab. The boat is heavy enough and the bottom at 14-degrees is flat enough that she didn't lean away from the wind in this blustery stuff.
The following day the winds on Green Bay had backed off to 12 to 20 mph, and the seas were running from one to two feet. These were far from ideal conditions and pushing the boat into lumpy seas takes its toll in speed and more particularly in fuel consumption. Nevertheless we went ahead with our testing so at least consumers would know what to expect in these real-world conditions.
Test Result Highlights
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Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.