Cruisers Yachts Cantius 48: A Lady's Point Of View - 03/02/2011
Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
The most striking feature when you first glimpse the Cantius 48 is the large broad windows of the cockpit and the full-size patio door leading into the upper salon.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the interior of the new Cantius 48 by Cruisers Yachts. I was inspired by the new look of this boat's interior which made me feel like I was in a chic urban apartment. Most boat interiors in this size range have everything rounded, but the designers of the Cantius 48 went in a different direction -- toward a more modern, angular approach using straight lines and starkly contrasting colors. To me the Cantius interior felt more fresh and exciting which in my opinion made the entire boat feel larger.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
Until you set foot onboard, you will not be able to fully appreciate the sense of space. The large tall windows in the upper salon draw your eyes upward and the crisp vertical lines add to the feeling of spaciousness.

Lower Salon

The most notable element of the main salon area below decks was the way the space was designed to be completely open to the helm and upper salon. When looking up, the main deck was like a loft. When looking down from the helm, the galley and settee below allowed me to share the sights going on outside with the people below.

By eliminating about half of the overhead in the lower salon Cruisers was able to bring light down and open up the space to keep it from seeming like a closed-in, dark lower deck. And even though the galley is "down" because of the open, loft-type layout the chef is part of the conversation. These simple changes have quite a huge impact on the interior. Claustrophobic boaters take note: the salon below is bright and spacious.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
My favorite feature of the salon was the way Cruisers played the dark Wengewood against the white upholstery, and then modernized the theme with accents of stainless steel; the whole thing just works well.

The salon boasts cushy Ultraleather upholstered seating that invites relaxed lounging, either with or without the removable table. The seating easily transitions into an extra sleeping space when needed. Please note that the settee makes into a comfortable convertible bed, and is not some sort of jury-rigged arrangement that you might see on smaller boats which are usually uncomfortable and a bit too narrow for two people.

The overhead is full of Halogen lighting, and attractive wall mounted sconces are a nice foil for the mostly linear elements in here, including the built-in cabinetry. The state of the art entertainment system will provide lots of enjoyment when the weather is not cooperating topside.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
I enjoy television and movies as much as anyone, but I know few women who would want a large screen television to be the dominant element in the salon. Cruisers has found what I think is the perfect compromise, tucked the TV neatly above the refrigerator.
Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
The galley has a two-burner stove with microwave oven below, decent counter space, and a double sink which is rare on a 48-footer.

The Galley

The galley offers convenience for the chef on board. Some items I found impressive were the designer Kohler faucet, double sink and large, stand-up refrigerator/freezer. One of my pet peeves is having enough room in the refrigerator for a gallon or two of milk for the kids. There is enough space to easily handle food prep. I also liked how Cruisers trimmed out the lower cabinet corners with solid surface material, an attractive and practical touch.

Against the port bulkhead they resisted the temptation to add a cut out storage area or appliance garage and continued the solid surface flush to the bulkhead, providing additional counter space. I also noticed that the portlight was positioned much higher than usual and made larger than on most boats in this class which allows more ambient light into the galley.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
I can only guess that the forward berth is the most hated place for a designer since it is so limited. Nevertheless, Cruisers has managed to make you feel at home in the forward compartment.

The Staterooms

The forward stateroom is a comfortable place to spend the night, with built in storage below the berth, two cedar lined closets, and a dedicated flat screen television. There is also quite a large head here that is shared with the salon. There is a split head forward which all builders are using these days, and the toilet and sink are in one half allowing it to be used as a day head.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
Some builders seem preoccupied as to whether or not a master stateroom is full beam or not, but in my opinion the focus should be on whether the space works or not, and the Cantius truly won me over with an elegant modern look.

The master stateroom amidships is not one you will willingly give up for guests! You step down from the galley into a vanity area complete with sink, storage, and mirrors, from which you can choose to enter either the master head or the main stateroom itself. There is quite a large amount of storage in this stateroom, all conveniently built-in to be unobtrusive. Cruisers used an upholstery treatment to wrap the berth, creating a cozy headboard without wasting valuable real estate. While inspecting the boat I took the opportunity to use this space to prepare for the video shoot and found that it worked wonderfully.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
Cruisers has made customization part of the process. You are given the choice to select your wood colour and finishes, fabrics, and many other options without increasing the price of the boat.

All of the spaces on board utilize sleek stainless steel, varied rich wood finishes on cabinetry and sole, plush carpeting, and tailored fabrics. It was particularly interesting to me to note that all of these items are available to be chosen by the owner at no extra cost. Place your order today and let the fun begin!

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
The upper salon in many ways felt like a comfortable sunroom and would make a wonderful place to start each day with breakfast.

Upper Salon

Even though the majority of my time was spent below, I would be remiss if I did not share with you my thoughts on the upper salon area. If I were to sum up the overall look I would say "refined." I very much enjoyed how the helm seemed to blend into the background, making the raised sectional to port the focal point.

My number one test when entertaining on a boat is whether or not my guests will have ample seating as well as a convenient place to set down their drinks. Cruisers hit the bull’s-eye on both counts. There is ample room for drinks as well as four or five platters of food. I especially appreciated the wet bar with small sink and counter area provided to starboard when the hide-away television was lowered.

I would sum things up by sharing that this is one of the first boats in her size I have toured that doesn’t look or feel like a boat inside.

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius

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