Cruisers Yachts designed the 42 Cantius to be a luxury sport cruiser with lots of room for entertaining. The cockpit, salon, and helm are all on the same level separated by a large sliding stainless steel framed door that opens wide to create a seamless space. There’s a seating area in the bow and belowdecks she sleeps four. Power is twin Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.
- • 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cruisers Yachts introduced the 42 Cantius as an evolution of its retired 41 Cantius, and the company seems to have learned a thing or two from that legacy model in designing its new boat. The flow of the onboard spaces, both on the main deck from the cockpit to the helm, and on the lower deck is improved, as has the use of space and onboard stowage.
Meanwhile the hallmarks of the current Cantius lineup, including the transom galley console, sleek exterior lines, and large hullside windows, are all present in this model, the entry-level Cantius.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius (2018-) is 34.0 mph (54.7 kph), burning 41.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 155.18 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius (2018-) is 30.7 mph (49.4 kph), and the boat gets 0.9 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.38 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 247 miles (397.51 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500.
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