The small end of the Cantius line gets a technology, design and accommodations refresh.
Yep. My first question was answered in the affirmative. I wondered if the Cruisers 42 Cantius would have the distinctive stainless steel bar across the polygonal hull windows, the boat model name elegantly etched into the stainless. It did. I suspected much more of the Cantius DNA would be found elsewhere in the boat.
With that box checked, I wanted to see what other Cantius family features had made their way from the bigger models, the 60, 54 and 50, to the new smallest yacht in the Cantius line. There on the bow was one of them: the sun lounge. Two sunpads separated by a height-adjustable wooden table and a hatch create a two-person oasis at the bow. Each pad’s upper-body section is adjustable, from flat to a backrest-worthy 45 degrees or so, and each has two cupholders. This isn’t simply a cushioned pad thrown on the bow for effect. It’s a big-boat touch that has trickled down to midsize yachts. On the 60, the lounge is accompanied by a companion settee just aft.
At the aft end of the 42 Cantius, two more boxes receive checkmarks. On the transom is a molded console that houses a grill and storage units big enough for fenders, wakeboards and ropes, and uninflated tubes, same as on the 50 Cantius. (The 54 and 60 move the grill into their larger cockpit.) Barbecue masters can use the sizeable swim platform as their base of operations and move easily from there to the cockpit via the portside stairs. The platform submerges fully and has four built-in stairs that extend as the platform lowers into the water, so occupants can easily move from the cockpit to the platform for a dip.
The second aft checkmark is in the cockpit, overhead — or not. A push-button extendable sunshade provides cover for folks on the settee, which runs across the transom and extends along the starboard bulwark, and it tucks neatly away when a Vitamin D bath is preferred. Twin tables provide food and drink support at the settee, and an ice-maker is tucked into the forward port corner.
Feelings of familiarity continued as I stepped through the open glass doors, which slide to port and lock in place to open two-thirds of the bulkhead and connect indoors with outdoors. A color scheme that employs white, black, cream and multiple shades of gray is stylish and modern, and is complemented nicely by the matte walnut wood of the sole, cabinets and furniture bases. The dinette table is high gloss.
The L-shaped starboard dinette settee is raised a step, but with the doors fully open, it becomes part of the action in the cockpit, as it and the outdoor settee almost meet. Across from it is the galley. It’s more compact on the Cruisers 42 Cantius than on its bigger brethren, by necessity, but its L-shaped countertop has prep room around a basin sink and a two-burner cooktop whose cover is cut from the countertop stone slab. Below the counter is storage, a microwave/convection oven and a refrigerator/freezer. Above are cabinets and a TV that can swing out and rotate. More cabinets are above the settee.
Forward of the galley is a companion settee to the helm. Raised a step to maximize passengers’ ability to see out the windows, it can accommodate three people with their feet on the floor or one person who can use the forward-angled backrest to stretch out, chaise-lounge style, and face aft.
Situated to starboard, under the aft-sloping windshield and the power sunroof overhead, is the helm. Pod-like in appearance, the helm console is a stylish mix of black and gray leather, fiberglass and carbon fiber. Throw in stainless spokes on the leather-wrapped wheel and the engine throttles, and wood on the base, sides and footrest, and Cruisers has created an attractive helm that includes all of the modern amenities a captain could want or need.
At the base of a set of slightly off-center stairs is an atrium-like landing that’s well lit by natural light coming in through the windshield overhead. Access to both staterooms and the day head is off the landing, but which way should the owners go? Both staterooms on the Cruisers 42 Cantius are owner worthy.
Forward, a centerline island berth provides a queen-size sleeping perch. A shelf runs nearly the length of both sides, for a convenient nightstand. Under-berth drawers and two hanging lockers provide stowage, and there is an en suite head. Two hull windows and an overhead hatch supply light and air to the space. It’s a nice master suite for a 42-foot boat. Except…
It might not be the master. Amidships is a full-beam stateroom. It features a sunken queen berth against the port hullside, a settee against the starboard hullside that’s long enough for most people to sleep on, and a good-sized hanging locker. A TV on an extension arm is in the aft starboard corner. Large hull windows to either side, both with a smaller opening section, add natural ambiance to the space, and the head, complete — like the forward head — with a standup shower stall, is en suite. Definitely the master, right?
Well, that’s up to the owner. The amidships stateroom doesn’t have full standup headroom, except at the entrance, and the en suite head is shared, via a landing door, making it the day head for guests. But those aren’t necessarily deal-breakers to its designation as the master. It’s the owners’ choice, and no matter what they choose, their guests are going to feel lavished — like maybe they put one over on their hosts.
It was from the pod-like helm, the boat’s only one, that I and the Silver Seas Yachts crew conducted our sea trial. Flush against the forward-leaning dash face are two Garmin 7612 displays, part of the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, which has been optimized to interact with Volvo components and make everything available for display on the Garmin MFDs. Owners can opt for a Volvo engine display that can go on the dash face or the lower, flatter base, which also houses systems switches, a compass, a stereo head unit and a cupholder.
On a dash extension that runs against the cabin bulkhead, right at a comfortable height for the driver to rest his arm, are the engine throttles, the trim tab controls and the joystick. The important stuff. And the driver accesses all of this from a doublewide seat that slides forward and aft and has a substantial bolster.
On test day, our 42 Cantius hit a top speed of 30.6 knots, at which point the twin 370 hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS500 diesels were turning at 3500 rpm and burning 41.5 gph. Driving it at that speed was fun. Hard-over turns resulted in a sportboat-like lean and tight circles that brought us back into our wake, which the boat handled with no trouble, splitting the sea with its deep-V entry and maintaining contact so there would be no hard landing.
Trim tabs definitely improve the Cruisers 42 Cantius’ performance and attitude. With no tabs, the bow rides a little high, but with them engaged, the holeshot was much more level and smooth. I never lost the horizon line with the tabs engaged, though my perspective from six and a half feet up might be slightly different than most operators.
Owners will find cruising at 18 knots, roughly 2800 rpm, to be easy and comfortable, but on test day we discovered better efficiency from 3050 to 3210 rpm, which yielded speeds of 22.5 and 24.4 knots respectively. Range at both speeds was 205 miles on the 300-gallon tank (with a 10 percent reserve factored in). Even at top speed, the 42’s range was right at 200 miles.
Seven years on, the Cantius line continues to evolve and mature, with a couple of first-generation models having been upgraded and replaced, including the original 48 and the 41, which the Cruisers 42 Cantius displaced. Along the way Cruisers’ designers have combined window shapes — hull and superstructure — efficient use of space, effective flow, outdoor social zones and modern propulsion systems into a package that is distinct and identifiable. In doing so, they’ve created a sport cruiser with dayboat capabilities that can easily make a run to Catalina or one of the many islands in and around Puget Sound. And at least four people can spend the weekend aboard in comfort. But which stateroom will the owners choose?
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