A new flagship debuts
Cruisers has spent that last few years revamping its lineup of yachts, spending a lot of time and design effort on the Cantius line, which is now four models strong thanks to the introduction of the 60, the new flagship of the line. The other Cantius models are the 41, the 45 and the 48, all of which make a statement with modern styling and versatility that gives them an express feel with the amenities of an enclosed yacht. (Cruisers has done all this while also taking its Sport Series line of trailerable boats in a new direction.)
The 60 Cantius made an immediate impression on the gathered Cruisers dealers and marine press in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., as it motored under a drawbridge at about dusk all lit up like a jewel on the water. Especially striking was the amidships hull window, which itself is shaped roughly like a boat hull. A stainless steel bar bisects the window horizontally to add some visual interest. Forward of the big window are two rectangular windows that were ablaze on debut night. While the yacht makes a memorable entrance, one must step aboard to truly appreciate it.
When you walk around the Cruisers 60 Cantius at a dealer’s dock or a boat show, make sure you don’t start your tour at the bow, because you might not make it to the rest of the yacht. And the rest of the yacht is definitely worth checking out.
It’s not uncommon for a boat of this size (and even smaller) to have a big sunpad on the bow, but the 60 Cantius ups the ante. Its sunpad is actually two sun beds, each with its own adjustable reclining back. Between them is a glass hatch that lets light into the forward stateroom. Sun worshippers will find this area very much to their liking.
Just aft of the “tanning beds” is a settee with room for three or four adults to sit facing forward. Two small removable tables — whose bases conveniently slip into openings built into the vertical face of the sunpads’ perch — can be set up to hold snack plates or drinks. Up to six people can enjoy the open bow area on a beautiful day. And if they want the wind in their hair but not the sun on their face, a canopy can be deployed to cover the sunpads and the settee. It’s almost like having a flybridge. The builder may want to think about adding a helm station up there.
While the bow is what many folks will remember most about the 60, other features stand out, too. You won’t even get past the swim platform before you find the first one. The entire face of the transom unit lifts to reveal a sizeable storage area. It doesn’t swing out or lie down and get in the way; it lifts straight up to be the least intrusive it can be.
Owners with a bent for entertainment will be impressed by the next great feature: the bulkhead between the cockpit and the salon. First, it’s all stainless steel-framed glass: a full-height door and a window to port. Second, all that glass stows. The door folds to starboard where it can be secured out of the way, and the window simply goes away, lowering into the bulkhead at the push of a button. With it and the door both fully open, the salon and cockpit become one area, an area that includes a bar with two stools and a grill. Add the fact there’s a C-shaped settee with a large table in the cockpit and an awning that extends to cover the entire deck, and the party starts — or winds down — here.
Belowdecks are a couple of comforts from home that owners will appreciate. One is a coffeemaker. Big deal, right? Well, this one is in the master stateroom, built right into a housing on the bureau top, and it’s not a traditional coffeemaker. It’s a Bosch single-cup machine with a steamer and buttons and handles — I’m not a connoisseur, but I know this is top of the line. It’s right above a built-in refrigerator, for creamer, milk, juice, fruit and more. Owners don’t even have to face anyone else aboard until they’ve had their cup of Joe. There was some discussion about how many buyers will actually want the appliance there, but it will likely be appreciated by most.
For doing laundry on a longer coastal cruise, or maybe just for drying wet swimsuits, owners will like having a washer/dryer unit aboard. The single unit is tucked into a closet at the base of the steps to belowdecks, within the confines of the third stateroom.
Owners Will Love
Whether a yacht has two staterooms or double-digit staterooms, who’s it really for? Right, the owners. Cruisers’ designers did not forget this. They crafted a master stateroom that spans the yacht’s 16-foot beam, utilizes the big hull windows for natural light and serves as a getaway for the lucky couple. I’ve already mentioned the built-in coffeemaker to port. Opposite that and the rather lengthy bureau it sits atop — on the other side of the king-size berth — is what Cruisers is calling a café table with two cushioned built-in seats. The owners don’t have to risk spilling coffee in bed; they can have their go-juice at a proper table.
The en suite head has a single toilet, a double-sink vanity and a separate shower stall that has two rain-shower heads, for sharing or really spoiling oneself. The walk-in closet has built-in shelves and drawers and a hanging rod. A flat-screen TV hangs on the bulkhead at the foot of the bed.
Calling out various features as highlights isn’t meant to demean the rest of the yacht, because the entire thing is finely finished and well thought out. The main cabin is spacious, well lit — both by LEDs in the ceiling and plentiful windows — and capable of being plenty airy, thanks to a large sunroof that slides open. Such sunroofs are becoming more commonplace, and I don’t think anyone is going to complain about them, as long as they are well constructed and don’t leak. Let’s face it, any feature that turns an enclosed cabin into an open-air extension of the cockpit is a good thing.
The aft galley occupies both sides, with a countertop, overhead cabinets, a drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, and a dishwasher to starboard, and a U-shaped counter with a double sink, a stovetop, a convection microwave, another drawer-style refrigerator/freezer and more overhead cabinets to port.
Forward of the galley are two cushy settees, a sofa to starboard and a dinette-style one to port. Both are in close proximity to the dual-captain’s-chair helm, so roughly 10 people can sit and converse in comfort while underway.
Down a centerline stairway are the accommodations, three staterooms (including the aforementioned master) and two heads. The forward VIP includes a queen berth, drawer storage all around, a flat-screen TV and a hanging locker. Plus, light pours in from an overhead window and hull windows. The third stateroom — which can be optioned as a lower salon if the owner so chooses — has bunk beds, a flat-screen TV and includes the closet where the combo washer/dryer lives.
We had 18 people aboard during the sea trial, definitely a full house, but the 60 was up to the challenge. The twin Volvo IPS950 D11 diesels, with a combined 1,450 hp, pushed the 60-footer to about 39 mph at WOT, which had the diesels burning a combined 74 gph. At 32 mph, a solid cruise speed for the 60, the diesels were burning 59 gph, for a range of about 320 miles (with a 10 percent reserve).
On test day, there was the slightest lag during turning at speed, but as this was hull #1, the builder was still dialing everything in and making adjustments. Once the wheel was cranked over, the yacht reacted well and turned evenly and tight — we didn’t lose anyone overboard during the many hard-over turns the assorted journalists and dealers made during their turn at the double-seat helm. A pair of twin Raymarine MFDs occupied the dash, but there was room for another, or an owner could go with two really big MFDs to fill the space.
There wasn’t any lag with the joystick, which is situated directly forward of the engine throttles, making it easy to reach during docking, when the captain is likely to be standing for a better view all around. The Volvo pod drives performed exactly as we’ve come to expect, spinning the yacht precisely in place and walking it sideways as if it were being pushed by a tug. Tight slips and busy harbors won’t be a problem for this yacht’s skipper.
Cruisers was proud to unveil its new flagship, and it had reason to be. The dealers are the folks who have to sell the yacht to boaters, and they were impressed with the 60’s ride, its maneuverability, its layout and its overall appeal. The 60 will definitely be a harbor cruiser with élan, as the 18 people on board during the sea trial attest to — a 60-foot dayboat? — but with good planning, it would be a comfortable, safe and impressive coastal cruiser or Pacific Northwest island hopper.