Cantius 50Cruisers Yachts continues to innovate and evolve the Cantius line

By: John Armstrong and Andy Adams
Photos: Cruisers Yachts Inc.

Almost a decade ago, Cruisers Yachts Inc., launched an entire line of express cruisers called “Cantius” (named after company owner KC Stock’s grandfather) that began with the 48Cantius then came the 54, the 60 and now the Cantius 50. In the fall of 2017, we will be at the debut of the 42 Cantius at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show.

These designs have a strong family resemblance withhandsome and distinctive linesand with a design philosophy that you could say, pioneered the new version of the express cruiser. Cruisers offered a main cabin that was fully enclosed, (there was little or no canvas to stow) and yet that offered a huge electric opening sunroof and opening side windows that could transform this cruiser into almost a breezy open runabout. But the most important feature of the Cantius line is the flat floor that makes the entire cabin and cockpit one continuous living area.

Cantius 50 2The fore deck area is quite unique and provides you with a bow rider type seating area. Also, the Cantius 50 has recessed side decks, high rails and cabin side handles for securely moving around the boat.

Air conditioning and heat make this boat comfortable in almost any weather and the sunroof can bring in the sun when you want it or shelter you from the glare when you don’t. The same is true for the big cockpit area – that’s got an electrically retractablesunshade over the entire space.

The whole layout and the details of the cabin and glass bulkhead give great convenience and the ease of quickly hauling in the power cord, stowing the fenders and casting off for a quick spin after work, or for a cruising holiday.

In fact, have some friends join you for dinner on the boat and have your own version of the movable feast.

Cantius 50 3The optional awning over the deck lounge

The success of the Cantius line lies in its convenience and the IPS drives are an important part of that. TheCantius 50 has Volvo Penta IPS 600s which are twin 435 hp diesels driving forward facing, counter-rotating prop sets on each drive with electrically controlled steering, joystick docking and frankly, impressive performance and handling.

As you come aboard the boat, you simply walk up to the substantial and beautifully made stainless steel frame door, unlock it and get ready to go. While the engines take a minute or two to warm up, you can take off the lines and using the joystick docking control, move confidently out of your slip and away from the docks.

When you arrive at the anchorage, the hydraulic swim platform can be lowered right into the water and Cruisers has designed a brilliant staircase that deploys as the platform goes down, making it simple to step back up to the boat after swimming. Also, the cockpit has a hand-held shower to rinse off after a swim in saltwater.

Cantius 50 4The full beam master stateroom is very spacious and has this convenient café lounge area on the port side.

The stern is really your teak beach and living area. Cruisers have equipped the Cantius 50 with a Kenyon electric transom grill and refreshment area. There is a wet bar in the cockpit along with lots of storage and drink holders and the test boat had the optional icemaker. Get out there and grill dinner while others relax on the big wraparound cockpit seat, or prepare food and serve drinks from the galley.

One of the most popular features of Cantius models is that theU-shaped galley is located up against the port side and aft bulkhead. The big sheet of bulkhead glass lowers electrically in seconds, making the counter a serving area. And, the chef is part of the party.

The mid cabin includes an opening portable, television and space for two adults.

The galley is really well equipped with four Vitrifrigo drawer type refrigerator freezers, big convection type microwave by Mauve as well as stovetop, large stainless steel sink and a bin for pots and pans, overhead lockers for provisions and more. You can really get a meal out on this yacht.

Just aft of the helm seat is a comfortable loveseat opposite the galley area, so you can sit and talk to the cook.

On a warm evening with the boat all opened up to the stars, you could serve dinner at thewraparound convertible dinette that’s just ahead of the galley. This has a great view out or, lower the blinds if you want privacy.

The helm is to starboard with a spacious double helm seat and big glass areas for nearly 360° visibility when running. The test boat had twin Garmin flush mount screens, tilt wheel and a footrest for comfortable standing or seated operation. The controls for the IPS are on the side console along with the joystick lever, trim tabs and the switches are all ahead within easy reach. Another unique Cantius feature is the innovative dashboard design that opens up the lower cabins below the windshield sections to bring lots of daylight in below decks.

All the cabin areas feel open and spacious.

Altogether, the Cantius 50 has three cabins and two heads for really gracious accommodations. Coming down the companionway, the day head is just to the port side and it is elegant with lots of hull side glazing for light and ventilation, a large sink in a vanity, Dometic centrifuge system MSD, medicine cabinet with mirrors and the best part, a fully enclosed shower stall with folding glass door. Very comfortable for everyone!

The VIP state room is in the bow with an island type queen berth, storage drawers below, private entrance to the day head, starboard side hanging locker, big windows and a large screen TV plus an audio system. It also has a mirrored forepeak adding to the feeling of spaciousness, an escape hatch above, hull side glazing to bring in more daylight as well as blinds for privacy, his and hers reading lights and more.

The Cantius 50 also has a mid-cabin with twin single bunks, big hanging locker, three drawers and a TV. There’s an opening porthole behind the blinds and the ship’s electrical panel is in the wall paneling.

Needless to say, the main event is the master stateroom which is full beam and includes a full rectangular island queen-size berth with a mirrored headboard, nightstands and reading lights on either side and an expanse of drawers and storage in a bureau up the starboard side that rivals what most people have at home!

On the port side, there is a charming and comfortable café lounge area where the owners can escape for quiet chat or a nap. The very large hull side windows make this area feel like it's an above decks cabin it's so bright.

The master has an en suite head with a glass door shower stall a large sink in a vanity with mirrored medicine cabinet, Dometic centrifuge system MSD, and room for lots of cosmetics and towels.

The Cantius has a large cedar lined closet, (much bigger than a hanging locker) and another great feature is the available Splendide combination washer dryer that’s built into the cabinetry here. This makes extended cruising much more comfortable. It’s bright and pleasant in the daytime but the extensive indirect lighting makes it really elegant at night.

All in all, this is a grand big yacht but wait! There’s more…

Many of the boats in this size and price range include bow cushions or recliners on the front deck, but Cruisers has gone one better with the Cantius 50.

The front deck has a wraparound seating area in the bow that has a foot well, side armrests, a foldout cocktail table and there is an optional awning that you can put up when moored to reduce the direct sun. Other boats may have a usable area here and even nice cushions but now, this looks and feels like a much more comfortable living space.

It’s like buying a yacht and getting a bow rider thrown into the bargain. I bet the kids would love the bow seating on the Cantius 50.

Cruisers Yachts Inc., continues to innovate and evolve their Cantius line and the new 50 is a great example!

SPECIFICATIONS
Engines: Volvo Penta IPS 600, twin 5.5L 6 cylinder common rail diesel engines with electronic control, 435 hp. Twin counter rotating forward-facing prop sets on IPS drives. Joystick docking and driving control.

ENGINE RPM MPH
Idle 4.2
1,500 8.7
2,000 10.7
2,400 12.8
2,600 14.8
2,800 18.0
3,000 22.5
3,200 26.8
3,500 31.8
3,630 33.3

Length Overall: 49' 5" / 15.06 m
Beam: 15' / 4.57 m
Fuel Capacity: 450 g / 1703 l
Waste Capacity: 71 g / 269 l
Water Capacity: 111 g / 420 l
Weight, Dry 36,000 lbs / 16,329 kg
Price: (as tested in US $) $1,423,814

Test boat, performance data and pricing supplied by: Cruisers Yachts Inc., www.cruisersyachts.com and Crates Lake Country Boats http://www.cratesboats.com

Destinations

  • Prev
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...
Located about half way between Shediac and the Miramichi on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast, the town ...
Suddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons.
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) invites all sailors to join a cruising rally from the ...
Long popular with New England and St. John area boaters, Passamaquoddy Bay is too often overlooked ...

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

Read more about Hilton Beach Marina....

 

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
On Thursday last week, at age 88, Bruce Kirby has been invested into the Order of Canada for his ...
The Olympic Qualification Regatta is now being held in Aarhus Denmark with unlimited entries. That ...
The demographics of sailing are changing, and more women are getting involved and are often rooted ...
Whether he’s sailing celebrities around the BVI’s or sailing an Etchell back home at his native ...
POTW input is irresistible, so this time you get a couple. And don’t forget to send your own Photo ...
After a good night’s sleep, it was a lot easier to work my way through checking into the US. I ...
This photo from a CPS member shows how talented boaters are. Brenda Cochrane from Kelowna BC, a ...
The first part of this blog will show that not every day is blue sky and sunshine in the Bahamas!
This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the ...
This new legislation from Washington State Department of Fisheries applies to boats launched in ...

 

Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

Read more about the Scarab 255 Open....

 

 

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
CYOB readers often ask questions about their boats and system. For this issue, I’ve answered a ...
Modern marine engines run at very high temperatures and rely on a few methods to keep their ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...
In the early spring, just after launch, with the hustle and bustle of engine checks, antifouling, ...
All engines, including marine engines (inboards, outboards and stern drives) have many moving parts ...
Most of us don’t give a second thought to our sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal ...
I once heard an argument at a yacht club. Two old salts, patiently itching to let go lines and ...
In this time of boat show afterglow, many boaters are counting the days until launch. 
This one-day course consists of both theory and practical demonstration sessions, is designed to ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
Stripping the antifouling paint from the bottom of a boat is physically demanding and is one of the ...
The 2019 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlights the drama and excitement of blue-water sailing, as ...
Weather nerds and boaters of all stripes will be absorbed by Bruce Kemp’s account of the monstrous ...
Canada Rope promises that its new Night Saver Rope will illuminate at night and act as a reference ...
Take a look as a 68-foot yacht docks itself in between two Volvo Ocean 65 sailing yachts at the ...
Industry Firsts Include Direct Injection and Integrated Electric Steering System
Verviers, Belgium, 18 May 2018 — Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion technology, ...
Again, we return to the beginning. We started this column with a look at marine navigation for ...
Ga-Oh (spirit of the winds in Algonquin) creates bags and other items from re-purposed sails.
The 2018 Northwest Boat Travel Guide just arrived. This time of the year is the perfect time for ...