The 42 Cantius by Cruisers exemplifies the Oconto, Wisconsin builder’s prowess in merging bold, tasteful design and smooth performance. The first impression is one of completeness. “Each new model is designed around a full-size mock-up assembled in the plant. The process shows us how all of the boat’s features and accommodations will function in real-life conditions, under way and at the dock,” said Matt VanGrunsven, Cruisers’ marketing director. I can report that from the forward lounge area to the engine room, there is not one square inch of it that isn’t put to good use. It welcomes you aboard like an old friend.
The best way to describe this express cruiser is by calling it an all-weather boat. The exterior profile is modern with plenty of curves, hullside window glass and polished stainless steel. The cockpit is huge with 12 feet of plump L-shaped seating with stowage underneath, drink holders, table, Vitrifrigo icemaker, sink and cooler. A retractable awning provides shade and when the multi-directional sliding stainless-steel-framed glass door is open to the salon a single social space is created. Inside the salon, large opening side windows, a single pane windshield with narrow corner mullions and the power-actuated fiberglass sunroof bring in natural ventilation and a galaxy of light. A compact galley is to port.
As with many express designs, the air-conditioned master stateroom is forward. She carries the wide beam to the bow and uses the volume for a centerline queen-size bed. Headroom is 6 feet, 5 inches. The hullsides are lined with shelving for more stowage, and a pair of non-opening longitudinal portlights add function and drama to the hull styling. An overhead Bomar hatch invites natural ventilation.
Express cruisers often fall a little short when it comes to the midship stateroom, making the best out of what space is left; but not on this boat. The area is full beam and unusually bright thanks to hullside windows with opening ports for cross ventilation. Indirect lighting frames the stateroom. A 6 feet, 6 inch-long settee lines the starboard side. According to VanGrunsven, “The size and accommodations in this stateroom have a few of us at Cruisers calling this a second master.” That’s a nice problem to have for the family with children, or when guests are aboard.
Cruisers Yachts has been using Volvo Penta’s IPS system for many years and the IPS 500 engines are a great fit. As for its handling, the boat planes quickly and is responsive at every throttle setting I tried. Top speed was a hair under 30 knots. A true sweet spot was at 2750 rpm, where the boat slid along just under 18 knots. If you’re sitting in the cockpit at cruise speeds noise levels should be modest and won’t interfere with a conversation. In tight corners around the dock, the joystick controls the pods for maneuverability an eel would be envious of.
The 42 Cantius is a nice addition to the Cruisers Yachts’ fleet. Whether you’re moving up or down in the product line or just thinking about joining the Cruisers Yachts’ family, this new boat has a bright future. —Peter Frederiksen
Cruisers Yachts, 920-834-2211; cruisersyachts.com
Displ.: 30,850 lbs.
Fuel: 300 gal.
Water: 80 gal.
Std. Power: 2/370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500s
Cruise speed: 21.6 knots
Top Speed: 29.7 knots
Price (as Tested): $1,004,697