Cruisers Cantius 48 Boat Test Notes

Detailed notes from testing and reviewing the original and largest member of the Cantius family

31st December 2012.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the video: Cruisers Cantius 48: The Original Sport Cruiser

Overview: This is the original Cantius model, a first-of-the-kind boat which has set trends in modern boat design.

Concept:
-Enhance natural lighting with 360-degree glass and a huge overhead sunroof.
-Bring the natural lighting into the lower cabin, with an atrium-like overhead in the galley and lower dinette.
-Raise the deck and house slightly, allowing for maximum room and headroom in the mid-cabin.Cruisers Cantius 48 performance data

Construction:
-The boat’s structure consists of three main parts, including the hull, deck, and a single-piece liner running from the engineroom bulkhead to the anchor locker.
-Hatches and lids are RTM molded for the most strength and the least weight, most are supported by gas-assist struts, and are hinged with beefy stainless-steel.
-All mechanicals, wiring harnesses, and even individual wires are clearly marked and labeled.

Performance:
-Cruises in the mid 20’s.
-Top end breaks 33-mph.
-Rough-weather seakeeping is excellent; vibrations and water noise are minimal.

Handling:
-IPS pod drive powerplants make dockside handling a breeze.Cruisers Cantius 48 specifications
-Carves out and leans into turns like a standard deep-V.

Unique features:
-Mid-cabin stateroom feels huge, enjoys a private head with shower, and has standing headroom.
-Natural lighting in the salon is unequalled; meanwhile, the galley-down and lower dinette also enjoy the natural lighting.
-People in lower and upper cabins can easily converse, without shouting.
-Transom has walk-throughs on either side, for accessing the swim platform.

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2 thoughts on “Cruisers Cantius 48 Boat Test Notes

  1. Looks like a real nice boat, with IPS as well, I bet it handles well. We don’t see a lot of IPS units in the UK, strangely though we do have IPS parts and also rebuild the units themselves, as well as other Volvo Penta Parts on our website..

  2. Oh yes – it handled great. In fact, the marina we ran out tests out of was as tight as it gets, but IPS handling took it from nerve-wracking to never-mind. I’m surprised you folks aren’t seeing a lot of them on your side of the pond.

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