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Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
Draft (max): 3'5"
Displacement (approx.): 29,500 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 18.5 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 10'0"
Max Cabin Headroom (when applicable): 6'6"
Fuel Capacity: 362 gal.
Max Horsepower: 870
Available Power: Twin Volvo Penta IPS diesel pod drives
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However, if you’re seeking a single-level cockpit between helm and aft lounge, your choices narrow. The field shrinks again if you require bridge clearance of less than 12 feet. And if you want a climate-controlled upper salon, separated from the cockpit by a standard hard enclosure instead of canvas, you’ve just picked your boat: Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius.
Well, maybe not so fast. Regal’s 46 Sport Coupe ($890,000 powered like our test boat) can be fitted with an optional glass enclosure for $16,750.
Still, the 45 Cantius stands out in many ways. Cruisers Yachts’ design team married the best elements of a sedan to those of an express, resulting in a cruiser unlike any currently available. The key to the layout is the hardtop, or, if you’ll excuse an old term, the deckhouse. Under its roof you’ll find the boat’s galley, upper salon and helm station. The aft bulkhead of the ’house consists of a swinging glass door and a wide half-height hinged window.
Open, these create a large flag-shaped opening, ensuring free egress between cockpit and the salon/galley/helm. It’s all on one level, from the transom lounge to the windshield. This delivers the layout of a big express boat, making it perfect for entertaining a crowd. There’s copious airflow from the retractable sunroof and the open aft bulkhead. Also, with the aft bulkhead open, you can freely communicate with those in the cockpit while at the controls. This is as great for socializing as it is for directing crew with line-handling duties while docking. Finally, a hinged door with a retainer is safer than the sliding patio doors sometimes seen aboard boats today.
The cockpit features a 2-foot-wide transom access door and steps leading to 12-inch-wide side decks that run to the bow. Grab rails are sturdy and well positioned. Going forward is safe and easy.
Cockpit amenities include a grill and refrigerator and the ability to “serve through” the opened aft bulkhead from the galley proper to the cockpit. The aft lounge converts electrically to a sun lounge, with kickstands serving to create recliners if so desired. Our tester boasted the retractable sunshade that extended to cover the entire cockpit.
Now, with the galley up instead of belowdecks, Cruisers Yachts could really go hog-wild incorporating living quarters that wow.