Express cruisers or coupes can be either too stuffy and confining or not protected enough. But when I stepped through the cockpit aboard the Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius on a rotten rainy day, a sliding glass wall gave entry to the completely enclosed helm deck area, and instead of feeling the effect of being in a plastic tent, I was invited to a panoramic view of the waters around me. In a few paces over the Wenge wood sole, I was at the helm, enjoying a spectacularly commanding view. A glance downward revealed a wide-open overlook to the lower salon, with galley, dual dinette tables and dinette lounge/hide-a-bed below. I turned aft and could easily make eye contact with imagined guests on the transom lounge. But for the rain on the glossy finish, I could visualize hands curled ’round frosty refreshments or steaming coffee.