By Jeff Hemmel | July 2023
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The roots of Cruisers Yachts date back to 1904 and the Thompson Bros. Boat Manufacturing Company. Builders of iconic lapstrake boats, by the 1950s a second generation of the Thompson family would begin building outboard-powered, wood lapstrake cabin cruisers under the Cruisers Inc. name. Cruisers saw multiple owners over the ensuing decades, before developing the first of their modern yacht lineup, the 48 Cantius, in 2011. Defined by its premium comfort and livability, the Cantius series would ultimately expand to boats from 34’ – 60’. The GLS line, designed with an eye toward excitement and performance, would be added in 2019 and do likewise, and now includes models from 34’ – 50’. In 2021, MarineMax acquired the company to add premium, American-built yachts to its portfolio. Today, Cruisers Yachts continues to be built in the brand’s original home state of Wisconsin by a knowledgeable workforce, some of whom are fourth-generation boatbuilders.
Cruisers Yachts are divided into two distinct series, the luxurious and spacious 34’ – 60’ Cantius lineup and the sporty and aggressive 34’ – 50’ GLS models.
|Express Cruisers; Flybridge Cruiser; Dayboats
|Cantius express cruisers and flybridge in lengths from 34’ - 60’; GLS dayboats from 34’ - 50’
|Recreational cruising, offshore cruising, entertaining, overnighting
Cruisers Yachts produces two distinct lines, Cantius express cruisers and flybridge model from 34’ – 60’ and GLS dayboats from 34’ – 50’.
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Cruisers Yachts offerings are divided into the Cantius and GLS series. Cantius models are known for their exceptional interior volume and include the 60 Fly, 60 Cantius, 50 Cantius, 46 Cantius, 42 Cantius, and 39 EC. GLS models target the midrange, luxury yacht market with fast, agile models including the 50 GLS, 42 GLS OB, 42 GLS I/O, 38 GLS OB, 38 GLS I/O, 34 GLS OB, and 34 GLS I/O.
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Like any boat, basic maintenance, including washing and waxing the fiberglass hull, keeping compartments clean and dry, and cleaning and using protectant on vinyl surfaces will keep a Cruisers Yacht looking and performing like new for years to come. Boats left in the water should have hulls cleaned yearly to remove marine growth; anti-fouling paint on submerged areas of the hull should also be applied. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, including yearly engine service, to ensure reliable, safe operation. Factory-recommended service should be performed at an authorized Cruisers Yachts dealer.
All models produced by Cruisers Yachts can be used for family outings and overnights.
Cantius models stand out for their emphasis on comfort and space, and include multiple cabins, full-featured head compartments, and galley amenities including sinks, prep space, multiple cooking appliances, and refrigerators.
Though GLS models place more of an emphasis on performance, they also include multiple cabin options, head compartments and galleys, all of which combine for comfortable days and nights on the water with family or friends.
MarineMax, one of the largest and most recognizable retailers in the marine industry, acquired Cruisers Yachts in 2021 to fill a gap in their existing brand lineup. Cruisers Yachts will maintain its existing dealer network and be offered in select MarineMax locations.