Boat Test: 2018 Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

Boat Tested2018 Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Motor Yacht
Manufacturer Cruisers Yachts
Length43ft 2in / 13.16 m
Beam13ft 8in / 4.17 m
Max HP870
Drive TypeInboard Or Ips
Engine MakeVolvo Penta
Fuel Capacity300
By Steven Bull
Debuted for the world at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November 2017, the all-new 2018 Cruisers 42 Cantius joins the popular line and packs a surprising amount into a relatively small footprint.

The bow lounge features integrated dual loungers with a built-in, pop-up table between. The massive swim platform, which has a hydraulic option, features a grill in the centre as a standard feature and, below, there’s an optional drawer-style fridge.

The enclosed salon design has taken over the sport yacht segment in recent years, but the 42 Cantius is nearly all windows. The standard power sunroof and side vents go along with the fold-open glass doors at the aft cockpit so you don’t feel like you’re trapped inside. When closed up, climate controls and air conditioning keep the space feeling comfortable.

A galley aft design, there’s a dinette ahead on the port side and a small L-shape bench around a table behind the helm that integrates naturally with the cockpit.

The helm seat is wide enough for two and has a bolster so it can serve as a leaning post. The debut model had dual Raymarine touch screens to allow for customization of a chart, fish finder, or engine data. Thanks to the Volvo Penta IPS 500s, the 42 Cantius has joystick control for ease of piloting in tight quarters.

Down below you’ll find a rare touch on a boat this size, a full-beam stateroom in the middle of the boat. It could be the guest or master stateroom, depending on your preferences. The forward berth at the bow has four drawers under the bed, and a private ensuite.

Both heads have separate showers and ooze luxury, with rich, dark wood and high-end faucets and well-placed LED and accent lights throughout.

Getting onboard the 42 Cantius at the show was a bit of a challenge because of its popularity. I’m thinking we’ll see a lot of these, both in saltwater locales down south and all around the Great Lakes.

Twin Volvo Penta IPS 500, 370-horsepower, 5.5 L, 6-cylinder, turbo and compressor with charge air cooler, common-rail fuel injection
Length: 43 ft 2 in / 13.15 mBeam: 13 ft 8 in/ 4.16 mWeight: 26,147 lbs/ 11,860 kgFuel Capacity: 300 gals / 1,136 LWater Capacity: 80 gals / 303 LWaste Capacity: 50 gals / 189 L
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