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Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius (2019-)

2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500

Key Features

  • Transom bar with large utility storage
  • Cockpit L-shaped seating
  • Standard 48 quart cooler in cockpit
  • One standard cockpit table
  • Multi-directional sliding patio door
  • Foredeck chaise lounge
  • Aft galley layout
  • Large L-shaped dinette with storage
  • Doublewide adjustable helm seat with bolsters
  • Two stateroom layout

Test Results

600 4.5 3.9 0.6 8.1 7 2185 1899.6 58
1000 6.9 6 2 3.5 3 932 810 62
1250 8.2 7.1 3.3 2.5 2.2 677 588.8 65
1500 9.3 8.1 5 1.9 1.6 502 436.7 67
1750 10.3 8.9 8.2 1.3 1.1 338 293.5 73
2000 11.1 9.7 11.5 1 0.8 261 226.6 74
2200 11.8 10.2 15 0.8 0.7 212 183.9 75
2400 13.5 11.7 18.5 0.7 0.6 197 171.3 76
2600 15.9 13.8 22 0.7 0.6 195 169.7 77
2800 19.1 16.6 25.5 0.7 0.6 202 175.4 77
3000 23.4 20.3 28 0.8 0.7 226 196.2 78
3200 27.5 23.9 31.5 0.9 0.8 236 205 78
3400 30.7 26.7 33.5 0.9 0.8 247 214.8 77
3620 34 29.5 41 0.8 0.7 224 194.4 78


Length Overall 43' 2" / 13.15 m
Beam 13' 8"
Dry Weight 28,469 lbs.
12,913 kg
Tested Weight 29,537 lbs.
13,398 kg
Draft 40"
1.01 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 13' 8"
Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
1,136 L
Water Capacity 80 gal.
303 L
Total Weight 29,537 lbs.
13,398 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 6.7 sec.
0 to 30 9.4 sec. (0to20)
Ratio N/A
Props 22P
Load 2 persons, 3/8 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 68 deg., 60 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS500 diesel
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 IPS600 diesel

Captain's Report

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

The newest member of the Cruisers Yachts Cantius fleet measures 43’2” (13.15 m) with a 13’8” (4.16 m) beam.

Mission Statement

Cruisers Yachts designed the 42 Cantius to be a luxury sport cruiser with lots of room for entertaining. The cockpit, salon, and helm are all on the same level separated by a large sliding stainless steel framed door that opens wide to create a seamless space. There’s a seating area in the bow and belowdecks she sleeps four. Power is twin Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.

Distinguishing Features

  • Aft Grilling Center. The grill, sink, and other accessories are in an al fresco galley console on the transom.This is a smart location because it will keep passengers in the cockpit away from a hot grill.
  • Single-Level Design. The cockpit and salon are on the same level separated by a stainless steel and glass door that creates the feeling of a unified space when the door is opened.
  • Bow Sun Pads. The bow seating area has a pair of sun pads with backrests that tilt up to create chaise-style seating.
  • Galley Aft on Salon Deck. This arrangement lends itself better to entertaining because the cook gets to be part of the fun, while serving the salon and cockpit with ease.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius deck plan

The overall intent of the layout is to make the boat feel more spacious than others in her class.

Features Inspection

The Stern. We’re going to begin as if we are boarding at the stern. The 42 Cantius has a water-level swim platform that looks plenty deep to act as a beach for the kids to play on. An electric-hydraulic platform is an option. The al fresco galley console is on the transom, designed to be used by standing on the swim platform. It features the optional grill in the center and three covers open on gas struts when needed. The cockpit door is to port and it closes with a stainless steel gate.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius rendering

Here we see the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius' swim platform. It can be finished in synthetic teak as an option.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius wet bar

The aft wet bar can have an optional electric grill and refrigerator beneath the center cover. Note the underside of the cover is appropriately covered with a heat shield.

The Cockpit. Ascend the three steps from the swim platform into the cockpit of the 42 Cantius. It has a lounge that wraps around in an L-shape to starboard and across the transom. There’s stowage for two carry-on coolers under the outboard bottom cushions. A small table fits into a pedestal for an al fresco lunch or post-cruise cocktails. A second table and icemaker are optional, as is an awning for shade.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius cockpit

The in-deck drain between the cockpit area and salon doors prevents water from entering the boat’s salon.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius table

Cruisers Yachts trimmed the interior corner of the cockpit table to make it more comfortable for people seated on the lounge.

Moving Forward. While there are passageways and full rails on both sides of the boat, it’s easier to head to the bow on the port side; a deckhand or passenger would have to step over the cockpit-lounge backrest to use the starboard side. Rails look to be at a good height and we like the grabrails on the pilothouse. The passageways appear to be wide enough.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius bow rail

The stainless steel bowrail is installed on rugged stanchions to provide good support for deckhands.

The Bow. Following a trend that we’re seeing more, Cruisers Yachts put some extra effort into the design and execution of the foredeck. There’s a horseshoe-shaped sun pad with cushions that lay flat for group seating and sunning. The backrests can be raised to create dual forward-facing lounges. A centerline table folds up on custom hinges to enhance the area’s versatility, as does an optional sun shade. The recessed windlass can also come equipped with an optional stainless steel anchor and an anchor washdown system.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius bow

Here we see a rendering of the bow seating area on the 42 Cantius.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius boat show

The foredeck lounges and fold-up table can also be raised.

The Salon. A three-section stainless steel framed sliding door provides entry to the salon and helps create an open feel between the boat’s indoor and outdoor passenger areas. Aft to port is an L-shaped galley area with a dinette, including a table and an L-shaped lounge to starboard. Forward to port is an elevated lounge and to starboard, the helm has a two-person bench seat. The dash panel is finished in black upholstery and is fitted with two multifunction displays and a compass in the center. The steering wheel looks to be centrally positioned on the bench, which could create awkward seating positions if a person wants to sit next to the driver. Controls are traditionally positioned to starboard along the gunwale. Overhead, the sunroof can be opened to let in fresh air.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius salon table

The richly varnished finish on the salon table is indicative of the quality joinery found throughout the boat.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

Dual multifunction displays can be set up to show engine information as well as charting, sounder, and radar data as equipped.


Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius deck plan

The belowdecks area on the 42 Cantius is laid out to sleep four people in two staterooms.

Positioned just to port of the centerline and the helm station, the companionway leads belowdecks to the accommodations of the 42 Cantius. In the amidships master stateroom, the transverse berth is positioned with its head to port. There is a small lounge area and stowage to starboard. The master head is to port and comprises a separate standup shower, sink, and MSD. Forward, the second cabin has an island berth on centerline with its head forward. The head for these quarters is also the day head and includes a sink and toilet.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

Shown is the 42 Cantius' master stateroom with a plush queen size bed.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

Above is the VIP stateroom. There is also a couch (not shown in picture) in front of the bed.


Modern Techniques. Cruisers Yachts builds the 42 Cantius with resin-infusion as opposed to traditional open molding. This results in more even resin saturation with less excess and better overall strength, according to Cruisers Yachts. A vinylester barrier coat protects against water intrusion that can lead to osmotic blistering. The hull bottom, sides, and deck are cored, except in areas where thru-hull fittings are positioned. In those areas, the bottom is solid fiberglass. Stringers and bulkheads are configured to minimize unsupported areas and liners provide additional support and structural rigidity. The hull and deck attach in a shoebox-lid-style joint that is chemically sealed and mechanically fastened approximately every 3” (7.62 cm) with stainless steel hardware. All deck hardware, such as cleats and bowrail stanchions, is installed with aluminum backing plates.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius gel coat

A Cruisers Yachts technician applies gelcoat to the mold of the 42 Cantius.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius infusion

During the infusion process, hoses are positioned to introduce the resin to the laminate, ensuring proper saturation.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius construction

Here we see the stringers, transversals, and bulkheads being positioned prior to being laminated in place by hand.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius liners

This computer rendering highlights the hull liner (shown in blue), which helps add rigidity and strength to the boat’s overall structure, according to the manufacturer.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

Cruisers Yachts calls this beam a sheer shelf. It’s laminated in place near the hullside windows, and is designed to strengthen the hullsides and keep them from flexing.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius backing plate

Aluminum backing plates like this one are used to support every piece of deck hardware on the 42 Cantius.

Rigging. Cruisers Yachts pays attention to the details when it comes to rigging and finishing the 42 Cantius. All limber holes are lined with a PVC pipe. Bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum bases, fuel tanks are installed on raised mounts for proper air flow beneath them, and the engine room is finished with 2” thick composite insulation. The company makes its own electrical panels, and wire harnesses are fabricated for each model. Wires are tinned copper strand and each is individually labeled for its respective accessory with the labeled printed directly on the wire insulation, making the electrical system easier to service. Deutsch connectors are used to resist water penetration.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

The bilge pumps are mounted on aluminum plates to make maintenance easier.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius wires

Notice that each wire is labeled with the name of the accessory it serves printed right on the wire’s insulation.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius panels

Main distribution panels are made in-house out of a non-conductive polymer.

Power Choices. The 42 Cantius is available with twin Volvo Penta IPS500s rated at 370-hp each or twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS 600s.


Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

During our test, the 42 Cantius hit a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. She had a best cruise of 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm.

The Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius has a LOA of 43’2” (13.15 m), a beam of 13’8” (4.16 m), and a draft of 40” (1.01 m). With an empty weight of 28,469 lbs. (12,913 kg), 37% fuel, and two people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 29,537 lbs. (13,398 kg). Powered by twin 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500s turning 22P props, we reached a top speed of 34 mph at 3620 rpm. At that speed, we were burning 41 gph for a range of 224 statute miles.

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

She reached a time to plane of 6.7 seconds and then went up to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.

Best cruise was 30.7 mph at 3400 rpm. At that speed, the fuel burn was reduced to 33.5 gph while still holding back a 10-percent reserve. We reached time-to-plane in 6.7 seconds and accelerated to 20 mph in 9.4 seconds.


Cruisers Yachts introduced the 42 Cantius as an evolution of its retired 41 Cantius, and the company seems to have learned a thing or two from that legacy model in designing its new boat. The flow of the onboard spaces, both on the main deck from the cockpit to the helm, and on the lower deck is improved, as has the use of space and onboard stowage.

Meanwhile the hallmarks of the current Cantius lineup, including the transom galley console, sleek exterior lines, and large hullside windows, are all present in this model, the entry-level Cantius.

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