Building on the success of the Cantius line (41, 45 and 48), Cruisers Yachts' new 60 Cantius incorporates all of the successful aspects of the smaller vessels into a motor yacht-sized express that looks to be at least the equal of any boat we see currently on the market.
Accommodations -- For Genteel Cruising Only
For yachtsmen (and yachtswomen) who plan a regular two to three week cruise each summer, there's nothing quite so enjoyable as sharing experiences on the water with another couple or with the whole family. In many cases, that means a grown family, maybe even one with grandchildren. Obviously, when sharing a cruise with another couple, issues of privacy are of more importance than with family, so let's discuss that first.
The Second Couple. Most veteran cruising boaters that we know recommend two-couple cruising, rather than shoe-horning three or four couples on a boat (unless they are all family). It is in this configuration that most large motoryachts offer the most private and comfortable surroundings -- 100'+ mega yachts notwithstanding. The designers at Cruisers Yachts know that and have created an accommodations plan in the 60 Cantius that maximizes room, comfort and privacy for two couples. By placing the VIP stateroom at the opposite end of the boat, and by separating it from the master by two or three bulkheads, the builder has maximized both sound and distance privacy.
The two staterooms are separated by a common area below deck that includes the companionway to the main deck and an atrium that is 14' (4.27 m) high and through which light pours. But there is more…
The VIP Stateroom
The VIP stateroom not only has a large head with a separate shower stall, but it also has a walk-in closet, something we rarely see even on far larger boats in the second stateroom. The island queen berth is not jammed up into the bow as we often see builders do in order to cram more "living area" into a small space, but rather is placed further aft. This allows the headboard to be almost full width, with only a minor concession.
The head has been carefully designed to not only provide a large shower stall for the most portly of gentlemen but also separate the toilet from the sink. The sink also has generous side counters. The teak and holly treatment on the deck in the head is Amtico for durability and low maintenance. All faucets and plumbing fixtures in the head are of Cressi, made in Italy. The faucets have LED lights that are activated by hot and cold water.
The Master Stateroom
The master stateroom is full-beam and contains a household-size king-size bed, something that is not always possible in boats even of this size. Also, there is full-standing headroom throughout this cabin and the builder has not had to resort to dropping the deck between the stringers in order to provide that. As a result, the entire master cabin deck is on one level.
A café table and two facing seats are installed to starboard which makes a cozy place for morning coffee or celebrating with a glass of champagne in the evening. Opposite is a chest of drawers large enough for his and her clothes for a circumnavigation. Forward of that is a household size closet/hanging locker that is over 6' long. The head is forward and features a double sink and a double shower stall as well.
Lower Salon or Third Stateroom
The standard 60 Cantius design has a lower salon with a starboard sofa that is over 7' long. It is an ideal place for guests to relax late at night talking into the wee hours without disturbing their spouses. To the port side there is a long credenza that can house all manner of optional equipment, including an icemaker and under-counter refrigerator, or a wine cellar.
Serving Double-Duty. It is not often that boaters go distance cruising with three couples and that is why there are only two staterooms in the standard version. But occasionally an owner's grown children or grand children will want to come along, even if for only a long weekend. In that case, the settee performs admirably in convertible mode, forming a double bed. By designing the boat this way, Cruisers Yachts has created a space that will be used 85% of the time for entertaining and relaxing, and 15% of the time for sleeping.
Cruisers Yachts knows its customers quite well and has based the standard accommodations plan on feedback it has gotten from its owners ready to move up. As we said this boat is designed on the main deck for entertaining, and below decks for comfortable two-couple or family cruising. However, there are many boats on the market this size with three private cabins in this size range.
Different Strokes. For that reason, we suspect that the builder will be accommodating to customers who want a private third cabin. Further, that space can be used for other things as well. For example, it could be an on-board office, laundry room, nanny's room with Pullman, or possibly even a galley down. Depending on the builder's flexibility and the buyer's checkbook, possibly the boat could be slightly modified to incorporate a wet head in the space currently used for the VIP walk-in closet.
A Premier Entertainment Platform
Cruisers Yachts is going head-to-head with any boat on the market in class and by using the whole main deck for full entertaining possibilities -- not just a giant sun pad -- it has leap-frogged most boats this size which is getting a little long in the tooth, function-wise. The market for this size boat has moved on from the giant sportboat style that we saw emanating from Europe for the last decade and has moved up to more functional amenities. These amenities are directed almost exclusively toward utilizing the whole main deck for entertaining in several venues.
On the new 60 Cantius there are no fewer than five entertaining venues --
1) The graceful bow with reverse crescent seating, port and starboard sun lounges, and room for two tables for cocktails. Heretofore, this has been the domain of two pads for sunning. But those days are over. Now Cruisers Yachts is using the space in a creative manner for cocktails, dining, or just sight-seeing while underway in appropriate conditions. At anchor, it will be the most popular place for some guests who like to feel a gentle breeze.
2) A large salon amidships with a U-shaped settee with a large sofa opposite that can easily seat six to eight people for cocktails. In formal dinner mode, the table rises and two leaves fold out providing the most generous seating for six people we have seen in class. No need to un-stow folding chairs, but if one does, this table will seat eight.
3) The galley is aft, and just as we have seen in the smaller Cantius models, Cruisers Yachts has once again created an outdoor bar with stools at the aft bulkhead with a window opening to the galley. It reminds us of a cozy snack bar at the local yacht club. Inside, opposite the U-shaped food-prep area of the galley is a counter to starboard that can be used as a side table for beverages, ice and hors d'oeuvres during a cocktail party. The passageway is wide from the aft deck to the salon, allowing guests to mix and mingle freely and pass each other two abreast.
4) We find a U-shaped dinette on the raised aft deck -- not to be confused with a cockpit found on smaller, lesser boats -- that is large enough for six people without adding folding chairs inboard. This venue like the rest of the boat is large and open. A console to starboard, nestled in the boat's sweeping superstructure can hold a refrigerator and icemaker.
5) The stern platform is the fifth entertaining venue when anchored and we suspect that it will be popular with the men among the guests. Here they can greet guests arriving in their tenders and help them aboard to what amounts to the 60 Cantius' own personal dock. With its retractable sunshade, it is also a place where the BBQ cooks show off their expertise, making the deck an outdoor "patio" of sorts, with water lapping underneath. Some might even partake of a well-earned cigar here -- if it is allowed.
Our test boat had the optional hydraulically activated swim platform. With its fold away boarding ladder. This is not only a good way to get swimmers in and out of the water, but would also work well with a set of chocks attached and a tender or a PWC mounted on the platform.
Performance and Handling
The Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius has a displacement of 52,500 lbs. (23,814 kg). With crew, gear, and fuel ECT, we tested her at 55,070 lbs. (24,979 kg). She has two Diesel Volvo Penta 725-hp main engines sending power to the IPS950 pod drives turning T4 props. Her bottom was designed by Donald L. Blount Associates, one of the world's premier powerboat designers, and the expert on hulls powered by the IPS drives.
With the throttles on the pins she goes 39.0 mpg, burns 72.50 gph and has a range of 157 statute miles.
Based on our test numbers, the best cruise is between 1750 to 2000 rpms, achieving 26 mph at 2000 rpms with a range of 175 miles. If one really wants to extend the range, running at 1000 rpms at 10.6 mph will enable 392 statute miles on a full tank of fuel.
The 60 Cantius quickly responded to command inputs. The wheel responded as expected. Turns are fairly tight for a boat of this size which has an IPS. The boat achieves plane in 7.6 seconds. We simulated rough water using our chase boats wake. Hitting a 2' wave at full speed produced some bumps but still handled well with no loss of control.
Docking was tested with the IPS950 joystick controller. We brought her into the docks bow first, and in tight quarters turned the boat 180-degrees and went into the slip stern in. Both spinning and sideward motion uses more engine RPM than expected but achieved the desired results. Once calibrated to the amount of power required to make these maneuvers, the system performed remarkably well.
Of course, there is much, much more to this boat than her entertaining possibilities, cruising amenities, and her good performance. Our first take on this yacht is not only is she intended for entertaining but just as important, she is designed to make guests comfortable by not trying to squeeze too much into a small space. Rather, all spaces seem to be open and robust. With her exterior design by Italian Patrizio Facheris, interior by Luiz deBasto, and bottom by Blout and Associates, the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius has all of the best features and design available today.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius (2015-) is 39.0 mph (62.8 kph), burning 72.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 274.41 liters per hour (lph).
Standard and Optional Features
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