From the wide swim platform that doubles as a patio for the grill station built into the transom, to the bow seating/lounging area, the layout of the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius is designed for comfort and entertaining. Below decks, the full-beam master stateroom with private, en-suite head and guest stateroom with private entry to the day-head ensures those staying onboard have privacy. Cruisers Yachts designers’ choices of materials, palette, and textures create a rich, elegant feel throughout the interior.The boat is powered with twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 with pod drives with joystick.
- Opening side windows at the helm and dinette
- Large opening sunroof
- Flexible door in the galley-to-cockpit glass partition
- Transom with flexible storage and grill built in
- Large hull-side windows
- Innovative cockpit sunshade
- Innovative forward seating sunshade
- Full-beam master stateroom
- Well organized and labeled machinery space
- Large, hydraulically lowering swim platform with integrated steps
|Length Overall||46' 5'' / 14.15|
4.47 m (max)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.9 sec.|
|0 to 30||21.8 sec.|
|Load||2 persons, 5/6 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||68 deg., 56 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: <1|
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
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The new Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius reflects Cruisers Yachts’ understanding of the way people use a coupe-style boat in this range, which is to say that she is designed as a day boat for entertaining, and as a comfortable, luxurious yacht for two-couple cruising.
- Interior Decor. Cruisers Yachts choice and application of interior materials, wood, upholstery, fabrics, metal accents, and palette create a feeling of opulence and class.
- Accommodations Layout. This yacht was designed for cruising by two adult couples in genteel privacy. Both the master and the VIP cabin have large beds, lots of deck space, and large heads with walk-in shower stalls. The builder has not tried to cram three cabins in as most builders do.
- Forward Seating. The flexible forward seating allows for a group to be seated or converts to side-by-side loungers with a solid wood table that deploys from under the center seat.
- Aft Glass Bulkhead. The stainless steel framed glass bulkhead has an opening door and the three panels collapse to open the galley and salon to the outside.
- Transom Storage. The transom features storage that can accommodate fenders, lines, lifejackets, hoses and has a freshwater spigot and shore power connection.
- Transom Grill. The starboard side of the transom has a smokeless grill under a cover that acts as a backsplash when open.
- Large Hull-Side Window. The large hullside windows allow daylight into the staterooms and provide views outside.
- Optional Hydraulically Lowering Swim Platform. Full beam, 4’5” (1.35 m) deep swim platform that can launch the ship’s tender and act as a beach. Integrated stairs automatically deploy as the platform lowers. This is optional, but we recommend it for anyone considering cruising as it is the best place to stow the tender.
The Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius has a length overall of 46’5” (14.15 m), a beam of 14’6” (4.42 m), and a draft of 42” (1.07 m). With an empty weight of 32,200 lbs. (14,606 kg), 87% fuel, and three persons onboard, the estimated test weight was 34,677 lbs. (15,729 kg).
With twin 435-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600 with pod drive turning counter-rotating propellers spooled up to 3610 rpm, a top speed of 35.6 mph (31.0 knots) was recorded. With the engine brought back to 20 mph (17.4 knots) cruise, the 46 Cantius was burning 27 gph (102 lph) that produced a range of 250 statute miles (220 nautical miles).
Displacement Speeds. Dropping the speed even more, naturally produced a significant increase in range. Dropping to 10.1 mph (8.7 knots), the range increased to 571 statute miles (486.8 nautical miles).
There were not any significant sea conditions during our test, which meant the 46 Cantius was not tested in rough water conditions. However, the 46 Cantius performed well driving through the wake of the photo-boat with the chines extending forward, forming a spray barrier that sent water out low, presenting a dry ride.
The pod drives of the Volvo Penta IPS600s does not present exhilarating high-speed cornering on any boat. That means it is nearly impossible for the skipper to get heavy-handed and throw the boat into an unsafe high-speed turn. Guests and family will appreciate this detail. Likewise, firewall starts are also gentler than what might be possible on non-IPS power yachts. The performance is dialed to give the operator confidence and control and the passengers a relaxed, assured feeling.
With the Volvo Penta IPS600, the pods can vector to allow the 46 Cantius to virtually move in any direction at any attitude when operating at low speeds. Close in maneuvering and docking is stress-free using the systems joystick when it is properly calibrated. Every boat model must be individually calibrated by Volvo techs or trained builder personnel.
Joystick Operation. Moving the joystick forward, back or side to side makes the boat move in the chosen direction. Twisting the joystick, left or right, changes the attitude of the boat. It is an intuitive system that is easy to learn. Some systems are slower than others, or may have a delay before engaging. This characteristic can take some getting used to, and in tight confines with a crosscurrent the operator must definitely plan ahead.
The full-beam swim platform extends out 4’5” (1.35 m) from the transom and provides an ideal boarding area when secured to a floating dock. There are stairs on the starboard side that deploy when the platform is lowered. The re-boarding ladder is under a deck hatch cover and is deployable from in the water.
Cruisers Yachts built into the transom a storage area that provides space to store lines, fenders, hoses, and cleaning materials that are convenient to those who need them. The storage can be accessed from the lid on top or from hatches in the transom. On the starboard side of the transom storage is a grilling station.
Cruisers Yachts cleanly arranged the cockpit or aft deck with L-shaped seating that spans the length of the transom with forward facing bench seating and extends the length of the port side with inboard facing bench seating. This arrangement maximizes seating while leaving egress from the swim platform restricted to the starboard steps. There are steps on the port side that lead to the side deck on the port side. There is 6’8” (2.03 m) of freeboard at the forward end of the cockpit.
The safety gate is just one example of Cruisers Yachts attention to detail with fit-and-finish that reflects quality. All of the stainless steel shows high quality and welds are buffed smooth to eliminate unnecessary corrosion.
Leading forward are side decks both on the starboard and port side of the vessel. There is 17” (.43 m) from the superstructure to the safety rail which is 26” (.66 m) above the deck. There is a 5” (.13 m) step up at midships. The foot well is 8” (.20 m) wide and there is a 5” toe rail, making walking on the side decks secure.
The U-shaped forward seating on the 46 Cantius demonstrates that Cruisers Yachts understands how their owners use their boats. They designed the seating in a U-shape so that a group can sit and have a conversation or a cocktail party. They can be converted so two can use them as a lounge for sun bathing.
The foredeck has 10” (.25 m) stainless steel cleats port and starboard, and an anchor locker that leads to the through the stem stainless steel anchor. The windlass has pedal switches or can be remotely actuated from the helm. The test boat came with an optional freshwater anchor washdown system located inside the anchor locker. There is 7’4” (2.24 m) of freeboard at the bow.
The coupe has an aft glass bulkhead in three panels. The center panel opens like a swinging door, giving easy access to the galley/salon area inside. Additionally, all three panels can slide to the port side creating a 5’4” (1.63 m) wide opening, making the cockpit and galley/salon areas open to the cockpit for socializing.
The galley on the 46 Cantius is between the cockpit and the dinette and salon seating, making it central to entertaining both inside and outside. Solid surface countertops on the port side form an L-shape and there is a smaller countertop on the starboard side above the refrigerator/freezer. Above the port and starboard counters is cupboard storage. There is 6’6” (1.98 m) of headroom throughout the galley and salon area. Amtico decking is used throughout the galley, salon, dinette, and helm area.
Cruisers Yachts located the salon and dinette area forward of the galley on the 46 Cantius. Placing a settee on the starboard side behind the helm and a dinette that doubles as a double-berth on the port side. This arrangement of the available space maximizes inside social space for dining or simply entertaining while still maintaining a full galley.
Dinette. The test boat had a solid wood dining table. Cruisers Yachts is working on a design that will allow the table to convert the dinette into a third berth. Future 46 Cantius yachts will have this feature.
The helm station is a well-executed amalgamation of anti-glare materials, woods, cloth, metals, Lexan, and carbon fiber. All controls, switches, and touchscreens are arranged logically and within easy reach.
Engine Controls. Cruisers Yachts placed all of the engine controls along an armrest. The engine start/stop switches are under the system switch panel, directly in front of the engine controls. The trim tabs are mounted directly behind. Further back is the joystick control for close in maneuvering. Behind the joystick is a Garmin display controller and a stainless steel drink holder.
The VIP Stateroom
Cruisers Yachts used an appealing palette of colors and textures to make the guest stateroom inviting. The hull-side windows and overhead hatch bring in light and water elements. Wood frames the windows with stainless steel accented fabric. A mirror serves as the headboard and reading lights are to port and starboard. Dual hanging lockers and under the berth drawer storage allow for extended stays aboard. Private access to the day head should give guests a feeling of comfort and privacy.
Both the stateroom and the head have a bit more deck space than we often see on boats this size that try to cram three cabins into a similar sized space.
With an entrance from the companionway and a private entrance from the VIP guest stateroom, the day head serves dual purposes.
The full-beam master stateroom has large windows port and starboard, letting lots of light and fresh air into the space. The starboard side bureau, cabinets, and hanging lockers provide storage for extended stays aboard. Entering the master stateroom, there is 6’3” (1.91 m) headroom which drops down to 5’6” (1.67 m) in the mid cabin and 4’10” (1.47 m) further aft.
The en-suite master bath is private and offers a separate shower enclosure. The vessel sink and stainless steel faucet are mounted on a vanity with storage.
The machinery space is brightly lit and well organized with all cable and hoses labeled. Day check ports and gauges are easily accessed. The machinery space is well insulated creating only 64.8 decibels of sound at the helm station.
Cruisers Yachts offer a five-year limited structural warranty, three-year limited blister warranty and one-year limited components warranty.
Options to Consider
- Hydraulic operated swim platform
- Electrically actuated cockpit sunshade awning
- Manual forward seating area sunshade awning
- Anchor washdown system
- Cockpit washdown system
- Transom grill
- Transom refrigerator
- Cockpit refrigerator
- Cockpit icemaker
While the 46 Cantius is Euro-styled, she is designed for American ergonomics and ruggedly constructed. For example, her low-rake one-piece windshield reminds us of many European express boats – virtually of which have such low overheads at the helm that the captain can’t stand at the helm, and if he can, he has to bend over to see out. This is not the case with the 46 Cantius, which has a 6’6” (1.98 m) overhead clearance at the helm.
In profile the 46 Cantius looks robust – and she is. Cruisers Yachts knows its buyers have no interest in a crawl-in mid cabin which some 40-something express cruisers have. While lots of things scale, the human body does not. There is no way to provide headroom for 6’+ owners and guests other than to go up. That is why the dinette is up two rather high steps.
The all-glass aft bulkhead is unusual and is a culmination of a long quest by Cruisers Yachts to “bring the outside in.” It opens up the interior and creates one large area that encompasses the cockpit, galley, and dinette for entertaining and easy flow of guests in and out. As mentioned before, we recommend the hydraulic swim platform because it adds such utility to the boat. When grilling it becomes another gathering spot.
In our opinion, the best feature of all of the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius are the two, large and private staterooms with en suites. There is no better way to make a guest couple comfortable on a cruise then give them space – and a private head with separate shower. The VIP on this boat is one of the best we have seen in class.