One of the biggest challenges in properly evaluating a boat is the lack of time onboard. Cruisers Yachts understood this and shipped out a new 41 Cantius to New England, gave us the keys, and told us to put their baby to the test for a few months. Our Staff discovered tremendous interior volume, easy handling, and just how much conversation two bar stools bolted to a swim platform can generate. Here are a few excerpts from their logs.
Things we love:
- The amidships VIP could easily serve as another master. Very comfortable and the arrangement of placing the sink in the stateroom area works well. We cruised New England with five people for five days and were more than comfortable.
- Fit and finish were well executed. Zero issues.
- The natural light in the galley area feels like a loft apartment.
- There was plenty of galley stowage for two couples for a week of cruising and the layout worked well for Marine Group VP Gary De Sanctis to cook a large Italian Sunday dinner.
- The forward sunpad with retractable backrest became the place to relax with a good book while at anchor.
- The windlass was easily raised and lowered from the helm.
- The interior styling received a lot of compliments from our dockside friends.
- Lots of fridge space.
- The engine room below the cockpit allowed for easy servicing.
- The cockpit was extremely well thought out and was the entertaining nucleus.
- A versatile cockpit table design created a comfortable dining area.
- The swim platform has everything you need for enjoying the water. Bar stools, shower, drink holders, and a beefy ladder for some beefy editors.
- Easy to cruise shorthanded thanks to the IPS Joystick, Glendinning Cablemaster, and properly placed cleats.
- The entertainment area in the saloon made feeding large groups easy.
- A cruising speed of 23 knots became the sweet spot.
- Easy-to-clean interior and exterior. Hose down and go.
- Okay, we admit it, we kind of laughed off the bar stools on the swim platform, but by the end of the summer, we were huge fans. They came out seconds after our mooring or anchor was secured.
Things we don’t:
- The back of the settee in the saloon could use a few more degrees of incline.
- No cubby around the helm for binoculars, cruising guides, and yes, those paper charts.
- Needed a few softer and adjustable reading lights in the saloon. Just too bright. Dimmers?
- The blinds covering the aft sliding door broke within the first few hours and moved constantly while underway.
- No holder for the heavy sink cover when it’s not in place, covering the sink.
- The side windows would grab your ankles on the side deck when opened if you weren’t looking.
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- Builder: Cruisers Yachts
- Model: 41 Cantius
- Year: 2012
This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.