John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
NOVEMBER 2011
 
   
LOA (w/swim platform)   48' 6"
Beam  14' 6" Bridge Clearance 12' 6"
Draft   3' 6" Displacement 32,700lbs
Fuel  400 gal Water 80 gal
Base Price $960,110
Sale Price
(Grande Yachts)
 $899,900


I have to admit that I am a sucker for pilothouse boats. Having delivered many boats over the years, I can't tell you how much being in a well designed pilot house improves the overall experience. Having protection from direct sun, wind, and spray cuts down on operator fatigue and significantly enhances your time on the water, even on beautiful days. It also can extend your boating season and allows you to enjoy days that are too hot, too cold or threatening to rain.

I got to try the Cruisers 48 Cantius with Greg Cohen from Grande Yachts in Grasonville Maryland. The 48 Cantius offers an enclosed-bridge pilot design that does many things well. Unlike many enclosed-bridge boats, the Cantius does not look boxy or too tall for her length. She maintains a sleek look, and the designers have done a good job of integrating the interior flow from one space to another. The bridge area is not only where you drive the boat, it doubles as the saloon and blends seamlessly into the cockpit area which is on the same level. The bridge is surrounded by large windows, a huge opening sunroof and sliding glass doors aft which give the illusion of being outside.

To port there is a settee and table. On the starboard side, the helm seat has a flip up bolster so the skipper can sit, stand or lean. Visibility from the helm is very good. Aft on the starboard side is a wet bar. A large companionway is forward on the centerline and leads down a few steps to the galley and another saloon. The area forward of the helm is also open which gives the galley a "cathedral ceiling" feel and allows for easy communication between people in the galley and those on the bridge level.

The galley is complete and well equipped. Full-sized stainless steel appliances, solid surface counter tops and plenty of storage make the galley functional as well as stylish.

For sleeping accommodations, the Cantius offers two master staterooms, each with a walk around centerline queen bed and ensuite head and shower. One stateroom is forward and one is amidships aft of the down galley and saloon.

The cockpit offers seating aft; a transom door leads to a swim platform so large that you could call it the back porch. Opening the sliding glass doors on a nice day merges the cockpit and bridge into one large area that would be ideal for entertaining guests or just enjoying the weather.

The interior design of the Cantius makes her very comfortable at the dock or at anchor. But she is equally capable underway. She is equipped with Volvo Penta Diesels and the IPS pod drive system. It was a breeze to ease this boat out of what would have been a very difficult slip. With just a twist of the joystick, she twisted her way around the pilings and out into the fairway. Out in the open, she drives like a much smaller boat. The 48 was quick and tight in her turns.

All in all the Cruisers 48 Cantius is a boat that feels like a much larger boat when you are at the dock but feels like a sport boat when you are driving her. She incorporates modern styling with smart use of space and capable handling, which makes her ideal for two couples on a weekend getaway or for entertaining larger groups.