Reviewed by Richard Crowder
The new 45 Cantius is one of ten models of Cruisers Yachts for 2013 ranging from thirty-one to fifty-four feet, and new for this year, Cruisers Yachts has added a brand new ten-model Cruisers Sport Series to its lineup which brings its total model offerings to twenty ranging from twenty-two feet through to its flagship 540 SC. Now you can shop Cruisers Yachts for bowriders, deck boats, cuddy cabins and mid-cabins as well as its range of express cruisers, motoryachts, and sedans.
In Cruisers’ words, “The breathtaking new 45 Cantius is the epitome of open concept living, with free-flowing spaces that encourage interaction among your guests and invites the outdoors inside.”
The “free-flowing spaces” begin with the expansive, well equipped cockpit that comes standard with L-shaped lounge seating, carpeting, two removable tables, ice chest, and optional grill and refrigerator. The transom portion of the lounge seat converts to a multi-position sun lounge with fore and aft bolsters. One of the more revolutionary features of the 45 Cantius is Cruisers Yachts, “Pioneering actuated sunshade system. With merely the push of a button, the fashion-forward shade automatically extends 6’ from the hardtop to provide cover for the entire cockpit lounge area. It can be utilized while entertaining at the dock or cruising to your favorite spot, and virtually disappears back into the hardtop when not in use.”
One small step up from the cockpit and through a starboard side polished stainless steel framed glass door gets you into the bright, open salon. Immediately to port is an L-shaped galley and above the aft portion of the galley counter is a huge, hinged, swing-up polished stainless steel framed window that, when open, and when the entry door is open, opens up the entire salon to the cockpit for fresh air and conversation. With the galley located in this aft portion of the salon, meal, snacks, or refreshment preparation is conveniently accomplished in the centre of the entertainment area between the salon and cockpit seating areas. The galley comes standard with synthetic wood flooring, combination microwave/convection oven, 2-burner electric stove, refrigerator/freezer, slide out drawer-type liquor cabinet, and a 32” flatscreen TV/DVD. The salon stereo is a satellite adaptable AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod® with two speakers and helm remote.
Opposite the galley on the starboard side is a double sofa. Forward of this is the raised helm station featuring a double-wide fore and aft adjustable helm seat. Opposite to starboard is a family sized U-shaped dinette. In the fiberglass hardtop above this area is an electric sliding sunroof plus skylights. The straightforward layout of the helm features Fly-by-Wire electronic steering and Joystick control of your choice of twin Volvo diesel IPS 500 (375 hp) or 600 (435 hp) engines. Volvo digital diesel instrumentation and diagnostics comes with the package. Lots of room is provided for two large screen navigation displays. Windscreen defoggers are standard as is a 40,000 BTU air conditioning/heating system, 13 kW diesel generator, anchor & windlass, trim tabs, and a Glendinning power actuated shore power cord release and retractor.
Centred between the helm and the dinette, a companionway leads down a few steps and forward through a privacy door to the master stateroom with its own private head. As Cruisers Yachts says, “Inner spring mattresses are out. All of our mattresses are now constructed from high density memory foam - the same kind of material utilized for the popular Tempur-Pedic Mattresses advertised on television.” This relates to the centred raised queen berth in the master. In here are two cedar lined closets, indirect lighting and lots of storage plus almost full length hullside windows for natural lighting. The starboard side private master head offers 6’4” headroom in the separate glass-doored shower stall, centrifuge toilet, and “euro-styled” fixtures.
To port is a day head with integrated shower and aft of this is a built-in washer/dryer combo followed by an “entertainment hideaway” followed by the aft guest stateroom with queen berth and “separated from the entertainment area by a stylish privacy wall.” “The entertainment hideaway is designed for socializing and movie nights with a port side settee, side lounger seats with footrests that convert to an additional sleeper, an iPod port with remote, and a pivoting TV for viewing from virtually anywhere in the room.”
To sum up, in Cruisers Yachts own words, “With the smooth integration of lavish indoor spaces and the great outdoors, the remarkable new 45 Cantius offers a seamless flow that feels refreshingly unlike any other on-water lifestyle. With spacious entertaining areas, a full glass enclosure and unprecedented sightlines, the 45 expands your experience beyond the horizon.”
|Length:||45' 0"||13.7 m|
|Beam:||14' 6"||4.3 m|
|Draft:||3' 5"||1 m|
|Dry weight:||29,500 lbs||13,381 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||362 US gals||1,370 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||T-Volvo Diesel 500 IPS|