Review: Cruisers 41 Cantius – Quimby's Cruising Guide

Review: Cruisers 41 Cantius

When Cruisers Yachts launched its 48 Cantius in 2011, the boat broke new ground for the Midwest builder. It was the company’s first model to combine the climate-controlled comfort of a sedan bridge with the sporty handling of an express cruiser. The hybrid drew great reviews and happy new owners. Now, on the heels of that model’s success, comes the latest addition to the Cantius line. The 41 is a smaller and less expensive version of her big sister, but she has the same robust genes.

Most notable about the Cantius is the deck layout, which is designed with three entertaining areas that are separate but seamlessly connected. The most unique space of the three is on the swim platform, where two swiveling stools are beside a fiberglass module that serves as a cocktail table or buffet for food. From the stools, you can enjoy the water view aft or turn to face guests in the cockpit, where there are plush lounges, a wet bar and barbecue. It’s also possible to see farther forward to the enclosed bridge, which is separated from the cockpit by sliding glass doors. You’ll want to keep those doors open on good weather days; by doing so, you’ll draw a breeze into the cabin and also make it effortless for passengers to move from one space to the next.

The enclosed bridge defines the 41 Cantius as a versatile cruiser. Thanks to this protected area—and its reverse-cycle air conditioning system—you can extend your cruising season by weeks, possibly months. If you’re accustomed to running an express-style boat with an open bridge, you might wonder if the Cantius feels confining on a summer day. Not by a long shot. In addition to the glass doors aft, there’s a sunroof and opening section in the windshield so you can always breathe deep. In addition, this bridge is surrounded on all sides by large windows that make passengers feel as if they’re part of the outdoors even if they’re protected from it. The glazing also makes for great visibility from the starboard-side helm.

The captain will take delight in piloting this nimble cruiser. The 41 Cantius was designed around Volvo’s IPS propulsion, so it’s both fuel efficient and highly maneuverable, particularly around docks and especially when wind and current are at odds. The 41 comes standard with 370-hp Volvo D6 diesels that produce a top-end speed near 35 knots and a cruise speed near 24 knots. At cruise, the Cantius will burn about 24 gph for a range close to 269 nautical miles.

The 41 is designed to entertain up to 12 guests by day. For overnighting, there are two private cabins and two heads below. In addition to the owner’s suite with queen-size berth, a guest cabin has two single bunks that convert to a queen with a filler. This guest space also has a vanity with sink and mirror that is separate from the head compartment with shower. That’s a nice arrangement for a couple, although children will be more than happy here, too.

The galley is also on the accommodations level, and it’s unique because it’s located just below the windshield. As a result, it’s a bright space and unlike the shadowy food-prep areas found on more traditional boats. Then again, the 41 Cantius isn’t conventional. With its modern propulsion, efficient floor plan and crowd-pleasing entertainment features, it’s the next generation of cruising machines.


LOA: 42 feet, 8 inches

Beam: 13 feet

Draft: 3 feet, 9 inches

Weight: 25,000 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 300 gallons

Water Capacity: 75 gallons

Base Price: NA

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