The engineroom is all business and shows the influence of Kanter's commercial work. The owner wanted the extra assurance of being able to reach 20 knots, so he chose a pair of 710-horsepower Caterpillar C12 diesels over the standard 525-horsepower Luggers. There is, however, little room forward of the big Cats, making some maintenance procedures difficult, and in retrospect the owner feels he would have been just as happy with the smaller engines. Hopefully, the smaller engines would also increase the vessel's range, which is about 830 nautical miles at 10 knots with the Cats.
Our sea trial on the ICW at Great Bridge, Virginia, was too far from the ocean to test the boat's seakeeping abilities. While Sunshine was prepped for stabilizers, the owner chose not to install them, and he reports that the boat's hull form is so stable, he doesn't need them. Sunshine's fast cruising speed is 18 knots, but most owners would probably run her at 10 knots, where sound levels are quiet and the fuel burn is acceptable.
As we approached the marina on this blustery fall day, I gladly gave the helm back to Manfred, Jr. He deftly used the thrusters to center Sunshine in a slip that had no more than 6 inches of clearance on each side. If by chance he misjudged the nail-biting maneuver, this robustly constructed ship, with its welded aluminum hull and stout rub rails, would have undoubtedly won the argument with the dock. The custom Kanter 56 is a strong, competitive alternative to today's production yachts.
Kanter Yachts, (619) 633-1058; www.kanteryachts.com