Seamless. The word struck me when I boarded the Cruisers 54 Cantius, which is, well, seamless from bow to stern. The 54 Cantius flows smoothly from the cockpit with settee (and retractable sunshade) past the galley, which opens to the cockpit, to the entertaining area with dinette and couch, to the helm.
The galley is notable for an opening window that, with counter and stools, can serve as an alfresco bar next to a cockpit console with Kenyon grill. This makes the galley handy to the cockpit as well as the forward dinette, and the four fridge/freezer drawers don’t block any windows. A clever backsplash in the galley protects the dinette. Above the salon is a sunroof with shade, which gives owners an additional way to control the indoor-outdoor space.
A lower atrium/salon serves many purposes, like watching TV in privacy when you’re at a dock. The builder will configure this area with a settee, with bunks or with pocket doors to create a guest stateroom, if desired. The master stateroom is aft with oversize windows that make it feel airy and bright. A multi-drawer bureau fills the starboard side, and to port is a settee (or, as on our test boat, a cafe table with seats for vanity, work or a cocktail). I loved the walk-in closet because it was the size of a real one ashore. Forward is a VIP in the bow, with a split head with shower to starboard and a water closet/vanity to port. The latter compartment doubles as a day-head.
Our test 54 Cantius had twin 725 hp Volvo Penta IPS950s, but the yacht was designed with 600 hp IPS800s as standard. Our test boat topped out around 37 knots. Expect about 5 knots less on the top end with the 800s.
At either horsepower, pod drives are quiet, and the 54 is insulated with foam for even more hush. The standard equipment list includes such notables as a 20 kW Kohler genset and joystick controls.
Well-built and thoughtfully designed, the Cruisers 54 Cantius should fit into many boating lifestyles — seamlessly.