A bona fide test drive of the 60 Cantius by Cruisers Yachts should include you and your spouse and your two best friends—ready for a weekend cruise—plus a couple dozen friends and relations to drink to your health at a dockside bon voyage party. Yes, the 60 Cantius is a good-looking two-couple weekender, and it’s also laid out with more than enough social space to make you the consummate host.

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On our test run of the biggest Cantius yet, we did something different. We filmed a video review, and proved in the process that there was plenty of room to fit a large production crew and their equipment, as well.

Design Shifts


The Cruisers Yachts' designers made some clear decisions at the outset with this model. First of all, they gave it a distinctively different styling from the previous Cantius models. The reverse sheer of the deck line combines nicely with the curves of the cabinhouse to create a more modern, Euro-style look. Note, future Cantius models will likely follow this pattern.

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The all-new 2016 Cruisers 60 Cantius has a look unique among the Cruisers' fleet - for now.



Beneath that, the boat was laid out with a few clear American intentions. First, this would be an owner-driven boat, with no sleeping accommodation needed for a captain. Second, the owner could do without a large dinghy garage in the transom. Third, a pair of Volvo IPS pod drives would make handling this boat easier and would be set as far aft as possible.

In exchange, the belowdecks quarters became remarkably spacious, with a huge amidships master stateroom and a large VIP stateroom in the bow. In between, the two cabins are separated by a well-lit atrium and an area to starboard that can fit a small cabin with bunks or a quiet lounge area, instead.

By contrast, the main deck is chock full of abutting spaces for cooking, dining, sunbathing, swimming, even running the vessel. An ample stern platform connects with a great cockpit featuring an informal dining area that can be converted to a sun pad. That's just aft of a grill and bar area that readily chats up the cook or bartender when the galley window is open.

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Designed for easy socializing, the galley, helm, saloon, and cockpit are all on a single-level deck.



The galley is at the aft end of the main saloon, close by the more formal lounge and dining area. Anyone sitting there has a fine view and can socialize with the captain and copilot, to starboard, while underway.

Up on the bow, of course, is a large area for sitting, feeling the breeze, and sun worshipping. Add music, a built-in cooler, and an awning that can be rigged against the hot sun when idling or anchored, and you have a distinctive additional social space.

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Cruisers designed a convertible awning, to shade the bowdeck loungers.


Performance


During our video test on the inland waterway, we were impressed to hit a wind-aided 34 knots and 33.4 when running against a strong breeze. The boat cruised in the low to mid 20s. It felt light on the helm and handled like a much smaller boat with the Volvo-Penta IPS joystick controller at low speeds.

We didn't run a comprehensive test during our video session, but as shown in our video at the top of this article, Cruisers' test data indicates consistent fuel burned per nautical mile at different cruising speeds.

Watch video boat reviews of the rest of the Cantius fleet:

Cruisers Cantius 41: Video Boat Review
Cruisers Cantius 45: Video Boat Review
Cruisers Cantius 48: Video Boat Review

See Cruisers Cantius 60 listings, or for more information, visit Cruisers Yachts and HMY Yacht Sales.
Specifications
Length59'10"
Beam16'0"
Draft (hull)4'2"
DeadriseNA
Displacement55,500 lbs
Fuel capacity647 gal.
Water capacity149 gal.

Written by: John Burnham
John Burnham is a boat owner, leadership coach, marine writer, editor, and champion sailboat racer. He is the former editor of Sailing World, Cruising World, and boats.com.
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