The 54 Cantius is the newest design from Cruisers Yachts of Oconto, Wisconsin, a company with a 100-year history of boatbuilding that includes the existing—and ground-breaking—Cantius 48, the first boat in this model line-up. Next came the Cantius 41Cantius 45, and Cantius 60. This new 54 is the next in a series that redefined the way we spend time aboard and interact with the environment both inside and out. Speaking of inside and out: let’s take a peek at both, in this short First Look Video.


Single-level living is this boat’s focus. Once you ascend from the swim platform via steps on either side of the transom, you’ll reach the cockpit, which is on the same level as the interior and flows naturally through the galley and saloon. You can see all the way forward past the helm and out the windshield to the sunpad on the bow, giving the perception of length while the openness makes it easy to move about.

The entire aft bulkhead is glass, with a door that hinges out to starboard to open up a wide walkway. A half-height electrically-actuated window to port lifts up to the hardtop overhang, to transform the galley counter into a cockpit bar. When seated at the outside stools, you can converse with either the chef inside or the party at the transom seat and table.

Inside, large arched windows and a slatted roof bring in a terrific amount of natural light while the wide sunroof makes it feel like you’re riding in a convertible. The curve of the windows extends from the helm past the settees and all the way back to the galley area. Nobody will be able to blame seasickness on not seeing the horizon. It’s hardly like being inside at all.

Inside? Outside? Either way, the Cantius 54 brings the two environments together.

Inside? Outside? Either way, the Cantius 54 brings the two environments together.

The U-shaped galley to port has no overhead cabinets to block the chef’s view, and that adds to the boat’s feng shui. A sink, microwave/convection oven, a cooktop and a refrigerator/freezer complete the necessary accoutrements. Across from the galley is a sofa with footrests and a well-organized electrical panel. Guests can lounge at the U-shaped dinette and engage in conversation with those at the helm. With two stools, up to six people can sit together for dinner at this table, and visibility out is excellent even when seated.

The helm to starboard is efficient, with space for twin multi-function displays, a VHF, Volvo’s engine display, an autopilot interface, toggle switches, gear shifts and the pod drive joystick on the outboard console. Everything is within reach and the visibility is excellent all around. Side-by-side bucket seats accommodate the captain and a companion at this, the only helm station aboard.

The 54 Cantius is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS950 725 HP diesels with pod drives. The engine placement is far aft in the hull which affords more living space, and the pod drives make the boat easy to control and fun to drive. There is no engine upgrade at this time. With 500 gallons of fuel, extended coastal cruising will be the model’s sweet spot.

Steps lead down from the saloon to the three-cabin, two-head accommodations. The VIP stateroom is forward with an island berth, an opening hatch overhead, large port lights, loads of stowage, and a head that also serves as the day head and is shared with the second cabin to starboard.

Although a three-cabin layout is standard, you can opt for only two cabins, dedicating the remainder of the footage to the “atrium,” as Cruisers calls it. Instead of an enclosed cabin or office configuraiton, this option features a settee to starboard that faces a flat-screen TV, a wet bar, and cabinetry on the other side. This space also provides a bit of separation and nighttime privacy between guests and owners.

The master is a full-beam retreat amidships. The head is immediately to port upon entering the cabin and has a shower compartment, electric commode, and a very large modern sink. Across from the head is a walk-in hanging locker, and the middle is reserved for a large flat-screen TV.

Because the head is tucked in right at the entry, it doesn’t take up fore-and-aft room and this helps the cabin feel more spacious. A large island berth has stowage drawers below and splits the cabin in two with a short lounge on one side (perfect for curling up with a book) and a pop-up table between two seats on the other (convenient to do quick laptop correspondence).

Due to her adaptable nature and layout, the 54 Cantius is likely to do well in a market where buyers want everything open. When Cruisers launched the 60, there was a big jump from the original 48, but the Cantius 54 now bridges that gap and completes this series, ensuring there’s a size for everyone.

Other Choices: Shoppers may compare the Cantius 54 with boats like the Azimut Atlantis 50 or the Belize 54 Sedan. Those looking for a more traditional look and feel will gravitate towards boats like the Sabre 54 Salon Express.

For more information, visit Cruisers Yachts.

See Cruisers 54 Cantius listings.
Displacement45,000 lbs
Fuel capacity500 gal.
Water capacity75 gal.

Written by: Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,