The 42 Cantius by Cruisers exemplifies the Oconto, Wisconsin builder’s prowess in merging bold, tasteful design and smooth performance. The first impression is one of completeness. “Each new model is designed around a full-size mock-up assembled in the plant. The process shows us how all of the boat’s features and accommodations will function in real-life conditions, under way and at the dock,” said Matt VanGrunsven, Cruisers’ marketing director. I can report that from the forward lounge area to the engine room, there is not one square inch of it that isn’t put to good use. It welcomes you aboard like an old friend.
The best way to describe this express cruiser is by calling it an all-weather boat. The exterior profile is modern with plenty of curves, hullside window glass and polished stainless steel. The cockpit is huge with 12 feet of plump L-shaped seating with stowage underneath, drink holders, table, Vitrifrigo icemaker, sink and cooler. A retractable awning provides shade and when the multi-directional sliding stainless-steel-framed glass door is open to the salon a single social space is created. Inside the salon, large opening side windows, a single pane windshield with narrow corner mullions and the power-actuated fiberglass sunroof bring in natural ventilation and a galaxy of light. A compact galley is to port.