Boat Review: The 2014 48′ Cruisers Cantius

The styling of this yacht is supremely unique… While other luxury brands are fighting for curves, the Cantius leaves the pack with it’s modern, edgy and spacious build. Truly a visionary in its class, the 48′ offers a window into the designs of the future- integrated double salons which make the lower sections of her feel like a cathedral of light and space.


We took a look at her in the Dana Point Harbor, covering every inch of both the visible, and under her panels. She’s EXTREMELY mechanic (and surveyor) friendly, with panels giving access to every bit of maintainable equipment. Her engine room allows for every type of upgrade and modification, the IPS 600 engines and pods tucked with a low-profile, giving more than enough working room for techs of all industries. In need of replacing a pod? No problem. Access granted.


The beautiful navigation center/helm offers complete views and unique command of the Cantius and monitoring of the twin diesel engines. Volvo Penta IPS engines with joystick maneuvering are standard, and ensure efficient and responsive handling. You’ll be comfortable in the double helm seat. Standard on her is a two-piece solid windshield featuring double windshield wipers. Both come with a blackout/privacy screen that attaches from the outside to complement the easy pull-down shades throughout the inside of the remainder of the helm area.

She’s ready for entertaining and cruising the California Coast. With a 25 knot cruise and a 35 knot top speed, she’s efficient at full throttle! You don’t find many models that boast her best mileage at WOT.


Her mold hasn’t been changed since her inception- a testament to a great design, with no need for modification. Obviously, we can customize her any way we want, but as far as her build, flawless.

Take a look at her at the Dana Point Harbor! She’s ready for a new Captain.


Volvo IPS Joystick Control: Simple Captaining for New Boats

We get asked a lot whether new yacht owners will be comfortable piloting larger personal vessels (45ft+) by themselves, and without a captain. Although older vessels require quite a bit of skill and technique when it comes to close-range piloting, the newer yachts with either the Axius (Mercruiser) or IPS system (Volvo) allow for ease of use by any pilot, from the veteran sea-goer to newly-christened waterman. I’d venture to say, even a teenager with gaming skills could pilot a 50ft yacht like a pro- no experience necessary. The close-range piloting is no longer fighting single or twin screw transmissions; it’s far more intuitive and natural.boat-photo-volvo-ips-joy-stick

The joystick is perhaps the most well-known feature of Volvo Penta IPS, making it possible to dock in a new and completely intuitive way. Since its release it has been accompanied by many other smart features, such as Dynamic Positioning System and Sportfish mode. The latest generation of Volvo Penta controls has integrated buttons for Low-speed mode, Single-lever mode and Cruise control, making it even easier to enjoy boating with Volvo Penta IPS.

See more at: Volvo Penta IPS

There’s little difference between Mercruiser’s Zeus pods and the Volvo IPS pods… except that Volvo’s support for mechanical issues might help you gear toward their IPS systems.

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LED Lights… Light Up the Night and Bring in the Fish!

These lights not only look fantastic while your yacht is resting at the dock, but they look even better when you’re underway! From green, blue, white and red, there are plenty of options to choose from, but the white and blue are, by far, the most popular. We’ve noticed that every color besides red actually DOES attract fish! It’s not just a myth, check it out the next time you’re out on an LED-lit boat.


Although there are dozens of companies who offer halogen and LED lights, we’ve seen that Aqualuma offers one of the best solutions out there: Metal-free, composite plastic housings! The benefit of these babies is to offer a great protection against electrolysis, while displaying the brilliant, high-intensity and low-amperage light you’re looking for. A lot of the manufacturers of through-hull range lights offer metal housings, which are rarely bonded to the zinc anode systems of the boats they’re installed on. 6-series-line-drawing6-series-product-on-pageThe all new 6 Series fits into the original 3 Series housing. Designed with long life in mind, the all new 6 Series is corrosion-proof and features Aqualuma’s injection-moulded, patented polymer housing – the most sophisticated material in underwater lighting available. The 6 Series is fully serviceable and upgradable without the need for haul out.  Available in Ultra Blue and Brilliant White, this product is recommended for boats ranging from 6 metres (20 feet) to 13 metres (45 feet). As part of the thru-hull range, the 6 Series features Aqualuma’s 6 year housing warranty with a 3 year warranty on internals.

(ref: Aqualuma)

Electrolysis is a big issue, and so are corroding light housings! Nothing is worse than spending a couple grand on some great-looking lights, only to have your diver tell you that they’re 50% disintegrated a few years later. NO THANK YOU!

We took a few photos of a client who recently got their Aqualuma Gen IV 6 series lights installed, and they love them. Good on their diving company for getting them installed! Although they can be installed in the shipyard, these lights can also be INSTALLED WHILE YOUR BOAT IS IN HER SLIP. Just contact the right diver, and they can set you up.