Going topside, I found the layout of the salon to be quite conventional, with an L-shaped galley at the rear, a starboard helm station forward (with two Garmin MFDs, an extra-wide helmseat and both binnacle and joystick engine controls) and two long, opposing lounges. The lounge to port was two steps higher than the starboard one, and so offered loftier sightlines but also restricted headroom. The belowdecks spaces seemed conventional too, with a large master aft, a VIP forward and two en suite heads in between, each with its own shower stall.
I sea trialed our 46 on Old Tampa Bay with a wicked north wind hammering an incoming tide. Although the shoreside waters were skinny at the time, our skipper easily extricated the boat from her slip, while dealing with broadside zephyrs and a ripping current. Conditions in open water were equally challenging. Speed runs southbound, with the steep, short 4- to 6-footers behind us, were exhilarating. But charging back north, with very little flare in the bow to subdue spray, certainly gave our big, Roca pantograph windshield wipers a workout.
The average top end I recorded was a sporty 30.9 knots. Tracking seemed good, both up sea and down. Turns were broad and running attitudes maxed out at 6 degrees—fairly high for a planing boat—possibly because we had no trim-tab indicators at the helm, an issue the Cruisers folks said they’ll address in the future. Without indicators, it was tough to tell whether our tabs were giving us full travel or not.
Back dockside after our sea trial, I spent a few moments taking stock of our Cantius 46 from Cruisers. Comfortable, speedy and easy to handle in close quarters—yup, she’s all those things and sweetly engineered and outfitted too. —Capt. Bill Pike