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The Kanter 56 is designed to satisfy ISO 12217 Category A, the most stringent category in the standard. "A boat given design Category A is considered to be designed to operate in winds of Beaufort force 10 or less and the associated wave heights, and to survive in more severe conditions."

Kanter Marine has a history of building robust power craft that includes constructing search and rescue craft for the Coast Guard. Unwavering commitment to dependability is the hallmark of a Kanter vessel. No less demanding is the attention to fine detail in interior appointments. Every component is specifically selected to enhance the cruising and live-aboard experience. 

The Kanter 56 is offered in several configurations to meet your cruising needs. In all versions the master stateroom is amidship and is set up for live-aboard cruising with large his and her hanging lockers, king sized berth and plenty of storage. The ensuite is spacious and has a large shower. Location of the master stateroom is in the center of motion of the vessel to provide maximum comfort while under way. 

Forward of the master stateroom is a convenient laundry/utility area that in turn adjoins the full beam galley. This is a unique space that provides superb visibility and space for all on board to enjoy a large feast separate from the salon. Forward of the galley the vessel can be configured with two staterooms and one large head, as the owners of hull number one chose, or can be a single large VIP suite. 

Up a few steps from the galley is the large salon. This area is much larger than most boats of this size and offers superb views while under way or at anchor. The pilothouse is a few steps up and forward of the main salon and provides a great vantage point for the whole crew while underway. As safety is a prime concern while cruising aboard, all weather decks are wide with good railings and access. The Portuguese bridge forward offers a great safe ‘at sea’ outside vantage point. 

Throughout the whole vessel are stairs which are easy angled low rise and all passageways wide and comfortable. Machinery spaces are well laid out and the engine room offers full height headroom throughout. 

The Kanter 56 has been a great project from the start. The vessel was designed to meet a reasonably aggressive cruising brief. As most people do long passages in the 10-12 knot range, the vessel was required to be very comfortable and quiet offshore for very long periods, and that the vessel also be able to sustain a 90 degree knockdown. As there are always times when we are willing to give up fuel efficiency to just ‘get there’ we wanted a vessel that could go for limited times up over 18 knots. To assist with offshore comfort, the ship has an extra large fresh water tank that can be topped up with the water maker. When a good turn of speed is required this tank can be dumped to lighten up the ship. 

The Kanter 56 is the perfect choice for a family or two couples with sights set on a distant horizon. Whether docked, hopping between islands or cruising between continents, the efficient and dependable performance and the timeless profile will be a source of pleasure for years to come.

Length Overall:  56’4”

Length on Deck:  47’2”

Length Waterline:  50’7 ½”

Beam:  17’6” (with 3” guards)

Draft to Keel:  Full Load – 4’3”

Draft to Propellers:  Full Load – 4’ ½”

Displacement:  @ Light Ship 54,000lbs

Displacement  @ Half Load  61,000lbs

Displacement:  @ Full Load  67,450lbs

Propulsion:  2 CAT C 12 @ 710 HP ea.

Speed Full:  20 knots

Speed Fast Cruise:  17 knots

Speed Extended Cruises:  10 knots