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The Kanter 54 Passagemaker was designed to be a highly reliable offshore voyaging yacht with an unusually long range for a yacht of her type. Her configuration features the highly popular raised pilothouse forward behind a Portuguese bridge.  

Like all Kanter yachts, the Passage Maker 54 is built of massive-strength welded metal for the ultimate in leak-proof integrity and brute strength. The tanks are integral, adding their strength to that of the vessel and effectively creating double-bottom construction and safety. Her efficient, low-drag hull form and large fuel and water tanks enable the Passage Maker 54 to make trips of up to 4,500 miles before refuelling. The stern shape was designed to reduce the tendency to roll, making the Kanter 54 exceptionally comfortable while improving her fuel-efficiency and range. 

Designed by renowned naval architect Chuck Paine, the Passage Maker 54 boasts full headroom accommodations beneath the pilothouse and extending forward into the bow. The voluminous forward cabin has en suite access to its totally private head, while the aft two cabins share a head. The forward bed is queen-sized and may be accessed from either side. 

The main salon has large windows on three walls for wonderful views and ample natural lighting, giving the Passage Maker 54 a feeling of spaciousness. The pilothouse is far larger than one normally encounters and even boasts a full-length “watch stander’s bench”, which is convertible to a berth. The deck and sheltered Portuguese bridge may be easily accessed through doors both port and starboard. 

The large engine room – which conveniently houses all essential equipment, including the engine, generator, air conditioner and fresh-water system – is located beneath the salon and features nearly full standing headroom, permitting easy access to the machinery. 

Designed with long-range performance and comfort in mind and built with uncompromising quality, the Passage Maker 54 is an ideal choice for one or two couples intending to cruise to the Caribbean, across to Europe or even a circumnavigation. 


Length Overall:  55’8”

Length on Deck:  53’6”

Length Waterline:  50’0”

Beam:  18’5”

Draft:  6’0”

Displacement (1/2 load):  90,000lbs

Above/Below Ratio:  2.20

Suggested Power:  Caterpillar 3306B
                             235 HP @ 2000 RPM

Reduction Ratio:  3:1

Wing Engine  Westerbeke:  30B
                                         27 HP

Fuel Tankage:  26000 US gal

Fresh Water Tankage:  500 US gal

Disp/Length Ratio:  320

Range:  4,500 miles at 7 kt.