Kanter 65

This 65-foot aluminum pilothouse sloop was launched at the end of May and then transited down the St. Lawrence to start an extended cruise to its home port on the west coast of Florida. The basic theme comes from Chuck Paine’s Bermuda series of designs, but there’s an emphasis on increasing interior space aboard this yacht. The key is a large pilothouse that extends over both the galley and the dining saloon, and the light from the pilothouse windows bathes the yacht’s interior in warm light.

The combination of a constant deck-to-cockpit height, an open and radiused stern seat, and twin wheels keeps the cockpit uncluttered, and large lockers provide excellent storage. The sugar-scoop transom provides good docking space for a 14-foot aluminum tender, which is carried on a custom aluminum arch. When the arch is released from the aft deck, hydraulics lower it down toward the stern for launching the tender.

The warm and inviting interior features honey-colored New Zealand anegre wood that has been finished in a high-gloss varnish. A full-width owner’s stateroom with an ensuite head can be accessed from either a companionway at the aft end of the pilothouse or the pantry walkway below. The galley is U-shaped with brushed stainless-steel countertops and granite backsplashes. Forward of the galley is a double stateroom with a desk, a full head, and a large enclosed V-berth. A watertight bulkhead just forward of the V-berth divides the living spaces from the forecastle.

Kanter Yachts, 9 Barrie Blvd., St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 4B9, Canada; tel. 519-633-1058