33 Endurance — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
— April 2003
|Part 2: Stowage is at a premium onboard the 33.|
Clayton and I wondered where our “great” idea went wrong. First, we never should’ve done that maneuver. Even though the boat could make the turn, we weren’t prepared for it. Clayton told me after the test, “I don’t think these [stern-drive-powered] boats are designed for that amount of wheel at full speed. The Duoprop has an enormous grip on the water.” He added that he believes any stern-drive-powered boat asked to do that turn would have produced the same result. I concur. So don’t try hard-over, WOT turns at home. Got that?
We were fortunate not to roll, especially with the 33’s deep-V hull form and her heavy-duty but lightweight build. Her hull is a combination of hand-laid fiberglass and Kevlar, which Clayton says Cranchi uses to achieve maximum strength with minimum weight. The 33 comes in around 14,000 pounds (dry weight).
Also of interest is the fact that a lot of Cranchi’s construction is done by robots. Yep, you heard me right. Traditional labor is necessary for tasks like laying up fiberglass, but work such as gelcoating, precutting fiberglass, taking out rough edges on fiberglass, and cutting wood and Starboard are left to the machines. Clayton explained that use of this technology reduces labor costs and allows the 33 Endurance to have a reasonable base price of $199,900. Cranchi also uses Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) to construct the cockpit wet bar as well as many other parts. RTM is a closed-mold system (unlike laying up fiberglass in an open mold). Fiberglass or other reinforcement material is placed into the mold, after which the mold is closed and resin is injected and saturates the material. The result is that less finish work is necessary in comparison to a traditionally hand-laid fiberglass part—i.e. no sanding and fairing.
Our roller-coaster ride was over, and as a stiff northwester barreled in to turn our tabletop sea into a steep chop, it was time to get in those test runs. With the diesels hitting 3800 rpm, the 33 managed a smooth-riding top speed of 46.6 mph across the white-tipped water. And a quiet 46.6 mph, too: My decibel meter only hit 87 dB-A at WOT (normal conversation is 65 dB-A). At her top end, the 33 has a 198-NM range on 166 gallons of fuel. Take her down to 34.2 mph at 3000 rpm, and you can add about another 30 NM onto her range.
Although she’s high-performance, the 33 is also exceptionally finished as evidenced in the high-gloss American cherry below decks. Cherrywood is the only wood option, which again helps Cranchi keep the price down. The grain was well-matched and reflected light from the saloon’s six overhead lights as well as the natural light coming in from the two overhead hatches. This was a welcome change from some express boats I’ve been on, where the below-decks area was so dark it made me feel sensory-deprived.
The saloon, which offers 6'3" headroom, has a U-shape Alcantara lounge forward. This area, with a centerline dinette table, is a great place for lunch on the hook, or drop the table and it’s siesta time for two, while an aft berth accommodates another couple. Everyone shares the lone head with shower, aft of the lounge to starboard. The 33’s accommodations are adequate for a long weekend (longer if there are only two people onboard).
Stowage is at a premium onboard the 33, yet her galley cabinets have enough room for a weekend’s worth of stores. The galley is also standard with a one-burner Kenyon electric/alcohol stove, which I suspect would be used more for reheating than cooking.
One place where room is not an issue is the teak-accented cockpit, an eye-friendly departure from many of the blinding-white cockpits I’ve experienced. The benchseat aft is a comfy place to sit, and that RTM-built wet bar to port reduces trips below decks for beverages.
The sun was setting as I finished my time aboard the 33 Endurance, and it was time to reacquaint myself with terra firma. As for this Italian import, besides having a truly different look, she also has the added advantage of high-flying performance and a fine fit and finish. With all this to offer, it probably won’t be long before you see one darting by your marina.
Cranchi Florida Phone: (954) 784-7833. www.cranchiflorida.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.