With more than 140 years in the boatbuilding business, it’s safe to say that by now Cranchi knows exactly what it’s doing. And that is why the launch of the all-new Fifty 8 Fly from the Piantedo, Italy-based yard, adjacent to legendary Lake Como, was met with much excitement. With attractive and relatively low-slung lines it’s no wonder the Fifty 8 was the source of so much chatter on the docks.
Out on the water, she should prove to be particularly maneuverable thanks to the twin 600-horsepower Volvo IPS- 800s that are easily controlled from three different stations. When paired with an automatic Humphree Interceptor trim-tab system, the boat should handle with all the grace and aplomb we expect from a Cranchi. Top speed is 32 knots and the estimated cruise speed is about 26.
As far as sleeping arrangements go, the Fifty 8 boasts three staterooms including an amidships master with a queen-size berth. Meanwhile, Cranchi, realizing that at 60 feet long the Fifty 8 may be entering full-time captain territory for some owners, made sure to include a crew cabin aft that is accessible via the cockpit.
Outdoors and in the sunshine, the Fifty 8 is ready to party. While the foredeck sunpad will see plenty of use, the focal point for entertaining will doubtlessly be the titular flying bridge: It’s large for a 60-footer and replete with seating, and will definitely be a highlight whether you choose to stay cool with an optional bimini top, or go topless (the bimini, we mean) and soak in some rays.
This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.