Endurance 41 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler
— January 2004
Performing with Style
|With 133 years of boatbuilding behind it, Cranchi launches a sleek and classy cruising boat.|
The water off Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida, is not a nice place when the wind and seas are up. On the day James Clayton, Cranchi’s stateside rep, and I were to sea trail the Endurance 41, it had been raining for most of the morning.
Did I say rain? How about torrents that quickly produced up to four inches of standing water on the highways and streets? Rain that, when it wasn’t coming straight down in buckets, was sheeting every which way at the whim of a gusty onshore wind.
The only thing Clayton and I could do while I maneuvered the 41 out of the dock during a momentary letup was to grab some lunch at a nearby Intracoastal eatery and wait it out. I eased the 41 into the northbound current and brought her alongside. There was no need to use the standard Volvo Penta bow thruster, as I managed what in the Intracoastal was a mere 10-mph wind with the 41’s butter-smooth electronic controls. The positioning of the levers, as well as of all switches and instruments, perfectly suited my 5'9" frame, whether I was seated or standing. Part of the credit for that goes to the standard Besenzoni electrically operated helm seat, which also features a flip-up bolster for stand-up operation. No sooner did I have the 41 squared away at the dock when it started to rain again, although not as hard as before.
As we waited out the rain, Clayton filled me in on some company history. Cranchi began operation in 1870 when Giovanni Cranchi set up his facility on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. The enterprising young man took on projects for local fishermen and supplied boats for commercial projects. The same family still owns the company, and Clayton told me that if they’ve learned anything in those 133 years, it’s that forward thinking and quality construction techniques are essential for success, especially for a builder who wants to export.
Leading me through the boat, Clayton pointed out features that proved that commitment, such as fine woodwork, double-side-finished lids and hatches that are also gasketed, a Whale manual bilge pump (a European requirement), and a floorboard in the garage that removes for complete access to the engine space. (Unfortunately it takes two people to remove it.) Once in the engine space I noticed that all the main service points are easy to reach and that all bulkheads have thick grommets to prevent fluid or vapor infiltration, especially where wire runs or piping go through.
That same garage floor has a small day hatch for quick oil and filter checks and provides the base for an optional tender or ten-person liferaft. The engines are on stainless steel bearers, the standard 4.2-kW Fischer Panda genset is secured to a custom bracket, which in turn is mounted to the starboard stringer, and a vacuum pump in the lowest point in the bilge can suck up any debris. All major components are designed for easy access and removal.
This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.