Endurance 41 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler
— January 2004
Performing with Style
|Part 2: Like all Cranchi boats, the 41 is laid up using state-of-the-art robotics.|
As proof of the company’s dedication to forward thinking, Clayton explained that the 41 was conceived by a 22-person research team whose sole responsibility is to give shape to new models. They gave her a deep-V hull that combines strength with moderate weight, it being a combination of hand-laid fiberglass and Kevlar. Like all Cranchi boats, the 41 is laid up using state-of-the-art robotics.
With a small break in the cloud cover, it looked like we might be able to finally leave the dock. When I poked her nose out into the confused four-footers just outside the inlet, I was pleasantly surprised to find she took this kind of sea quite well. Once I had the rhythm of the swells, I adjusted my rpm and settled her in near 2000 rpm. At just over 17 mph the 41 ran with little pounding, except when the occasional six-footer came along. Of course, when I brought her around to come up on a reciprocal course, she rolled, but then most boats her size and even bigger would do the same in such seas. Once I got her positioned just right, I found the ride comfortable for the conditions and was even able to bump her up to 2250 rpm and 21.6 mph. That speed had me working the wheel as I kept a sharp eye out for errant waves; the trip was not the jarring, teeth-rattling experience you might have expected.
But as a quick look eastward revealed thick, quickly lowering piles of gray clouds, I decided to return to the protection of the waterway to complete my testing, and the calmer conditions of the Intracoastal let the 41 really show her stuff. Powered by a pair of standard 310-hp Volvo Penta D6 DuoProp diesel stern drives—the first pair in the States and the only engines offered on the 41—the Endurance hit 43.1 mph (37.4 knots). Acceleration was smooth and rapid, and while I noticed a maximum five-degree bow rise from 1750 to 2500 rpm (with no tabs), it lasted only a few seconds. Even then, with the seat in the bolster position, my view was fine. The 43 ran straight and true, and with her DuoProp drive and Teleflex hydraulic steering, she handled turns with sports-car-like enthusiasm.
When I brought her down to a cruising speed of about 39 mph, I was able to appreciate the efficiency of the Volvos. I calculated a 302-mile range as the D6s sipped fuel at a rate of only about 12 gph each. That translates to 1.64 mpg. With the Gulf Stream behaving (or even kicking up a bit), Bimini or West End, Grand Bahama, and environs would be within easy reach.
The 41’s amenities would make that trip, or a long weekend away, plenty comfortable. For entertaining, there’s a seating area aft of the helm with a table that conveniently stows in a compartment hatch in the sole, a standard electric grill and refrigerator to port, and a large sunpad aft. For living accommodations a leather seating area with stowage areas in the forepeak easily converts to a queen berth if you lower the cherry table. (The insert stows in the port-side midcabin.) I noticed the two large hatches in the overhead let in plenty of ambient light, even on my dreary test day. As for diversion, the entertainment center, aft and to starboard of the seating area, houses a standard 15-inch Sharp flat-screen TV.
The galley is to port and features a Corian countertop, two-burner electric stove, and stainless steel sink. Both the stove top and sink have stowable covers doubling as cutting boards. A fiddle keeps pots and pans secure while cooking at anchor or underway.
The midcabin, aft of the galley, is just what you would expect on a 41-footer, a little narrow and lacking in headroom in certain areas, but with twin berths and a Sharp 13-inch flat-screen television, perfect for the kids.
With the day quickly waning and rain starting yet again, it was time to return to the dock, chamois the salt water from the 41’s lustrous finish, and button her up for the night. Despite the inhospitable weather, I’d enjoyed my time aboard the Endurance 41. She’s well-crafted, easy to handle in both calm waters and rough, and surprisingly spirited for a diesel-powered boat. In short, she’s the kind of boat that’s as at home daytripping as on an extended cruise.
Cranchi Florida Phone: (954) 784-7833. www.cranchiflorida.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.