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Cranchi ECO Trawler 53 LD

Cranchi ECO Trawler 53 LD

Never mind that Cantiere Nautico Cranchi S.p.a. has been building boats since 1870, the company has earned a reputation for adventurous styling, inside and out, and for embracing the latest technology. Nor has the company shied away from super-slick high-performance yachts, so this ECO Trawler 53 LD (long distance) departs from Cranchi’s 21st century image.

This new yacht fits into the category of fast trawler, boats that are able to exceed displacement speed at the flick of the control levers but are most economical at 7 to 10 knots cruising speed. Cranchi says that the ECO Trawler will cruise at 14 to 18 knots, burning about 25 gallons of diesel per hour. Dropping to 10 knots decreases her fuel consumption to a little less than 1 nautical mile per gallon, but at 7.5 knots she averages 2 nautical miles per gallon and has a range of about 1,500 nm. Her top speed is 22 knots.

Cranchi could have simply mimicked the style of traditional trawler yachts, most of which come from American designers and Asian builders. Instead, the company chose a unique identity. Like many yachts in this category, the ECO has a lot of freeboard and vertical topsides, both of which increase her interior volume on a given length and beam and allow substantial bulwarks stem to stern. 

The design team has reduced the visual bulk by placing a pair of windows on each side, plus a quartet of round portlights. Her subtle S-shape sheerline also helps disguise the height of her topsides. Although her bow sections below the waterline are reasonably fine, which helps her plow through rough seas, she carries quite a lot of beam well forward. This, too, helps create volume inside and makes the VIP cabin in the bows almost as wide as the master stateroom amidships. Buyers may select an office on the port side forward of the master, a dinette, an upper/lower stateroom or a side-by-side twin stateroom. 

Her upright superstructure provides as much room in the saloon as the width and length allow. Vertical windows all around generously light the area and give its occupants terrific sightlines. Placing the galley at the after end of the saloon adds to the homey atmosphere. 

Cranchi says that the ECO is made for enjoying long-range cruising and to that end has provided a raised sunpad on the foredeck. Hard against the pilothouse is a bench seat, which may be shaded with a retractable fabric awning. A table and refrigerator add to the pleasure of spending time on the foredeck. 

You won’t find the traditional teak or mahogany décor aboard the ECO. The company, instead, has dressed her in contemporary materials and angular furniture. I think it’s refreshing.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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