Cranchi seems to have a knack for producing midrange express cruisers that keep their customers happy with a pleasant mix of onboard accommodations and on-the-water performance. They have seen much success with their Endurance 41, and now look forward to continued adulation with the M40, a boat that debuted at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show. That continuation of praise wouldn’t be all that surprising, since she is at once both sleek and functional, built for play, but also amenable to life onboard.
Zaffiro is Italian for sapphire, a gem known for its strength; sapphire ranks 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (diamond is a 10). The jewel's strength owes much to its density—there's a lot of material in a compact space. Much like its namesake, the new launch from Cranchi is a tightly packed jewel. But the real feat of the builder is making the boat feel so
Making RoomThe space-conscious layout of the Cranchi Zaffiro 36 begins in the cockpit, where the L-shape settee flips forward to allow access to the engine compartment. A molded step and and a hollow under the helm give more headroom to the full-beam master stateroom below. The entrance to the interior is to port via a garage-style aluminum
In China this is the year of the pig. But in Sweden it's clearly the year of the IPS, as numerous builders in multiple countries introduce models designed to accommodate Volvo Penta's innovative propulsion system. In this regard Cranchi was no exception, having promoted its first IPS model (the Mediterranee 43 Open) for nearly two years prior to its debut earlier this year. Then recently Cranchi
During the wintertime in Manhattan, I often forget that I'm on an island. Sure, I'm aware the Hudson and East Rivers are chockablock with ferries, tugs, Coast Guard vessels, and myriad commercial boat traffic, but walking along the skyscraper-walled canyon of Madison Avenue tends to skew one's perspective.Spring can't arrive soon enough. In late May the PMY crew starts spending
As I write this, a commuter heading down I-80 in Kearney, Nebraska, may be getting an early-morning eyeful as 47 feet of Italian yacht passes him port to port. The yacht is a Cranchi Mediterranee 47 HT whose odyssey started in a lamination room back at the builder's Lake Como, Italy, headquarters several months ago and will end with Warren and Gail Dent taking possession of her in Seattle. And
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
The Cranchi 33 Endurance, a sleek, blue-hulled express cruiser, generated some talk among attendees at last fall’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for her streamlined profile, artistic centerline radar mast with arrow-shape top, and centerline helm station. Truly a different-looking boat, she was also reported to dart across the water like a flyingfish. So when I got the call to test her,