Start your cruise aboard a Cranchi yacht Settantotto and Flexform: new Made in Italy icons meet In perfect harmony with the choices of art direction, the Settantotto is furnished with elements of the Flexform collections, an historic and dynamic Made in Italy furniture brand. E30 Endurance Discover more E26 Classic The E26 Classic is a sporty 8 metre day cruiser with a unique and sophisticated style: a perfect balance between vintage and contemporary essentiality. Hop on the Sportbridge and govern your E52S from the innovative glass cockpit. She also guarantees lower fuel consumption, for a more enjoyable cruise.

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Thanks for watching! When I got aboard the Eco Trawler 53 LD for her sea trial at the Cranchi testing and commissioning facility in Marano Lagunare, on the northern Adriatic coast between Venice and Trieste, I was greeted by the company rep and also a regional Volvo Penta service technician, whose laptop was tethered to the engines via a tangled vine of wires stretching down through the open engine room hatch in the cockpit sole. So it turned out there would be a mellow boat ride today as they tried to sort some software glitch, but the boat handled at a slow cruise just fine, and the lines of sight from those vertical windows surrounding the lower helm really made for great sightseeing in a lovely part of the world.

She topped out at a two-way average of Volvo has strict design criteria for boatbuilders, which place the pods aft in the hull for naval architecture and engineering reasons. Many builders link the engines directly to the pods rather than using jackshafts to move the engines forward , and so the engines end up back there, too. Interestingly, the IPS joystick on both upper and lower helms is placed on centerline, on the console ahead of the wheel—a spot that I considered awkward until I realized the way I would use it.

I like designs that make you think, and this Eco Trawler certainly does that. To discuss what this boat has to offer in terms of comfort aboard I will begin—where else?

The foredeck. Cranchi has been paying attention to what happens on boats and also what other builders are doing. Two enormous sunpads forward are punctuated by a couple of hatches to the forepeak VIP, and I liked the grabrails. A wide settee sits at the base of that broad windshield, and a fabric sunshade top for use at anchor can be deployed to make the area even more special.

Traveling fore and aft on this boat is simplified by side decks that are 15 inches wide at the deck. The cockpit makes the most of the shade from the flying bridge, largely because the upper deck is designed with a flare outboard aft to offer more shelter as well as to accommodate a dinghy. The forward end of the flying bridge is taken up with a helm offset to port and which lines up with the stairs to the cockpit to improve the view aft for close-quarters maneuvering.

An aft galley to port has lots of locker and fridge and freezer space, while an L-shaped settee to starboard ensures the chef will never want for company. The companionway to the accommodations is abaft the helm seat, and, frankly, we would not mind seeing those stairs protected a bit better with a railing and perhaps even a swinging gate. Belowdecks, the amidships master suite anchors a three-stateroom layout, with an athwartships berth, a voluminous hanging locker that could almost count as a walk-in, and an aft head with a large shower.

The forepeak and port-side guest staterooms share the dayhead off the passageway. All areas are very sleekly designed with clean, unbroken walnut-veneer panels, and modern touches such as basin sinks, stitched fine leather, and contemporary geometric drawer pulls.

That port-side stateroom is a flexible space at the build stage. The boat I tested had a pair of single berths, but one can opt for bunks, or an office with a desk and love-seat settee, or even a dinette. As I said, this is a boat that makes you think.


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