Italian boatbuilder Cranchi has been prolific in the past year, launching four new luxury cruising models, two of which debuted recently at the Miami International Boat Show. The M40 ST and Fifty-8 FB made their U.S. premiere just weeks after the Cranchi Endurance 30 was named European Boat of the Year for 2012.
The M40 is good news for fans of the builder’s Endurance 41, which has been in the line for many years now. Like the older model, this express-style cruiser features swift performance, only this newer model is powered with a pair of Volvo D6 stern drives. Plus, the M40 is beamier than the Endurance and thus offers even more space for entertaining and overnighting. One of the best features on this two-stateroom, two-head cruiser is the guest cabin, which has three single berths -- one more than you usually see on a boat in this class. “No other boat in this category has a setup like this. It’s a great family boat,” says Ryan Jacobsen, a partner at Yacht Works, the U.S. distributor for this Italian brand.
The M40 will retail for about $570,000, and that price includes a slick sunroof with a retractable soft top manufactured by the same company that supplies convertible tops to Mercedes.
The Cranchi Fifty-8 Fly is distinctive for its propulsion: Equipped with twin Volvo IPS 900s, it’s one of only two flybridge boats in its class with that power, according to Yacht Works. “This is a really exciting boat,” says Jacobsen. “Equipped with IPS, it will enable an owner with average experience to dock and maneuver the boat confidently, even with a lot of people on board.” The Fifty-8 can accommodate at least a dozen passengers for cruising, or six overnight in three staterooms. The master, located amidships, is one of the largest in its class, thanks to the IPS installation.