Cranchi 39 Endurance
JUNE 2001
Length overall  40'8"
Beam  11'5"
Draft  3'5"
Displacement  14,300 lb
Fuel Capacity  206 gals
Water Capacity  60 gals

The helm (above) is both attractive and practical, with all the gauges and controls well placed for visibility and each reach. Standard Raytheon GPS/chartplotter and other instruments are protected under their gray covers. In the salon, (below) the spacious, U-shaped settee fills the bow area.

The lounge area aft of the helm provides a settee wrapped around a removable table, with a wet bar with either refrigerator or optional icemaker in easy reach.

Like the Cranchi 48 Atlantique, the 39 Endurance is built in Italy by a family-owned company that has been building boats since 1870. What began as an enterprise building wooden lake boats was reborn in 1970 with a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Piantedo, in the province of Sondrio, north Italy. Since then, the company has produced 14,500 boats between 21 and 50 feet long and exported them to 45 countries around the world. Today, the fifth generation is carrying on the Cranchi family tradition.

The 39 Endurance is an offshore sport yacht with plenty of power and loads of gracious accommodations. Powered by twin 260 HP Volvo Penta KAD44P EDC DP-E diesels, the Endurance can reach a top speed of about 32 knots. The ride from behind the wheel had the feel of a sports car, easing in and out of tight turns around Long Island Sound off the mouth of the Mianus River. The hull is a deep-V configuration with two transverse steps that enhance the stability and performance. There was no side-slipping around the turns and no slapping as we crossed our own wake.

Even though it was cooler and more overcast than you'd like in a boat obviously crafted for cruising in sunnier climes like the Adriatic Sea (where all Cranchis undergo their rigorous factory testing), the Sound was calm and we had it all to ourselves, blissfully criss-crossing between the rocky Connecticut shoreline and Long Island. The distinctive New York City skyline was visible in the haze on the western horizon, and it was a delight to be out there with my hosts, Tami Abruzese and her cousin, Mike. These delightfully enthusiastic young people represent Abruzese Yacht Sales, another family owned and operated company that is the exclusive Northeast importer/dealer of the Cranchi line.

The helm sits under the protection of a swept-back, curved windshield that mirrors the angle of the radar arch. There's a dual helm seat as well as an additional seat up front, and aft of that, a large settee wraps around a removable table. It's handy to a wet bar with a refrigerator. There's a walk-through passage alongside a raised sun deck to the integrated swim platform with its attractive teak decking.

The sun deck conceals a large 'garage' that opens to reveal a space big enough to house a tender up to seven feet long or a small jet ski. There's an optional hauling kit available for launching and retrieving jet skis. The floor of this storage compartment lifts out to access the engines. There's a smaller hatch for servicing the filters and checking the fluids.

The side decks provide enough space to walk around the cockpit on either side to the long, elegant bow. Sturdy stainless-steel rails run almost the entire length of the boat, culminating in attractive twin arcs bracketing the molded bow pulpit that protects the anchor. A hatch covers the remote-controlled anchor winch, chain and rode. There's even a raw-water tap to hose off the gunk.

The 11' 5" beam provides room for a nice layout below. The cabinets and doors are all solid cherry, beautifully finished. Accommodations include a large, U-shaped sofa tucked into the bow with a dining table that lowers to coffee-table height. A functional galley station features a Corian countertop with a stainless-steel sink and a stovetop under removable lids. There's a built-in microwave over the sink and plenty of storage in cabinets above and below. The refrigerator is part of a cabinet housing a bar with secure glass and bottle storage, plus an entertainment center with TV, radio and CD player, in addition to the electrical panel.

The head is nicely laid out, with good elbow room and a sturdy bench seat that folds down over the toilet. The faucet at the sink pulls out to double as a hand-held shower head.

The door opposite the head opens onto a sort of mini-suite, where guests can enjoy their privacy. There are twin berths that, with an insert, convert to a good-sized queen, plus a comfortable settee, linen storage and a hanging locker. The vanity even has its own sink for washing up.

The long list of standard equipment includes a bow thruster, micro bilge suction system, 16,000 BTU chilled water A/C unit, Bimini top with full enclosure, hydraulic trim tabs, 4 KVA Fischer Panda generator, Raytheon GPS/chart plotter, auto pilot, rudder indicator, anchor winch and remote, and the teak-laid swim platform. It even comes with fenders, dock lines and your first tank of fuel.

The Cranchi's East Coast importer, Abruzese Yacht Sales, has a number of satellite offices in the North East and Mid-Atlantic. For a demo, call either their executive office in Yonkers or the dealership at the West Wind Marina in Newport.