If God is in the details, then the Cranchi 48 Atlantique, built in Piantedo, Italy, is quite literally divine. While the sleek Mediterranean styling give it an elegant look, it's the details that make the Cranchi 48 so impressive. Take a close look at the serious stainless rub rails, the finish on the undersides of the lids of the lazarette and hatches, the way every Phillips-head screw is aimed north-south-east-west, the way the grain on the cabinets matches the grain on the doors, and how all the wood is solid cherry, not veneer, lacquered to a high-gloss finish. And look at the hardware! Hinges, doorknobs, cabinet latches , all have a brilliantly solid feel.
In fact, while taking the yacht out of the Mianus River at Cos Cob, Connecticut, out onto Long Island Sound one dreary spring afternoon and running it through its paces,there was not a wobble or whump, just smooth, quiet operation. Lifting tabs kept the nose quite level. The deep V-hull is built with a combination of laminates, including Kevlar, which provides strength while helping to keep the hull relatively light.
At full throttle, we were doing about 33 knots, with the twin Volvo TAMD 430 HP diesels purring quietly at about 2600 RPM. They were so quiet, conversation was easy to carry on both up on the flybridge and in the saloon below.
The steering station below is high tech, both in appearance and function, and visibility is great, with a full 180 degrees of vision in the curved windshield, and good vision aft through the saloon windows and the big, curved double sliding doors leading out onto the cockpit. The side windows open for ventilation.
The helm features a comfortable bench seat for both pilot and copilot, with an adjustable wood-and-leather wheel, a dash with room for the Raytheon GPS and chart plotter and other instruments and controls, with analog gauges and compass on a separate panel right at eye level at the base of the windsheild, and plenty of room to spread out charts. The Raytheon electronics package is among the impressive list of standard features, as is the 12 KV Fischer Panda generator and the 5 KW bow thruster. A Raytheon radar unit is one of the available options.
There are three staterooms forward, as well as two equally spacious and beautifully appointed heads. Each has a shower stall enclosed by a curved Plexiglas panel, with teak grating on the floor. One guest room has twin berths. An upholstered header opens to provide full access to the wiring behind the helm station above. A second guest room has a full-sized berth
The owner's stateroom in the bow features an elegantly curved island queen bed with storage underneath. Hanging lockers, storage, entertainment center and even a small safe are hidden behind the solid cherry paneling and doors.
Opposite the helm lies the galley, with its curvy cherry cabinetry and Corian countertop. The most remarkable feature is a rounded horizontal cabinet that lifts to reveals all of the plates, bowls and mugs neatly , and safely,stacked in convenient compartments. The two stainless sinks have Corian covers. The refrigerator is hidden behind a solid cherry panel, giving the whole galley an elegant appearance that fits right in with the saloon it opens onto.
The eye-catching feature of the saloon is the semi-circular settee upholstered in soft, tawny leather. The strikingly beautiful oval table expands for dining with an insert that's ingeniously stowed in the base. There's a comfy bench seat along the starboard side of the saloon. The seat pops out to provide two ottoman-like chairs to pull up to the table for extra dinner guests.
There's a huge hatch in the carpeted sole of the saloon that, when opened, provides ready access to the engine compartment beneath. And then there's another big engine hatch out in the spacious cockpit. The engine room is large enough to easily get at both Volvo-Pentas from any angle without barking shins or banging elbows, and the massive engine mounts, attached to a heavy steel frame, keep vibration and noise to a minimum. The engines are mounted low, enhancing the yacht's stability and allowing for direct shaft drives for no loss of torque.
The teak-decked cockpit features an L-shaped settee in one corner, and a door opening onto an integral swim platform wide enough to stow a good-sized dinghy. A hydraulic passarelle, or boarding ramp, can be extended for traditional Med-style stern-to docking. As it extends, a sturdy handrail ingeniously rises up into place. The ramp is strong enough to serve as a diving board, and can even be used as a crane to lift a tender. The hatch in the center of the transom leads down into a truly cavernous lazarette. It's so big that for the European models, it's finished out as crew quarters. The deck of the flybridge extends out over the cockpit, providing shade and shelter, and a handy enclosure turns the cockpit into a private, all-weather extension of the saloon. The standard 40,000 BTU chilled-water A/C unit is powerful enough to cool it all.
Wide steps lead up to the flybridge, with its comfortable seating, wet bar with refrigerator or icemaker, and a sun pad under the low-profile radar arch. A Bimini top comes standard. The upper helm station has good visibility over the long, low bow, where there's yet another sun pad big enough for two. The pads not only snap down, but also lock into tracks along the forward edge to keep them from flying off while under way.
As with any divine object worthy of adoration, the list of details on the Cranchi 48 Atlantique are practically infinite , certainly too numerous to fully enumerate here. 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.