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August 3rd 2017. By Lenny Rudow.

Cranchi E 52 S: Quick Video Tour

The 2017 Cranchi E 52 S made its debut in France, at the Cannes Boat Show.

Cranchi is an Italian boat builder, so it wasn’t too surprising when our European reviewer Alex Smith came upon their latest boat, the 2017 Cranchi E 52 S, at the Cannes boat show. What was surprising, however, was the nature of this boat. Actually, we should say “boats”. Cranchi had two “Evolution” models there, a Flybridge and a Sport (hence the “S” in its model designation). The Flybridge model has a traditional-style bridge on top, while the Sport’s bridge is sleeker, lower, and one hopes, sportier. Take a look, and see if you think it makes the grade.

Part of the boat’s sporty attitude also comes from its power-train. With a pair of 550 HP Volvo IPS 700 pod drives in its belly, the E 52 S is controlled from either atop the flybridge or in the cabin with a joystick. More about that flybridge helm: it’s a unique centered design with a pair of bucket seats on either side of a command console. There’s no additional seating, nor will you find a dinette table or a wet bar. It’s trim and uber-ergonomic, reminiscent of the interior of a convertible Italian two-seat sportscar. But this doesn’t limit the captain’s interaction to just one of the passengers, because there’s a roomy sunpad behind the seats. Overall, it’s quite a unique take on just what a flybridge should consist of.

Belowdecks the boat is a bit more traditional, but only a bit. The interior is extremely light and bright, with an ultra-modern décor and inset strip lighting in the overhead. It even has some unusual artistic touches built in, like that column with integrated stowage which Smith points out in the video.

If you’re looking for a standard-issue sport cruiser, don’t come knocking on the door of the Cranchi E 52 S. If, on the other hand, you want a one-of-a-kind boat that drops jaws at the marina, this Italian Stallion is one you’ll have to check out.

For more information, visit Cranchi.

Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld, boats.com, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.