Her name is Eco Trawler 53 Long Distance, and it’s the first model from Cranchi in the segment of semi-displacement boats.
In the last two years trawlers and long distance vessels are definitely upscale. Reduced carbon footprint, lower fuel consumption, and larger offer are generating a trend that can be named “slow yachting”, and Cranchi wants to ride it.
So, 2014 sees the debut for a vessel that doesn’t push you to get to your destination, but instead to enjoy the cruise towards it. 17 meters and large inner height mean cozy interior where you will love to stay, rather than disembark when at destination. On the other hand, the Volvo IPS transmissions and the semi-displacement hull give the chance to sail faster than on a full displacement boat.
The large flybridge offers a dinette extending into the fore sunbed, a double bench at the helm, a galley closet amid and a spacious room in the back, good for a tender or for a second tanning bed.
The salon is rationally organized and filled with clever solutions. The galley is close to the cockpit, so it can serve both the back and the front dinettes (the latter through a side door). In front of it there’s a long, L-shaped couch while two steps up lead to the dining area and to the single-seat helm station.
Below, on our test boat there were just two cabins, with another living area, but there’s the option for a third cabin.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 53 on test
Despite a 30-knot wind, we cruise the channel at around 2,000 revs, speed is some more than 10 knots and fuel consumption remains within the 35 liters per hour (9 gph). The good point is, we can maintain the same pace even when in open sea, where the wind and the short waves hit us. Could it be a better condition for my test? I don’t think so, because this is the environment where a boat like this can stand out. And the confirmation comes by me trying to cross the waves in every direction: head to waves, abeam, even back to waves. The feeling is of a very consistent handling, and even when I go wide open throttle I reach the same top speed (over 24 knots) as in protected waters.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 53 in numbers
Length o.a. 17.00 mt (55 ft 9 in)
Length hull 15.00 mt (49 ft 2 in)
Beam 4.95 mt (16 ft 2 in)
Drought 1.00 mt (3 ft 3 in)
Dry displacement 18.200 Kg
Engines 2×435 HP
Fuel tanks 2,800 lt (739 US gal)
Fresh water 810 lt (213 US gal)
Design category B.