Cranchi 60 ST, fast or cruiser? Why not both!

Normally on an 18 meter the priority is comfort, but this Cranchi 60 T offers high performances as well.

ST stands for soft top. How come that such a long boat doesn’t even feature a rigid roof? In my opinion the soft one is the best solution: it is good when closed and versatile while open, as the boat turns into a “maxi open”. Let’s go through it.

Cranchi 60 ST, when indoors means…outdoors

Tough to say wether the cockpit/salon is inside or outside. Rather then dubbing it, let’s describe this area. The large windows and the ample opening roof create a whole space indeed, with no separation, where only the aft sun bed (with access to the crew quarters) and the steps to the platform are not covered by the top. 
Beneath the solarium the garage can host a tender but also all the gear needed for water sports. Moving forward, the salon features a sofa to port to surround a tea table: the whole area turns into a dinette.

Cranchi-60 ST

The helm station is quite articulated, in order to give enough headroom to the cabin underneath. On the starboard side the galley features all the appliances and leads to the companionway. 
As for the pilot house, two single seats face a complex dashboard which houses all the instruments. 
The whole area is served by air conditioning, despite being open. A sturdy guard rail protects the side decks leading to the fore area, where the space is good but the solarium is rather small.


Cranchi 60 ST: belowdecks, it’s what you expect

The side windows, despite being concealed outside by the dark stripe (a Cranchi signature), are large and give plenty of light to the cabins. Even the corridor is well lit.
The galley  is to port, with a peninsula to give more space and separation. On the opposite side, the dinette is cosy and comfortable for all the guests when the weather is not an ally.
Three cabins mean that the owner’s one is located to aft, taking the full beam of the boat, with double bed on starboard and office table to port. Amidships a second cabin offers two bunk beds, while the VIP room is on the forward part. Of course the master cabin has its en-suite, while the other two share a second bathroom.


Cranchi 60 ST: the test

The sea is calm, and our Cranchi 60 ST feels at ease and perfctly matched to the Volvo Penta IPS. I am always surprised by the excellent maneuverability despite the length: the boat, over 18 meters, turns quickly and even tighter than ever needed, a thing that can be useful is case of emergency.


When crossing the waves of our wake, the boat stays steady, while getting into plane doesn’t make her lift the nose.If you cruise with the soft top open, the noise can be overwhelming, but it’s still better to enjoy the sun and bear some extra noise. I close it only to reach the top speed, which is 38 knots with no need to work on the trims. A cruise pace of 24-25 knots means revving under 2000, but the minimum planing speed can be found at 1300 rpm, 12 knots and 70 lliters per hour.
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The numbers of Cranchi 60 ST

Length overall 18.52 m (60ft 9in)
Length hull LH 16.59 m (54ft 5in)
Beam 4.85 m (15ft 11in)
Draft 1.30 m (51 in)
Displacement 22300 Kg
Engines Volvo Penta IPS 1050 2×756 HP
Fuel reserve 2000 l (528 US gal)
Fresh water reserve 540 l (142 US gal)
Berths 6 + 1
CE design category B



Test conditions

Calm sea, temperature 22° C (72° F), clean hull, fuel 580 l (153 US gal), water 260 l (68 US gal), passengers 2.

Indicative price (VAT not included)
Volvo Penta IPS 950 2×685 HP € 906.800
Volvo Penta IPS 1050 2×756 HP € 918.000

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