She’s new for 2017 along with the sister E52S (which features a hard top): Cranchi E52 F Evoluzione brings a lot of important innovations on a successful model.
Never sit on our laurels but keep on evolving. It’s a good rule in any business, and the shipbuilding industry is certainly no exception. Cranchi knows it quite well: now it’s even part of their boat naming. The Cranchi E52 F Evolution is a good example: they took their traditional 52-foot flybridge bestseller and developed her, adding to a consolidated formula a series of contemporary solutions which made her even more appealing.
Cranchi E52 F Evoluzione: the deck
Everywhere you look there’s a smart solution. Starting with the cockpit, almost completely protected by the fly overhang except for the small sun bed almost cantilevered over the large crew cabin (which can easily sleep even a last-minute guest). The external piloting joystick is partly hidden beneath the flybridge staircase, along with a wet bar with icebox. The two side decks are well dimensioned and lead to the bow area where Cranchi E52 F Evolution provides an articulated layout: a solarium, equipped with tilting backrest and retractable bimini top, and a wide front-facing bench.
The flybridge features a traditional layout with kitchenette, a dinette to port, and the helmstation surrounded by the solarium which takes the whole forward area. All is protected by a canopy which, although not nice to look at, will be highly appreciated in the sunniest days.
Cranchi E52 F Evoluzione: inside
Maybe it’s the sharp edges, maybe the “futuristic” design, but I am perplexed by the piece of furniture which separates the galley from the rest of the mess. I believe a peninsula would have worked better.
Practicality is granted by many shelves and wall cabinets arranged vertically, and the layout surely dissimulates the galley by the entrance and leads the gaze to the salon and its elegant furniture.
The large side windows (which by the way look good also from outside) grant an excellent brightness, while some guests will enjoy the chance to change the color of the LED lightning, for what it’s cool to dub chromotherapy.
The dashboard houses analogue instruments along with modern electronics, while my initial perplexity vanishes at the sight of the portside cabinet, which hides daily-use stuff in a rounded design enriched by quilted white leather.
The practical passageway leads belowdecks, where quality and finishing is the same we’ve seen upstairs. The light-toned joinery enhance brightness (once again, already granted by large and cool-looking side portholes). The traditional layout sports three cabins including the elegant full-beam master amidships, and two well-dimensioned heads.
Cranchi E52 F Evoluzione: our test
It’s one of those grey, humid days with flat water: the worst for testing and even for photo-shooting. As frequently happens, I have to try and cross our wake in order to put on test the hull. What I can undoubtedly tell is of a safe and straight crossing, with no creaking whatsoever from the structure.
The test boat mounts the new engines just launched by Volvo Penta D8 600 HP with IPS 800 pod transmissions (the standard powertrain is on two D8 550 HP with IPS 700). Although one hundred extra horsepower don’t mean much in terms of speed and acceleration, they don’t hinder maintenance costs either, so I guess I would go for the mightier ones.
We got to almost 32 knots, with minimum planing speed at exactly 1940 rpm and 12 knots. The pace depends on your hurry, what will not change any speed is the feeling of safety and especially the responsiveness and docility upon the driver’s inputs.
The numbers of Cranchi E52 F Evoluzione
- Length overall 15.82 m (51ft 11in)
- Length LH 13.99 m (45ft 11in)
- Beam 4.67 m (15ft 4in)
- Draft 1.25 m (4ft 1in)
- Displacement 20.100 Kg
- Engines Volvo Penta IPS 800 2×600 HP
- Fuel reserve 1.570 l (414 US gal)
- Fresh water reserve 540 l (142 US gal)
- Cabins 3+1
- Berths 6+1
- Passengers 12
- CE design category B
rpm knots mph lph nm/l range* dB**
- 1000 7,5 8,6 14 0,54 88 54
- 1500 9,7 11,2 48 0,20 33 61
- 2000 13,0 15,0 115 0,11 19 64
- 2500 21,0 24,2 180 0,12 19 68
- 3000 32,0 36,8 245 0,13 21 69
- *(20% reserve) **saloon, cockpit doors closed
- Calm sea, temperature 16°C (61° F), clean hull, fuel 900 l (237 US gal), water 380 l (100 US gal), 2 passengers
Indicative price (VAT not included)
- with Volvo Penta IPS 700 2×550 HP € 808,000
- with Volvo Penta IPS 800 2×600 HP € 840,590
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