Cranchi Eco Trawler 43 review

The Cranchi Eco Trawler 43 won European Powerboat of the Year in 2015 and comes to market with a host of layout options and IPS engine choices. Jack Haines gets to grips with it in Italy

Cranchi Eco Trawler 43The flybridge is low-sided but a very comfortable place to relax
Our test boat had the twin 330hp IPS450 motors and, though it heaved itself up to 21 knots in admittedly rough conditions, with a family’s cruising stores and some fouling on the hull these motors could struggle a bit.
The handling is as laid back as the performance, with the IPS tuned to its most docile setting the 43 swings from side to side slowly with minimum lean and very little fuss. It’s not exciting but then I don’t suppose it’s meant to be.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43Top-hinging window allows the galley to act as a bar to serve the cockpit
What it is, is relaxing. The hull is smooth, quiet and soft-riding and the IPS engines, being tucked out back like they are, are hushed and refined. From the lower helm or the flybridge it is a relaxing boat to drive.
An issue on our test boat was trim angle. It had Humpree’s trim blades fitted and no matter how I manipulated them I found myself craning to see from the lower helm.
Of course, some adjustment on the lower helm seat would help here but Cranchi still needs to investigate whether the particular blades fitted to the test boat are best suited to the 43.

Life on the inside

The layout of the 43’s saloon is one of its strong suits, with a galley-aft layout and top hinged window that works well on a boat of this size and opens the interior up to the cockpit.
The large, square windows that are so striking from the outside fire plenty of natural light into the main living spaces and deliver fine views out from the galley and seating area.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43The forward end of the dinette could transfrom into a leaning post for guests to use at the helm
Below decks there are three different guest cabin layout options; you can either have a double that occupies the boat’s full beam, two identical twin cabins that can be made into doubles with infill cushions or – like we had on test – a twin to starboard and then a single berth to port with a triple wardrobe inboard of the bed and space for a washer/drier.
For me, unless you really want that wardrobe space, the layout of our test boat was the least intelligent use of space and if you think you’re unlikely to have more than two guests at a time the two-cabin version will deliver the most luxurious sleeping spaces for all occupants.
No matter what the guest cabin layout is, the forward cabin is a spacious double blessed with bags of floorspace, headroom and a really generous ensuite.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43Forward cabin remains the same no matter what guest cabin layout you choose
On deck, though you feel quite vulnerable on the low-sided flybridge this will improve with the bimini in place and it’s a well designed space with plenty of comfortable table seating and a dedicated double sun pad aft.
The stand out area on deck is the foredeck, which has a small bench right forward as well as a double sun pad and lots of neat storage solutions for lines and fenders.
More information on the Cranchi website.

VIDEO: Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler from Cannes Boat Show

VIDEO: Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler from Cannes Boat Show

Take a guided tour of the Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler, as seen at the 2014 Cannes Boat ShowThe Cranchi Eco Trawler 43 won European Powerboat of the Year in 2015 and comes to market with a host of layout options and IPS engine choices. Jack Haines gets to grips with it in Italy

Cranchi Eco Trawler 43The flybridge is low-sided but a very comfortable place to relax
Our test boat had the twin 330hp IPS450 motors and, though it heaved itself up to 21 knots in admittedly rough conditions, with a family’s cruising stores and some fouling on the hull these motors could struggle a bit.
The handling is as laid back as the performance, with the IPS tuned to its most docile setting the 43 swings from side to side slowly with minimum lean and very little fuss. It’s not exciting but then I don’t suppose it’s meant to be.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43Top-hinging window allows the galley to act as a bar to serve the cockpit
What it is, is relaxing. The hull is smooth, quiet and soft-riding and the IPS engines, being tucked out back like they are, are hushed and refined. From the lower helm or the flybridge it is a relaxing boat to drive.
An issue on our test boat was trim angle. It had Humpree’s trim blades fitted and no matter how I manipulated them I found myself craning to see from the lower helm.
Of course, some adjustment on the lower helm seat would help here but Cranchi still needs to investigate whether the particular blades fitted to the test boat are best suited to the 43.

Life on the inside

The layout of the 43’s saloon is one of its strong suits, with a galley-aft layout and top hinged window that works well on a boat of this size and opens the interior up to the cockpit.
The large, square windows that are so striking from the outside fire plenty of natural light into the main living spaces and deliver fine views out from the galley and seating area.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43The forward end of the dinette could transfrom into a leaning post for guests to use at the helm
Below decks there are three different guest cabin layout options; you can either have a double that occupies the boat’s full beam, two identical twin cabins that can be made into doubles with infill cushions or – like we had on test – a twin to starboard and then a single berth to port with a triple wardrobe inboard of the bed and space for a washer/drier.
For me, unless you really want that wardrobe space, the layout of our test boat was the least intelligent use of space and if you think you’re unlikely to have more than two guests at a time the two-cabin version will deliver the most luxurious sleeping spaces for all occupants.
No matter what the guest cabin layout is, the forward cabin is a spacious double blessed with bags of floorspace, headroom and a really generous ensuite.
Cranchi Eco Trawler 43Forward cabin remains the same no matter what guest cabin layout you choose
On deck, though you feel quite vulnerable on the low-sided flybridge this will improve with the bimini in place and it’s a well designed space with plenty of comfortable table seating and a dedicated double sun pad aft.
The stand out area on deck is the foredeck, which has a small bench right forward as well as a double sun pad and lots of neat storage solutions for lines and fenders.
More information on the Cranchi website.

VIDEO: Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler from Cannes Boat Show

VIDEO: Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler from Cannes Boat Show

Take a guided tour of the Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler, as seen at the 2014 Cannes Boat Show

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