CRANCHI E26 CLAS­SIC

LOA 25ft 9in (7.85m) BEAM 8ft 2in (2.49m) EN­GINES Sin­gle 250-300hp Volvo petrol or diesel TOP SPEED 40 knots PRICE FROM €102,900 inc VAT

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Yes, yes and yes again! It’s so good to see Cranchi back in the sports­boat mar­ket and this time it’s re­ally gone for it with one of the pret­ti­est 26-foot­ers we’ve seen in years. The Clas­sic, pic­tured here, is the in­board­pow­ered cuddy cabin model but there’s also an out­board-pow­ered bowrider ver­sion called the Rider. It’s a pity you can’t mix and match the dif­fer­ent styles and power op­tions be­cause both have plenty to of­fer.

The Clas­sic is un­doubt­edly the pret­tier of the two with its teak fore­deck and elon­gated side­creens ta­per­ing down to an aft sun­pad hid­ing the en­gine, but the Rider is ar­guably a more prac­ti­cal day boat with its larger, more so­cia­ble cock­pit and sur­pris­ingly deep, spa­cious bow seat­ing. Both fea­ture the same sharp ver­ti­cal bow, con­trast-stitched up­hol­stery and stylish helm with a sin­gle spoke wheel and arm­rest ex­ten­sion for the throt­tle.

The flat fore­deck means the cuddy has re­stricted head­room, but no­body’s go­ing to buy this boat for its ac­com­mo­da­tion. The E26 is all about look­ing good and Cranchi’s de­sign­ers have smashed it out of the park, mix­ing clas­sic de­tail­ing with cut­ting-edge styling to create a mod­ern clas­sic at a frac­tion of the price of a Riva. CON­TACT Ting­dene Boat Sales Tel +44 (0)1933 551606, www.cranchi.com

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