When the website says “Boat builder Since 1870” you can’t help thinking that Cranchi may know a thing or two about creating a sublime yacht. Founded on the shores of Lake Como by an enterprising Giovanni Cranchi, the Company is still operated by the same family and now employs close to 400 people across its four production sites, marine test centre and centre of excellence – all located in the belpaese (Italy). The Sixty 6 Fly, the flagship of the entire Cranchi range, is testament to their centuries-long endeavours.
Very striking in looks with swooshes of mirrored glass, sharp angles and soft curves all making their own statement; the Sixty 6 Fly is certainly not the shy retiring type. Inside the saloon is rather less eye-catching but excels in functionality. Two lots of L-shaped seating, a brace of tables from which to read/dine/board game from, a pop-up TV and of course the interior helm with its comfy Besenzoni chair.
Move down a level and the galley appears bright and shiny adjacent to the staircase, streaming with light from the Sixty 6’s windscreen directly above. The keeper of the kitchen will be very impressed with Cranchi’s galley efforts including full-size fridge/freezer, plenty of cutlery and utensils, worktop space in abundance and a very Italian touch in the shape of a coffee machine and coffee crockery.
Leaving the galley behind, the sleeping accommodation also holds up well to finer inspection. The VIP is forward, en-suite including multi-head shower and with long rectangular windows to keep the light in and claustrophobia out. The guest twin has handy storage beneath the generous beds as well as hanging space and a door to the cleanly designed day bathroom. The master suite is found amidships with Queen bed, cavernous headroom, half a dozen windows and an ensemble of storage options from a safe for the jewels to a fridge for the champers. These Italians know how to enjoy life. Crew access their (petite) digs via a mirrored glass door in the transom.
Back outside, to the aft at main deck level, there’s a comfy L-shaped seating area and dinette with wet bar backing onto a small sun pad which is perfect for parking your derriere if the sea’s a bit unforgiving for riding out front on the tilting sun pads complete with cup holders and stereo control. Panes of glass in the flybridge overhang mean that this covered cockpit is far from dingy and from here you take the steps up top to the well-thought-out fly with helming station, front and rear sun lounging heaven and a further wet bar with BBQ grill – no one need be without an ice cold drink on the Sixty 6.
To top off there is a gigantic hydraulic bathing platform where you could easily lay out a picnic for four or launch a RIB at the touch of a button.
Power comes in buckets from twin MAN V12 diesel engines – 1,400hp apiece – and, despite being the largest Cranchi manufactured to date, she behaves more like an agile sports boat than a hefty cruiser.
Price? From 1.58 million euros (ex tax) – www.cranchi.it