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Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-)
Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-)

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Introduced late in 2010, the Sixty 6 Fly is the newest model in Cranchi's Yacht line. A three-stateroom, three-head yacht (plus crew's quarters aft), the Sixty 6 Fly shares the hull and basic arrangement of Cranchi's popular Sixty 4 HT hardtop, but adds a flying bridge to appeal to folks preferring to steer under the sun. We think this boat is not just another pretty face, but something quite special.

MSRP 1,520,000 Euro

Specifications

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 68' 4''
20.85 m
Dry Weight 70,900 lbs.
33.5 t
Beam 16' 8''
5.10 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 4' 9''
1.52 m
Fuel Cap 951 gal.
3,600 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 203 gal.
770 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance 21' 3''
6.5 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-)Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 1400-hp MAN D2862 V12-1400
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Not Available

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Captain's Report

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Cranchi says top speed is 33 knots, with best cruise at 19 knots and a range of 290 nm. She is powered by twin 1400-hp MAN diesels.

Top Gun?

Cranchi has made quite a name for itself during the last decade for its very creative, out-of-the-box designs in smaller boats. And that is saying something, because European boat builders, particularly the French and Italians, have been producing some very innovative and exciting boats the last 15 years or so. With the Sixty 6 the Cranchi has clearly set out to try to top every other boat on the market in its class.

What makes this boat so remarkable, in our opinion, is the care that has gone into engineering and the quality and cost of the materials used in the boat's build. She is the only yacht we can think of in this class that has a Kevlar bottom -- not just a strip of Kevlar along the keel, but the whole below-the-waterline area. Further, her stringers are stiffened with carbon fibers and her whole laminate is made with vinylester resin instead of a mix of polyester and vinylester.

These aspects of the boat along with several clever design wrinkles makes the Cranchi Sixty 6 rather unusual in our book, and worth a detailed examination.

Family History

Cranchi is a family-owned company, officially founded in 1870, although Giovanni Cranchi built his first boat years before that. The company was originally located on the shores of Lake Como – before it was the home of movie stars and moguls, Lake Como was an important nautical center, teeming with merchant, fishing and military vessels. Today, Cranchi builds its yachts in a huge, modern facility in Piantedo. In 2006 the company went public, but it is still run by 4th generation Aldo Cranchi, with at least five 5th generation Cranchis are now working for the brand.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

The Sixty 6 Fly carries her master suite amidships, with an en suite head. The VIP stateroom is forward, with a twin cabin in-between, a layout that allows for a variety of sleeping arrangements. Note the galley is here on the lower deck...

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

... but the dining area is on the main deck, above, forcing the cook to negotiate the steps with plates of food. (A solution might be a dumb-waiter.) In nice weather, we expect most meals will be set on the U-shaped afterdeck dinette. The lower helm is to port.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Kevlar adds extra strength to the Sixty 6's bottom; the hull sides are foam-cored.

Construction

Cranchi builds in fiberglass, but the laminate schedule for the Sixty 6 Fly includes not only multi-axial fiberglass fabrics, but also Kevlar reinforcement below the chines and carbon fiber added to stiffen the hull's plywood- and foam-cored internal support grid. The topsides are foam-cored, and the entire hull is laminated with vinylester resin. Some of the superstructure is also cored.

This is a remarkable construction regimen, going much farther than any other yacht in class that we know of. The fact that the entire hull laminate is vinylester resin is unusual as it is so expensive and is usually limited to between one and three skin coats on most boats. Vinylester resin is what stops water osmosis into the laminate, eliminating gel coat blisters and any chance that wood in the structure will become water-logged. The addition of Kevlar to the hull bottom gives the hull considerable protection against puncture from floating debris. The Kevlar also saves weight as it replaces several layers of fiberglass. The carbon fiber gives the hull stiffness.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Carbon fiber stiffens the hull's support grid in high-load areas. There's a collision bulkhead forward, and several watertight compartments. This "egg crate" structure of transverse and longitudinal stingers is fiberglass boat building at its best.

Cranchi's boatbuilding factory is state-of-the-art. The environment is carefully temperature- and humidity-controlled to ensure optimum curing conditions; the laminate components are carefully measured to ensure the precise resin-to-glass ratio, and as much work as possible is done robotically to remove the human element from the equation.

Fiberglass lamination isn't brain surgery, and once the laminate is engineered, the weak link is usually the worker spreading the fabric or spraying and rolling in the resin. Robots remove this variable – they never have bad days, unless somebody pulls the plug.

On Deck

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Hidden in the transom is a garage for stowage of a small tender and watersports gear. With stairs both port and starboard leading to the aft deck from the swim platform the stern has symmetry, but we'd rather see one set of stairs and the space for the redundant set used for something else.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

This wide angle shot shows that there is plenty of space for al fresco dining. Note that the overhang of the deck above extends far aft so that this whole area could be completely enclosed in isinglass. In the far right corner of the photo is the well-equipped bar. There is also a control station hidden in the port superstructure for docking.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

A hydraulic platform is optional, but our Cranchi rep said they deliver all boats in the U.S. with one. Not only will the platform make handing the tender a lot easier, but it also can serve as a teak beach for folks who want to be closer to the water. (This platform is on a Sixty 4 HT; the Sixty 6 Fly is the same.)

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

In Europe they Med-moor stern-to, and with a yacht as large as the Sixty 6 Fly it's easier to let a winch haul in the stern lines for you. This massively engineered setup leads the lines through double roller fairleads from boat to dock; an electric winch lets anyone adjust them, then make fast to the stainless bitts. This will work fine for handling stern lines when tying alongside, too. This is one of the best arrangements we have ever seen on an Italian-built boat.

There are two noteworthy areas on the foredeck. First, the windlass is farther forward that you will find on most boats in this size range. Cranchi says that placing the windlass there saves space both on deck and below. Second, there is a large table on the bow that has U-shaped seating for a crowd. While this is not a new idea, we think that Cranchi has done a good job of execution. The table top drops down to make it a bunny pad.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

This is an early and alternative layout out plan for the Sixty 6's saloon. Note that there is only one table, and the entertainment center is forward, opposite the helm. Current models have a "serving station" or long counter where the settee is in this drawing. The long cabinet has an ice maker, wine cooler, bottle holder, storage for glasses, etc and a pop-up TV.

In the Saloon

The Sixty 6 Fly's interior design is both simple and elegant, with clean lines and light colors to maximize the open feel. The saloon benefits from large windows all around, off-white, leather upholstery and even a light-colored, wood sole; there's just enough dark joinery to accent the decor. This is how boats used to be before teak took over belowdecks: white-painted panels highlighted with varnished trim. We like it.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Note that the table at the left contains another leaf which slides out. The entertainment console is at right and a flat screen TV can emerge from the protruding counter and swing around to face the guests. Look closely along the starboard side and you can see the starboard settee forward.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Boats of this type often have their lower helm seat on a raised platform. This has the advantage of allowing the skipper to hop out the handy door to port to handle lines. The door is electrically actuated and has a pantograph hinge which keeps it water-tight. As regular readers know, we like to be able to stand at the helm which is not possible with this set-up.

There are a couple of noteworthy elements in the saloon: First, it has two settees, a relatively small one to starboard forward, and a second, larger one to port. In the photos the forward one is barely visible so look closely. Cranchi says the smaller one is for breakfast or aperitifs. The larger one is for dinner. Obviously, there is a lot of space available here so Cranchi would probably work with the buyer on a new build.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

The aft saloon bulkhead opens nearly completely, bringing the outside in, or the inside out. We also like the bar, at the left here, with racks for wine glasses.

Belowdecks

We think that Cranchi's designers have done a masterful job of getting three en suite staterooms below in this 61' (18.65 m) boat. The space between the twin beds in the port cabin is a bit tight, but it works and remember her beam is just 16'8" (5.10 m). This is a matter of performance and cost vs. a slight compromise in the tertiary stateroom.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Interior accommodations drawing showing three en suite staterooms, plus a full crew cabin.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

The forward, VIP stateroom is large by any standards, and certainly has plenty of natural light flooding in.

In owner/operator boats, the crew's quarters aft can be used as a guest cabin. That gives the boat four cabins and four heads, which also automatically makes this boat ideal for the charter trade. Cranchi has thoughtfully finished off the aft cabin with the same high-quality woods and joiner work as in the accommodations forward for just this possibility. (And, if you have a captain or mate sleeping here, he will appreciate being pampered.)

The master cabin is full beam and has a vanity, plus bin storage in the gunwales of the boat to utilize every bit of space. The mast head has a glass stall shower, as does the VIP stateroom in the bow. The port guest stateroom has a wet head.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

We don't have many photos of the Sixty 6 Fly's lower deck, but we expect it reflects the style of the galley. We aren't crazy about the dark striped wood belowdecks; we'd prefer something lighter colored, but it does fit in with the dark wood accents topsides and there is no doubt that it gives the boat an elegant look. What do you think? The galley is open to the saloon above. All we need is a dumb-waiter.

The galley below is large and has a stand-up refer/freezer, large dishwasher, microwave oven and a four-burner stove top. The overhead is open above the galley giving it a cathedral-like feeling. Since it is connected to the saloon, plates can be passed up if someone above reaches down. (We can picture a little dumb-waiter here.)

On the Bridge

The Sixty 6 Fly's raison d'etre is the flying bridge, and it's set up for the whole ship's company to hang out, eat and enjoy life. A radar arch, either open-design welded stainless or molded aluminum, keeps the scanner above everyone's head; as part of the Excellence package sold in the U.S., a satellite TV receiver is also included.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

The flying bridge has a big dinette, a sun pad ahead of the helm and a wet bar with refrigerator.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Note the wine-bottle holders under the table, and the cool design of the freestanding helm console; we love these kinds of things. Lots of sun worshippers will fit on that pad, too.

The upper helm station has room for two nav screens and they are considerably closer to the skipper than the one below. Otherwise the flying bridge helm has virtually all of the instruments and controls found below. To port of the helm and forward of it there is a huge wrap-around sunning pad, one large enough to hold many tanning bodies.

What we would like to see on the boat in these pictures is another forward-facing seat so the skipper could have an extra set of eyes helping in the navigation of the vessel. Cranchi has made provision for this as you can see on the flybridge drawing.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

It is hard to imagine a helm seat more comfortable than this one appears to be. Note the low bulwark outboard of it, as well as the husky safety rail which exceeds the ABYC-required height of 24" (.60 m).

Like almost all Italian flying bridge yachts, the bulwarks around the skipper's seat are low by American standards. However, there is a husky stainless steel safety rail to starboard of the helm seat that exceeds the ABYC-mandated 24" (.60 m) minimum for all weather decks. This rail is higher and more substantial than what we find on most Italian-built boats.

Abaft the large settee is a clever floating island bar which has a sink as well as a grill under its cutting board. A refer is below in the console. Further aft there are two large skylights in the deck which help illuminate the saloon below. We have never seen sky lights placed in a flying bridge deck, but why not? There is room for several lounge chairs or a large sunning pad. We like the fact that Cranchi has left this space open so that the owner can use it in a variety of ways.

Some owners might consider using this space for their tender, skylights notwithstanding. The addition of a hydraulic davit, a support structure below, and viola, you don't need the extended swim platform. With removable chocks once the tender has been launched the deck is clear for lounge chairs or a sun pad. Our guess is that this arrangement is a lot less costly than the hydraulic swim platform. Of course such an arrangement would destroy the sleek lines of the flying bridge, and drive the designer to drink, but it is something to think about.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

The wet bar is cool, too: Does the sink drain through the stainless support leg? We think so. Remove the cutting board and you will find a grill. The door in the console is a pull-out fridge. The smoked panels in the deck allow light through to the saloon below.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Many European builders consider the flying bridge helm to be secondary, and make it a bare-bones affair. Not Cranchi: There's room here for all the nav units you could want, and plenty of other stuff, too. The wheel is offset to starboard to make room for a co-pilot, and Cranchi also correctly moved the compass to starboard so it's still right in front of the skipper.

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Much-needed shade on hot, sunny days can be produced by the fore and aft sun screens unfurled in this photo.

Performance

Cranchi builds the Sixty 6 Fly only with the MAN 1400-hp diesels. If you know marine engines, you know that MANs are serious diesels, engineered to crank out thousands of hours of service. Using MAN diesels suggests that Cranchi is taking seriously the engineering of the Sixty class, thinking of them more as small big yachts rather than big small ones. MAN engines are also known for their advantageous power-to-weight ratios.

We haven't tested the boat ourselves, but the builder says top speed is 32/33 knots, roughly, cruise anywhere between 17 and 29 knots without adversely affecting range: It varies only a bit across these speeds, according the Cranchi, from 275 nm at low planing cruise to 290 nm at high.

A spokesman for the company says that the boat's best cruise is at 19 knots where she burns 220 liters per hour (57.9 gph). He also says that at best cruise the sound levels at the lower helm are 67 dBa, which is very good, indeed. We can't confirm these numbers as we have not tested the boat. However, we can say that Cranchi has well insulated its engine room with sound-absorbing foam that looks as good as anything we have seen on a yacht in this class.

FYI, she comes with both stern and bow thrusters and three control stations, the third being on the aft deck. Even though she does not have a joystick, she should be a piece of cake to handle at the dock.

The Price and Recommendation

Cranchi is currently advertising this boat for 1.520 million Euros plus VAT, which is about $2.2 million U.S. In the U.S., the Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly is typically sold with the Excellence package, which is basically all the options other than a satcom; it includes the hydraulic platform, satellite TV, complete electronics, a night vision camera – basically the whole kitchen sink and then some. And, of course, there is the added cost of freight across the pond. With all of this included the price is about $2.8 million, delivered in Ft. Lauderdale. (The hardtop Sixty 4 HT costs a bit less: $2.6 million – for $200,000 extra, we'll take the flying bridge.)

Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

We think there is a lot to like about the Cranchi Sixty 6. The hydraulic platform is included in the Excellence Package which sells in the $2.8 million range in the U.S.

She's built by a company with 150 years of history, and with family running the company who care about their reputation. We've tested several Cranchis over the years, and always found them to be very nice boats; we think the Sixty 6 Fly won't disappoint us, or you.

Is the Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly a boat you should look at? We think that she is more practical than a lot of Italian-built boats we look at and certainly her hull is about as well built as they come. Cranchi boats usually have an exciting design flair and this one is no exception. She is pricy, but clearly the company has spared no expense on the build. If you're in the market for a serious yacht with Med-inspired styling, and a few unique features that set her apart from the crowd we think she's a yacht to add to your list.


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Standard and Optional Equipment

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment

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Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Warranty

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Warranty Information
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Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Price

Cranchi Sixty 6 Fly (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $2,200,000.00
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