The Fifty 8 Fly's Mission
The Cranchi Fifty 8 is a party-in-the-sun yacht if we ever saw one. She is designed for eating, drinking, and being merry. The folks who inhabit the Mediterranean area know how to live and they like the thrill of speed. It naturally follows, then, that this yacht had to be a superb entertaining platform, but also be as fast as, or faster, than her production competition.The vessel is fitted with three staterooms for a long cruise and also so the boat can be put in the charter trade. The cabins below are also a good place for everyone to take an afternoon nap so that the party can go on until 3 in the morning.
The yachts in this category are quite competitive so once one gets something neat aboard, the others usually copy the innovator by the next boat show. Nevertheless, a few things stand out in our mind about this boat--
We have not tested the Cranchi Fifty 8 Fly, but since she is powered by either an IPS800 or IPS900 Volvo Penta pod drive system we know she is faster than virtually any inboard counterpart with similiar horsepower. That means she has only the few new IPS boats to challenge her. At 15'10" (4.82 m) she is on the narrow side of the yachts in this range and class. That gives her a good speed advantage. As far as displacement goes, according to our comparison she is about the average in class.
Hydraulic swim platform as standard.
This is typically an expensive option on yachts at any price point, however Cranchi installs it as standard on the Fifty 8. Not only can this be used to launch a tender or PWC, but it also makes a great platform for scuba divers and swimmers. Kids love to have it lowered a few inches and play in the water.
There are a number of other items on the boat's standard list that caught our eye as being a bit unusual: 4 automatic fire extinguishers in the engine room, both a bow and a stern hot & cold shower, a triple-opening saloon door to the aft deck, a "wine cellar," and the new generation of Volvo Penta Humphrey interceptor trim devices. These are state of the art and our test captains like them.
We have not tested the boat so we cannot verify any performance numbers. Having said that, according to the speed numbers that the builder is passing along it looks as if the Fifty 8 Fly has a top speed of about 34 knots with the IPS900 D12 system producing 700-hp each. With those engines we are told that best cruise is between 23 and 24 knots at 1900 rpm. At that speed according to the builder, the vessel burns 44.7 gph (170 lph). Because the boat's fuel capacity is relatively light (528 gal./2,006 L), she will have a endurance of about 10.6 hours and a range of about 245 nm, with a 10% fuel reserve. When powered by twin 600-hp IPS800 diesels she is a knot or two slower at both the top end and at best cruise, according to Cranchi. Both configurations have a joystick as standard.
Because this yacht is designed primarily for short, fast jaunts and entertaining, it is smart to keep tankage -- and weight down -- in order to maximize speed.
Inside the Vessel
Since we haven't tested the boat our remarks will be limited. Her main deck is unremarkable except for the aft galley which is noteworthy. Opposite is the saloon sofa. Forward of that is the wine cellar and the C-shaped settee that is a dining area to port of the helm. That is a cozy place for a table which can double as a chart table with the navigator looking forward.Below, the layout is somewhat conventional with the master stateroom aft and full beam. It has the little breakfast nook that Italian builders have popularized the last few years. There is a combo optional washer/dryer in the passageway forward, and a tight guest stateroom is to port. We might consider putting a Pullman in this cabin to open it up and give it multiple uses.
Forward is a relatively large VIP stateroom in the bow. It has an ensuite head as does the master and both have a separate shower stall and are on the large side.
The Fifty 8 Fly is built on the same hull as is the express Fifty 6 Soft Top. This is typical and virtually every boat builder in this class builds both an express and a flying bridge model on the same hull. The Soft Top express model is almost 10,000 lbs.(4,545 kgs.) lighter because there is less superstructure and considerably less furniture in the saloon.
For reasons of CG and inclination, higher boats must have counterbalancing weight low to offset the added weight on the flying bridge. This means that a flying bridge boat must be proportionately heavier than one might think given how little structure is really up there on top. In some cases lead ballast is actually added to the bilge to get the CG in the right spot. As for the flying bridge itself, it is a sun worshipers dream. Forward of the helm and to starboard is a huge play pen sun pad that is kept out of the wind when under way by a deflector screen. At the aft end of the bridge is a huge wraparound settee with two tables that will make into a single large one -- or be powered down to create a mammoth sunpad.By design, most Italian flying bridges are more of a sun bridge and entertaining venue when at anchor or at the dock than they are a command bridge under way. Do not confuse Italian designs like the Cranchi Fifty 8 Fly with traditional American motoryacht bridges that place a heavier emphasis on the helm. American bridges also tend to be places to store stuff and haul around things like the yacht's tender. That is not the Italian way of cruising, it is partially for that reason that this boat has a standard hydraulic stern platform.
On the Cranchi Fifty 8 the wet bar and grill are located on the starboard side under the radar. Owners can option this space in a number of interesting ways.
Buyers should carefully consider what their priorities are with this boat and how they are really going to use it. There are some compelling aspects of the Cranchi Fifty 6 Soft Top and that boat may actually be more what some owners want. Obviously the express Fifty 6 Soft Top is more of a dayboat and because she is 20% lighter she should be more economical to operate.
Since the Fifty 6 Express is essentially a dayboat, Cranchi has maximized space on the main deck and moved the galley and settee below. By judiciously taking a little space out of the heads and the two largest staterooms, the designers have been able to accomplish this remarkable layout. Among the Cranchis that we have tested over the years, we have always been impressed by the quality of their hardware and equipment. Cranchi's joiner work and overall fit-and-finish are of the high standard that one expects from all products coming out of Italy these days. Either way -- with flying bridge or without -- both models should provide a versatile and functional entertaining platform for the boater who wants to go fast and enjoy the sun.
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