My answer to What are some characteristics of the best quality power boats?
Answer by Desmond Last:
‘As we approached the view to Sydney Harbor Bridge the Cranchi 43 Endurance was like a racing stallion at full gallop yet she did not budge off her line by an inch’.
I was test driving a new Cranchi 43 Endurance whilst preparing her for delivery.
I was the Australian Broker and agent for Cranchi Powerboats in Australia with my business Sydney Boat Sales on Sydney Harbor.
It was a joy, sheer pleasure to trim her twin legs and feel her poised on the chines of her fiber-glass and carbon fiber glass hull as if on a knife edge. I spent five days in the Cranchi factory on Lake Como in Italy. Their build quality is first-rate.
I have driven just about every make of Power boat. Nothing can match the sleek effortless handling of the Cranchi. For me handling is very important. You have to be able to have confidence in your boat in all types of water.
Have you ever driven a car into a corner and felt as if you were on rails?
That is how a powerboat should feel as you heel over with the steering hard to port or starboard whilst almost at full throttle and fully trimmed.
The hull design should be stiff and yet still absorb the wake and wash/waves as the hull speeds over their crest.
The cockpit must remain dry and the hatches sealed. The hatches and portholes are a good indicator of the stiffness of the hull. If the hull is not stiff they will leak and even fly open when you are in choppy water.
The engine layout is important. You must be able to trim the boat when it has a passenger load and still get maximum revs.
Build quality counts a lot. With boats you really do get what you pay for. Saying that if you want a good quality family boats it is hard to beat the Americans. Sea ray is still the best value make on the market and for its price bracket the build quality is second to none.