The same effective use of space is found belowdecks. Those sterndrives are set far enough aft to enable Cranchi to fit in a full-beam (13-foot-3-inch) stateroom under the helm/cockpit area. My test boat’s space was equipped with three single berths, which makes it an ideal spot for the kids. Her forepeak master stateroom is outfitted with a step-up queen-size berth. Add the two en suite heads to these sleep areas, and a family of five can cruise comfortably for weekends or longer. A cozy galley here allows for simple meals, and a lounge across from it looks a like a good place for rainy-day reading. Thanks to that large overhead windshield, natural light floods in from above and eliminates any cavelike feeling.
For years Cranchi has been able to take advantage of every inch of onboard space because its quality control is strong. This is partly attributed to the robots. Yes, the builder uses robots to build a good portion of its boats, which ensures that every screw, cut and the like are done the same way every time. It’s an exacting process that results in a solidly constructed vessel.
I discovered this when my test M40 was running at cruise speed over, across and through the rolling sea with nary a creak or a groan coming from anywhere on board. (See a video of my sea trial here.)
If you’re looking for a sporty performer that can run in a seaway, the M40 will make you grin like a Cheshire cat. If you’re seeking a family weekender, this cruiser offers room for everyone, literally. She’s also a solid on-the-water party platform that can strike a head-turning pose. In addition, her price tag is relatively reasonable. That’s a lot of pros for potential buyers. The only con may be finding all the time you want to spend on board.
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