Cranchi 43 Mediterranean

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Does anyone here own one of these? We are narrowing down our search for our next boat and the 43 hard top looks good, but I would live to hear from an owner or some one who has experience of the model.

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CAn't help you on the particular model, but i'm on my 2nd Cranchi and can't fault build quality, if that info is of any use to you! Granted though we're talking 2003 boats so don't have first hand experience of newer builds.

That hard-top model does look the business :)
 

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Make sure you have a hull survey.
My 8 year old Zaffiro had high moisture readings which made it unsaleable until I had it dealt with.
 

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Make sure you have a hull survey.
My 8 year old Zaffiro had high moisture readings which made it unsaleable until I had it dealt with.

Curious about this... where was the boat located and for how long each year did you have her out of the water? Not had an issue on either of my Cranchi's but we're in Ireland so boat is out of the water for 4 - 5 months of the year.
 

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Alt, boat was located in Poole/Lymington, in the water for most of the year except for 1 month.

High moisture readings due to chemicals in manufacture.
 

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Mmm... I don't want to dismiss the issue of moisture readings in plastic boats, but sometimes I think that anyone who don't want to live with that at all should rather choose a steel vessel.
Cranchi may not be the best builder around with regard to accurate finishing and attention to detail, but their moulding process is among the most controlled and industrialized (fully handled in-house btw) in the business.
How and on which basis your surveyor determined that the manufacturing chemistry was to blame?
Other than cutting a plug in the hull and send it to a specialized chemical lab, that's not much more than dock talk.
 

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Mmm... I don't want to dismiss the issue of moisture readings in plastic boats, but sometimes I think that anyone who don't want to live with that at all should rather choose a steel vessel.
Cranchi may not be the best builder around with regard to accurate finishing and attention to detail, but their moulding process is among the most controlled and industrialized (fully handled in-house btw) in the business.
How and on which basis your surveyor determined that the manufacturing chemistry was to blame?
Other than cutting a plug in the hull and send it to a specialized chemical lab, that's not much more than dock talk.
Unfortuantley, that might be relevant on a technical level, but no help when the punter runs a mile on (wives) tales.
 

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I have never seen a Cranchi with osmosis, even one which was a neighbor and in the water for nearly three years.

The 43 Meditterranee is good boat, goes fast with IPS600 D6 435hp, although it rides a bit bow high. I have been on a couple and they where always where put togather.
Should drink about 100 lph at 28 knots or about 3.6 liters to the knot.

If you can live with some cost cutting measures Cranchi make to there boats to be super competitive, as a bolt attached swim platform, inserted laminated teak outside, no gel-coat painted bilges, and some plastic bits here and there should be a great boat for years to come.
 

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Unfortuantley, that might be relevant on a technical level, but no help when the punter runs a mile on (wives) tales.
Not sure of what you mean by that.
If the punter had checked the boat after she had been sheltered for months, had found lower moisture readings, and had happily bought her, would the boat have been any different?
Anyway, what I was arguing about is the identification of the reasons for high moisture readings.
The fact that she's a fiberglass boat and she was in the water, in my simple mind, had much more to see with it than any sort of manufacturing chemistry.

PS: BTW, I'd be interested to hear from jonboy1 how he "dealt with" the problem.
If indeed the reason would have been down to moulding chemistry, I suppose he dealt with that by throwing the boat away, because I can't think of another solution.
 
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I have never seen a Cranchi with osmosis, even one which was a neighbor and in the water for nearly three years.
I bet she would have had high moisture readings anyway, though - pretty much as most other GRP boats, really. Osmosis is something different.
 

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I bet she would have had high moisture readings anyway, though - pretty much as most other GRP boats, really. Osmosis is something different.

If the survey is worth his salt and knows meter readings in Grp nos and levels after a hull being one year in the water, he should know if moisture reading are high or low for the period. Read Period!

What some times happens is that if the surveyor, does not survey much or any of brand name X he usually cleans his hands with the first signal.
 

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There was a Cranchi Med 43 (mint) that went down to your Marina from Pwllheli last year, but I understand it may have been part e'xd with boats.co.uk and gone back to Poole?
Shame on timing as it would have been spot on for you, and had an excellent service record and history (was my near neighbour and friends in Pwllheli) worth checking if still there? Boats name PapaJena
 

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MapisM, the boat was left ashore in Poole for a year to dry out, on advice from a contractor and surveyor.
I paid for some of the gel to be removed to assist drying.
Which it did not do sufficiently to enable new epoxy coating.
After which I decided to transport the boat to Hayling island for their specialist treatment of heating and vacuum treatment.
Boat was previously under brokerage in Poole.

Unfortunately my 2 prospective purchasers thro` the broker ran a mile when they saw the 1st surveyors report as they were newbies.
One asked if it was going to sink. !
There were no visible signs of osmosis, just high moisture levels.

I sold it privately whilst it was ashore having the treatment done.
 

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There was a Cranchi Med 43 (mint) that went down to your Marina from Pwllheli last year, but I understand it may have been part e'xd with boats.co.uk and gone back to Poole?
Shame on timing as it would have been spot on for you, and had an excellent service record and history (was my near neighbour and friends in Pwllheli) worth checking if still there? Boats name PapaJena

interestingly, she was on the hard at Darthaven marina when I was there last month unless there are two C43HT's with the same (or very similar) names.
 
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