Cranchi Yachts was originally established on the banks of Lake Como in Italy by Giovanni Cranchi in 1870. In its early days, Cranchi had made boats mainly for fishermen and to transport goods and passengers. At the end of the nineteenth century Lake Como had been a primary location for the nautical world due to its many docks and constant shipping and receiving of goods and people. Since there were no motor vehicles around at the time, nautical transportation was the key to communicating with other countries and continents, so there was always a demand for new boats to be made. Giovanni Cranchi was always a clever businessman who had a true passion for boating and making quality boats using techniques that no one else thought of at the time. During the mid 20th century, Cranchi had passed on his company to his son, Aldo, in order to continue the legacy of his unique boats.
By the mid-sixties Cranchi began producing a series of wooden models, some famous names including the Tannus, Faster, Sbarazzino, and the Dinghy 12 P. In 1970, Aldo decided to finally expand the shipyard to Piantedo, a 33,000 square foot facility, in order to meet the high demands for the company, as over 1,000 boats have been produced. Since then the management structure of the company has remain unchanged, and Aldo Cranchi and his partner, Tullio Monzino continue to run the entire company. Cranchi has more than thirty people from four main departments (Research Study Center, Style Center, Prototypes Department, and Laboratory) who work on one boat at a time and stick to their original mission: “The combination of high performance levels with design, ergonomics, form, and function.” Cranchi products are said to express the highest values in terms of design, engineering, reliability, and aesthetics. They now produce on average approximately one boat every three hours. Cranchi yachts come in several different models and sizes, and can be purchased new or used across the globe.
Used Cranchi yachts begin at approximately $20,000 and up. New Cranchi yachts can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Reputable company – has been around for almost 150 years.
- Information about boats are available in several languages and can be found all over the world.
- Is still a family owned company since it began in 1870.
- Boats are not as customized – one boat is made approximately every 3 hours.
- Does not offer much information about speed, fuel efficiency, etc.
Cranchi Yachts has been around for almost 150 years, earning them a strong reputation in the boating industry. They can be purchased worldwide both new and used directly through Cranchi or at retailers around the world.