Vintage suggestions and contemporary lines are perfectly balanced in the Cranchi x Christian Grande-designed E26 Classic. Cranchi introduced the E26 at the Nassa Boat Show 2018 in Lugano this Fall as a world premiere, a new project, designed in two proposals: Classic and Rider. These are not two versions of the same model: the E26 Classic and the E26 Rider are two boats with a strong and precise identity. Two boats sharing a unique vision: offering owners who choose a boat of this size an exclusive, multi-purpose product with a distinctive style.
This season, Cranchi is renewing its offer of boats under 30 feet.
The Cranchi x Christian Grande E26 can be a tender in service to a large yacht or to a villa and, when the owner gets on board, they will feel satisfied with their desire for elegance and class.
Historical Cantiere Nautico Cranchi shipyard and celebrated yacht designer Christian Grande teamp up once again for a daycruiser with D4 diesel (300 hp) or V6 petrol (280 hp) as engine options. The result of this collaboration is the E26 Classic, a 7.85-metre boat, which is also suitable as a superyacht tender.
E26 stands out for its sporty character combined with a sophisticated, unique style, in which vintage suggestions and contemporary lines are perfectly balanced.
“The E26 Classic comes from reading the style of classic motorboats in a new key,” explained designer Christian Grande. “The history of pleasure boating has been written by this type of boat since the 1950s and 60s, thanks to refined, distinguished enthusiasts who spent time in the seaside resorts – and let’s not forget the great lakes.The size and performance of these boats allowed their crew and passengers to travel rapidly from shore to shore and to enjoy pleasant days aboard.”
Christian Grande reinterpreted the theme of tradition by introducing some distinguishing and markedly modern traits, such as the vertical stem and the clear cut-off of the side windows, which give longitudinal momentum to the Cranchi E26 Classic and are the only sign of a topside.
The clean lines are in contrast with the surprisingly sophisticated interiors, perfectly finished and characterised by a contrast between shiny and matte, rigid and solid materials – just like in a luxury car. The teak foredeck brings to mind the classic heritage of wooden ships and is a visual counterpoint to the stern control panel, which is also covered with teak.
The large stern sundeck stretches over the motor compartment and a fold-away bimini top can provide shade in the cockpit when needed. The dinette in the centre of the boat is served by an L-shaped seat (that provides continuity with the stern sunpad) and two pivoting seats, which can be turned to the bow when cruising and to the stern when relaxing.
The sporty character of the E26 Classic is further enhanced by the fullbeam, wrap-around windscreen that protects the pilot and the person next to him. An opening in the middle of the screen allows to comfortably access the foredeck. Interior layout features a cabin and a toilet, for a comfortable daycruising or for spending the night in.
“A similar approach can be seen in the layout of large yachts that the E26 Classic winks at,” concludes Christian Grande. “Its characteristics also make it the perfect tender for them.”