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53 Cranchi Eco Trawler Highlight [Boat Review + Video]

Marina Nazario | July 8, 2021

Explore this 53′ Cranchi Eco Trawler for sale in Cancun, Mexico. Kyle Dunn gives a tour of this vessel.

Welcome to beautiful Cancun, Mexico. I’m Kyle Dunn with Denison Yachting and today we’re going to take you on a walkthrough tour of this 2017 53 Cranchi Eco Trawler

The trawler lifestyle is all about exploring remote destinations, cruising comfortably and economically. On this T-53, modern eco trawler at 7-and-half knots, you can enjoy almost 2,000 nautical miles of range. But when you need to get somewhere quickly, she can hit 20 knots, and performance is not limited to just speed and range. With her Volvo IPS 600s around the dock, you have the advantage of three docking stations, on the flybridge, lower helm, and the cockpit.

We’re going to begin on the aft section of the flybridge. For most trawlers in this class, you would find a davit and a tender here. But since we store our tender on the swim platform, it frees up more space for entertaining family and friends. On the port side, you can cook for the whole group utilizing the flybridge galley equipped with an electric grill, sink, fridge, and icemaker both isotherm.

Moving forward under shade is the heart of the bridge where you’ll be spending most of your time. You’re welcomed by this varnished teak table that easily expands to accommodate the whole party. When the leaves are folded in, you have access to grab rails and cup holders. This dinette wraps around to join the captain at the helm. The first thing you’ll notice is the joystick control we mentioned earlier. Surrounding this is a Garmin 7416 GPS, Garmin autopilot, and radar.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler aerial

On the port side, you’ll find your fusion head unit, VHF, spotlight control, and bow thruster. To starboard are your Volvo engine displays, throttles, and trim tap controls. Rounding out the flybridge is an excellent lounging space just forward to the helm. This boat is also great loop-ready, thanks to her convertible mast reducing her airdraft below 17-and-a-half feet.

Before we take a look at the cockpit, let’s go check out the bow. Here on the bow, we walk into another great space for entertaining. A sunshade offers protection for the aft section of the bow. We have a forward-facing seating area with two intimate dining tables.

Further forward is a versatile area that can be used as a sun pad as you see here or as loungers, by simply lifting this aft section. Underneath this lounging space to both port and starboard, we have more storage. All the way forward is your Lewmar anchor and windlass fitted with foot controls. You can also control the anchor from the lower helm.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler bow

Another space you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time in is here in the cockpit. Anchoring this space is a beautiful varnished antique tabletop serving as another option for dining with the family on board. On the port side, we have our cockpit docking station complete with Volvo engine display and bow thruster.

Nearby we have our boarding door, storage underneath the steps, and seating. To starboard, we have another boarding door that leads us down to our hydraulic swim platform acting as your primary tender storage and direct access into the water.

As we come back into the cockpit, here centerline, we have our engine access. We have a pair of Volvo IPS 600s generating 435 horsepower each. Between the engines, you’ll find the 23 kilowatts Onan Genset.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler main salon

Coming back into the cockpit, we move inside to this beautifully spacious salon. Here to port is our aft galley which allows for an open layout keeping you in touch with the guests outside. A closer look at the galley reveals pantry storage located above the fridge/freezer. Forward of that is a four-burner cooktop, large stainless sink basin, Miele convection oven, and plenty of storage throughout.

At the entrance to port, we have storage for folding chairs used in the cockpit. To starboard are a wine cooler down below, extra storage, fusion head unit, and custom stemware and glassware storage. Across from the galley is a comfortable L-shaped seating area with plenty of storage underneath and large picture windows.

Further forward is a pop-up TV paired with a Bose surround system. An important aspect in the layout of any trawler is having easy access to the side decks which we have here on the port side this is also where your AV equipment is located.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler helm

Continuing forward in the salon we come to the lower helm station one thing that immediately caught my attention is the excellent visibility in every direction. We see it’s very similar to the layout we saw on the flybridge. Instead, here we have a Garmin 7412 GPS with a larger Volvo Penta display.

The word Cranchi translated from Italian to English means crab. Throughout the boat, we find creative reminders of that. Similar to the flybridge layout there’s plenty of room to congregate in this U-shaped dinette. An isotherm fridge is found underneath the dinette and similar to the aft salon, additional storage under the seating.

There’s a lot to see down on the accommodations below. Let’s go take a look. On our way down, we pass the main shore power panel. This is where you might expect to find a bulkhead but our layout greets you with an open gathering area where the seating can easily convert into sleeping for two.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler VIP stateroom

Moving forward, we walk into the VIP stateroom – huge headroom. We have an island queen bed with tons of space on either side to move around. A settee is found to port, storage under the bed, outboard on both sides, and a hanging locker starboard aft. An ensuite head and shower can be found on the starboard side and this doubles as your day head.

Aft of the convertible seating before we enter the master, near the staircase, is even more space for personal items. Further aft we enter the full-beam master stateroom. It feels very spacious with large hull side windows and thanks to the Volvo IPS pods we gain a lot more headroom.

To port is a desk with storage found throughout including a closet in the port aft corner. And continuing aft is a generous master ensuite head and oversized shower. Accessibility to systems is an important quality in a good trawler. Underfoot here in the seating area, we have ready access to the waste tank, water tank AC unit, and other mechanical systems.

53' Cranchi Eco Trawler profile

That wraps up our tour on this 53 Cranchi Eco Trawler. Thank you so much for joining us. If you have any questions or want to see her in person, please feel free to contact Kyle Dunn anytime.

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