The Cranchi Z35 is a sportscruiser in the traditional sense with an open, sun-soaked cockpit, twin diesels and two generous cabins. Jack Haines finds out of it has the talent to the topple its rivals

Product Overview

Cranchi Z35


  • Attractive styling
  • Brilliant cockpit
  • Good finish and detailing
  • Punchy performance
  • Spacious below decks


  • Glare off the dash
  • Uncomfortable helm seat
  • Tight engineroom access


Cranchi Z35 review


Price as reviewed:

£200,911.00 (base price)
The Cranchi Z35 is the type of boat that the Italian yard is good at. While it expands the brand to incorporate 65ft flybridges and a range of trawler yachts, mid-range sportscruisers are at Cranchi’s core and where it shines.

What we have here is a good looking, open sportscruiser with a pair of 260hp Volvo Penta D4s and two spacious cabins.

They are a rare breed and, currently, there are no plans to make a hardtop version, which puts it in white rhino territory.

Cranchi Z35

Twin Volvo Penta D4 260s make for a 34-knot top speed

Cranchi didn’t want to mess with the formula too much, the previous Zaffiro 34 sold 150 a year for ten years so there’s not much that needs fixing.

The most obvious change is the styling, which adds large strips of black detailing down each topside with inset glazing and portholes.

Cranchi isn’t a yard to shy away from striking design cues and this particular one gives the Z35 an unmistakable profile out on the water.

Though there is only the twin D4 260hp engine option they are so well suited to the boat I can’t see anyone complaining about a lack of choice.

We topped out at 34 knots on test and twin sterndrives deliver handling that is quick and engaging whilst remaining sure footed.

Cranchi Z35

The Z35’s sociable and open cockpit is designed to shine on sunny days

It’s not all rosy from the helm, though, as the bright GRP moulding makes for a lot of glare in bright sunlight and the padding on the bolster cushion is so thin it’s very uncomfortable to flip up the base and lean for any length of time.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Below decks
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