Sleek, stylish, and with a new take on on-board layouts, this Finnish hardtop is set to shake things up in the cruiser market
If you go boating in Finland, where for six months of the year it’s pretty much in perpetual darkness, you want to make the most of every sun-drenched minute, and that means having a boat that works on every level. But what we have here is not just your usual sensible north European cruiser, it’s one that is not afraid to do things a bit differently.
While most 40ft hardtops have what is ostensibly an open cockpit under the roof, this Grandezza has sliding cockpit doors to create a proper deck saloon, as you might find on, say, a 60ft model (only this one is a bit smaller).
It is as enclosed and comfortable as any flybridge saloon, with a large and slightly raised C-shaped dinette to port giving a good view out through deep windows, while opposite a full-length sideboard houses the cutlery, crockery and glasses in dedicated stowage compartments, and a TV retracts into the rear of the unit.
Further forward there’s a double helm, but the real surprise is a sliding door, giving the helmsman direct access to the deeply bulwarked starboard side deck, which is fantastic for shorthanded boating.
First published in the December 2012 issue of MBM.
The Grandezza 39CA inhabits a world in which comfort, practicality and ease of use top the agenda. What we love most about this boat is that it hasn't tried to tackle its rivals head-on, but instead carves its own subtly different niche which will appeal to many buyers.