3rd Nov 2015 by Rightboat

Cranchi Zaffiro 34 Review

Cranchi Zaffiro 34 Review

The Cranchi Zaffiro 34 is a classic Italian thoroughbred from a family firm with almost 150 years’ experience of building quality boats. This sports cruiser can comfortably accommodate a family or guests for an overnight or weekend stay in a spacious owners’ cabin and guest cabin with twin berths that can convert to a double. There is ample space above and below deck for up to 10 people, making the Cranchi Zaffiro 34 an ideal boat for a party. A large swim platform provides space for watersports activities and is big enough for a tender. The Zaffiro 34, with its qualities of space, performance and excellent sea keeping abilities, has been a long-running success story for Cranchi, making it an excellent secondhand purchase.

Who and what was this boat designed for?

The Cranchi Zaffiro 34 is a sports cruiser with good bluewater performance characteristics and a cruising range of around 300 nautical miles. A sharp entry deep-vee hull gives the boat excellent handling ability and stability. The boat’s weight contributes to a smooth ride over rough water, while twin Volvo diesels offer brisk acceleration.

What commentators say about this boat

A chic conveyance made in the finest of Italian traditions.

Besides being well groomed, smart and having a first-class finish, the Cranchi offers a consular ride.

Like many Italian flights of fancy, the Zaffiro 34 bows to fashion, finish and go-fast performance. But, unlike a lot of Italian boats, this 34-footer also works from a practical perspective.

In the middle of all of this industry, design talent, craftsmen, and taste, are several boat builders producing, not surprisingly, the world’s most elegant and refined small boats. One of them is Cranchi.

For a classy Italian stallion with all the goodies like this Cranchi 34, that's definitely good value for money.


  • Length overall: 36ft 9in (11.21m)
  • Beam: 11ft 5in (3.49m)
  • Draft: 3ft 3in (1.0m)
  • Weight: 6.7 tons (6100kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 125 gallons (150 US gallons) (570 litres)
  • Water capacity: 42 gallons (50 US gallons) (190 litres)
  • Engines: Twin Volvo KAD 43P/DP-E six-cylinder diesels, 230 hp with turbocharging

What’s great about the Cranchi Zaffiro 34

  • Italian style
  • Spacious accommodation for four
  • Room for parties of up to 10
  • Excellent seakeeping
  • Good handling and stability
  • Versatility as a day or weekend cruiser

What to look out for on a pre-owned Cranchi Zaffiro 34

If you’re buying a used Cranchi Zaffiro 34, our engineers and owners have reported some things to watch out for and potential faults that might occur on this boat from time to time.

  • No reported faults

Keeping your Cranchi Zaffiro 34 in shape

When buying a used Cranchi Zaffiro 34, regular scheduled servicing and attention to some minor points will keep your craft in top condition.

Regular servicing

Carry out regular engine and drive servicing in line with the manufacturer’s recommended intervals.


We don't currently have any specific maintenance information for the Cranchi Zaffiro 34.

If you have ever owned or worked on a Cranchi Zaffiro 34 and would like to share your thoughts, then get in touch and we'll add your information to the page.

Laying up

Follow manufacturer’s recommendations when laying up for winter.

Model-specific repairs

The Cranchi Zaffiro 34 is not known for needing specific repairs more frequently than other boats.

Why buy a pre-owned Cranchi Zaffiro 34?

This Cranchi Zaffiro 34 represents good value for money for a cruiser in its class. It offers Italian styling, superb performance and comfortable accommodation for family cruising. If you are looking for an exciting boat that offers practicality as well, the Cranchi Zaffiro 34 should be on your list.

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