July 7, 2022

Italcraft Beached and Destroyed in Rome Beach

A eleven meter Italcaft classic motor cruiser named Masianello with two persons on board was beached on the sandy beach of Passoscuro, some nautical miles to the North of Fiumicino on the morning of Thursday seven July.  The boat left Fiumicino Fiumara river before her engines gave up and the boat ended up beached.  The classic flybridge cruiser was two days later on the morning of Saturday ninth June demolished, some say unfairly while other saying there was nothing much to do because part the wooden construction was weakened in a storm the previous night.  The Masianello was reportedly purchased in May by the current owner.
This  Italcraft is an X-33 model built in 1972.  Introduced in 1969, after two years of prototype testing the X-33 is somewhat a scaled down version of the X-44, offering a lower deck sleeping four; double Vee-berth forward and two bunk berths with separate cabin to starboard.  Sold in 42 units the X-33 was build of lamellar construction, glued plywood sheets with longitude and transverse reinforcements.  A sport open X-33 Diplomat version was also made selling in twenty units.  Deep-V hull fore to aft the X-33 was powered by twin diesels Perkins 160, 190hp or Aifo 220hp, and Chrysler petrol with line shaft propulsion. The X-33 was replaced by the innovative and fiberglass built 36 Aermar in 1976.
Italcraft was a pioneer in fast hull shapes, called the factory of dreams, building the first Deep-Vee boat in Europe, and being the first with the help of Renato Sonny Levi to introduce the Variable deep-Vee shape, propeller tunnels, and fixed surface drives in the seventies.  Other firsts by Italcraft include the first production boat built with Carbon and Kevlar fibers.

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