The famous “Miranda VI” sank in the waters of the Arno River


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Miranda VI

“Miranda VI,” the legendary aluminum Impala 52 that came out of Britton Chance’s pencil in the 1980s and starred in several world tours sank last March 31 and lies 6-7 meters deep in the Tuscan waters of the Arno River.

More or less serious accidents can happen to all boats, to cheap mass-built ones as well as to the more luxurious yachts that are the offspring of distinguished designers. For the owner, it is always a heartbreak. Especially when the boat in question has a long history and a soul steeped in passion, travel and human experience.

As happened recently to “Miranda VI,” the legendary boat built by brothers Giancarlo and Paolo Bianchi that was the protagonist of several world tours and famous ocean races. On the night of March 31, Easter Day, between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m., this beautiful aluminum cabin cruiser slowly laid down on the bed of the Arno River at the height of No. 184, right in the middle of the river, where it had been anchored for several days.

Miranda VI

The tree protrudes from the water for a few meters

The cause of the boat’s sinking is currently unknown, and the wreck lying about 6-7 meters on the seabed has been secured by firefighters. These placed some buoys to mark the obstacle, which is moreover clearly evident at least during the day by the presence of the boat mast protruding several meters above the water surface. Maritime traffic along the Arno River is somewhat reduced these weeks. But it is gradually increasing as the days become longer and sunnier.

Born to travel the world and take long ocean cruises “Miranda VI” is an Impala 52 and was the sixth in a series of famous boats on which generations of sailors grew up and trained thanks to the hospitality and passion of brothers Giancarlo and Paolo Bianchi.

A cabin cruiser that has made many sailors dream

From the pen of U.S. designer Britton Chance, “Miranda VI” was built in aluminum in the early 1980s by Cantieri Navali 71 in Castiglion della Pescaia. The hull features sleek and essential lines, provides for a sloop rig, and despite its large size can sail in remote and shallow water areas. This is thanks to the retractable keel that reduces the draft from 3 meters to 80 centimeters and the tilting rudder. We hope that as soon as possible she can be saved.



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