Cantiere del Pardo presented the Grand Soleil 52 Performance during the Cannes Yachting Festival.  Inspired by the lines of the Grand Soleil 52 originally designed by German Frers in 1987, this new addition was designed by the proven duo Matteo Polli and Nauta Design and takes up the elegance of its progenitor (starting with the Navy blue lines of the beautiful line) and the same harmony of shapes which, then as now, translates into stability and performance. 


Grand Soleil 52 Performance

The Grand Soleil 52 Performance is part of the successful Grand Soleil Performance line and is available in two versions, “Performance” and “Race”, to satisfy the needs of the more sporty customers and the needs of people who prefer fast cruising to regatta courses.


Grand Soleil 52 Performance

Built entirely in sandwich plate with composite wood compartmentalisation bulkheads, the Grand Soleil 52 Performance has been studied down to the smallest detail to make the most of its space and offer living areas large for a yacht this size, without affecting the weight. The large dinette features the chart area in the bow, big storage compartments and an ergonomic and fully equipped C-shaped kitchen (with 3 fridge-freezers offering 172 liters of storage space), to ensure a pleasant stay on board even for long periods. 


Grand Soleil 52 Performance

There are three cabins: the owner's cabin is in the bow, with its own bathroom, while the VIP cabin in the stern (with double bed or two singles) can have direct access to the bathroom (with shower cubicle), as does the guest cabin on the left, which features a double bed. 


Grand Soleil 52 Performance

Owners can choose among different essences, such as oak, gray oak or teak; in all cases, chromatic elegance is ensured by the contrasting floorboards.

The deck plan and sail plan, as well as the hull, are designed differently in the two versions: the “Performance” version features an “easy sailing” deck plan with 4 winches at the stern, mainsheet with fixed point, a standard self-tacking jib and standard carbon bowsprit; the cockpit is not involved in any maneuvers so that it can be safely used by guests. The “Race” version, however, features 6 winches, longitudinal rails for the jib, recessed mainsail traveler, larger sail plan and a carbon bowsprit that is 90 cm longer than the standard version. Both versions have a German-style mainsheet. The mast is positioned aft of the main bulkhead, to optimize the center of effort. 


Grand Soleil 52 Performance

Guests can safely use the cockpit, furnished with benches with an innovative and ergonomic design, because it is not involved in any maneuvers. There is certainly no shortage of storage space: the large sail locker in the bow can hold sails of all sizes (including a Code 0), the anchor locker can accommodate the six fenders for daily use, while the 2.90-meter tender is housed in the completely watertight garage.


Grand Soleil 52 Race

As regards the hull, the “Performance” version has a standard keel with ductile iron blade and a T-shaped lead/antimony bulb (2.90 meter draught), while the “Race” version has a keel with a steel blade, hydrodynamic fiberglass fittings and an optimized antimony-lead bulb with a 2.7 meter draught. The drought can be reduced to 2.30 meters.


Pardo 75

To guarantee long navigations in total autonomy, the Grand Soleil 52 Performance can count on 4 stainless steel water tanks (600 liters in all) positioned amidships under the waterline (which can be sectioned for better consumption management). There is another tank for diesel fuel (also made of stainless steel) which can hold 400 liters in all, which is an essential capacity for long transfers to be possible. 

On board there is a 75 horsepower Volvo Penta (an 80 horsepower Yanmar is also an option) with saildrive transmission and bow and stern thrusters with brushless motors, which ensure reduced maintenance and very little noise.

The World Premiere of the Grand Soleil 52 Performance will be at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2024.


VanDutch 75

The shipyard also presented the VanDutch 75 and the Pardo 75 (T-Top version). 

Cantiere del Pardo was founded in 1973 in Italy. Pardo Yachts, the brand of Cantiere del Pardo dedicated to powerboats, was born in 2016. The first model, the Pardo 43, was launched in 2017. Grand Soleil was founded in 1973 and is famous for its yachts, which ensure performance for regattas, autonomous long-distance navigation, as well as a high level of sustainable consciousness.

Credits: Cantiere del Pardo

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