“It was difficult to improve a boat as apt as the Solaris 50, but we succeeded.” With this statement, designer Javier Soto Acebal, reporting from his studio in Argentina, began his speech to explain how the new Solaris 50, unveiled at the official launch event held at the Marina di Monfalcone (formerly Hannibal) of the new Red Bull property, came into being. A few kilometers from the Solaris shipyard in Aquileia.
Even from life, the Solaris 50 maintains the premise we told you about here.
When you see the Solaris 50 you stop and admire it.
This 50-footer is one of those boats that when you walk by the dock and see it, you just naturally stop, look at it and say, “What a boat!”
Elegant in the simplicity of its lines and in the well-chosen design of the deckhouse, it conceals at first glance what are instead the substantial innovations of this new model from the Italian shipyard, a leader in the “premium” fast cruiser segment.
As its designer Soto told us, the Solaris 50 not only has more volume than the previous version but is designed to be even more stable under sail, with an even smoother passage over the wave.
What are the big and small changes on deck
The promises have also been fulfilled in the deck layout where the lowering of the extreme aft deck level thanks to two convenient steps down makes the boat even more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
The two rudder wheels are placed at either end of the sides, increasing the freedom of fore/aft passage and giving the helmsman absolute visibility over the boat, even with the sprayhood/bimini hoisted.
There are many small but very important details that we liked. From the movable seats for helming in all conditions, to the lowered drapes in the aft area, to the cockpit with twin tables, to the self-tacking jib with recessed rail. A small masterpiece is the tender garage where the tender is hidden in the stern transversely. Unique in its category.
Soto Acebal reported, data in hand, that performance has increased especially in “wide” swells and the boat heels much less, thanks to the work done on the water lines.
What the Solaris 50 looks like below decks.
We then went below deck visiting the version with three cabins and two bathrooms, designed by Patrick Roseo. The finishes, obviously in a boat of this level, are impeccable with a rational layout that includes a large master cabin forward and two spacious cabins aft. The dinette is worthy of a larger boat, and the kitchen offers space worthy of that found at home. It will also be interesting to see in the future the other available layout with three cabins and three bathrooms due to the layout of the galley on the starboard broadside.
The yard’s managers were keen to point out that the Solaris 50 is the most successful boat in its history, on paper 20 have already been sold!
To be seen until April 25
If you would like to see the new Solaris 50 (and also the 60 and 64) in person, until April 25, at Marina Monfalcone you can also go on board by booking a visit to firstname.lastname@example.org
The features of the new Solaris 50
Overall length: m. 15,50
Maximum width: m. 4,78
Displacement: 15,900 kg
Ballast: 4,850 kg
Draft: 2.80 m (optional 2.35 m)
Sail area: 155 square meters
Engine: Volvo 50 hp (optional 75 hp) with Saildrive
Water: 510 liters
Fuel: 370 liters
Design: Javier Soto Acebal
Interior design: Roseo Design
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