“We were inspired by the lines of the legendary Grand Soleil 52 designed fa Frers in 1987. What, for the time, was a maxiyacht, a great success destined to last with about 60 boats produced“. At the Cannes Boat Show, Cantiere del Pardo unveiled its latest addition, the Grand Soleil 52 Performance (17.05 x 5.15 m) that we will see in the water at the French kermesse in 2024. Today the boats are bigger, and what was once a maxiyacht, today we might call a “mid-size high-end” fast cruiser. And which today aims to be a concentrate of performance and comfort thanks to the pencil of Matteo Polli, former designer of the GS 44 that won the last three ORC world championships.
The presentation was also the occasion for the first public outing of Sandro Veronesi, the entrepreneur who in 1986 founded the Calzedonia brand, a group with more than 3 billion in sales that recently acquired a majority stake in Cantiere Del Pardo. “It is not our intention to resell after a few years. We came here to stay, and grow” he said. And indeed, the three-year investment plan is significant, with 40 million between product development and facility expansion.
Back “in the water.” What boat will be the new Grand Soleil 52 Performance, also available in a Race version?
What we know about the new Grand Soleil 52 Performance
The new Grand Soleil 52 Performance, starting from Cantiere del Pardo’s concept, was designed by the proven duo Matteo Polli and Nauta Design and does, in fact, recapture the elegance of its progenitor-beginning with the Navy blue lines on the beauty line-and that harmony of form that, then as now, translates into stability and performance.
The boat, as anticipated, will be declined in two versions, “Performance” and “Race,” to meet the needs of both the fast cruising and sportier owner.
Grand Soleil 52 Performance – Deck and Sail Plan
Deck plan and sail plan, as well as the live-work, are declined differently in the two versions: the “Performance” one provides an “easy sailing” deck plan with 4 aft winches, mainsail sheet with fixed point, standard self-tacking jib and standard carbon bowsprit; the cockpit is free from rigging to be safely usable by guests.
The “Race” version, on the other hand, features 6 winches, longitudinal rails for the jib, recessed mainsail traveller, increased sail plan and a 90 cm longer carbon bowsprit (compared to the standard version). The mainsail sheet is German style on both versions. The mast is positioned aft of the main bulkhead to optimize the sail center.
The cockpit, furnished with ergonomically designed benches, is fully usable by guests, thanks to the choice to recess all maneuvers. There is no shortage of storage space: the fore sail locker can hold sails of all sizes, including the Code 0, the anchor locker can accommodate the six daily-use fenders, and the fully watertight garage holds the 2.90-meter tender.
As for the live-work, the “Performance” version mounts a standard keel with ductile iron blade, 2.90-meter T-shaped lead/antimony torpedo, while the “Race” version has a steel-bladed keel, fiberglass hydrodynamic fittings, and optimized lead/antimony torpedo with a draft of 2.7 meters. There is also the possibility of a reduced draft to 2.30 meters.
Grand Soleil 52 Performance – Interior
Constructed entirely of sandwich construction with composite wood compartmentation bulkheads, the Grand Soleil 52 Performance was designed down to the smallest detail to make the most of the volumes and offer great comfort and habitability, without affecting weight (and thus performance): the dinette features the charting area in the bow, large storage compartments, and an ergonomic and fully equipped C-shaped galley (present are 3 refrigerators with freezers for a total of 172 liters), to ensure a pleasant stay on board even for long periods.
As for the cabins, three are provided: the master cabin is in the bow with a dedicated bathroom, while the aft VIP cabin-with single or double beds-has direct access to the bathroom (with shower stall), as does the guest cabin on the left, with a double bed.
The owner can opt for different woods, such as oak, gray oak or teak; in all cases, color elegance is ensured by contrasting dunnage.
Services and Engine
A 24 V electrical system will be installed on the new Grand Soleil 52 Performance, with thinner wiring and longer battery life (with electronic battery cut-offs). In addition, the boat will be air-conditioned through three control machines located in the stern, dinette and bow, with dedicated thermostats in each room.
To ensure long navigations in total autonomy, the GS 52 can count on 4 stainless steel water tanks (totaling 600 liters) positioned amidships below the waterline (which can be sectioned off for better consumption management) and another diesel tank, also in stainless steel, totaling 400 liters of fuel, an indispensable capacity to allow long transfers.
On board is a 75-horsepower Volvo Penta (80-horsepower Yanmar is also available as an option) with saildrive transmission and bow and stern maneuvering propellers with brushless motors, ensuring low maintenance and quiet operation.
Grand Soleil 52 Performance – Data Sheet
Overall length Performance 17.05 m
Overall length Race 17.95 m
Hull length 16.20 m
Maximum beam 5.15 m
Standard draft 2.90 m
Optional draft 2.30 m / 2.70 m
Displacement 16,500 kg (empty) / 21,000 kg (fully loaded)
Volvo Penta 75 hp saildrive engine (Yanmar 80 hp optional)
Interior layout 3 cabins and 3 bathrooms
Water tank capacity 600 l
Diesel tank capacity 400 l
Naval Architecture Matteo Polli
Interior and Exterior design Nauta Design
Construction and Concept Pardo Shipyard
Web site www.grandsoleil.net
Grand Soleil 52 Performance – Photos of the boat
Photos of the interior