Designed by Rolf Vrolijk, and it shares the same heritage of this designer, who has proven his ability to delineate and reaffirm the success of Alinghi in the last two editions of the America’s Cup. Grand Soleil 50’ is a consecration of the design on which it was built, aimed at limiting wave-resistance at sea and at defining significant shape stability in order to achieve the ideal angle of balance and consistently safe and comfortable sailing.
In terms of design solutions, the sail area includes a high-extension spanker and a low-overlap genoa jib, so asxto allow for easy and intuitive sailing in all conditions, even with a short crew. The spacious and user-friendly cockpit is designed to suit both cruise and regatta use. The main sheet at the end of the boom ensures the best possible control for regatta use, whilst the halyard runs below deck, the short deckhouse and the garage hood make for a clear, obstacle-free deck, and ensure that all rigging movements can be carried out freely and rapidly.
SEA-AFFINITY. ENOUGH SAID
There is perhaps no greater or more desirable quality in a boat, and yet, when you try Grand Soleil 50’, you will recognise it instantly and naturally. This boat is truly made for the sea, tireless, handling races or cruises, the longer the better, in the heart of the habitat that Grand Soleil 50’ was made for, and where it is truly in its element. Above deck, the double wheelhouse opens out the cockpit and provides for a direct passageway to the transom, where the electrical opening- system facilitates easy and immediate access to the sea.
Dimensions and design choices make the Grand Soleil 50’ an extremely agreeable boat, articularly well-suited for hosting guests and families, thanks to its spacious rooms and decks.
SPEED MEETS RELAXATION
Below deck, the sporty life gives way to a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, distinctly elegant and refined, down to the smallest detail, as befits the finest Grand Soleil tradition. Alongside the classic layout with 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms, there is also the possibility of a fourth cabin on the starboard bulwark to the fore, available for the crew on board ready for the long crossings for which this Grand Soleil was designed.
Cantiere del Pardo’s priorities are resoundingly clear: safety and structural soundness. This choice is reflected in the use of traditional boatbuilding techniques that have stood the test of time and have been finely honed, down to the smallest details.
The ultimate in strength and durability: stratified unidirectional fibreglass offers a tensile strength of up to 25 kg/mm². To ensure the durability and waterproofing of the outer surfaces, NPG isophtalic GELCOAT NEOGEL and vinylester resin are applied to the first layers of the hull. The steel used is AISI 316 on the outside, and AISI 304 on the inside, welded using tungsten electrodes according to the “ARCOTIG” process.
In 7-layer marine plywood, bonded to the hull with a 60-mm-wide lamination applied to the edges of the bulkheads after abrading, in order to achieve maximum adhesion with the fibreglass.
Consisting of a stainless steel bar with a diameter of 60 mm; the blade structure is made up of 300 mm stainless steel plates. The shaft swivels on two supports, using self-aligning ball or rollerbearings to keep friction to a minimum.
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