Grand Soleil 44
Grand Soleil 44: unparalleled performance, style and elegance
The Grand Soleil 44 is Cantiere del Pardo’s new challenge to the world of performance. To win this bet, the shipyard turned to the designer who has best interpreted the concept of a performance hull on race courses around the world in recent years: Matteo Polli.
This new model in short does not intend to hide its race soul. Matteo Polli did a great deal of optimization work to arrive at a hull that would maximize absolute performance and performance/rating. All while having the clear goal of maintaining balanced hull lines so as to make it easy for even the most inexperienced boat owners to operate. In order to choose the fundamental parameters of the hull, an in-depth study was done: four different hulls were designed and subjected to CFD and VPP analysis to arrive at the best of optimizations in both actual boat performance and performance/rating ratio.
As already seen aboard the Grand Soleil 48, also the Grand Soleil 44 will be available in a dual version: one layout will be more suitable for cruising, with a different sail plan and deck layout to simplify maneuvering, while the other will be more race oriented to perform at its best on race courses. Style and elegance complete the DNA of this new 44-footer that echoes the family feeling of the other models in the range. Among the boat’s distinctive features is the rather backward positioning of the mast, which will allow more sail area for the headsails with the goal of maximizing performance considering average Mediterranean conditions. This choice also advanced the positioning of the cabins and thus provided a larger cockpit than previous models.
The Grand Soleil 44’s maximum beam of more than four meters is of paramount importance in maximizing shape stability. This is also so to ensure ample volumes both on deck and in the interior. Simple technical solutions have been well integrated with the aesthetics of the deck, which can be equipped with six winches (race setup) or four winches within reach of the helmsman if more cruising and easy sailing-oriented use is preferred. The self-tacking jib is provided as standard to allow easy handling of the boat, but cross rails can be fitted on request to adjust the jib sheet point. The result is a deck plan that provides excellent performance and speed in racing maneuvers while at the same time easy cruising.
As already seen aboard the Grand Soleil 48, the 44 also includes a choice of two different sail plans: the standard one with an aluminum mast intended for more cruising use and the carbon (oversized) race one intended for racing. As for appendages, there is a choice of three different drafts: the standard one is 2.60 meters, while as options there are drafts at 2.40 meters and 2.80 meters.
Regarding the interior layout, which features three cabins and two bathrooms (both with separate shower stalls), note the surprisingly livable spaces that coexist with a hull with a sporty character. The perceived volumes are truly remarkable. Spaces below deck enjoy a generous beam that gives ample and comfortable volumes.
The L-shaped galley is positioned on the left, the dinette consists of a comfortable U-shaped sofa with a dining table in the center that can seat up to eight people, and on the right, a three-seat broadside sofa with a chart table positioned against the forward bulkhead. The master cabin, with comfortable double bed, settee and dedicated bathroom, is truly generous in size for a 44-foot hull with a sporty character. Making the interior spaces even more comfortable is the considerable natural light that enters through the various windows in the hull and on the deck.