Italy’s Cantiere del Pardo has been producing fast, handsome yachts for many years. The Grand Soleil 54 is the work of Luca Brenta, who has emerged as one of Italy’s leading yacht designers. Long, low and sleek, it is a performance cruiser that will also be a satisfying racing ride. Belowdecks there are three large sleeping cabins, each with en suite heads compartments, and full cooking and entertaining amenities along with enough stowage for extended cruising. LOA 53ft 7in, LWL 48ft 8in, beam 15ft 3in, draft 8ft 10in, displacement 35,273 lbs., sail area 1.884 sq. ft, design Luca Brenta & co, builder Cantiere del Pardo, Mareblu Yachts: 410 757 9401.
MOB: A Whistle in the Wind
Mark Wheeler went overboard a few minutes before midnight. He was in the middle of Lake Michigan, 30 miles offshore in 40 knots of wind. As he fumbled for the lanyard to inflate his lifejacket he watched his racing sailboat, Meridian X, disappear into the night at more than 18 ...read more