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.
Boat Review: Island Packet 349
After years of quiescence in the wake of the Great Recession, iconic Island Packet is back with its new 349, a re-boot of the old Estero that not only looks great, but takes the Island Packet style of sailing performance to a new level. Design & Construction First among the many ...read more