Quality and tradition, excellence and sustainability. Innovation. And a design invariably recognizable as made in Italy. These are the foundations of Cantiere del Pardo, since 1973 one of the most prestigious builders of luxury sailing and motor yachts. In Forlì, employing the finest shipyard workers in the region, it has created the high-performance Grand Soleil (the shipyard’s brand) sailing yachts up to 18 meters overall length, elegant, safe and fast, built using innovative technologies and quality materials. Ideal craft for those who love the sweetness of long, peaceful cruising but powerful enough for those who want to stand out in regattas. They are the product of checks still performed rigorously by hand and meticulous industrial processes directed towards constant innovation.
Grand Soleil 44 represents the new tangible challenge from Cantiere del Pardo. Designed by Matteo Polli, a designer well known in the field for creating high-performance boats, this 44-foot (13.41-meter) craft is part of the Performance range having an excellent ratio between size and performance, with balanced spaces on deck both for those working the vessel and for guests, who can enjoy cruising in extreme comfort in the large cockpit. The lines of the hull are contemporary with a straight bow, broad stern and rectangular portholes along the hull illuminating the interiors. The mast is set back to accommodate a greater sail area (for the bow sails) and to maximize sailing performance.
The craft’s beam of 4 meters offers great stability and comfort even below deck where the spaces are generous. Nauta Design, which curated the exterior and interior design, has done a great job developing a layout combining volumes, efficiency and class. The rooms have a minimalist and essential style that is well suited to the double soul of the boat, but they are very refined with care lavished on every detail. The interior is also extremely bright, a significant detail on a yacht of this size. The light is shed from the numerous windows along the hull as well as the deckhouse and skylights.
Nauta Design will also fully oversee the design of the GS 72, a new craft developed by a design team of professionals (including Matteo Polli himself, designer of the Grand Soleil 44 who has extensive experience in optimizing racing yachts, with three world championships and two Italian championships in the ORC class). They represent Italian excellence in the international pleasure boating sector to meet the wishes of those yacht owners who appreciate a custom-built approach. The objective? A boat with a decidedly Italian aesthetic, with a modern and elegant design and ergonomics of elevated comfort that ensures ease of use and extreme safety in sailing.