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The Grand Soleil 44 is the latest release from Cantiere del Pardo. Designed by Matteo Polli, (The Wizard of IRC), renowned for his high-performance hull lines, this new 44-footer completes the Performance range, and is also available in a race version.
As already seen with the Grand Soleil 48, the GS 44 is available in two models. The first, the Performance model, has a sail plan and deck setup that allows you to sail easily and simply. The second, the Race version, has a competitive character and identity. Both versions ooze the timeless style and elegance that are the hallmarks of the entire Grand Soleil range.
The new Grand Soleil 44 is the perfect yacht for both cruising and racing in the IRC and ORC classes. The lines of the hull are contemporary, balanced and harmonious without sacrificing performance. Amongst the Grand Soleil 44's key characteristics is the aftward positioning of the mast, which allows for a greater sail area for the forward sail for maximizing performance in light air conditions. In addition, this feature means a self-tacking headsail can be easily used.
The maximum beam of over four meters guarantees excellent hull stability as well as spacious interior volumes and exterior spaces. Numerous technical solutions are integrated into the deck equipped with four winches (six in the Race set-up) that are always within easy reach for the helmsman during navigation.
The Grand Soleil 44 can be set up with two different sail plans, depending on the owner's needs. The standard set-up with aluminum mast is for cruising, whereas the Race version has a taller carbon mast for regatta sailing. Three keel sizes are available: the standard 2.60m and the optional 2.40m (ORC optimised) or 2 meters (reduced draft).
The self-tacking jib, provided as standard, allows for easy handling of the GS 44, while rails can be mounted on request for an even more precise adjustment of the headsail – solutions that guarantee excellent performance in all conditions.
The interior layout includes three cabins and two bathrooms with separate shower. The owner's cabins offers plenty of space for a sporty 44-foot hull with a comfortable island bed, a sofa and a private head.
The balanced proportions of the below deck area translate into enhanced livability for guests. The L-shaped galley is to Port with a central dining table for eight people: to Starboard is a comfortable longue for three with a chart table positioned against the forward bulkhead to complete the dinette. The ample natural light enters through the hull windows and Skylights, creating an incredibly welcoming atmosphere.
The new GS 44 has a racing soul that it doesn't want to hide. The design goal was clear from the start: to create the right balance between design and performance even for less experienced owners. Tests carried out on four versions of the hull, including CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and VPP (Velocity Prediction Program) analysis have provided the best optimisation between real performance and rating.
This incredible yacht is due to land soon on Australian shores later this year, and has already developed a huge amount of interest, for further information or to secure a viewing on this stunning yacht please contact us today.