By Michael Good, YACHT magazine.

The recently launched Grand Soleil 39 marked a departure from Cantiere del Pardo’s accustomed design and their long-time partners Botin & Carkeek. The new naval architect  is Claudio Maletto, an Italian with a ton of experience that includes several America’s Cup campaigns. Maletto’s new Grand Soleil designs are distinctive for their minimal wetted surface area, wide and open sterns, and T-shaped keels with lead bulbs.

The new Grand Soleil 43 features twin wheels, sleek lines, and uncluttered decks.

The new Grand Soleil 43 features twin wheels, sleek lines, and uncluttered decks.

Compared to the previous Grand Soleil 43, the new model also features a starkly different cockpit with twin wheels, a traveler track that’s integrated in the cockpit floor, and mostly hidden sheets, halyards, and control lines. Also different: Cantiere no longer uses a structural steel grid in the bottom of the hull, but has beefed up the floor group with carbon fiber to take up the rig forces from the chainplates, which now are installed on the outside of the hull.

For the interior, Cantiere del Pardo sticks to the common standard in this class of vessels, with the owner’s cabin and a separate lavatory forward, two double cabins aft, an L-shaped galley, a U-shaped settee in the saloon, and a small nav station. Following the general trend, the interiors of Grand Soleils are much brighter now. In addition to oak trim, there are options with mahogany or teak.

The Grand Soleil 43 is expected to be shown at the large boat shows in the fall. The base price of the boat is listed as 308.200 euros, excluding VAT,  FOB factory.

For more information, visit Grand Soleil.


  • LOA: 12.90 m

  • LWL: 11.70 m

  • Beam: 4.00 m

  • Draft (deep/shoal): 2.40 / 2.00 m

  • Weight: 8.8 t

  • Ballast ratio: 3.1 t / 35 %

  • Sail area: 104 sq. m.

  • Fuel: 380 l.

  • Water: 220 l.

  • Engine: Volvo Penta 55 PS

yacht-logoweb11This story was originally published in YACHT magazine.

deboatscom-logo-1507Translated by Dieter Loibner,