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Introduction

Postby Herminia » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:03 pm

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Grand Soleil 52, designed by German Frers and introduced in 1987
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Long, sleek and beautiful, the new flagship of the Grand Soleil range was built in an era when Cantiere del Pardo wanted to compete with the top quality Finnish builders Nautor’s Swan and Baltic Yachts. German Frers, who had previously designed Swans, was chosen as designer. With top quality materials and only the best brands chosen for accessories, it has been said that the Grand Soleil 52 is likely to be the best Grand Soleil ever built! On the interior side, Siam Teak was chosen instead of Mahogany to reflect the quality of the Finnish boats.

Being nearly identical to the Swan 53, it didn’t take long before journalists stated it looked like a copy. But the men from Cantiere del Pardo denied this and added that there had never been a complaint from Nautor.

Price without tax and without extras in 1993 was £251,430. This would be almost £500,000 (€600,000) at today's prices.

Loa = 16,30 m
Lh = 15,78 m
Lwl = 12,89 m
Bmax = 4,75 m
Bwl = 4,28 m
Draught T = 2,60-3,20 m
Body draught Tc = 1,00 m (guess)
Disp = 17700 kg (Most probably lightship or MOC)
Ballast = 7300 kg
Sail area = 157,4 m2 (guess: 140 m2 for 100%)
Power = 95 HP


Length/Beam Ratio L/B = 2,9
Lwl/Bwl Ratio Lwl/Bwl = 3,02
Ballast/Disp Ratio W/Disp = 0,41
Displacement/Length Ratio D/L = 230 (around 265 in MLC)
Sail Area/Disp. Ratio SA/D = 20,95
Power/ Disp. Ratio HP/D = 2,44 HP/ton
Hull speed HSPD = 8,71 Kn
Potential Maximum Speed PMS = 9,95 Kn
Velocity Ratio VR = 1,14
Best motoring speed (1.1) CSPD = 7,15 Kn
Capsize Safety Factor CSF = 1,84
Motion Comfort Ratio MCR = 34,20
Heft Ratio HF = 0,97
Roll Period T = 3,94 Sec
Roll Acceleration Acc = 0,09 G's
Stability Index SI = 0,83
Angle of Vanishing Stability AVS = 121 º

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