THE SEA TEST
Rolf Vrolijk has created a yacht that is fast, elegant and seaworthy.
Persuaded of the value of this design, Cantiere del Pardo chose the Grand Soleil 45’ to introduce a new construction process based on an innovative, high-strength frame in hot dip galvanized steel that confers rigidity to the hull and uniformly distributes the loads of the bulb keel, mast and chain plates. The result is a safe yacht with docile handling qualities, able to deal with virtually any sea conditions without qualms, and subject to very few limits.
The lines of the Grand Soleil 45’ are eye-catching and sporty, in the best del Pardo style. This is a yacht that is both concrete and refined, where the spaces above deck are free and unencumbered, with enclosed halyard routings, and a racing-style cockpit that is spacious and well-ordered, for maximum speed and agility of movement. Water lines and sail area are configured to give scope for maximum satisfaction in both cruising and racing.
The large helm wheel allows the best control and a comfortable upwind or downwind positioning, always with an excellent view of the genoa jib.
Below deck, the racing soul of the exterior lines gives way to the unmistakable traits of a pure cruising yacht, with an inviting ambience, warm wood furnishings and a space extending from bulwark to bulwark which houses, in addition to the “L” shaped galley and ample chart table, a roomy dinette with large central table that can be extended to reach the sofa along the starboard bulwark.
3 cabins and 2 bathrooms afford abundant space and excellent cruising range for life on board, with a large area devoted to the owner’s cabin with bed accessible from either side, and private bathroom with separate bath and shower compartment.
The ultimate in strength and durability: stratified unidirectional fibERglass offers a tensile strength of up to 25 kg/mm². To ensure the durability and waterproofing of the outer surfaces, NPG isophtalic GELCOAT NEOGEL and vinylester resin are applied to the first layers of the hull. The steel used is AISI 316 on the outside, and AISI 304 on the inside, welded using tungsten electrodes according to the “ARCOTIG” process.
In 7-layer marine plywood, bonded to the hull with a 60-mm-wide lamination applied to the edges of the bulkheads after abrading, in order to achieve maximum adhesion with the fiberglass.
Consisting of a stainless steel bar with a diameter of 60 mm; the blade structure is made up of 300 mm stainless steel plates. The shaft swivels on two supports, using self-aligning ball or roller-bearings to keep friction to a minimum.
In stainless steel, fastened to the hull using 27 mm thick stainless steel rods with ball joint, which in turn are secured to the galvanized steel internal structure.
HOT GALVANIZED STEEL STRUCTURE
For ultimate solidity and uniform distribution of stress from the keel, mast and shrouds.
In sandwiched termanto foam to ensure excellent durability, shear strength, compression and thermal and acoustic insulation.
The fruit of cutting-edge hydrodynamic research, the keel is bolted onto the metal internal structure so as to distribute the keel load over the broad, and sturdy fiberglass and galvanized steel surface of the entire hull.