Grand Soleil 40

The design parameters, such as medium displacement, reduced wetted area, greater waterline length, efficient sail plan and performance orientated keel and rudder profiles are very similar to that of thoroughbred racing yachts. However, in line with the Grand Soleil philosophy, the interior and the fittings have been designed and developed to encourage comfortable cruising.
The deck plan, while remaining neat and straightforward, has been characterized by ergonomic principles, typical of racing boats. The cockpit seats tend to open astern, leaving large space both for main track and crew. The saloon entrance is placed forward with respect to the coachroof aft end, giving room to the halyards and spinnaker trimmers.
The boat is built on a female-mould with multiaxial glassfiber fabrics, hand laminated with vinylesther resins for the first coats.
As for the appendages, we adopted a blade rudder with high extension ratio, and a lead keel for the racing version; this keel is the result of the most recent hydrodynamic studies, which have been carried out by the responsible of the aerodynamics department of Ferrari Formula 1.
The interior is the result of the renewed collaboration with Patrick Roséo, engaged since 1983 in the interior design of the Grand Soleil boats. Up to four layouts are offered to satisfy at the most all requirements. The deck fittings are supplied by Harken, hatches and portholes by Lewmar and Goiot, while the mast, rigging and halyards by Sparcraft. Engine is by Volvo Penta

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