New boats

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Gra­ham Snook takes a look at new de­signs in the pipe­line, from two 34-foot­ers all the way up to the 48ft RM1370 and an Amel 50

Grand Soleil's new of­fer­ing is de­signed for those who want to race or get a thrill from sail­ing fast, and judg­ing by her hull shape she’ll do just that.

The hull fea­tures a re­verse bow, long, hard chines and twin rud­ders. Her low, broad cock­pit can ac­com­mo­date twin wheels or a tiller to con­trol the twin rud­ders – with broad, buoy­ant aft

sec­tions she needs two to re­tain con­trol when she heels. She car­ries her max­i­mum beam well aft for speed and form sta­bil­ity, not for ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tion.

She has a 9/10 frac­tional rig with a 110% genoa and a fixed 70cm bowsprit from which to fly of­fwind sails.

Down be­low, she has a for­ward-fac­ing chart table to star­board, op­po­site a small gal­ley. Both are set out­board to give the sa­loon area more space as well as mak­ing it prac­ti­cal to move sails around while rac­ing. There’s a dou­ble berth up for­ward that can be con­verted into sail stor­age, and a dou­ble cabin aft.

Should you still feel the need for a bit more speed, the ply­wood sur­faces, such as the cabin sole, chart table and seat bases, can be re­placed with com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als to make her lighter still.

Who would she suit?

Those who en­joy fast cruis­ing or rac­ing off­shore, short-handed or fully crewed.

Her sa­loon is set well for­ward to make room for the big, wide cock­pit

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