The world debut of the Grand Soleil 72 Long Cruise version is now just around the corner. In fact, the flagship of the Grand Soleil fleet recently launched in Pesaro is ready to face the last step, the most important one for those who have invested in an ambitious project: the absolute premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 from September 12 to 17.
The Grand Soleil 72 Long Cruise, like her Performance version twin launched on the market last year, is a project curated by Cantiere del Pardo in collaboration with Franco Corazza, project manager of the entire Grand Soleil range above 60 feet. At his side, a team of great professionals in the sailing world such as Matteo Polli, the Milanese studio Nauta Design and Marco Lostuzzi. Together they have created a model designed for owners who appreciate a made-to-measure approach and who like to experience their adventures in comfort, safety and autonomy with the utmost respect for the marine habitat.
Tradition and attention to detail shape this design built to the highest standards in the nautical industry, the result of 50 years of history and experience gained by Cantiere del Pardo.
The new Grand Soleil 72 Long Cruise features a deckhouse characterized by a large 270-degree window that has been shortened, raised and widened compared to the Performance version. In the cockpit, the companionway and ladder have been moved to the side so that there is “C” and in-line seating, maintaining the two large aft sundecks that also characterize the Performance version. The Long Cruise version has the entire dinette raised allowing the view of the outside panorama to be enjoyed in both a sitting and standing position.
The layout of the interiors, in accordance with Nauta Design’s usual and appreciated calligraphy, is in perfect relationship with the geometries of the deck. Nauta has conceived, designed and refined every volume and detail of the deck and interior to exploit all spaces, thus achieving a coherent and holistic relationship between them. Dimensions, ergonomics, stowage, functions and quality of all accessories ensure superyacht standards. The design and various material palettes connote the interiors with an understated, fresh, elegant and welcoming style.
As with the Perfomance version, different interior layout solutions have been designed on the Grand Soleil 72 Long Cruise: both versions have the owner’s cabin forward, but differ in two different settings for the galley, which can be located aft or forward, and different distributions of guest and crew cabins.
The salon of the Grand Soleil 72 is really the beating heart of the yacht. To port is a cozy “L” shaped sofa with a dining table that comfortably seats up to eight people. To starboard is an elegant “U-shaped” sofa that extends forward to the chart area, with a wall-mounted bridge and storage drawers below.
Currently, in addition to the launch of the GS72 LC, Grand Soleil has two Performance version hulls of GS72 under construction: the first, which is hull #2, is being assembled, while hull #3 is being laminated. Also for the brand new Grand Soleil 65, another world debut scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023, there are already two hulls in the works: the GS65 LC hull #1 in assembly, the 65 LC hull #2 in lamination.
(Grand Soleil 72 Long Cruise, heading to Cannes after technical launch – barchemagazine.com – June 2023)