The GT52, positioned between the Walkaround and Endurance ranges, targets a segment of owners looking for even more liveable and comfortable volumes than the current Pardo models. Excellent performances from two Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines take us up to a speed of 31 knots
by Francesco Michienzi
Low consumption, liveability, easy steering and, above all, high performance. In short, these are the special features offered by the Pardo GT52. We tested it in the waters of the charming bay of Saint-Tropez. The exterior conveys an updated Pardo family feeling, with clean lines that communicate a propensity for comfortable, yet sporty sailing, suitable for travelling the seas in safety. The deck layout has been carefully studied to allow users to enjoy every single moment on board without compromise. As far as the interior is concerned, what stands out is the flexibility to choose between an open space with a kitchen and a fully-fledged lounge on the main deck connected to the cockpit outside.
The spaces are organised in such a way as to allow for two layout options: galley up and galley down. With the former, it is possible to create a lounge area with a TV or a third cabin with a bunk bed on the lower deck level. With the latter, the dinette square is even larger and the galley below deck is even better equipped for use in non-summer weather conditions.
The design choices emphasise the attention paid to the guest space, as confirmed by Zuccheri Yacht Design studio: «The hull of the Pardo GT52 is an evolution of that of the Pardo 50 with which it also shares the Volvo Penta engines, with two IPS 650 in the standard version, or two IPS 700/800 available as an option. In addition to this choice, the two models feature substantial differences in terms of internal volume, weight distribution and centre of gravity. The GT52 has the engines moved further aft to provide more room for the cabin floor: the engine room and main weights have been completely reworked to balance the boat as well as possible, despite the modifications made. The hydrodynamics have also been revised, taking into account the heavier weight due to the significantly wider cabin floor, and the enclosed superstructure, as well as the more extensive interior fittings, compared to the Pardo 50».
The sleeping area includes a master cabin connected to a large bathroom with a shower cubicle in the bow, a VIP cabin with a bathroom and a crew cabin.
The sea trial, with nine people on board, allowed us to test the GT 52’s qualities. Its passage over the waves is smooth and comfortable. The V-shaped bow of the variable geometry hull is deep and therefore copes well with waves. The lines, designed by Zuccheri, provide the necessary volumes for liveability without sacrificing sailing quality. Manoeuvring in the harbour is easy, thanks in part to the Volvo Penta joystick, but the most surprising performance remains the balance between fuel consumption and speed.
THE 52GT STANDS OUT FOR ITS DESIGN IN WHICH THE CENTRAL ELEMENT IS FORMED BY THE CONTINUITY BETWEEN INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS. THE LINES OF THE HULL ARE CLEAN CUT, WITH THE REVERSE BOW TYPICAL OF THE PARDO YACHTS RANGE. ITS EXTERNAL LAYOUT IS ALL ABOUT RELAXATION.
It begins planning within 7.4 seconds with the engines at 2000 r.p.m. We recorded a top speed of 31.5 knots and continued planning even at 14 knots. Its ideal speed is between 18 and 24 knots when it consumes just over 120 litres/hour for both engines. The engines drive it sufficiently hard and Volvo Penta’s saildrive forward propellers allow you to turn with ease.
Visibility from the steering position is excellent, thanks to the many windows that provide an unobstructed 360° view. It should be noted that roll and pitch are kept to a minimum because the superstructure is light and all the biggest weights are concentrated around the centre of gravity. Fuel consumption of 40 litres of diesel at 10 knots is recorded during displacement, and the boat proceeds on its way consuming just 4 litres per mile Thanks to these figures, it is economical to complete transfers of up to 500 nautical miles. Noise levels in the lounge stand at approx. 6 dBA at all cruising speeds, confirming the importance of the technical decisions made. Navigation is very pleasant because, thanks to the vertical upright the hull’s waterline is almost as long as the overall size, resulting in greater efficiency and stability.
It is equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines in the standard version, or two IPS 700/800 engines as options. With the IPS 800, we sailed at a top speed of 31.5 knots, with a fuel consumption of 7.8 litres per nautical mile.
Three people can be comfortably accommodated on the bow sundeck, in addition to a further eight in the aft area sitting around the dining table, which can be converted into a second sundeck.
The interiors were designed by Massimo Gino of Nauta Design, who stated: «It’s exciting to imagine life on board the Pardo GT52 by configuring the living area with a large kitchen close to the guests in the cockpit and with a large relaxation area with TV on the lower deck, or with a highly equipped galley and a very large dinette lounge on the main deck».
Shipyard technical department (concept) • Nauta Design (interior design) • Zuccheri Yacht Design (naval architecture)
LOA 16.58m • Length 14.95m • Maximum beam 4.96m • Draft 1.4m • Full mass displacement 25 t • Fuel tank volume 2,000 l • Water tank volume 600 l
2 Volvo Penta IPS 800 • Outlet mechanical power 441 kW (600 hp) • Swept volume 7.7 l • Maximal rotational speed 3000/min • Weight 1,410 kg
CAT B for 16 people
1,017,450 € Excl.VAT powered with IPS 650 (September 2022)
(Pardo GT52, the crossover – Barchemagazine.com – September 2022)