The shipyard started in 1973 with Grand Soleil, producing high quality sailing boats. Its first model ever was the Grand Soleil 34 Finot, many other models followed.
FROM ICONIC MODELS TO TIMELESS SUCCESSES
Cantiere del Pardo entrusted Cino Ricci to produce a prototype of GS 34, a yacht to participate in important regattas, by 1982 more than 200 samples of the GS 34 were in production.
From here onwards the production of other models started to take place and a real Grand Soleil product ‘range’ emerges, including GS 35, GS 41, and then the legendary GS 39 and the line of boats designed by Alain Jezequel GS 35/343/39/46).
Cantiere del Pardo has a complete range of models ranging from GS 343 to GS 52 and the “German Freers” era opens, which designs the most iconic models of all time (GS 42 / GS 45 / GS 52) nicknamed “Spaghetti Swan” because of their clear resemblance to the cousins of the well-known Swedish shipyard. Distinguishing a Swan 53 from a GS 52 was really very difficult.
By this time there is a real “generational leap” and the shipyard presents the GS 40 by Paperini (Duck design) which marks a clear discontinuity with the past regarding the hull lines, in fact, the typical bow thrusts are missing and the inclinations of the transom typical of the classic line deriving from the old “for” hulls and we begin to see the modern hulls with vertical bow and pope.
The GS 40 is a great success because of its dual purpose, it can win regattas (IMS) and allows owners to enjoy comfortable summer sailing, a decidedly modern concept that shipyards still pursue today.