Grand Soleil offers construction update on flagship GS80 Custom

Italian yard Grand Soleil Yachts has provided an in-build update on its 25.95-metre (85-foot) flagship, which is expected to launch in mid-2018 for display at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Known by its codename GS80 Custom, the carbon-hulled sailing yacht features naval architecture by Ceccarelli Yacht Design. Founder Giovanni Ceccarelli said, “We have designed a performance cruiser with a strong personality in the hull and deck style – elegant, contemporary and sporty.”

Construction began in 2017 at the Cantiere Del Pardo shipyard in Fano and the newly released image shows that the hull is now structurally complete. The yard says it is using carbon fibre to ensure a lightweight and sporty performance, with a displacement less than 33 tonnes.

Her vital statistics include a 6.49-metre beam and a maximum draught of 4.45 metres, while auxiliary power will come from a single 260hp engine.

The deck layout consists of a twin helm position just aft of the cockpit, which will be fitted with two C-shaped seating areas suitable for up to 10 guests. Inside, the lower saloon is the perfect space for meals as it is situated adjacent to the GS80’s galley.

Accommodation is for up to eight guests across four en-suite staterooms, including a master suite, two doubles and a bunk-bed cabin. The crew quarters will allow for a staff of two people.

Ceccarelli, who also designed the interior, added, “The needs of the owner were to have a boat where luxury and modernity go hand in hand with classic yachting elements and not a seaside apartment. Lots of effort was put in to elegant, quality furniture and finishes, with a clean and essential design.”

The GS80 Custom will boast a sail wardrobe totalling 365 square metres, optimised for medium-light Mediterranean wind conditions, and a T-shaped keel with a 12-tonne bulb. The owner intends to utilise this, following the superyacht racing circuit and enjoying family holidays in between.

The project represents significant progress for Grand Soleil, whose previous flagship was the 17.6m GS58.

For more information, visit Grand Soleil Yachts.

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