Grand Soleil 46 LC: the first Long Cruise of a long serie


 grandsoleil 46LCThe new Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise will be the first in a new series as the next four models will be introduced by Grand Soleil over the course of the next four years. Although the boat is not yet built, speculation that the Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise will be an entry class yacht with downgraded hardware compared to a higher end luxury yachts could be well founded.Grand Soleil 46 LC

What we know of the boat is as follows. Grand Soleil forsook the 47 GS hull designed by Marcelino Botin and instead went with a completely new design, one by Marco Lostuzzi of Sly yachts. This new hull weighs about 11 tons which, compared to some other yachts in the long cruise class, this weight would put it at the lighter end of the spectrum.

Grand Soleil 46 LCAs we all know, lighter means faster, although the boat does not look as if it was built to compete with other sportive yachts. It appears to be a little wider at the beam as will as having more freeboard, which also hints at it being a bit more of an entry class yacht.

Grand Soleil 46 LC

There is quite a bit of room inside as well, with three total cabins; owners cabin fore and two guest cabins aft. Two toilets, a salon mid ships with an excellent view and a full kitchen finish off the interior rooms. Topside the Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise has a fairly large cockpit with cockpit table, a fold down swim platform and dedicated space for a life raft. For days when the wind is not cooperating, a 75 hp Volvo Penta comes as standard equipment, giving the Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise a cruising speed of about 9 knots.

Grand Soleil 46 LCThe Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise will debuts its carrer at the Düsseldorf boat show. Grand Soleil has created this boat in cooperation with Nauta Design as part of the Sly Yacht group, all companies with records of excellence. This line is sure to please and comes as a welcome addition to the market, no matter the target buyer!

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