Gracious Grands

At the recent 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival, Grand Soleil Yachts launched two new models, the Grand Soleil 72 Performance and Grand Soleil 40 Performance.

19 September 2022


Grand Soleil 72 is the result of a totally Made in Italy design process, with a team of professionals representing Italian excellence in the nautical sector.

The team was guided by the goal of creating a boat with an avowedly Italian aesthetic, elegant and modern design and high comfort ergonomics both on deck and inside.

From the meticulousness of the construction processes to the quality controls of every part of the boats, even today it’s the people and their knowledge handed down within the shipyard that guarantee the reliability of the Grand Soleil brand.

The second world premiere signed by Grand Soleil Yachts is the Grand Soleil 40 Performance: the new model has all the credentials to replicate the great success of the GS 44 while maintaining the family feel of the range.


The hull lines and naval architecture of the GS 40 maintain its strong vocation for performance without sacrificing volume for the benefit of space and comfort onboard.

The hull lines of the Grand Soleil 40 are an evolution of the concepts studied for the GS 44, giving maximum attention to the balance of volume as the heel increases.

The bow profile remains very fine to maintain good performance in light airs and ensure a smooth passage through the waves. As on the GS 44, great importance was placed on the aft positioning of the shaft, enabling Nauta Design to develop an innovative layout.

The winning performance is always at hand on the new GS 40. The deck plan of the Performance version includes four winches as standard: two on the coachroof and two next to the helm positions.

The self-tacking jib, also as standard, is equipped with a recessed track, while the mainsheet is positioned to a fixed point in the cockpit.

A boat that is easy to use, luxurious and at the same time competitive in its performance.

The Race version amplifies the competitive potential of a boat already geared to racing.

In this version, the deck plan has been adapted to optimise sail performance, including two additional winches, race bowsprit, a hydraulic backstay, jib tracks in transverse position and a recessed mainsail track.

The standard draft is already designed from a racing point of view (IRC) with a depth of 2.4 meters, cast iron blade and lead torpedo.

Also available on the GS 40 are two other keel options: the first 2.1 meters optimised for ORC competitions, the second shallow draft of only 1.85 meters.

Both the Race and Performance versions include a stern platform that can be opened electronically, equipped with a ladder for easy boarding to the swim platform.

Below deck, enter a luxurious and fresh space, always functional in its details. Wide, practical, efficient interiors both for cruising use and for moving with agility during regattas.

The interior has also been designed to maximise the space between the living and galley areas. Relaxation and comfort when cruising can also meet the needs of the regatta sailors.

The Standard version features three cabins and a bathroom, plus a technical compartment dedicated to stowage of racing equipment. The Optional version has three cabins and two bathrooms.

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