The history of Cantiere del Pardo began in Bologna in 1974. Their ambitious objective was to produce regatta boats that combined the best possible performance with elegant and innovative design.
Now Grand Soleil’s timeless style is celebrating 40 years of history. 40 years in which these boats have left their mark on a fundamental chapter in the history of modern sailing. For years, Cantiere del Pardo has been creating yachts with care and passion, each one unique, thus establishing the company as one of the top producers worldwide. Because the Grand Soleil yachts are an icon of 'made in Italy' style.
Cantiere del Pardo’s success is linked to several boats and also to several designers who have made a profound impact on the sector. The company has always relied on the top designers of the moment to develop designs with great personality, characterised by their excellent performance and unmistakable elegance. These distinguishing features make the Grand Soleil yachts icons of style and elegance. Today, the Grand Soleil brand epitomises an explicit lifestyle, embodied by a genuine passion for the sea, design, technology and innovation.
1974: launch of the Grand Soleil 34 designed by the French Groupe Finot, one of the most important boat design firms in the world.
1985: launch of the Grand Soleil 343, a “small big boat”, in which solutions from bigger boats were applied to a model which was only 34 foot long.
1987: collaboration with one of the most famous international boat designers results in the GS 52. The Argentinian German Frers sets his seal to the first of three designs created for Cantiere del Pardo.
1992: a year of collaboration with the most famous sailing icon in the world: the New Zealand “magician” Bruce Farr, who provided the design for the 64 Maxi One. It is the shipyard’s most prestigious calling card.
1997:The Slovenian designer Japec Jakopin (J&J) creates the Grand Soleil 46.3, marking the beginning of almost a decade of successes with the designs for the 37 and 43 models, two of Cantiere del Pardo’s historical boats.
2000: the company philosophy focuses on the production of very high performance cruising/racing boats. The GS 40 makes its debut and becomes world and European IMS champion in Class C2. The project is created by Massimo Paperini.
2004:The Botin & Carkeek era begins with the Grand Soleil 37, a boat which has enjoyed continuous success: twice in just four years, the GS 37 has been World Champion, European, Italian and Spanish Champion.
2007: the GS 54 makes its debut at the International Boatshow in Genoa, and is immediately declared “Boat of the Year”. Designed by Luca Brenta, it has exclusive details and technology, just as a custom yacht should do.
2009: launch of the GS 46, that is declared “Boat of the Year” at the Düsseldorf Boat Show in January 2010.
2010: Botin & Carkeek design the new GS 50, that is declared “Boat of the Year” in 2011 at the Düsseldorf Boat Show.
2011: 25 years after the launch of the famous GS 39, that made Cantiere del Pardo popular all over the world, the new GS 39 makes its debut at the Genoa Boat Show. Designed by Claudio Maletto, designer of Luna Rossa, the new GS 39 obtains immediately an incredible success and in January 2012 it is declared “Boat of the Year” at the Düsseldorf Boat Show.
2012: launch of the new GS 43 and GS 47, respectively designed by Claudio Maletto and Botin & Carkeek.
2014: the new Long Cruise range is born. It is dedicated to the “Blue Water” world and there’s a great attention to design and performance, fundamental characteristics of our DNA. Nauta Design enhances the Italian style of the new LC 46.