GRAND SOLEIL 50
1996 Grand Soleil 50 For Sale
Basic Boat Info
Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Emma Claire
Make: Grand Soleil
Builder: Cantieri del Pardo
Keel Type: Fin Keel
Length: 50’7 ft / 15.41 m
Length Overall: 50’7 ft / 15.41 m
Waterline Length: 40’3 ft / 12.26 m
Beam: 14’1 ft / 4.30 m
Max Draft: 7’3 ft / 2.20 m
Min Draft: 7’3 ft / 2.20 m
Single Berths: 2
Double Berths: 3
Cabins Count: 3
ENGINES / SPEED
Drive Type: Direct
Engine Power: 75hp
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Folding
Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 300 L
Fuel Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Water Tanks: 4
Water Tank Capacity: 125 L
Water Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity:
Holding Tank Material: Stainless Steel
Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Sloop
Convertible Saloon Indicator: 1
Emma Claire was purchased from her original owner in February 2016. She had been hardly used in her initial ownership and he had maintained her to a good standard and has passed on all the receipts from the original purchase through the various upgrades and additions to the boat.
We bought Emma Claire to replace a smaller boat with the intention to do the ARC and longer distance racing such as the Fastnet. Sailing her from Cornwall to the Solent I was immediately impressed by the motion and speed through the water. The siting of the nav station also makes trips below a pleasure and in cold weather with the heating going it is noticeable how much longer plotting one’s position and track can take!
We have equipped Emma Claire to Category 2 for RORC Racing and have competed quite successfully in the 2017 series although a worn rudder bearing prevented us from completing as many races as we would have liked.
Upwind progress is swift and she points well to wind and performs as well as a modern Grand Soleil 50 and Swan 48 who have been our main competitors throughout 2017.
Off the wind she handles beautifully and surfing at 15 knots has been achieved on a number of occasions.
In the very breezy 2016 RTI Race which was her first outing the large seas and 30 knot winds were no problem and she remained comfortable and easy to helm throughout.
Our Fastnet was cut short by a power problem which has been addressed but up until our retirement we were very well placed in the fleet.
Down below the joinery is in great order and there is massive storage with sensibly located wet locker. The saloon is a delight to sit in and eat and drink with friends.