A longtime player in the racer/cruiser industry, Grand Soleil Yachts presented the Grand Soleil 40, a model that promises to repeat the tremendous success of the GS 44, winner of the 2021 and 2022 ORC World Championships. The project sees Matteo Polli and Nauta Design responsible for the naval architecture and the interior and exterior design respectively.
The 40-feet boat is available in both the Performance and Race versions. The deck plan of the Performance boat includes 4 winches as standard: two on the coachroof and two next to the helm positions. The self-tacking jib, also as standard, is fitted with a recessed track, while the mainsheet is positioned to a fixed point in the cockpit.
We have found the right proportions to have a large and functional deck for both racing and cruising, where all the lines and deck gear have been studied with the naval architect Matteo Polli and Cantiere del Pardo to find ergonomic positions and solutions, practical and functional for both uses. In a light and sleek hull, we were able to include all the necessary functions on a 40 foot boat that also offers comfort and functionality in the interior. From the cabin to the owner’s heads, from the galley to the dinette, the volumes, stowage and all functions are precise and well balanced. The rich and classic style is the one that has been well tested and appreciated aboard all Grand Soleil’s. – Massimo Gino of Nauta Design
Efficient interiors were designed to be perfect for both cruising use and moving during regattas. Below deck, the Grand Soleil 40 offers two options: in the standard version there are three cabins and one heads to offer more spacious stowage and a greater walkway area into the owner’s cabin, while the optional layout includes three cabins and two heads. The boat is equipped with a built-in galley with a spacious worktop (2.6 meters with white resin top), completed by a 75-liter fridge with a double top opening. An optional 42-liter fridge with a front opening is also available. The beam of the central saloon area is designed for racing needs: the passage can be used for stowing the sails, for a quick change of equipment.
The Race version’s deck plan has been adapted to optimize sail performance, including the addition of 2 winches, race bowsprit, a hydraulic backstay, jib tracks in a 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 optimized 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.
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