The Grand Soleil 50 - B&C
is a 49’8” (15.15m) cruiser-racer sailboat designed by Botin Carkeek
(Spain). She is built since 2011 by Del Pardo, Cantiere
(Italy). The Shoal draft
version features a shorter keel to grant access to shallow areas.
The Grand Soleil 50 - B&C
is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in Standard
version (see all the versions compared
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's main features
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C
Offshore cruiser-racer sailboat
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
Sandwich fiberglass polyester (vacuum infusion)
First built hull
Last built hull
Still in production
Keel : T-shaped keel (with bulb)
Twin helm wheels
Single spade rudder
EC design category iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)
A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's main dimensions
51’ 4”15.65 m
49’ 8”15.15 m
7’ 2”2.2 m
Light displacement (MLC)
29762 lb13500 kg
10031 lb4550 kg
Cast iron fin with lead bulb
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's rig and sails
Upwind sail area
1496 ft²139 m²
775 ft²72 m²
721 ft²67 m²
Sloop Marconi 9/10
Keel stepped mast
Number of levels of spreaders
Aluminum spars (carbon fiber spars as an option)
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's performances
Upwind sail area to displacement iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.
Upwind: under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
264 ft²/T24.52 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR) iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:
a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratio iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.
The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
Critical hull speed iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's auxiliary engine
1 inboard engine
Fuel tank capacity
81.9 gal310 liters
Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's accommodations and layout
Open aft cockpit
6 / 8
Freshwater tank capacity
137.4 gal520 liters
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