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Grand Soleil 50 - B&C Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

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, in Standard and Race version (see all the versions compared).

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's main features

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C
Shoal draft
Hull type
Offshore cruiser-racer sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
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)
469 000

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's main dimensions

Overall length
51’ 4”15.65 m
Hull length
49’ 8”15.15 m
Waterline length
44’13.42 m
Beam (width)
15’4.58 m
7’ 2”2.2 m
Light displacement (MLC)
29762 lb13500 kg
Ballast weight
10031 lb4550 kg
Ballast type
Cast iron fin with lead bulb

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
1496 ft²139 m²
Mainsail area
775 ft²72 m²
Genoa area
721 ft²67 m²
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi 9/10
Mast configuration
Keel stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
Spars construction
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.
34 %
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.
8.89 knots

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
75 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
81.9 gal310 liters

Grand Soleil 50 - B&C's accommodations and layout

Open aft cockpit
Berth(s) (min./max.)
6 / 8
Freshwater tank capacity
137.4 gal520 liters
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