Italy’s Grand Soleil captured the 2017 i-Novo Design award for its GS 52LC sloop. Produced in collaboration with Nauta Design and naval architect Marco Lostuzzi, the bluewater cruiser features three double cabins, each with head. There is also a tender garage and a sail locker/crew cabin. Layout options include converting the day head into a fourth cabin. Clean lines above and below deck are highlighted by a beige and white color scheme. There’s plenty of deck space for maneuvers and twin wheels for efficient steering on all points of sail.
The LOA of just over 17 meters and beam of nearly four meters ensure ample space for offshore comfort, whether sailing in a stiff breeze or relaxing at anchor. The boat carries 149 m2 of sail and sleeps six to nine. The standard 75 hp engine can be replaced by a 110-horse model. The builder also offers an optional 425-liter fuel tank instead of the usual 300-liter version. Fresh water capacity is 900 liters.