50 years of Grand Soleil! Sibenik, 30.06.2023.

The Italian shipyard known for building performance yachts Grand Soleil and modern motorboats Pardo Yachts and Van Dutch is celebrating a big number this year.

The gathering and the start of the celebration began with a formal reception on Friday, and the celebration continued today with a grand regatta of Grand Soleil sailboats that occupied Portopiccolo, a beautiful modern marina in the bay of Sistiana, near Trieste, for a couple of days. At the same time, in front of Portopiccolo, a parade of their Pardo Yachts and Van Dutch motorboats was held, boats that attract attention and leave few people indifferent.

They invited a select group to the weekend celebration, and with the owners at the festive events, their dealers, partners, and journalists, and for the needs of the central celebration, they built a beach club on the Portopiccolo marina waterfront, in the same way as they do during important presentations at nautical fairs.
This world-famous shipyard from Forli in the Romagna region gained fame by building fast and high-quality cruisers, and sailboats that still have a strong reputation today.50 years of Cantiere del Pardo has never been stronger, thanks to new ownership and modern management, which recognized trends in time.

Therefore, since 2018, Cantiere del Pardo has been building not only sailboats but also very popular, attractive motorboats, which are often beaten by yachts. This move turned out to be extremely successful, and today, most of their production consists of the motor program, along with Pardo Yachts, which they created "from scratch" and Van Dutch, which they bought and continued to develop. The shipyard experienced a new renaissance when the duo Fabio Planamente and Gigi Servidati took over the helm of the company and brought an investment fund into the ownership.

In the same year, they also started cooperation with the successful Italian naval architect Matteo Polli, who put his first signature on the Grand Soleil on the GS 44, and the cooperation continued. Another ambitious move followed, and in 2020 they took over the Dutch brand Van Dutch, which they build in parallel with Pardo Yachts. Cantiere del Pardo has gone through ups and downs throughout its history, and in recent years they are passed through the strongest business period to date.

Check out the photo gallery from the event below!

Author of text and pictures:Teo Marovic – More magazine Croatia

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