For the record
... plenty of good solid ignorance about Grand Soleil's here. They may not be your 4 knot
flat out, double ended, brick****houses, but most models are very well designed and built boats. I have sailed a Frers designed GS 52 doublehanded half way around the world and seen plenty of weather
. It is a strong and easily sailed boat and quick enough to get out of the way of the really nasty stuff.
Whether you like heavy & slow, or, lighter & fast is really personal preference. I have raced, delivered and cruised both and have good and bad to say about either format.
Back to the Grand Soleil. There are two 45's in the range. A more classic Frers 45 of early 90's vintage with a displacement
. And a Judel Vrolik 45 with a more modern performance image (and a stainless steel
matrix structure tying together keel
, shrouds and mast
base). These are both good solid boats in the right hands.
Of course Grand Soleil also have a reputation for producing round the can racers and grand prix racing
boats. Maybe that explains the confusion in this thread. Only a madman would consider taking one of the grand prix racers out ocean cruising without serious modification.
Maybe it would be more productive to focus safety
attention on matching the ability of the user to the right boat.