The general opinion (but remember that I am biased here!) is that the Grand Soleils built around the 90's are of better quality than the newer ones. This has to do that in that period, the builder
Cantiere del Pardo decided to try to compete with some of the top European builders like Swan. This can be seen clearly in the design which looks like a Swan copy. Regardless, this resulted in excellent design and improved quality under deck
. However, this new policy wasn't a success which may be the reason that it didn't last. It is expensive to build quality!
I checked the keelbolts when I bought mine (GS52 91'). Underneath the layer of glass fibre and paint
, their condition was shiny like new. The same cannot be said about the base for the mast
, which was completely rusty and had to be changed immediately. I got a new one in ss fabricated by Pier12 in Italy
(they launch all the GS's in the Adriatic). I have another set of keel bolts
bolting the bulb to the keel
, I haven't checked those yet.
A few other things to have in mind:
- The GS's of that era were made for ocean sailing and are solid and tough. Deck layout is great with winches where you need them.
- The hull
has more V shape than the modern designs, this means better sea motion and not so much rolling at anchor
, but less speed, especially downwind.
- Perpendicular spreaders are much better than back swept ones in my opinion. The main sail can be trimmed properly downwind with less chafe.
- If the teak deck
hasn't been changed, calculate to change it the next few years included fixing the deck where 1000 screws may have made some leakages to the chore.
The GS42 is a beauty! Go for it