Big Pimpin'

Grand Soleil Yachts is a brand best known for building elegant, high-performance cruiser-racers – it has launched more than 4,500 of those over the last five decades. But in recent years, the Italian marque has expanded its repertoire into new territory with the Long Cruise (LC) series, translating its traditional brand values of contemporary style, sweet handling and sailing performance into its first-ever range of pure cruising yachts with remarkable success straight off the mark.

In 2015 the first yacht in the series, the 46 LC, won the luxury cruiser category in the European Yacht of The Year Awards. A 52- footer followed suit and now there’s another new Long Cruise yacht in the pipeline, this time a smaller one due to launch later this year: the 42 LC. Read on.