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Grand Soleil - 56

Price reduced February 2016

Seriously for sale, motivated vendor with next boat due for delivery says "Bring Offers"

Available for viewing at our Hamble Point Marina brokerage office

Over 100 pictures taken September 2015

High specification with carbon mast / boom and extensive sail inventory


This high specification, skipper maintained, Grand Soleil 56 from the Philippe Briand design office benefits from a carbon 3 spreader mast, carbon "Park Avenue" boom, deep custom carbon rudder and stock plus an extensive sail inventory.

She has been upgraded to offer many sail handling options so that she can be set up correctly for inshore racing as well as shorthanded offshore sailing and is quite manageable with a husband and wife only, however she can also keep 16 people entertained at regattas.

This Grand Soleil 56 machinery includes a Yanmar 98Hp engine (2261 hours September 2015) with Flex-o-fold propeller, 6Kw Generator (220 hours September 2015), Mastervolt inverter and retractable bow thruster.

White Alcantara upholstery with Burmese teak satin interior and teak and holly sole boards give this already spacious Grand Soleil 56 an airy feel below decks where LED lighting maintains the light atmosphere at night.

She has a spacious saloon with C-shaped dining area and bench seat to starboard which benefits from Climma air conditioning; her accommodation comfortably sleeps six in an ensuite master cabin forward plus two ensuite doubles aft, her saloon can also be converted to sleep an additional two if required. All bathrooms are fitted with Jabsco electric flush.

Grand Soleil provide a well-equipped U shaped galley with Corian style work surfaces opposite large forward facing chart table, both with plenty of storage.

Her large uncluttered full teak decks sport a package of Harken, Spinlock and Navtec deck gear and hydraulics. She has an opening side and pushpit gates and an electric opening transom / bathing platform with swim ladder and to maintain her uncluttered decks forward has a folding anchor arm to stow the anchor below the foredeck when not in use.

Cream deck canvas includes sprayhood and sprayhood garage cover, Helm bimini with stainless frame connecting to full boom tent and boom stack pack cover.

This Grand Soleil 56 benefits from recent upgrades including:

  • Interior joinery refurbished (August 2015)
  • North 3Di fully battened mainsail (2015)
  • North 3Di 101% medium furling genoa (2014)
  • Mast and boom Awlgrip respray (2013)
  • Rod rigging (2013)
  • Check stays added (2015)
  • Enerpac internal mast jack ram (2015)
  • Harken tuff luff (2013)
  • Facnor low profile furler and forestay (2013)
  • Mast uplights and downlights (2013)
  • Retractable bow thruster (2014)
  • 8 x Deka Marine 105ah deep cycle batteries (March 2015)
  • LED bow navigation lights (2015)
  • Soda blasted plus new primer and antifoul (October 2014)
  • Full engine service including new fuel pump and injectors (2015)
  • Full generator service (2015)

Complete with safety equipment including EPIRB, RORC Flare pack and Jonbouy recovery module.

EU VAT paid and British registered for secure transfer of title.


I decided on a GS56 because most agree that 56’ is the largest waterline length boat that a couple can handle safely.  I discounted all of the mass production boatbuilders such as Hanse, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Dufour because I think the build quality and interior joinery is poor and they go for over beamy hulls to squeeze in accommodation at the expense of sea kindliness and performance.  I don’t like centre cockpit boats such as the Oyster because I think its the wrong place to helm a boat from and you’re too far removed from the back of the boat when you’re mooring stern too shorthanded.  I looked at the Swan 56 but its interior layout is poor and it has a single wheel which restricts movement around the cockpit.  With stern to mooring in the Med I wanted the owners cabin to forward to avoid the noise.

The following features make SHINE easy to handle by a couple:

- Fold down stern platform for easy throwing of stern lines and jumping ashore

- Remote controls for anchor windlass

- Slab main reefing with lazy jacks and V-boom.  With hi-load battens cars the main drops quickly and easily to each reef point.  There is a single clip at the mast and wind in the reefing pennant at the hatch.

- Electric winch at hatch for all halyards, reefing and spinnaker trimming.

- Profurl on jib which is no-overlapping.  The genoa winches are not powered but they are powerful and so as the jib is small it can be winched in with a few turns.

- German mainsheet system which means you have a powerful winch next to each helm and can adjust the main easily whilst helming.

- Autopilot!

- Raymarine chart platter in cockpit table which also controls the hifi.


Weight saving deep custom carbon rudder and stock
Burmese teak satin interior joinery refurbished (August 2015)
Teak and holly sole boards
White Alcantara upholstery
Antifoul soda blasted plus new primer and antifoul (October 2014)

Engine / Mechanical

Yanmar 4JH3TX1 98Hp engine (2261 hours September 2015)
Full engine service including new fuel pump and injectors (2015)
Racor fuel filter
Flex-o-fold 3-blade propeller
Paguro 6500 6Kw Generator (220 hours September 2015)
Full generator service (2015)
Maxpower retractable bow thruster (2014)


Fuel - 400 litres in 1 x stainless steel tank

Fresh water - 600 litres in 6 x polyethylene tanks with inspection covers and anti-surge baffles plus 120 litre calorifier

Water tank and fuel analogue gauges at chart table

Electrical / Electronic / Entertainment

Mastervolt inverter
Shore power
8 x Deka Marine 105ah deep cycle batteries (March 2015)
Battery charger for both domestic and engine start
Bosch 80 amp 24v alternator on main engine
24V blue underwater stern lights
LED bow navigation lights (2015)
LED stern navigation light
LED interior deck head lighting
Chrome reading lamps to all cabins
Climma air conditioning to saloon
Jabsco electric flush toilets
3 x 24 v electric pumps for discharging the 3 shower trays
220v sockets at galley, chart table, owners and guest cabins
12v socket at chart table
TV in saloon
Fusion stereo with internal iPhone jack and link to cockpit chart plotter

Navigation equipment

B & G Hercules system
4 x 20/20
2 x FFD in cockpit
1 x FFD at nav. station
B & G auto pilot full service and all new lines and seals (2014)
Computer output from instruments and AIS
Simrad plotter with radar
Raymarine E9 hydrid plotter in cockpit with AIS
AIS transponder and receiver with dedicated masthead aerial
Simrad 2 station VHF cockpit and chart table with dedicated masthead aerial
All aerials and nav lights replaced (2015)

Mast, Boom and Rigging

King Composites carbon 3 spreader mast
Park avenue Carbon boom with 3 reefs
Mast and boom Awlgrip respray (2013)
New spreader roots (2013)
Additional genoa sheave for use with tuff luff (2013)
Carbon spinnaker pole
Rod rigging (2013)
Check stays added (2015)
Enerpac internal mast jack ram (2015)
Harken tuff luff (2013)
Fixed inner fore stay wire with Facnor furler (cruising/ delivery mode)
Removable inner forestay covered kelvar replaced spring 2015
Facnor low profile furler and forestay (2013)
Mast uplights and downlights (2013)
Boom cockpit lights


2 x Navtec backstay rams
Navtec vang ram serviced and shortened to allow for better leech profile- winter 2015
Navtec outhaul ram
Enerpac internal mast jack ram- winter 2015
1 x Enerpac mast jack pump- serviced winter 2015

Deck Equipment

Full teak decks
Opening side and pushpit gates
Electric opening transom / bathing platform with swim ladder
Folding anchor arm
Solimar twin wheel steering
All control lines lead back to cockpit
Harken 60.3 mainsheet winches
Harken 70.3 primary winches
Harken 53 halyard winches the port of which is electronic
Full rope package for racing and cruising mainly Marlow and regularly updated
Teak cockpit table with folding leaves
Custom stainless steel foot brace to base of cockpit table, modified and improved from original design
Telescopic washboard
2 x Large aft lazarette storage lockers beneath helm seats to port and starboard
2 x Large side cockpit lockers
2 x Gas bottle pods
Halyard storage bin beneath teak grating near companionway
4 x Fixed coachroof tinted windows
Custom lifting foot chocks painted in non skid
Cockpit cushions

Lightweight folding GRP Passarelle

Sail inventory


North 3Di fully battened mainsail (2015)
One Sails Full battened spectra delivery mainsail


North 3Di 101% medium furling genoa with vertical battens (2014)
North Light 1 135% (Tuff luff)
North Med 1 135% (Furler)
North Med 1 135% (Tuff Luff)
North Heavy 1 135% (Tuff Luff)
North Jib top 135% (Tuff Luff)
One Sails Light 1 150% (Tuff Luff)
One Sails Med 105% (Tuff Luff)
One Sails Jib top 105% (Tuff Luff)
One Sails Staysail for fixed furler on inner forestay


One Sails Super light
One Sails 0.5oz runner
North 0.5 oz vmg.
One Sails 1.5 reacher
One Sails A3 (Asymetric for heavier weather or cruising chute)
Snuffer (sock).

Anchor equipment

Electric windlass
Electronic anchor roller lift
Main anchor 55kg on folding electric arm
100m x 10mm chain.
25kg kedge anchor.


Cream deck canvas includes:

Sprayhood garage cover
Helm bimini with stainless frame which connects to:
Full boom tent
Boom stack pack cover

Jib forestay cover

Covers for cockpit table, saloon table, winches, hatches, the interior floors, wheels.


Stainless steel gimballed gas cooker with 3 burners and oven
Top access fridge compartment
Top access cool box
Double stainless steel sinks with mixer tap
Corian style work surfaces
Plenty of storage
Level storage lockers with pull-out racking
Frigobar (near mast for saloon)

Safety equipment

Fire extinguishers
EPIRB McMurdo 406
RORC Flare pack
Liferaft pod beneath floor to aft end of cockpit
Jonbouy recovery module
Horse-shoe life ring with strobe light
24 V electric pump for the main bilge.
Manual bilge pump, handle position under saloon floorboards
Additional manual bilge pump positioned beneath the wet locker behind the chart table.
Extra bilge pumps and float switches for chain locker and fo’c’sle


Nicolle Associates offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

  • This vessel is VAT paid.
  • As always photographs do not do justice so a viewing is highly recommended.
  • This boat is lying at our Hamble Point Marina, Hampshire, England office.
  • © 2015 Nicolle Associates
Category:Sailing Boats
Manufacturer:Grand Soleil
Mooring Country:United Kingdom
Year built:2006
Sales status:under offer
LOA:16.89 m/55 ft
Length:17.34 m/57 ft
Width:4.82 m/16 ft
KW:98.0 hp
No. of cabins:3
No. of berths:3
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