Join Date: Aug 2012
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Re: Grand Soleil afloat again
By the way, other brand that was saved from bankrupt was Grand Soleil, this time by Bavaria...but Bavaria had given up and leave them again on bankruptcy. I have commented that in the summer with an Italian friend that is in the boat business. He smiled and said that Germans would be never able to work with Italians
Well, this time it was an Italian that saved Grand Soleil, Davide Trevisani. We also owns Sly yachts. We will see if an Italian will succeed in putting Grand Soleil under the sun again.
Yes, quite a pity about the fate of Grand Soleil, which built some beautiful boats that were quite competitive under IMS. Not sure how they fared under IRC, however. Always thought they looked expensive but were surprisingly affordable, for what you got. And perhaps that's why they couldn't stay in business.
Sly builds some very cool boats that are all but unknown in North America. I remember a few years ago they got some attention in Sailing Anarchy but pretty much ignored in the sailing press over here. Not surprisingly.
We deal in lead, friend.