Well, Cantieri del Pardo, now under the Bavaria umbrella, seems not to want to waste time. After the 39 success now they are going to make a new 43.
The later model, that is a very beautiful boat, won last month the Spi Ouest-France putting 3 Grand Soleil 43 in the first 4 positions on IRC 1. So much for the French boats
They are substituting what is a winner...and after having a look at the new boat, I guess they are substituting for another winner and a better boat.
The designer is the same of the 39, Claudio Maletto, and the boat has about the same weight (less 100kg) but it has more 250kg of ballast and a more modern transom, with the beam brought aft. The beam is about the same (more 5cm) but the LWL is 30cms bigger. A more stiff boat and a better boat downwind without losing nothing of the very good upwind potential of the older boat.
They still use a grid do distribute the keel weight and the stays forces by the hull, but from some time now they have substitute the steel one by a carbon one. The boat will cost over 300 000€.