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Blue Water Sailing Grand Soleil Article

Anyone read this? I don't know much about the boat reviewed (Grand Soleil 545), but I can say something was not right with their observations about performance under power. They said at 3000 RPM they traveled at 8.5 knots, and at 3800 RPM they traveled at 10 knots. It was the 110hp Yanmar. I have that engine, and you can't get it to 3800 RPM, at least not with a prop attached to prop shaft!

Anyway, they seem like nice boats, but you just can't tell from a magazine review, and they never are critical. Anyone know anything about them?
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You're right, max rated is 3200 rpm. Continuous 3100 rpm.
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Grand Soleils were on my list of boats. They are beautiful, sleek, elegant and full of wonderful Italian styling and design; but also full of Italian hardware. While I shouldn't be too critical, as I am taking my Jeanneau around the world, they are designed more for speed in the Mediterranean than for pounding in the south Atlantic I still have all my Grand Soleil PDFs and occasionally go through them since the lines and photographs are impressive. I've see a number at dock and under sail in the Caribbean and they look sweet there as well. The 545 must be a new design - time to go back to the Cantieri del Pardo pages and drool.
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