Cantiere del Pardo wants to consolidate itself in the powerboat market with the new Pardo GT 52, scheduled to make its international debut at the Düsseldorf boat show in 2022. Pardo Yachts builds on walkaround and cruiser experience with a 16-meter crossover that combines maximum on-board habitability with open-boat exteriors.
In detail, the Pardo GT52 represents an evolution of the Pardo 50 specifically in terms of precisely the internal volumes and thus the available space. Although “related,” these two vessels still share profoundly different types of use. On the GT 52, three people can stay on the forward sundeck, while eight others can stay in the aft area at the dining table, which can become a second sundeck. The aft area of the bridge is 60 cm longer, allowing the owner to house, lower into the sea and retrieve the tender or jet ski by means of an electric system. In common, however, is the motorization, given by two Volvo Penta IPS (2×650 in the standard version, or 2×700/800 as an option).
Pardo GT52 – Why crossover?
“The Pardo 52 GT,” explains Massimo Gino of Nauta Design, “represents the cross-over between a walkaround and a classic cabin cruiser. The salon on the main deck is protected by the superstructure and can be fully opened to the stern, the salon door and two aft windows allow the latter to be put in direct connection with the large and functional cockpit, or to separate the salon from the outside by creating an interior conditioned or heated area depending on conditions.”
“In the top is present,” Massimo Gino continues, “there is a large sliding canopy for optimal ventilation at all times. The side walks go up to deck level to get a very large flush area for relaxation in the bow, with a large sundeck in the middle of the deckhouse. Thanks to the flush deck, important volumes are thus gained in the interior forward: the owner’s area benefits enormously from these volumes with a comfort rarely found on boats of this size.”
Pardo GT52 – Interior
Speaking of the interior, the first thing that jumps out at you is the yard’s willingness to create continuity between rooms, for example, deciding to keep the same teak as in the cockpit inside. Other details, such as the side and rear windows that can be fully opened, as well as the sliding roof, in fact invite dialogue between interior and exterior spaces, thus iterating and fulfilling that desire to achieve a boat that invites precisely conviviality.
Below deck spaces are designed to spend even longer periods on board. Being able to choose between a galley down or galley up layout, you can choose to have the galley below deck (Galley Down), creating a very generously sized salon (perfect if you plan to have many guests on board), or keep the galley in the upper salon (Galley Up), thus taking advantage of the below-deck hallway to make a lounge area with television, or a third cabin with bunk beds. In the bow, on the other hand, is the master cabin, which is also very large thanks to the inverted bow, and the bathroom with separate shower, while in the stern is the second cabin.
Pardo GT52 – Navigation
The GT52 hull has the same engine options as the Pardo 50 with Volvo Penta IPS engines. It starts with the two IPS650s as the base, with options to have the 700 or the 800. We tested this crossover with its maximum power in the magnificent setting of Saint-Tropez, with good peak performance at over 32 knots in the test conditions and a cruising speed of 22 knots, in which it consumes about 180 liters per hour with 8 people on board, 500 liters of fuel and 400 liters of water. In particular, we appreciated the maneuverability of this sixteen-footer and the balance of the hull, on which a major study was made. Compared to the Pardo 50, the GT52 has the engines further aft to increase cabin volumes, and this has meant revising the hydrodynamics to suit a heavier unit with loads distributed differently. The impression is that this work is successful, not least because in your hands, however, you have the feeling that you are steering a fun and always manageable boat that also has good visibility from the bridge.
|Speed (kn)||RPM||Fuel L/H|
|Length Over All (LOA)||16.58 m|
|Length at Waterline (LWL)||14.95 m|
|Baglio Massimo||4.96 m|
|Standard Motorization||2 × Volvo IPS 650|
|Optional Motorization||2 × Volvo IPS 700 / 2 × Volvo IPS 800|
|Fuel Tank||2000 L|
|Fresh Water Tank||600 L|
|Services||2 + 1|
|Naval Architecture||Zuccheri Yacht Design|
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