Désirée Sormani takes us aboard the new Pardo GT52, the latest model launched by Pardo Yachts, a motor yacht brand belonging to Cantiere del Pardo, the meeting place between a walkaround and a classic cabin cruiser.
Aesthetics are known to be important, the eye wants its share. But when the design is at the same time extremely functional, the project is definitely a winner. And the new Pardo GT52 has all the extremes in this regard to delight and much to a very wide audience. Pressmare was aboard the new flagship of the Pardo Yachts line during the world premiere in Saint Tropez and appreciated not only its marine qualities by sailing in the waterfront in front of the Citadelle, but also and above all the thousands of solutions adopted to ensure life on the board is as comfortable as possible.
At the mooring in the harbor is a boat that immediately stands out: it hits the large aft beach (60 cm longer than the Pardo 50’s!), A place dedicated to direct contact between man and the sea, which enhances the pleasant stop in the bay: from here you can easily dive, you can lie down once out of the water or sit comfortably with your feet dangling in the sea. Seen from the side, this dashboard contributes from a design point of view to the formal purity of the hull lines and immediately communicates its call for comfortable navigation even with a sporty and agile ride that plows and cuts the waves with speed and safety. As well as vibration-free.
The lines immediately evoke a Pardo family feeling, but in some ways updated: clean but gentle, with the typical inverted arch and with an exterior layout that emphasizes the cozy and relaxation areas. In fact, eight people can sit comfortably around the dining table in the outside cockpit, which can be converted into a large sun deck by overturning the backs of the sofas and then covering the table when lowered, with large cushions (also interesting is the refrigerator) placed under the seats, for storage of cool beverages); an additional three people can be comfortably accommodated on the conference sun deck. The two sofas located on the sides of the entrance to the deckhouse are also comfortable: an ideal place to enjoy navigation, sheltered and also in close contact with the interior. Huge walkways allow people to circulate peacefully and safely even during navigation: Sidewalks rise to deck level and achieve a very large flush relaxation area in the bow. “The Pardo GT52 represents the intersection of a Walkaround and a classic cabin cruiser,” explains Massimo Gino of Nauta Design. the latter in direct connection with the large and functional cockpit, or to separate the saloon from the outside, creating an interior area that is conditioned or heated according to the conditions “.
In short, a boat that opens outwards with the full glass deck house, with and aft windows that lift upwards and the aft door can be opened completely. Another gem is the large sliding roof located in the roof: in semi-open condition, it provides optimal ventilation if you do not want air conditioning. In short, in and out always and everywhere in connection, in accordance with the trends of the time, which creates a completely unique relationship with the surrounding environment and guarantees a remarkable view of the driver, with the windshield tilted.
Space, brightness, elegance, comfort are perceived immediately, even upon entry. Every square centimeter has been utilized to offer a living space resembling a luxury apartment and to cope with long stays even with guests on board. The flexibility and versatility of the layout is striking: in fact, we stand in front of an open space with a large living room space, close to the command post, connected to the external cockpit; a few steps and you go down into the bright kitchen, which is flooded with light from the large windows of the deckhouse and from a skylight that overlooks the countertop. There is also a device with the galley in the salon to use this area such as. a third guest cabin or TV room. In short, two layouts: galley up and galley down. In the configuration we tested, the space is obviously larger with the galley downstairs, and the kitchen under the deck is ideal for use even in weather conditions outside of summer. “It’s stimulating to imagine life aboard the Pardo GT52 given these two layout options in the residential area,” comments Massimo Gino of Nauta Design.
The front owner’s cabin is spacious and comfortable with the bed placed on the floor to ensure better circulation in the cabin; a large bathroom with shower is located but lit and ventilated by a hatch that evokes a sail. The layout also includes another VIP cabin with bathroom and a cabin for the crew.
In terms of performance, the Pardo GT5 has a Volvo Penta IPS engine (2×650 in the standard version or 2×700 / 800 as an option), with a very careful eye on sustainability: this new yacht has an engine room designed to receive the upgrade of the hybrid Volvo engine, a solution that will soon guarantee high performance, while fully respecting the marine environment.