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Grand Soleil 50 - £114,950 (Tax Paid)

Steve Gunn - +44 (0)7860 702376

1996 Grand Soleil 50 - £114,950 (Tax Paid)

Sale Pending


Name: 'Emma Claire'
Builder: Cantiere del Pardo
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom


LOA: 50'6" (15.4m)
Beam: 14.86 feet
Displacement: 13200 kilogram
Draft: 7.05 feet


Make / Fuel: Yanmar diesel
HP: 72.0
Cruising Speed: - -
Max Speed: - -


Fuel: - -
Water: 500 litre
Holding: - -

1996 Grand Soleil 50 - £114,950 (Tax Paid)

Grand Soleil 50 (1996): Emma Claire is a well presented example of this sleek Cruiser/Racer designed by Doug Peterson. She has benefited from many recent upgrades, including new navigation equipment in 2016 and new storm sails and mainsail in 2019. She has completed the Fastnet and several Round the Island Races. 


  • Yanmar 4JH2TE engine (shaft drive)
  • 3 bladed propeller
  • Eberspacher warm air heating system


  • 5 batteries
  • Shore power inlet
  • Battery charger

Spars and Rigging

  • Masthead rig
  • Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2016)
  • Slab reefing mainsail
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Furling headsail gear
  • Mast steps

Sails and canvaswork

  • Genoas x 2
  • Mainsail x 2 (one new 2019)
  • No 3 Genoa
  • Storm Tri Sail (new 2017)
  • Storm Jib (new 2017)
  • Sprayhood
  • Mainsail cover

Navigation Equipment

  • Garmin GPSMap 7412 GPS/colour plotter
  • Depth sounder
  • Log/Speed
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Autopilot
  • Compass
  • Icom IC-M423G DSC VHF

Deck equipment

  • Teak decking
  • Electric anchor windlass
  • Stainless steel pushpit/pulpit
  • Cockpit table
  • Anchor and chain
  • 6 winches, including 2 x electric Lewmar primary winches

Safety Equipment

  • Floating lights
  • Radar reflector
  • Lifebuoy
  • Danbuoy
  • Gas detector
  • Jackstays
  • Bilge pumps - electric and manual


  • 8 berths in 3 cabins plus saloon
  • Curtains
  • 2 x heads
  • Galley with cooker, coolbox and sink
  • Pressurised hot/cold water system
  • Stereo

Owners Comments

When we bought Emma Claire in 2016 we had been looking for a larger yacht than the one we had owned for close on ten years with a view to sailing further afield and to compete in the Fastnet race. We love the lines of the Swan look a likes and the Doug Peterson design is particularly appealing.

The previous owner was an engineer and his approach to fitting out Emma Claire was very much that only the best would do. His records of all purchases are on file and little was left to chance. The excellent yard in Cornwall carried out most of the routine maintenance after initial commissioning in the Solent.

During her first ten years Emma Claire was treated to what can only be described as a pampered life and her condition is more like a yacht of half her age. Inevitably, however, modern developments had left her B and G Navigation systems obsolete and althoughhardly stretched, the rod rigging was more than ten years old and had to go.

We embarked on the start of a major refit to prepare for our first Fastnet in 2017.

On the very first trip from Cornwall to her berth at Beaulieu we knew we had made a great choice in a proper offshore yacht. Her motion through the water is a delight, she points well and is a stable and fast downwind yacht.

Over the last four years we have competed quite successfully in the RORC programme of offshore racing culminating in the completion of the 2019 Fastnet. The Fastnet race is a harsh test for any yacht and in 2019 we experienced 30 plus knots of wind and significant seas as we crossed to Southern Ireland.

As a sound testament to Emma Claire’s strength, performance and great sea keeping abilities, galley service was maintained throughout even the toughest times and there a was not a moment that we had to let up on racing. On the beat and then running back to the Isles of Scilly and to Plymouth Emma Claire powered through with a helming competition to see who could top 15 knots surfing, but completely stable and not a hint of an accidental gybe.

Back on her berth, she always receives admiring looks. Even if we don’t go out sailing, simply staying on board is a true pleasure.


Clipper Marine offer the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information, nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.