When the Pardo 43 was officially presented at Cannes Yachting Festival last September, it was difficult to imagine how the market would have reacted to this small revolution. Because, after almost 45 years of experience in sailboats building and closer identification with Grand Soleil brand with which the shipyard has built over 4,000 units – some of which are the cornerstones of recreational boating – the choice to enter the world of motorboats is open to different interpretations: gamble, craziness, foresight, revolutionary strategy.
What is certain is that, 5 months after the launch, the commercial success of this boat is enormous: Cantieri del Pardo, now Pardo Yachts, has indeed already sold 30 units of its first motorboat. We had already seen it at autumn boat shows. At first glance, the boat revokes the traditional Wally tenders’ style; however, bulkheads are higher while the bow features a slightly negative inclination.
Designed by Zuccheri Yacht Design in co-operation with the shipyard’s engineering department, the concept proves to be quite original if every single element is carefully analyzed.
Lines, for example, are sporty; deck arrangement is clearly inspired by cruisers’ one, with a lot of room reserved for relaxing and convivial moments; versatility is perceivable everywhere, especially in the bathing platform where the owner can place one or two chaises longues, have a shower or opt for openable bulkheads for a more instant contact with the sea.
Finally, or maybe primarily, interiors are really surprising for a boat of this size, including two cabins, a bathroom and a kitchenette.
At Miami International Boat Show, the Pardo 43 made visitors wait for 2 days since the ship carrying her was late. So, when she appeared down the canal linking the port with Collins Avenue, many eyes stopped and looked at her solemn gait and mooring maneuver, performed by Fabio Planamente, General Manager of Cantiere del Pardo and Pardo Yachts.
14 meters long (bathing platform included) and 4 meters wide, the Pardo 43 features a vinylester resin infused hull while side and deck are made in high-density PVC sandwich for greater structural rigidity, thermal and acoustic insulation. The V hull features an angle of 16° in stern and 50° in bow.
The main deck characteristic is the imposing walk-around steering console situated at the center of the boat. High and protective bulkheads guarantee great freedom of movement on board along with high safety and comfort standards.
Situated just behind the steering console, the cockpit is well-arranged: two comfortable sofas envelop a dinner table in the middle which can seat up to 8 adults. By request, the already fully-equipped kitchenette can be provided with a double refrigerator and a grill.
Positioned behind the cockpit dinette, the sun pad overlooks the stern bathing platform. As we’ve already said, the latter is offered in three different versions: standard, extended and submergible. Moreover, the side portions of bulkheads can be opened for an additional surface in contact with the sea.
In addition to the stern relaxation area, designers have created another sun pad forward, beyond which a double step gives instant access to the dock in the case of head-on mooring.
The whole area situated at amidships, above the galley and the pilot station, is sheltered by a crystal T-Top, installed on a carbon structure.
Very simple, all spaces develop around a central dinette equipped with a kitchenette on the port side. In the bow, a main cabin includes a double bed while, in the stern, a twin-bedded cabin is offered below the cockpit. On the starboard side, the bathroom is quite spacious, with separate shower compartment inside. In our opinion, the only “minus” of this boat is the poorly protected ladder which leads to the lower deck.
The Pardo 43 features some peculiarities also in the propulsion department. The engines are the 370 HP Volvo Penta IPS 500 (optional, 435 HP IPS 600) but, despite what one might expect, they are not at the far end but inside a specific engine room located towards the center of the boat. This comes from designers’ calculations, aimed at moving the center of gravity and improving performances and fuel efficiency.