Yacht Class n°27 (dec 2021/jan-feb 2022)
Cantiere Del Pardo
The Italian brand, which has been successful with its chic and luxurious open walkaround from 38 to 50 feet, is extending its range with this 60-foot long-haul cruiser. The Pardo Endurance 60 boasts versatility with a half-trawler, half-planing hull, plus, as always, aesthetics.
Written by: Norbert Conchin – Photos: All rights reserved
Cantiere del Pardo has gained its reputation thank to its “Grand Soleil” cruiser-racer yachts, with more than 4 000 units built since its creation in 1973, and has successfully transmitted its standards to its power department, called “Pardo Yachts”. Since 2016, these walkaround day cruisers, with their inverted bow and streamlined T-top, attract the attention on the (rather Mediterranean) waterbodies. Clearly, they have brought their personality, characterized by aesthetics and refinement, in a very coveted segment. After five years of experience in open boats, the brand is launching its range of power cruisers, with a focus on what has been its specialty for 45 years in the sailing segment: fast and elegant blue ocean cruising.
A 900 miles range
The Pardo Endurance 60 presented in Cannes does not deny her origins. At first glance, her shapes seem familiar and new at the same time. The hull line, with an inverted bow, is quite similar to the shipyard’s first models. She has a higher freeboard, thanks to a bulwark rising at mid-ship, while the size of the fully glazed superstructure that does not exceed 40% of the total length gives a nice balance to the silhouette, which did not only focus on habitability. The inverted windscreen, the thin top supporting a flybridge bordered by a very discreet wind deflector and some hull borders continues the seduction. The “sport” character of this cruiser inevitably appears, along with a quiet and reassuring look of explorer. To this end, David Leone designed a hull with the dual ambition of reaching 25 knots in planing mode while being economical in a displacement trawler mode at 10-12 knots. This challenging exercise is dictated by an environmental conscience and the clients’ aspiration to sail peacefully without excessive water flow. Yet the speed potential is still firmly seated – and thus inevitable – in the minds of yachtsmen who see it as a safety feature and a means to quickly reach their destination. To optimise fuel consumption, both in trawler and planning speed, but also to facilitate manoeuvring, she is powered by Volvo IPS 700 (2 x 550 hp) or optional IPS 800 (2x 600 hp). The shipyard has announced a range of 900 miles, which corresponds to approximately 30 l/h at a speed of 10 to 12 knots, which is perfectly in line with the ocean cruising specifications.
A very open main deck
The walkaround concept has not been completely discarded and the superstructure is put down, like an island, on an uncluttered deck where circulation is easy thanks to wide gangways. The cockpit sees its bulwarks unfold to create a very large outdoor area with a table and sunbathing spot, plus sun loungers on the sides. The flybridge also has a large sunbathing area and an aft open space that can be decorated as desired. Let’s add to this the foredeck to conclude that this 60-foot offers plenty of relaxations places. The superstructure has a rather classically layout with the galley at the entrance, then a raised saloon, to favour visibility and finally the wheelhouse and its door with direct access to the side deck. It enjoys a great outside view as there is no column fridge to interfere with the 360° sight. The glazed door fully opens onto the cockpit and the side windows of the galley disappear into the bulkhead giving a very pleasant feeling of freedom and ventilation. This feeling is enhanced by the bright decoration. The mix of white lacquer and blond teak, with horizontal grooves, brings freshness and luminosity. This chic-sober character was already clever on the day-boat range.
Particularly spacious cabins
The crew cabin can be accessed from the large hydraulic swim platform. This place is quite large, with two beds and a bathroom that leads to the engine room. Coming down from the main deck, the gangway distributes three cabins. The full beam master has a large bathroom and dressing room. The forward VIP can be fitted with a large double bed or two berths arranged in a V-shape and creating a nice central space. Both are en suite. Sober but not unadorned, chic but discreet, this fast and modern revisited trawler, with her meticulous finishing, brings an undisputable breath of fresh air to this market.