The new high-performing, head-turning Pardo 50 will be launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival, starting Sept. 11, exactly a year after the Italian builder’s first boat, the Pardo 43, was introduced there to wide acclaim. Indeed, Pardo has already sold 33 of the 43s, a significant number for a brand-new offering.
Although Pardo itself is new (the company was founded in 2016), it is an outgrowth of Cantiere del Pardo, the high-end yard that has built more than 4,000 Grand Soleil sailboats since 1973. It wanted to get into the luxury, high-performance powerboat market, so it first developed the 43 and now the larger sibling, the 50.
The 50 is basically a larger version of the 43, with more space all around, particularly in the two-cabin, two-head interior. A third cabin for a captain is optional, although I think this is a boat you’d want to drive yourself.
With its open design, the 50 is meant for day or weekend boating. The galley is topside, for cooking and eating outdoors, protected by a carbon-fiber hardtop. There are three bucket seats at the helm, a three-person sunlounge aft and another on the foredeck. The swim platform is submersible; the two sections on the sides tilt down to create two other platforms.
Below, the master stateroom is in the bow, with a queen-sized bed and an en suite head and shower. The guest stateroom with two berths is aft a bit on the starboard side, with access to the day head. The optional smaller third cabin would be on the port side.
The hull is vacuum-infused for strength and light weight; it has 16 degrees of deadrise at the transom. Standard power is two 435-hp Volvos with IPS pod drives; options go up to twin 625-hp Volvos also with IPS.
The Pardo 50 is due to arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year.
Specs.: LOA: 53’3”; Beam: 16’3”; Draft: 4’0”; Disp.: NA; Fuel: 581 gals.; Water: 132 gals.: Power: 2×435-hp Volvo diesels with IPS600 pod drives. For more: