Friday, May 20

Pardo Building GT52 Cruiser with Volvo IPS

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Pardo, the two-year-old Italian builder, is on a roll. It introduced its new Endurance 60 cruising flagship last fall, and now its starting a GT52 that’s something like a combination of the 60 and the company’s earlier walkaround sport cruisers.

The GT52 will use the same hull as the open Pardo 50, but with a longer swim platform. And the Volvo IPS650 pod drives have been shifted aft to free up more interior space in the middle of the boat.

But the GT52 will still have Pardo’s trademark slightly reverse bow, its long flush foredeck and a forward-raked pilothouse. It is designed to provide more interior space and comfort than the earlier boats, while still keeping their sporty performance.

The cockpit on the new GT52 is made for entertaining and relaxing, framed by a large  U-shaped settee. A convertible dinette table there can drop down and be filled with cushions to transform itself into a massive sunbathing area.

Going forward, a glass door leads to the pilothouse; the aft windows are hinged at the top to open and make the salon and cockpit seem like one continuous social area. Owners can choose a galley-up or galley-down interior. There are already two cabins and two heads below. If an owner wants the galley up, there’s room below for a third cabin or a lower salon.

The master stateroom is forward with an offset bed, so there’s plenty of room to walk around. The guest cabin with twin berths and access to the day  head is aft a bit on the starboard side. A small single crew cabin (an unusual feature on a boat this size) is forward of the engine compartment.

The twin 450-hp IPS650s are standard, but 550-hp IPS700s and 600-hp IPS800s are options.

Specs.: LOA: 54’5”; Beam: 16’3”; Draft: NA; Disp.: NA; Fuel: 530 gals.; Water: 160 gals.; Power: 2×450-hp IPS650 pod drives. Read more:








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