GS44 Race by Polli

  • Reference ID 544
  • Builder Grand Soleil Race(New builds)
  • Model GS44 R
  • Designer Matteo Polli design
  • Year 2021
  • Location Italy
  • Engine type Single
  • L.O.A. (mtr) 13.40
  • Beam (mtr) 4.30
  • Draft (mtr) 2.6
  • Displacement (Kg) 9500

Yacht description

Grand Soleil 44R:

This new 44-footer is designed by Matteo Polli, successfull winning ORC designs

The new Grand Soleil 44 is that of a performance cruiser which knows how to be competitive on the IRC and ORC regattas: a boat that is easy to use for both cruising and racing in regattas. The lines of the hull are modern and aesthetically delightful with no particular forcing. The distinctive features of the boat include the positioning of the mast further to the rear to allow a greater sail area for the bow sails to maximise performance considering the average Mediterranean conditions. This choice has also allowed to move the position of the cabins forward and have a larger cockpit compared to preceding models.

Matteo Polli has done an excellent job of optimisation to achieve a hull that would allow to maximise absolute performance and performance/rating ratio. The clear goal is to maintain balanced hull lines to simplify navigation even for the less experienced owners. The fundamental parameters of the hull were chosen based on an in-depth study: four different hulls were subjected to CFD and VPP analysis to achieve the best optimisation in the real performance of the boat and in the performance/rating ratio.


Matteo Polli
 “The position of the mast on the new GS44 is more rearward to benefit the dimensions of the fore triangle. The larger size of the jibs not only improves the performance in light air but also makes the boat more agile in coming out of turns. Furthermore, this feature allows the use of self-tacking sails for cruising that maintain very respectful area and proportions. A large fore triangle also allows to make the best use of rollable sails (foresail, jib, Code 0), ideal on cruises and in regattas, because they always allow to have the right sail at the right moment without the need for conventional demanding sail changes.





Hull and deck

Hull and deck are a composite construction, moulded in female tooling. They are sull sandwich construction with foam core, biaxial glass fibres and unidirectional carbon fibres impregnated with Epoxy-vinylester resin. Further biaxial and unidirectional carbon fibre reinforcements are positioned in areas that are mainly exposed to high stress. This also optimizes the strength and the weight of the hull. Furthermore, unidirectional carbon fibres positioned in strategical areas maximize the stiffness of the hull.

Core (AIREX) of different densities, is vacuum bonded. Single skin areas are provided and reinforced around keel, rudder, seacocks and hull fittings for maximum strength.

The core of the deck is in PVC (AIREX) and is vacuum bonded. The areas where the deck equipment is fitted are reinforced with marine plywood and Peralumen aluminium suitable for marine use. Around the mast, the deck is reinforced with SORIC sandwich core.

Hull and deck are bonded together using a structural acrylic glue derived from the aircraft industry. The bulwark is integrated to the hull in order to guarantee greater torsional rigidity with Peralumen aluminum reinforcements for stanchions, pulpits and deck equipment.

The carbon bowsprit is perfectly integrated into the hull creating a flush line that permits to trim perfectly both gennaker and code 0.


The standard keel is fixed “T” bulb keel. It is made of a cast iron blade and a lead and
antimony bulb. It is bolted to the hull with a plate recessed into the hull to minimize friction and reduce local loads.
Epoxy corrosion protection is applied to the keel which is also equipped with sacrificial anode.


The rudder has a generous surface, that guarantees the maximum manoeuvrability even
in light winds.

The fin is in sandwich made of GRP and expanded high density PVC closed foam covered
with a superficial finishing epoxy treatment.

The rudder stock is made with stainless steel 17-4PH, round section tapered towards the
end with brackets welded to it inside the fin in order to guarantee strength and rigidity.
It rotates onto self-aligning bearings, the one to the hull in PEEK ensures the maximum
fluidity even when stressed.

A twin steering system is designed with a reduced number of sheaves minimising friction
and is easily accessible from the large stern locker.
The emergency tiller is secured directly to head of the rudder by using an inspection cap
in the cockpit.

Pods and steering wheels (1000 mm diameter) are in white GRP.
2 GRP consoles with stainless steel handrail and compass are provided.


  • Keel stepped aluminium mast, tapered at the head, with 2 sets of spreaders.
  • Aluminium boom with a closed-circuit reefing system (2 reefs).
  • Single backstay with Bamar mechanical tensioner and stainless steel wire rigging with
    turnbuckles. Rod headstay.
  • Rigid Vang with purchase and control lines in cockpit.
  • Windex and internal conduits for electrical cables.
  • Deck lights and navigation lights included.
  • Manual jib furler with below deck drum and control line leads to the winch in the cockpit

Running rigging
Dyneema maneuvers:

  • Main halyard 11 mm.
  • Jib halyard 11 mm.
  • Self tacking jib sheet 10 mm.
  • Mainsheet 10 mm.
  • Vang control line 8 mm.
  • Polyester maneuvers:
  • Jib furler circuit 8 mm.
  • 2 reefs 10 mm.
  • Topping lift 10 mm
  • Outhaul 8 mm.

Deck and Cockpit

Standard version:

  • 2 winches 46.2 STA and 2 winches 50.2 STA Harken Radial positioned at the end of the coamings.
  • Halyards and sheets are lead to 8 Spinlock stoppers, two organisers each side facilitate
    the alignment with the winches, while the Spinlock stopper on the toe-rail is used for the
    jib furler circuit.
  • The standard manoeuvres are completed with a recessed track used for the self-tacking
    jib and a fixed point in the cockpit for the mainsheet. All the blocks for the manoeuvres
    are Harken.


  • 2 upgraded winches 50.2 STP and 2 upgrades winches 60.2 STP Harken Performa.

The optional Race Version configuration has :

  • 4 winches 50.2 STP (2 mainsheets and 2 halyards) and 2 60.2 STP (primary), all Harken Performa.
  • 2 Harken winch handles are supplied for the winches (3 in the opt Race version) with
    dedicated stowage compartment.


  • Stainless steel mooring cleats with beat rope protection on the toe-rail. eep self-draining chain locker which can hold more than 50mt chain (10mm diameter – not included).
  • Quick 1000 W electric windlass recessed into the anchor locker and supplied with a cable controller.
  • Stainless steel anchor roller with bronze pulleys concealed beneath the pulpit.


  • Anchor/sail locker with closing handle and gas pistons consists of 2 separate compartments: self-draining chain locker and a large watertight compartment to storage
    sails, ropes, fenders etc.
  • Housing gas bottles inside the anchor locker in its self-draining compartment.
  • 2 aft lockers positioned aft of steering wheels on the running deck with pistons in order to maintain the hatch open.
  • Big stowage locker at the stern with pistons in order to keep the hatch open.
  • Liferaft (6 people) locker in the transom behind the stern platform.


PLEASE NOTE – The price shown is for the base boat ex-factory exclusive of extras, delivery, commissioning and VAT. GS Yachts are built exclusively to order.Please contact us to request an e-brochure, price list or to discuss your requirements in further detail.

The Company offers 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.

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