The Solaris Yacht 48′
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“Spinning the helm over was like whipping up the handbrake at the end of a half-mile drag race” – Toby Hodges, Yachting World, October 2008. Designed by Bill Tripp, this is the boat that proved the worth of the SOLARIS YACHT concept. ‘A graceful profile, a modern hull design, a bespoke level of detail and a series of cutting-edge production process were all brought together to create this ground-breaking yacht. With Tripp’s trademark waterlines, low-profile coach-roof and black windows, the 48’ combines beauty with remarkable sailing qualities.
Solaris’s renowned and meticulous construction methods give the 48’ stiffness, responsive alacrity and a lovely feel. The sail-plan, the attention to weight distribution, the first-rate winch and track layouts, the excellent ergonomic design of the cockpit, all these things make her sprightly, giving her great speed when surfing off the wind. She looks beautiful, with her wide open cockpit and her expansive lounging deck aft. She seems like a cruiser, with her tender garage and her swim platform. But do not be fooled – this elegant yacht is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!
Interior – Solaris brings to the interior its customary quality of finish and eye for detail, but in addition, the design team has made the most of the yacht’s volume. The owner’s cabin to the fore is a good size, has good headroom and ample storage. It has a large island berth and an en-suite shower room. The two aft cabins have double berths, with good storage, and the aft shower room is particularly smart. The L-shaped galley and the saloon area are designed to work together, and the galley is well-equipped with an extractor fan above the stove/oven unit, and room for a front-loading fridge to supplement the top-loading cool box.
The saloon table area is beautifully designed, and the chart table carefully positioned to provide another surface. Engine access is front-only, but is ample with easy access to the gearbox. Oak finish is standard, but custom options are available. Restrained Italian elegance, good taste, and excellent workmanship are the qualities that characterise this interior – but never at the expense of sea-worthiness or durability.