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Fiu in Adriatic



The Yacht FIU

Fiu is a Grand Soleil 46.3 built in 2003 by a reputable Italian yard, Cantiere Del Pardo. She is a modern performance cruiser built to the highest European standards (EEC category A) as a safe and quick passage maker that can satisfy the requirements of the most demanding sailors.


Grand Soleil 46.3 is an elegant, fast cruising yacht with excellent characteristics such as sea kindliness, safety, comfort, superior internal volume, layout and sailing performance. She is easy to handle by shorthand crew and has the capability to impress on the racing circuit as well. The classic lines, which are typical of the Grand Soleil & Swan, are destined to remain beautiful forever.


Although FIU just completed circumnavigation she is well maintained and is now ready to go again. This beautiful yacht once again demonstrated that Grand Soleil 46.3 is a thoroughbred ocean racer as well as safe, comfortable and very fast performance cruiser. She is equipped to the Australian Cat 1 Ocean racing standards and has loads of extras: wind generator, solar panels, oversized alternator and gel-battery bank, complete set of Raymarine instruments with an excellent hydraulic autopilot, HF radio with the e-mail modem, extra chain and anchors, folding prop, cruising and triradial racing sails (10 sails in total, including two spinnakers and full batten main), two spinnaker poles, all oversized winches and additional two spinnaker winches, radar, chart-plotter and onboard computer with worldwide electronic charts. With her teak deck, blue hull and classic lines she is a real eye-catcher in every harbour.

To read some of the reviews follow these links: Sailing Magazine (English), Yachtrevue (German), More (Croatian).  

 In 1998 Grand Soleil 46.3 was voted 'Yacht of the Year' by the reputable and widely read German Magazine 'Yacht'.


Fiu in Adriatic, Croatia (2003)

near island of Krk

in Kornati

testing new racing sails

Lokrum near Dubrovnik

near Dubrovnik


Fiu in Atlantic & Caribbean (2003-04)

Atlantic crossing team

Top wiev, mid-Atlantic

Chasing the Sun, running with two headsails

Life is good

Sailing with trade winds in Caribbean

Tobago Cays

Fiu in Br. Virgin Isl.

Fiu in Pacific (2004-05)

Kappa beach, Tonga

Kappa beach - Tonga

Tuamotou atols

Papeete, Tahiti, Fr Polynesia


Australia and Indian Ocean (2005)

Racing in Sydney to Hobard Race 2004

Flying a new spinnaker in Sydney Harbour

Departing from Darwin

Stormy days in Indian Ocean




Nav station


horizontal rule

Layout of Fiu - Owner's version, 3 double cabins, plus double bed in saloon, sleeps 6+2.


Length over all 14.42 m
Length hull 13.98 m
Length waterline 11.90 m
Beam max 4.45 m
Draft 2.20 m
Displacement 10500 kg
Ballast 3900 kg
Sail area 127 m2
Berths 6 + 2
Fuel 150 l
Fresh water 500 l
Engine: Yanmar 42 kW/56 HP, Sail drive
Autopilot Raymarine ST 6000 hydraulic
Electronics Raytheon; Wind, Speed, Depth, GPS
Winches 6 winches, all Harken, oversized
Battery charger 140 Ah alternator, shore 220V charger
Inverter 600 W, 12 to 220 V inverter



Additional Equipment (* optional equipment):


bullet  Deck

Teak side deck*, Internal furniture in Cherry wood, high gloss.

Dark blue hull*, cockpit table*.

Remote control electric anchor windlass*, Hall anchor*, 100 m/10 mm dia anchor chain*, 6 fenders and numerous mooring lines*.

12 person Arimar Liferaft*.

Six opening Lewmar hatches for light and ventilation,

Opening portholes in galley, saloon, aft toilets chart table  and aftcabins. 

Sprayhood*, boom cover* with lazy jack* for full battened mainsail*.

Steering wheel covered by leather*.

Yamaha dingy* (3 m, 5 pers) with 5 HP Yamaha outboard engine*, with the engine bracket*.

Hot and cold shower in the aft transom, bathing ladder integrated in the transom. 



bullet  Sailing

Taller performance mast with three spreaders*.

Facnor Furler, foil with two tracks for easier sail change and for downwind sailing with two poled-out genoas.

Two spinnaker poles*.

Releasable inner forestay* (cutter rigging) and a fixed baby stay.

Two sets of sails: cruising and racing*, in total 10 sails, all in good condition

Cruising sails (material, dacron): mainsail with 3 reefs, 135% genoa, heavy weather jib* (#4), trisail*, storm jib*, and two spinnakers* (one heavyer, triradial, 1.5 oz with 155 m2 and the other, light, multipurpose, symmetrical, 0.5 oz, 165 m2)

Racing sails* (all triradial made of CDP Pentex laminate): mainsail (fully battened with three reefing lines), genoa 140%, working jib (#3) and staysail.

Upgraded* Harken halyards winches (46.2 ST), 2 main Harken winches (56.2 ST) and two additional spinnaker winches* (48.2 ST)

All spectra halyards*, complete set of sheets, blocks, 5 winch handles*, emergency tiller.



bullet  Electric Equipment

All Raymarine instruments*, ST60 series; wind, depth, speed, two independent GPS systems, repeaters, ST 6000 Course computer* and hydraulic autopilot*, Navman chart plotter*, Dell Notebook* with world wide electronic charts, colour printer*.

Waterproof 220V shore power plug and 12V power point in the cockpit.

Electric control panel with the cut-off switches, voltmeter/ampermeter showing the service consumption, battery charging  rate, etc.

Additional 220V and 12 V outlets in galley, chart table and owner's cabin. 

600 W inverter* - 12 V to 220V.

4 x 100 Ah / 12 V marine GEL batteries* for services, 55 Ah / 12V for engine.

140 Ah High Output Alternator* and 'smart' regulator* for quick battery charging.

Wind generator AEROGEN 6* - providing low noise and high output (10 to 15 A at 15 to 20 kn wind) 

Two BP Solar Panels* with combined power of 160 W with the regulator* and ampermeter*

A number of Halogen and incandescent lamps to ensure adequate lighting for all the interior.

Navigation lights, anchor light, running light, deck-flood light, compass light and instrument light.

Silva VHF Radio*, with speaker in cockpit* and one hand-held ICOM VHF Radio*.

The latest ICOM M802 HF Radio* for long range communication with Pactor II Pro modem* for onboard e-mail communication.



bullet  Interior

Master Cabin: King-size double bed with large stowage underneath, large hanging locker, shelves, reading seats on both sides and 2 reading spots.

Forward head (bathroom): marine toilet, wash basin, pressurized hot and cold water, mirror, cabinet with shelves, shower in a separate compartment, electric pump to drain shower bilge.

Portside and starboard aft cabins: double bed, hanging locker, shelves and seat, ventilation and light provided by an opening porthole and an opening hatch, one reading spot. 

Main saloon: exceptionally wide, light and airy, the saloon consist of: a U shaped divan with large table including the bar. The table can be lowered an converted to double bed. A second divan in the middle of the cabin, stowage rack, numerous side lockers, bookshelves and bar.

Navigation station: large, lifting top chart table with storage space for nautical charts, electric instrument panel, main electric panel for 220 V and 12 V sections, chart light, navigation seat.

Galley: double stainless steel sink, wooden work surface, pressurised hot and cold water, pressurise sea water tap, gas stove with oven, top access fridge compartment (200 l) with basket and holding plate, drawers for food storage, numerous lockers.

Aft head: marine toilet, wash basin, shower, hanging locker, pressurised hot and cold water, bathroom cabinet, electric pump to drain the shower bilge.  


bullet  Engine

Yanmar 56 HP diesel with Sail drive transmission, one stainless diesel tank 150 lt with an electric level indicator (approx. 500 Nautical miles range),

Very big and easy to access engine room with flameproof material chosen for both heat and sound insulation,

Separate bilge pump, ventilation pipes, silencer,

140 Ah alternator* and 'smart' regulator for quick battery charging,

Feathering prop* with 3 blades, Seahawk.



bullet  Plumbing System

Rigid polyurethane water tanks with the total capacity of 500 lt plus 2 flexible water tanks with additional capacity of 300 lt,

Pressurised hot and cold water system, a number of electric pumps to empty the forward and aft shower compartments, mast, main and engine bilges,

Pressurised sea water system* with outlets in galley and cockpit,

Boiler with 220 V resistance and exchange cooling system with engine, located under the navigation seat,

Hand operated cockpit main bilge pump (operated from the salon as well).


FIU is now FOR SALE!!

S/Y FIU, Grand Soleil 46.3 is now for sale! For nearly three years FIU sailed all world oceans, and successfully made it through many storms and dangers. She is a modern performance cruiser fully equipped for offshore cruising (wind generator, solar panels, 3 independent GPS systems, e-charts covering all oceans, water filter, 6 sails, etc.) and upgraded to Cat 1 for offshore racing. She is in a very good condition, and ready to sail again around the world or just cruise and race leisurely in the Mediterranean. She is currently based in the Adriatic, Croatia.

For more details contact Ivo at: fiu.sailing(at)yahoo.com or our Agents.







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