Yahtzee anchored in Robbers Passage, Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island (March 30, 2017).

Yahtzee is a 1984 Grand Soleil 39. She was built by Cantiere Del Pardo in Bologna, Italy and looked very similar to the Swans and some of the Beneteaus and Jeanneaus that were coming out around the same time.

Yahtzee is a well equipped performance cruiser that has proven herself over thousands of offshore miles and doesn’t do too badly around a race course either. Her previous owners took good care of her, and we’ve done our best to do the same.

Yahtzee’s Specs:

  • LOA: 39.3 feet
  • LWL: 32.3 feet
  • Beam: 12.33 feet
  • Draft: 6.23 feet
  • Displacement: 18,298 lbs
  • Mast Height: 56 feet
  • Water: 116 gal
  • Fuel: 65 gal

Stuff that Matters:

  • Sloop rig with a removable inner forestay and running backstays
  • North full-batten mainsail with Tides Marine Track and Doyle Cradle Cover
  • 145% Genoa, 70% jib, staysail, storm staysail, asymmetric cruising spinnaker
  • 49hp Perkins 4.108 diesel engine
  • 310-watts of solar
  • Rutland wind generator
  • Hydrovane self-steering
  • Avon 6-person ocean life raft
  • Katadyn watermaker
  • ICOM IC-M802 SSB radio and Pactor modem
  • Raymarine electronics
  • Custom hard dodger made by Andy
  • Rocna, Bruce and Danforth anchors
  • V-berth (Magnus’ room), starboard aft master (Jill & Andy’s room) and port aft with two offset bunks (Porter’s room & storage)
  • Two heads
  • Lots of love




3 thoughts on “Yahtzee

  1. Greetings,
    I stumbled across your boat while searching the web for other Grand Soleil owner. FYI, I have owned VIVA (ex MATI) the first production hull for 30 years. My wife and I purchased the boat in Chiavari, Italy and sailed it back to the Caribbean in the inaugural ’86 ARC. For 12 years we raced and cruised the waters off So Calif, made two extended trips to Mexico and in 1999 sailed south through the Canal for a 9 year Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, I lost my wife to cancer in 2008 and VIVA ended up berthed in Guatemala for the next 3 years. I have since sailed the boat to Tampa. FL and trucked her back to CA. She is now berthed again at Cabrillo Beach YC in San Pedro, where all the adventures started.
    Needless to say, I have had some interesting adventures and have had to learn every square inch of the boat during my cruising years. I would be happy to share any questions you might have.
    At my age (78), I should probably put her on the market, but there are a few to many memories to let go of at the moment. It is nice to read how you you have enjoyed the boat. It still remains one of the sweetest yachts I have ever sailed. You might enjoy reading about a few of our travels on my website.
    Drop me a line if interested in more information.
    Steve Jost

  2. I purchased my Grand Soleil 39 La Brezza, hull # 79, from the original owner in 2004. According to the original brochures my seller gave me, Frers designed the Grand Soleil 36 and Cantiere Del Pardo’s in-house designers stetched Frers’ design to a 39. I’ve owned and raced sailboats offshore and around the buoys for more than 40 years. When it came time to slow down (I’m 78), I started looking for a boat my wife and I could cruise.
    Boats I liked I couldn’t afford. When I first saw the Grand Soleil 39, I was impressed with it’s quality and despite it’s age, it’s moderate design that would make it a reasonably fast passagemaker. Imagine my surprise when I saw your story in Blue Water Cruising.
    I’ve completed an almost total refit, including totally rewiring and replumbing the boat, rebuilding the 4-108, making modifications to the galley and head (I eliminated the aft head). Refinishing the interior, Algriping topsides and the deck, new electronics, etc. While I’ve done all this work myself, with the exception of painting the topsides and rebuilding the engine after I got it out of the boat, I still don’t know how to take pictures with a cellphone and e-mail them. I’ get a friend to help me do this and send you some if you like.
    I would be happy to share my maintenance experiences with you and would like to hear your thoughts when I run into a problem with my yacht. Please feel free to give my e-mail address to Steve Jost.
    Best Wishes- Joe Bishop

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