16 July 2020
Like many boatbuilders around the world, Solaris Yachts has had a challenging year. However, the yard has been able to weather the storm by focusing on the improvement and evolution of their sailing yacht designs.
Solaris has upgraded their range of yachts after receiving feedback from owners who are seeking high performance, speed, responsiveness and clear manoeuvres from their yachts. All this is combined with maximum onboard comfort.
With this in mind, Solaris has renewed its collaboration with the Argentinian designer Javier Soto Acebal, who since 2009 has been designing and signing the deck and water lines, the appendages and the sail plan, with a technical and aesthetic touch that evolves from yacht to yacht.
Eleven years of collaboration have led to a significant change in the concept and design of Solaris’ sailing yachts in terms of the basics, such as technology, performance and comfort.
Moreover, the Solaris Team collaborates with qualified and renowned designers, like the architect Lucio Micheletti, the architect Patrick Roséo and the MYT Monaco, which handled the design of the deck and the interior layout of the Solaris 111, the largest yacht ever built in Solaris’ history.
In only one year, this strategy has made the launch of four new models possible.
The 12.36-metre Solaris 40 incorporates a new design layout, which sees the twin wheels set outside the footprint of the sprayhood, allowing the jib’s tales to be clearly visible. The exit from the cockpit to side deck is an effortless transition.
The cockpit has been reshaped to improve the level of comfort on board. The space available inside the cockpit is evidenced by the fact that the distance between the two steering wheels is set a considerable 1.5 metres, a feature not seen on many yachts this size. The redesign increases its usability and provides a wide-ranging aerial view.
Whether choosing the version with two cabins and two bathrooms or opting for the version with three cabins and two bathrooms, the Solaris 40 offers a large storage space. The wardrobe in the owner’s cabin is equipped with several customisable shelves and a space for long dresses. All comfort details are particularly studied.
The Solaris 60 originated from the idea of conceiving a Mini-Maxi. This model features clean decks and sleek lines, combining high comfort and maximum performance in a sailing yacht.
An overall length of 18.31 metres allows her to participate in Mini-Maxi class offshore races, including the main event of Porto Cervo that takes place every year.
The Solaris 60 has new dimensions, and her main innovation is in the cockpit. Thanks to her full-width steering wheels, you can steer the yacht without the intrusion of the sprayhood. This ensures that the jib’s luff is always completely left in sight while sailing.
The width of the steering wheels allows for lowering the lifelines in the aft area and to lift them near the two steps that lead to the side decks.
Among the strong points of this model are adjustable aft seats that allow steering in different sea conditions; a coachroof barely sketched by a thin raised line that ends before the mast, letting the wide cockpit and the deck flow into the extraordinary reverse bow; wide sidewalks. In all, a unique and balanced impulse of delicacy and sailing performance.
Below deck, there is a typical Solaris layout that features an interesting upgrade. The galley is slightly hidden by two steps forward and for the first time, two aft cabins with single beds (or double) equipped with a wide porthole facing the interior of the cockpit. This innovation allows the light to enter in every secondary cabin.
The owner cabin is extremely wide, comfortable and is equipped with a wide storage area with the option of an outboard or central bed.
Special focus has also been given to the crew cabin. Situated in the bow, it is equipped with a separate bathroom. The tender garage, with longitudinal access, has a minimum intrusion on the aft cabins.
The Solaris 80RS is a yacht conceived, studied and designed for important long-term oceanic cruises.
A targeted study from Solaris Yachts found an important link between the spaces on and below deck.
This combination of dimensions has allowed for the design of an innovative dinette. Light shines through thanks to the coachroof windows, which is ideal for those who want to live below deck. Below the saloon, there is the engine room, cleverly inserted and insulated.
Two completely different interior versions are available. By choosing the first, the owner’s cabin will be positioned in the bow, giving maximum space, privacy and silence, with an aft-oriented galley and dinette. Alternatively, you can choose the version with the aft owner cabin, so that the dinette and galley develop agile, flowing and functional spaces.
Whatever the choice of the owner, the yacht is set up with four double cabins, each with their own bathrooms with shower and the skipper and crew cabins, equipped with respective bathrooms with shower.
Externally, the 80RS features an extremely clean and ergonomic hull, the result of a study that combines technique and nautical art, designed to make such an elaborate project simple and essential.
Such an incisive aesthetic allows the design of the cockpit line on one floor. There is a clear separation between the sailing cockpit and the relaxation area, with the cockpit characterised by a central companionway entrance equipped with two tables with relative sofa-seats.
Since the Solaris 80RS is a yacht with a high rate of customisation, designed precisely to meet the unique needs of the owner, it will also be available in the version with offset companionway entrance and one cockpit table and with longitudinal access to the tender garage.
The Solaris 111 is set to be the largest yacht to ever leave the doors of the shipyard as they dip their toe into superyacht territory with a yacht that is more than 100 feet long.
The highest quality composite materials in carbon fibre pre-preg are used to produce hull and deck for improved strength-to-weight ratio as per the very latest composite technology. The high-tech construction and performance-oriented naval architecture were designed by Soto Acebal.
Special attention has been paid to the comfort needs of the modern superyacht owner. The Monaco-based studio MYT has created a 40-square-metre master cabin combined with her and his bathrooms, direct access to the yacht’s stern and beach club, as well as a step-less passage to the main companionway to provide for the comfortable cruising that large sailing yacht owners have come to expect.
No effort has been spared to keep noise and vibration levels throughout the yacht, both under sail and motoring, well below industry standards.