Fit for an emperor

Canados’ new Gladiator 428 prototype promises high performance and luxury.

Photography by Canados

04 April 2017

Custom build giants, Canados, have just announced a new prototype of the Gladiator 428 set for wide release from 2018. The Gladiator 428 is positioning itself as one of the best and most luxurious daycruisers available on the market, with a wealth of high performance features.

“I don’t see any other shipyard having a 360-degree integration of the production,” says Michael Karsenti, Executive Chairman at Canados. “We carefully craft bespoke yachts entirely made by hand for very specific and demanding clients. Therefore, it was difficult to integrate a project such as the 428 Gladiator in the typical Canados structure as both the industrial and commercial philosophies of this model are different from the rest of the Canados range. The Gladiator line will be distributed by a global limited network of seven to eight dealers. This forced us to organize a whole different business unit fully dedicated to the Gladiator.”


Length Overall: 13,04 m / 42’9”
Hull Length: 11,94 m / 39’2”
Max Beam: 4,19 m / 13’9”
Dead rise at transom: 21º
Draft with drives up: 0,75 m / 2’6”
Light displacement: 8,500 kg / 18,740 lbs
Fuel capacity: 1,050 ltrs / 277 US Gallons
Cruise speed range: 350 NM
Passengers: 16 in C category – 12 in B category

As a result, the Gladiator 428 project has been treated internally as a “separate business unit,” yet still brandishes all the marks of high class performance and luxurious features that define the Canados philosophy. The massive bow flair will guarantee an all-weather dry ride while the 21º deep V at the transom allows running the boat at any speeds even in strong swell. The entire hull, structure and deck are made of vacuum bagged quadri-axial E-Glass vinyl-ester infused resin with balsa and Airex coring, reflecting Canados’ desire for a “solid yacht.”In addition, the boat comes standard with GPS chart plotter, automatic pilot, depth sounder, bow thruster and maneuvering joystick. The standard equipment list also includes a “crystal cockpit” integrated dashboard.

The Gladiator 428 is expected to make its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017, and subsequently its official US debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017 in her outboard version.


The Gladiator 428 is available with customised engine packages, including:

    • Twin Volvo Penta stern drives D6 – 400 hp
    • Twin Cummins QSB6.7 – 550 hp with top systems surface drives
    • Triple of Quad outboard engines

Depending on the power package, the Gladiator 428 is capable of speeds from 37 up to 55 + knots

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