£224,950 tax paid

High spec GS56, now priced to sell!

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelGrand Soleil 56
DesignerPhilippe Briand
Boat NameMad Monkey
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingSolent, United Kingdom


LOA16.8m (55'0")
LWL14.86m (48'0")
Beam4.83m (15'0")
Draft2.74m (8'0")
Hull ConstructionGRP
EngineYanmar 4JH3-HTE 100hp
Keel TypeFin Keel

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James McNeil
Broker - Grabau International South Coast (UK)

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    Extremely well-equipped Grand Soleil and with many updates since new. A stylish performance cruising boat ideal for those looking for adventures with style & performance.


    Originally launched in 2008 (2007-model) for an Italian owner as ‘LUNATICO’ and with an invoice price of in excess of Euro 800,000, this hugely versatile Grand Soleil 56 boasts one of the most comprehensive inventories that we have seen in this model. Purchased by her current UK-based owners in 2013, and renamed ‘MAD MONKEY’, she was refitted and upgraded to prepare her for a 2-year circumnavigation with the World Cruising Club’s ‘World ARC’.

    Her specification highlights are numerous, but particular highlights include:-
    • Versatile 3-cabin, 3-head layout.
    • Teak decks.
    • Copper coated underwater sections.
    • 2.74m (medium depth version) performance keel.
    • Yanmar 100hp engine – overhauled 2019.
    • Flex-o-Fold 3-bladed folding propeller.
    • Paguro 9Kw variable speed generator.
    • Schenker 24vDC watermaker.
    • Replaced rod standing rigging (2016).
    • Extensive sail wardrobe for all weathers.
    • Mainsail with stack pack and lazy jacks.
    • Roller furling genoa.
    • Code-0 on a furler.
    • Spinnakers.
    • Yankee.
    • Storm sails.
    • Air-conditioning.
    • Diesel heating.
    • Retractable bowthruster.
    • Watt & Sea retractable 600w hydro-generator.
    • Rolls battery banks
    • Harken winch package with electric control line and mainsheet winches
    • Inverters
    • Upgraded electric anchor windlass.
    • Sprayhood, bimini, side enclosures and boom cover.
    • Electric fans to the saloon, galley and sleeping cabins.
    • Raymarine navigation electronics with Axiom plotter, AIS and radar system
    • SSB radio
    • WiFi booster and router
    • Fridge, freezer and wine cooler


    “Bought in 2013 with only 1 objective in mind - to circumnavigate safely short handed. As an Engineer, everything has always been professionally serviced and maintained. A full refit in 2016 by Maricom and TS Marine 1 year prior to our 2 year voyage.

    We chose the Grand Soleil 56 amongst all others due to her stability and smooth ride, large cockpit (ideal for comfort and entertaining), fast cruising hull, ease of trim and setup, beautiful lines and flat clutter-free teak decks, lots of storage space, her large saloon space with 3 x large double bedrooms all en-suite. Built-in from the factory with air-conditioning and heating when required.

    It was voted 'Best yacht in fleet' during our circumnavigation, she has been a real dream to sail and still is. Reason for selling is to buy a Charter Yacht and cruise even more! I am available for any questions and indeed a familiarization / training sail upon completion.”



    RCD Status:
    • Our understanding is that the yacht confirms to Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) category A (Ocean) for up to 12-persons.

    Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
    • GRP hull, deck and superstructure construction.
    • Stratified unidirectional fibreglass offering a tensile strength of up to 25 kg/mm².
    • NPG isophthalic gelcoats, NEOGEL and vinylester resin are applied to the first layers of the hull.
    • Bulkheads laminated with 60mm flanges for increased adhesion to GRP.
    • Hot galvanised steel grid structure for transferance of rigging and keel loads.
    • Stainless steel chainplates with 27mm rods secured to grid structure.
    • Light grey coloured waterline stripe and upper pinstripe.
    • Deck construction in GRP with termanto foam core for increased insulation, shear strength and durability.
    • Side decks, foredeck, coachroof, cockpit seating, cockpit sole, hinged bathing platform sole inserts in laid teak with black caulking.
    • Copper coating to the bottom – 2016.

    Keel & Rudder:
    • Hydrodynamically designed fin keel with lead bulb, being the “medium” draft version.
    • The keel is bolted onto the metal internal structure so as to distribute the keel load over the broad, and sturdy fibreglass and galvanised steel surface of the entire hull.
    • Keel re-faired and recoated – 2021.
    • The balanced spade rudder is moulded in fibreglass with internal 300mm stainless steel plates attached to 60mm diameter stainless steel stock.


    Engine & gearbox:
    • Yanmar 4JH3-HTE , 4-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine producing approximately 100HP @ 3,700 rpm
    • Water-cooled exhaust system in reinforced rubber hose through silencer and appropriate fitting.
    • Forward engine access with the companionway steps lifts on gas struts with further removable side access panels for maintenance and repairs.
    • Fire extinguisher port.
    • Engine compartment light.
    • Lewmar stainless steel single lever throttle/gear control in cockpit to starboard helm position.

    Maintenance & Performance:
    • Engine hours: 2,035 as in September 2021.
    • Date of last engine service: July 2019 (vessel not used since).

    Propulsion & Steering:
    • Powermax VIP 150 retractable bow thruster with controls at the starboard helm pedestal, serviced - January 2019.
    • Solimar twin steering pedestals.
    • 2x Steering wheels – refurbished and sprayed black and re-covered – 2017.
    • Felx-o-Fold 3-bladed folding propeller.
    • Spare Gori 3 bladed folding propeller.
    • Solimar emergency steering gear.


    Voltage systems:
    • 24vDC primary domestic system with 220v AC via shorepower or generator.

    Battery Banks:
    • Rolls 420Amp/hr 24v engine and service batteries linked in parallel.
    • Battery isolator lever located under the navigation table.

    • Paguro 9000 variable speed diesel generator producing up to 9KW at 3,000rpm.
    • For lower power requirement, the engine revs can be reduced to 2,000rpm to produce 2Kw.
    • Lombardi freshwater with heat exchanger cooled diesel engine with FOCS technology; an injection system which makes for smooth and quiet running.
    • Quoted as to generate 50-53 Db(a) @ 7m.
    • Generator type: permanent magnets.
    • Quoted specific fuel consumption being 0.35 litre/Kw/hour.
    • Generator control panel at the Navigation position.

    Generator Hours & Maintenance:
    • Generator hours – 1,336 as in September 2021.
    • Generator last serviced: May 2019.

    Charging / Inverter:
    • 12v Battery charger.
    • Skylla 24v/80Amp battery charger.
    • 12v/24v monitor.
    • 240v monitor.
    • MBV 700 Power monitor.
    • 24v-240v 3,000W inverter.
    • 24v-240v 800W inverter.

    • Watt&Sea 600w hydro-generator on removable mounts (currently stored in the foredeck sail locker) - new generator - 2018.

    • 12vDC alternator on engine.
    • 24vDC secondary high-output alternator on engine.

    Other Electrical:
    • Shorepower supply with ring main and 220v AC sockets in interior.
    • Circuit breakers with automatic fuses and indicator lamps for all individual circuits.


    Fresh Water:
    • 24vDC pressure system.
    • Hot water supplied via engine cooling with calorifier or via immersion heater element from shore power in well-insulated hot water tank.
    • Hot & cold pressurised water to galley, heads and cockpit shower.

    • Schenker 24v 100 litre/hour watermaker making approx. 100 litres per hour.
    • Watermaker located in the portside cockpit locker.
    • Watermaker control panel at the Navigation position.

    Watermaker Maintenance:
    • Watermaker overhauled – 2017.
    • Watermaker pickled – July 2019.

    Bilge Pumps:
    • 3x manual bilge pumps in cockpit, below decks and forward sail locker.
    • 2x 24vDC high-capacity electric bilge pump with manual overrides.
    • 3x 24vDC shower drain pumps.

    Gas System:
    • Gas locker in separate drained compartment in cockpit.


    • 420 litres diesel capacity.
    • Digital fuel tank level gauge via MFD at chart table.

    Fresh Water:
    • 600 litres fresh-water capacity.
    • Analogue water tank gauge at chart table.

    Holding Tanks:
    • Black water holding tank servicing the Owner’s En-Suite and Starboard En-Suite heads.
    • Tanks discharge directly overboard or via deck evacuation point with electric pump out.


    On Deck:
    • Raymarine 9" Axiom MFD – 2019.
    • Raymarine colour radar – 2016.
    • Raymarine Type 3 hydraulic autohelm – 2016.
    • Raymarine i70 multi displays x4.
    • Raymarine 360 wind gauge.
    • Raymarine Wind and close haul gauge.
    • 2x Plastimo Olympic 135 helming compasses (one to each helm pedestal).
    At Chart Table:
    • Raymarine 12" multi-function display – 2016.
    • Barometer.
    • UTC clock.
    • Boat Time clock.

    Communications Equipment:
    • Raymarine AIS transmit and receive – 2016.
    • ICOM SSB Radio with wireless Pactor 4 modem – 2016.
    • ICOM IC-M910 Hand held VHF – 2017.
    • Simrad HS90 VHF with hand held wireless – 2019.
    • WIFI Booster and internal Wireless hub – 2016.
    • VHF loud speak to the cockpit and navigation area.


    • Wine cooler/second fridge.
    • Saltwater foot pump.
    • Seagull filtered drinking water tap.
    • Double bowl stainless steel sinks with hot & cold mixer tap over.
    • Eno 3-burner gimbled combined stove and oven – 2016.
    • Panasonic microwave.
    • Fresh water-cooled fridge.
    • Freezer.

    • Jabsco manual marine flush heads to all three heads.
    • Shower cubicle to Owner’s En-Suite forecabin.
    • Guest/day heads have retractable showerhead/washbasin taps
    • Electric sump-pump out for showers.
    • White porcelain wash basins.

    Air Conditioning:
    • Climma air conditioning with an outlet to the saloon and owner’s fore cabin.
    • Eberspacher D5 Airtronic heating system with outlets – 2016.

    • Interior LED lighting.

    • Avtex L217DRS retractable TV connected to the saloon speakers.
    • Fusion 750 stereo with 4x JL audio internal speakers and 2x external speakers – 2016.
    • Cockpit speakers.


    Summary of Accommodation:
    • Aft cockpit layout with up to six full length berths in three double cabins plus two further saloon settee berths, 3 en-suites (the starboard one doubling as a “Jack & Jill” Day Heads).

    Accommodation Finish:
    • Marine grade waterproof core, faced with selected teak is used in all bulkheads and major joinery.
    • Specially selected solid teak in frames and doors.
    • All main bulkheads bonded to hull and deck, using glass fibre and polyester.
    • Ceiling, topsides and minor visible hull sides with foam backed vinyl.
    • Hull sides, bottom, bilge, etc top-coated throughout the interior.
    • Cabin sole board finished in simulated teak and holly spline.
    • Acrylic counters in galley.
    • Cushions in high quality foam with white coloured upholstery to both the sleeping cabins and saloon.
    • White cloth curtains.

    Description of Accommodation from Forward:

    Master Cabin:
    • Island double berth with storage lockers under and further draws below.
    • Twin settees, various storage compartments and hanging locker.
    • Deck ventilation/escape hatch.
    • Electric fans.
    • Reading lights.
    • 2x USB outlets.

    Forward En-Suite Heads:
    • Shower cubicle with showerhead on a rail with a thermostatic valve, teak grate to the shower sole with a sump pump out.
    • Wash hand basin with hot & cold mixer tap.
    • Jabsco manual flush marine heads with a hinged wood seat over.
    • Storage locker.
    • Mirror.
    • Toothpaste/soap holder.

    Main Saloon:
    • Spacious saloon with U-shaped sofa large dining table which lowers to convert to a double berth when required to portside.
    • 2x Separate armchairs.
    • Settee to the starboard side with storage draws under, which is fitted with a lee cloth and could be used as a sea berth/occasional additional berth.
    • Avtex L217DRS retractable TV to starboard, connected to the saloon speakers.
    • Various storage lockers.
    • Electric fans.
    • Book shelving.
    • Recessed downlighters.
    • Deck hatch.
    • 4x windows to the cabin superstructure.
    • Timber grabrails to the deckhead.

    Navigation Area:
    • Positioned to starboard.
    • Forward facing chart table, with chart storage and ample panels for navigation, electronics and other controls.
    • Navigator’s seat with a white coloured cushion with tall storage/hanging cupboard doubling as a backrest.
    • Electrical isolator switch positioned under the side of the chart table.
    • Electrical control panel.
    • Opening porthole to the cabin superstructure.

    • U-shaped galley located to port.
    • Numerous storage lockers and synthetic work tops with raised timber fiddles.
    • Wine cooler/second fridge.
    • Saltwater foot pump.
    • Seagull filtered drinking water tap.
    • Double bowl stainless steel sinks with hot & cold mixer tap over.
    • Storage locker below the worktop behind the sinks.
    • Eno 3-burner gimbled combined stove and oven – 2016.
    • Panasonic microwave.
    • Fresh water-cooled fridge.
    • Freezer.
    • Bulkhead mounted teak mug holder.
    • Opening porthole to the cabin superstructure.

    Day Heads/En-Suite to Starboard Aft Cabin:
    • “Jack & Jill” style with access from both the main cabin and aft cabin.
    • Wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap/shower head.
    • Mirror over the basin.
    • Jabsco marine flush heads with wooden hinged seat over.
    • Timber grating to the sole with sump pump out under.
    • Recessed downlights.
    • Opening porthole to the cabin superstructure.
    • Storage cupboards.
    • Toothpaste/soap holder.

    Aft Cabins both have:
    • Equal aft cabins with double berths and removable lee-cloths.
    • Overhead canvas storage.
    • Under berth storage.
    • USB outlets.
    • Electric fan.
    • Reading lights
    • Hanging locker.
    • Cabinet above bed along hull side.
    • Porthole to the cockpit.
    • Hatch to cabin ceiling.
    • Door to main saloon from starboard and port guest cabins.

    En-Suite to Portside Aft Cabin:
    • Wash basin with hot and cold mixer tap/shower head.
    • Mirror over the basin.
    • Jabsco marine flush heads with wooden hinged seat over.
    • Timber grating to the sole with sump pump out under.
    • Recessed downlights.
    • Opening porthole to the cabin superstructure.
    • Storage cupboards.
    • Toothpaste/soap holder.


    • Sparcraft aluminium anodised spars painted white.
    • Keel-stepped masthead rigged mast for the first 10’ with 3-sets of swept-back spreaders and spinnaker track.
    • Harken mainsail cars to the mast mainsail track.
    • Rod standing rigging – 2016
    • Shroud base covers.
    • Mast and rig professional checked after completion of circumnavigation – 2019.
    • Split backstay with Navtec hydraulic adjuster (controls in front on the starboard helm position).
    • Navtec hydraulic vang, outhaul and backstay refurbished – 2017.
    • Rechmann 200 genoa roller furler.
    • Karver KFH5 single-line Code sail roller furler.
    • Navtec hydraulic rod vang.
    • Deck mounted harken genoa tracks.
    • Mainsail stackpack with lazyjacks.
    • Harken full-width mainsheet track in cockpit forward of helms.
    • Equipment for symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers (aluminium spinnaker pole mounted to the front of the mast).
    • Checkstays.
    • Spreader uplighters, deck lights and boom light.
    • All halyards, sheets, running lines are Spectre chafe protected.
    • Gybe preventer.
    • 12x halyard/control line jammers to either side of the companionway.

    • 2x Harken 53 2-speed self-tailing electric halyard/control lines winches.
    • 2x Harken 60 2-speed self-tailing manual headsail winches.
    • 2x Harken 70 2-speed self-tailing electric mainsheet winches.

    • North Sails battened mainsail.
    • North Sails furling genoa.
    • Doyle A2 spinnaker - 2019.
    • North Sails A5 spinnaker - 2015.
    • North Sails Carbon light wind Code '0' - 2014.
    • Doyle heavy wind Code '0' - 2018.
    • Yankee - 2017.
    • Tri-Sail 2014 (never used).
    • Storm Jib 2014 (never used).

    • Stainless steel twin “step through” pulpit and
    • Stainless steel twin pushpits.
    • Stainless steel guardwires, stanchions with port and starboard gates.
    • Teak grabrails to the cabin roof.
    • Electrically operated fold-out bathing platform.
    • Retractable stern boarding ladder.
    • Port and starboard cockpit lockers.
    • Gas bottle locker.
    • Carbon passerelle.
    • Radar mast mounted at the stern with; Raymarine enclosed radar scanner, WIFI booster, AIS, GPS, SSB DSC antennas, Sat phone antenna.
    • Stainless steel life raft cage mounted to the pushpit.
    • Stainless steel cockpit bimini frame with bimini and storage cover.
    • Stainless steel sprayhood frame with sprayhood and storage cover.
    • Hot & cold cockpit shower.
    • Fixed cockpit table with drop leaves and internal bottle/general storage and winch handle holder.
    • Foredeck sail locker, which was formerly a 2-berth crew cabin, can be re-converted if required.
    • Large anchor locker.
    • Halyard/control lines tails bag at the companionway entrance.

    Navigation Lighting:
    • LED navigation lights.
    • LED tricolour and anchor light.

    Anchoring & Mooring:
    • Quick 12vDC electric anchor windlass with both deck controls and a remote control – 2016.
    • Anchor with chain.
    • Stainless steel electrically operated hinged bow roller for storing the anchor and itself in the anchor locker.
    • Various mooring warps and fenders.
    • Stainless steel mooring cleats and fairleads.

    Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
    • Sunbathing cushions.
    • Mainsail stack pack.
    • Tecsew bimini, sprayhood, side covers and boom cover – 2016.


    General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

    • Rescueme ocean signal EPIRB1.
    • Bombard BIP Offshore ISO liferaft – service due March 2020.
    • Danbouy.
    • Safety throwline.

    Viewing arrangements

    Lying – Solent, United Kingdom.

    Available to view seven days a week, strictly by appointment.

    Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
    Saturday by prior appointment

    For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

    Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

    Lead Broker: James McNeil – Grabau International (South Coast)
    Tel: +44 7979907210
    Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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