Grand Soleil 56

Hamble, GB


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2008 Grand Soleil 56

The Grand Soleil 56 is the perfect long distance cruiser, proven by the current owner’s adventures around the world. ‘Mad Monkey’ is a 3 cabin model with a beautiful full teak deck and all the inventory to get you sailing. 

This boat had a substantial refit in 2016 and benefits from various upgrades and additions. With airconditioning, 100L water maker, Eberspacher heating, Paguro 9000v Variable Speed Generator and extensive electronic upgrades from Raymarine, Icom and Simrad. 

The generous accommodation, with 3 double cabins and well-equipped galley, means that she is ideal for guests or larger families to spend extended periods aboard. With ample storage, there is space for all the inventory needed for long passage.

Currently ashore in Hamble, please contact Key Yachting for a video tour! 


Basic Boat Info

Tax Status:
Boat Name:
Mad Monkey
Grand Soleil
Philippe Briand
Keel Type:

Engines / Speed

Number of Engines:
Total Engine Power:
135.96 hp
100 kilowatt


Number of Water Tanks:
Water Tank Capacity:
600 liter
Number of Fuel Tanks:
Fuel Tank Capacity:
420 liter


55.12 ft / 16.8 m
Length Overall:
55.12 ft
15.85 ft
Max Draft:
9.02 ft
58,239.52 lb
Dry Weight:
41,887.83 lb

Additional Info

Owners Comments

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

Rigging, spars and deck gear
  • Aluminium mast and boom
  • Rod rigging - New 2016
  • Symmetrical spinnaker pole, stored vertically on mast
  • Mast step for the first 10'
  • Hydraulic kicker, outhaul and backstay(refurb 2017)
  • All Halyards, sheets, running lines are Spectra chafe protected. 
  • Spreader and deck lights
  • x4 Harken self tailing electric winches
  • x2 Harken self tailing manual winches
  • Electric transom
  • Lazy Jack system for main
  • Spinnakers and Code '0's on Torsion ropes (x3) connected via Karver KFH5 single line furler with spinnaker lock
  • Full teak deck
  • Windless - 2016
  • Electric anchor arm for storing anchor inside bow locker
  • Powermax VIP 150 retracable Bow Thruster, serviced Jan 2019
Sail inventory
  • North Sails main
  • North Sails headsail on Rechmann 200 furler
  • 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)

Forepeak cabin

  • Double berth
  • Storage under berth and side seats
  • Side cupboard storage
  • Twin USB sockets x2
  • 24v fans x2
  • Reading lights x2
  • En-suite

Aft cabin's

  • Double berths
  • removable lee cloths
  • Overhead canvas storage
  • Under bed storage
  • Twin USB sockets
  • 24v fan's
  • Reading lights
  • Acess to heads
  • Cupboard storage


Heads x3

  • Manual Jabsco toilets
  • Mirrors
  • Tap/shower mixer
  • Soap/toothpaste holder
  • Plug socket/shaver light switch panel
  • Wooden toilet cover
  • Stand up shower (master heads only) 


  • Saloon bench with lee cloth as a skipper bunk during passage
  • Adjustable table to convert into a double berth


  • Hot and cold water
  • Salt water foot pump
  • Drinking water tap via Seagull filter
  • x2 stainless steel sinks
  • 3 burner gimbled cooker - 2016
  • Fresh water cooled fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dish drainer with splash guard
  • Microwave oven
  • x9 teak mug holders
Internal Electronics
  • 24v - 240v 3000w inverter
  • 24v - 240v 800w inverter
  • Rescueme ocean signal EPIRB1
  • Raymarine 12" MFD - 2016
  • Raymarine AIS transmit and receive - 2016
  • ICOM SSB Radio with wireless Pactor 4 modem - 2016
  • ICOM IC-M910 Hand held VHF - 2017
  • Simrad RS90 VHF with hand held wireless - 2019 
  • WIFI Booster and internal Wireless hub - 2016
  • BMV 700 Power Monitor - 2016
  • 240v voltage monitor
  • 12v/24v monitor
  • Digital fuel gauge via MFD
  • Fusion 750 with x4 JL audio internal speakers and x2 external speakers - 2016 
  • 12v battery charger
  • Skylla 24v/80a battery charger
  • AVTEX L217DRS TV connected to saloon speakers, retractable - 2016
  • 420amp/hr 24v Rolls batteries - 2016
  • Climma Aircon, serviced 2017
  • Eberspacher D5 Airtronic - 2016
  • Paguro 9000v Variable speed generator - 2016
  • Scheneker 100lt/hr 24v Water Maker, overhaul 2017 (currently with pickle fluid)
External Electronics
  • 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
  • Watt&Sea 600w hydro generator o removable mounts - New generator 2018
  • LED navigation lights
  • Ariel pod with WIFI booster, AIS GPS, GPS, SSB DSC Antenna, Sat Phone antenna, Radar done and VHF cockpit speaker
  • LED tricolour and anchor light
  • Yanmar 100hp, last serviced July 2019
  • Engine hours - 2034
  • 12v and 24v alternators
  • Fire extinguisher port
  • Engine room light
  • 3 blade folding Flex-o-Fold prop
Additional information
  • Copper coated in 2016
  • Black water tank with electric pump out
  • Barometer
  • UTC clock and boat time clock
  • Wine cooler/2nd freezer
  • Ceiling hand rails
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Sail locker formally 2 berth cabin. Can be converted back with ease
  • Steering wheel refurbished, sprayed black and recovered - 2017
  • New bimini, sprayhood, side covers and boom cover by Tecsew in 2016
  • Safety throw line
  • Danbouy
  • 8 man Bombard BIP Offshore ISO liferaft - Service March 2020
  • Gybe preventor 
  • Carbon passerelle
  • Fully surveyed in 2016 prior to voyage with professional mast/rig checks 
This company, acting as brokers on behalf of the selling owner, who is a private individual. Offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.