Canados builds smallest boat in its 30-year history

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The 13m Gladiator 428 is being completed at the docks of the Italian shipyard Canados. The hull of the boat has already been completed and the deck is in the process of being manufactured.

For the production of the Gladiator 428 Canados has set up a separate business entirely dedicated to this model. The shipyard has not built a boat for the last 30 years. The Canados range started with 23 meters.

The Gladiator 428 was designed by Marco Casali to the precise requirements of Canados' in-house design department.

It is a luxurious, easy to operate day cruising boat, designed for superyacht owners who want to operate a stylish boat on their own.

Externally, the boat differs from all other models from the yard, although it retains some of the heirloom features. The hull forms are designed to ensure maximum safety and comfort. The boat has a powerful hull form «deep V» with a 21 degree angle at the transom area, due to what it can develop high speed even in big waves.

The entire hull, superstructure and deck are made of durable composite material reinforced with balsa wood and Airex filler. A GPS chartplotter, autopilot, echo sounder, thruster and joystick are fitted as standard features for easy operation. The standard version also has a touchscreen with all the electronics you need, including lights, engines and so on.

The entire cockpit from the swim platform to the cabin is level, so you can move around the boat without risk. The centre console is covered from the sun by a carbon hardtop (included in the basic package). Two sofas are placed on board - they are positioned so that the owner is facing his guests when operating the boat.

The outside dining area and large sun bed are protected from the sun by a bimini top (also included in the basic package). Under the sunbed is storage space, enough to hide two Seabob scooters there.

The Gladiator 428 is available with 4 engine options: two Volvo Penta D6 400 hp, two Cummins QSB6.7 550 hp or three or four external engines with greater power. Depending on the engines, the Gladiator 428 can reach a top speed of 37 to 50 knots.

The first Gladiator 428 will be launched in a few weeks for sea trials, with hulls 2-5 going into production.

The first, in turn, will take part in road shows with customer and press launches in Capri, Portofino, Porto Cervo, Monaco, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Palma and Ibiza.

The official premiere will take place at Cannes Yachting Festival 2017.

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