The new Grand Banks 54 is preparing to make its debut this spring at the boat show in Palm Beach, March 26-29, Florida, USA. Compared to its “older” sister, the Grand Banks 60 recently unveiled, the GB 54 will be smaller, easier to handle and with a very interesting price.
Classic style in design and modern construction techniques and materials. In this sense, there is extensive use of carbon fiber completely infused for the deck and superstructure in order to lower the center of gravity, just like for the GB 60. This is essential for a boat that is designed for long cruises, as well as short ones. A sturdy, yet lightweight hull capable of consuming little on long crossings, but also ready to face the formed sea.
A semi-displacement motorboat with a design that aims to stay in the water and cut it, a consistency of line that began with the GB60. The result is a hull that leaves a little wake. That little wake means that little energy is wasted creating waves and pushing the water “out of the way”.
The Grand Banks 54 is made with an elegant and warm interior along with a remarkable level of craftsmanship. It features a lower galley, a mid-ship owner’s cabin, and a VIP cabin forward. It is designed for long and short-haul sailing, all in the “sign” of relaxation. There are two layouts and both benefit from a large sitting area with an L-shaped sofa on the port side, served by a versatile dining table.
The standard engine package for the new Grand Banks 54 will be a pair of Volvo Penta D11s with 725 horsepower, chosen for excellent low-frequency torque, efficient operation and low levels of sound and vibration. The efficiency shows the performance, but also the range, as the GB54 is expected to be able to sail 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, with fast cruising estimated at around 27 knots at 70% load.