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Efficient cruiser

Grand Banks has released details on the Grand Banks 54, the second addition to the new Grand Banks family series.

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The focus of the Grand Banks 54 was to produce a yacht that is practical, and easily handled by owner even if caught short-handed.

This yacht comes in both flybridge and enclosed skylounge configurations, with either upper or lower galley layout options that accommodate four to five people overnight. The GB54 has a highly efficient cruise speed of 25 knots.

Making full use of its wide beam, the cockpit and salon areas are open and airy for both relaxing and entertaining. Large electric windows side and aft of the salon open the spaces further to fresh breezes and near 360 degree sight lines throughout the boat.

The layouts of the yacht offer flexibility without compromising practicality or usability. Available in a choice of two or three stateroom layouts, the accommodations are only a few steps down from the single-level entertaining spaces, making manoeuvring around the vessel effortless.

The Grand Banks 54 is constructed using the latest methods of vacuum infusion to achieve strength and weight control, and carbon fibre for reduced weight and stiffness.

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Pairing seamlessly with her advanced construction is the remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail found throughout the entire yacht. The Grand Banks marque is known for fine timber joinery, and that quality is seen through every facet of the boat from the bulkheads and fixed furniture that is fused and bonded to both the deck and hull, to the highly engineered and finished engine room.

The most impressive feature of the new Grand Banks 54 is her soft quiet ride quality.

Through the fused nature of the bulkheads they achieve a semi-monocoque torsion box result that is stiff underway and free from any rattles or creaking. The rest of the ride is quiet thanks to the combination of their efficient and high-performance hull shape, and the careful balancing both longitudinally and vertically, of the large-mass components. The engines are mounted amidships along with a full-beam baffled fuel tank to keep the weight low and centered. The deck and superstructure are all infused carbon fibre to minimise weight aloft, resulting in a naturally low centre of gravity.

Careful attention was paid to the lines of the new Grand Banks range, ensuring proportions were maintained and equal weights were given to both form and function. One of the areas this can be appreciated most is in the bridge design, where the profile appears low, but the space is both voluminous and expansive. The flybridge is available in both open and climate-controlled Skylounge appointments, with ample entertaining space, a wet bar, electric BBQ, and comfortable seating for guests and helmsman.

The bridge is accessed via a teak stairway from the cockpit, which houses the 10′ outboard-mounted tender on a custom cradle, with 1,000lb davit for easy launching and retrieval. The bridge helm further improves navigational sightlines from the already well-appointed lower helm and is complimented by twin Stidd captains chairs to your spec, and can be outfitted with your chosen navigational equipment.

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