The American company has unveiled the first drawings of the GB 54, its new 18 meters we will see at the next Cannes Boat Show. A flying bridge motor yacht with a warped, semidisplacement hull, and the possibility to choose between a two or three stateroom layout and between in-line propulsion and IPS Volvo Penta. The range is 1,000 miles at 27 knots.
Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks, summarized the philosophy of the new GB54 as follows: “A yacht capable of cruising efficiently for a thousand nautical miles must also have interiors suitable for such a task”. There will be two layouts available, with the galley on the main deck or on the lower deck, and with three or two cabins.
“The GB 54 is a yacht that knows how to be versatile – said Richards – the hull is designed and built to handle even long journeys, but it is also an ideal boat for shorter navigation: the interior can accommodate family and friends on board in comfort, for a day, a weekend or an entire month.”
The versatility continues even below the waterline, if the standard engine is a pair of Volvo Penta D11 with 725 HP each and transmission of the axle line (for a cruising speed of 27 knots. 1.00 miles of range and a maximum of 31), it is also possible to opt for a version with IPS, to be exact two 950. Grand Banks continues on the 54, as it did with the 60, the work to achieve ever-greater efficiency in navigation from a strict weight reduction thanks to a construction for infusion and the use of carbon for the fly and all the superstructures.
GRAND BANKS GB 54
LOA 18.1 m
LOD: 16.4 m
Maximum beam: 5.33 m
Draught: 0.94 m
Fuel: 3,956 litres
Water: 1,277 litres
Cruising speed: 27 knots
Maximum speed: 32 knots
Standard engines: 2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta D11 w/shafts
Optional engines: 2 x 725-hp Volvo Penta IPS 950
(Grand Banks, the new GB54 will arrive in Cannes – Barchemagazine.com – April 2019)