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Among a slew of highly anticipated new boat launches expected this spring, one we are particularly excited about—and were literally within days of getting on board before social isolation became a thing—is the Grand Banks 54.

A descendant of the cutting-edge Grand Banks 60, which, in and of itself is still relatively new to the market, we suspect that the GB 54 is poised to hit a real sweet spot for the Passagemaker crowd. So, in lieu of what promised to be an epic sea trial we had coordinated with the Grand Banks team—which we’ll of course put back in motion once Covid-19 loosens its grip on us—we decided to bring the new GB 54 to you in the second coolest way possible: a covert Covid chat with (the one, the only) managing director Hank Compton to pick his brain on the GB54 and whet our appetites for when we can finally see the real deal.

OVERVIEW

Available in a two- or three-stateroom layout, the Grand Banks 54 is finished in what the builder calls golden blended teak from sustainable sources. The hull is fully infused, with a sharp forefoot and a semi-displacement warped shape intended to stay low in the water and slice through it. Standard twin 725-hp Volvo Penta D11s deliver 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, with a fast cruise around 25 knots burning only 57 gallons per hour.

PHOTOS

HIGHLIGHTS

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  • Available with upper or lower galley layout
  • Burns 57 gallons per hour at 25-knot cruise
  • Designed to be practical and easily handled for the owner/operator 
  • Signature large electric windows side and aft of the salon open the spaces further to fresh breezes and near 360 degree sight lines
  • Accommodates four to five people overnight with choice of two- or three-stateroom layout
  • Constructed using the latest methods of vacuum infusion to achieve strength and weight control, and carbon fiber for reduced weight and stiffness. Construction techniques employ the benefits of modified epoxy vinylester resins for durability, and are impervious to osmosis and blistering.
  • Soft, quiet ride quality. Stiff underway and free from any rattles or creaking.
  • Engines mounted amidships along with full-beam baffled fuel tank to keep the weight low and centered
  • Deck and superstructure are all infused carbon fiber to minimize weight aloft, resulting in a naturally low center of gravity
  • Advanced warped semi-displacement hull form inspired by ocean-taming sail racing yachts: Fine stem entry splits the waves, while soft shoulder of the midsection rolls the water away and eliminates hull slapping.
  • The flybridge is available in both open and climate-controlled Skylounge appointments, with ample entertaining space, a wet bar, electric BBQ, and comfortable seating.

SPECS

LOA 59ft. 5in.
BEAM 17ft. 6in.
DRAFT 4ft. (shafts), 3ft. 1in. (IPS)
DISPLACEMENT 47,400 lbs. (dry)
FUEL 898 gal.
WATER 290 gal.
HOLDING 57 gal. 
ENGINES (standard) 725-hp Volvo D11 w/shafts
ENGINES (optional) Volvo IPS 800s

Grand Banks 54

Grand Banks 54

For more information: grandbanks.com

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