The new GB54 is a perfect example of the re-engineered Grand Banks hull, both safe and comfortable in all sea states.
The GB54 is the latest addition to the Grand Banks range, and honours every moment of their 60-year heritage, but embraces modern design, materials and technology. With a semi-displacement hull that owes its inspiration to ocean racing yachts, the GB54 offers an unbeatable combination of speed, comfort and efficiency. In short, the GB54 is genuinely the reinvention of an icon being an evolution in style and a revolution in performance.
The new Grand Banks hull form provides a stable platform that is both safe and comfortable in all sea states, while still offering impressive performance numbers at any speed. Starting with the low-end of 10 knots running on a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11s, expect a modest fuel burn of 26.57 lph and a range exceeding 1200 nautical miles. At the upper end, but well shy of wide-open throttle, the yacht burns just 216 lph cruising at 25 knots.
“The new Grand Banks 54 is an incredibly versatile platform, with quality and performance second to none. It encapsulates our commitment to building the ultimate yachts on the water today. With our focus on fuel-efficiency and sustainability, I think it will come to define what is expected of yachting in the years to come,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks.
Like her big sister, the GB54 also features advanced composite construction techniques, including a fully infused fibreglass hull and infused carbon fibre decks and superstructure. The weight savings move the yacht’s vertical centre of gravity lower, providing the boat increased stability and comfort at sea.
The first hull of the GB54 features a two-stateroom, galley-down layout in its standard configuration. Owners will have the option to bring the galley up to the saloon, which would add a third stateroom on the accommodations level. As with all newer Grand Banks, interior design is contemporary without trending modern, blending a warm colour palette and fabrics that complement the company’s signature teak joinery.
The cockpit and saloon are a single step apart, and the accommodations level is just three steps down from the salon. Both layouts benefit from a large saloon seating area with an L-shaped settee to port, served by a versatile dining table. From the saloon, cockpit access is through a centerline door, where a transom settee welcomes alfresco dining. Stairs on the starboard side of the cockpit lead to the flybridge, where a boat deck aft supports a standard tender and davit. The upper helm station offers standard helm and companion seats while an L-shaped settee and table can comfortably seat six additional guests. The two-stateroom layout has a galley down and features a starboard master stateroom amidships.
Highlights of the standard equipment list include a 15-kW generator, reverse-cycle air conditioning, an entertainment centre, a refrigerator and freezer, a 3m tender with 30hp outboard and a davit installed on the boat deck.