2008 Press Releases
Grand Banks Yachts Launches New 65 Aleutian RP at Sanctuary Cove
Latest in GB's luxury series of raised pilothouse yachts makes big debut in Australia

SANCTUARY COVE, AUSTRALIA – May 22, 2008 – In a sign of the growing importance of the Australian market to Grand Banks Yachts, the company today marked the international debut of its new 65 Aleutian RP here at the opening day of the 2008 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

R Marine, the Grand Banks' Authorized Dealers in Australia and New Zealand, hosted the launch today after recently taking delivery of 65-01. "We're immensely pleased to be working with R Marine here in Australia," said Neil McCurdy, Vice President of Sales for Grand Banks Yachts. "The 65RP is a stunning and seaworthy blue water cruiser, and I believe that together with R Marine we will be very successful bringing this new model into the region."

The 65RP is the successor to the 64-foot model that launched the Aleutian Series of raised-pilothouse yachts in 2001. Grand Banks refreshed and restyled the original design, with an added foot of length and a long list of new features.

New layouts provide more and better options for living and entertaining. A more spacious aft deck features dual wing doors and a new enclosure that protects the outside dining area from harsh weather, while opening easily to let in the sun. The 65RP also features port and starboard-side pilothouse doors, easier engine room access through a new port-side door, and a host of other performance and luxury features.

Throughout the 65RP, Grand Banks has also introduced a sophisticated new styling to the Aleutian Series. It introduced many contemporary and Asian influences to the décor and furnishings, while remaining grounded in Grand Banks traditional nautical sensibility.

What has not changed is her top-performing Fexas-designed hull, highly acclaimed for its stability, safety, and comfort when cruising in open waters.

Together with the 59RP and 72RP models, this new Grand Banks has contributed to making the Aleutian Series a rapidly growing segment of production for Grand Banks Yachts. As a result, the company has remained strong despite challenging markets in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

"These new Aleutian models have driven terrific sales for Grand Banks across the globe," said McCurdy, "to the point that the Series now accounts for over 40 percent of revenues this past year, and more than 20 percent of our current production backlog."

Last year's appointment of R Marine is part of a series of new additions to the Authorized Grand Banks Dealer Network. Since marking its 50-year anniversary in 2006, the company has expanded its global distribution network with the appointment of new dealers in Russia, Japan, Croatia, Turkey, and France, among others.

"We are delighted to partner with Grand Banks and to welcome existing Grand Banks owners throughout Australia to the R Marine family," said Tim Sayer, Managing Director of R Marine. "The Grand Banks range adds another exciting option for owners, and will bring new customers into the R Marine family as well as catering for some of our existing customers as their boating needs and tastes evolve."

About Grand Banks - Since 1956, Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. has built yachts of superior quality that have become industry hallmarks and earned a loyal following around the world. Renowned for their handmade craftsmanship, distinctive good looks, and tried and true all-weather capabilities, Grand Banks yachts continue to be the choice of discerning boaters today. Learn more about the company and its Heritage, Eastbay, and Aleutian series yachts at grandbanks.com.

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