Grand Banks Debuts Two New Models At 2010 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
53 Aleutian RP and 46 Eastbay SX Make North American Show Premieres
– October 28, 2010 –
Grand Banks Yachts opened the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show today with the North American launch of two highly-anticipated new models. Topping the lineup is the 53 Aleutian RP, the latest addition to the Grand Banks Aleutian Series of raised-pilothouse motor yachts.
Exceptionally capable of supporting a cruising couple or family on long voyages - or of setting the perfect stage for entertaining and enjoyment closer to home - the 53RP is an all-new design from the in-house team at Grand Banks. The model is available with standard twin 600-hp diesel engines and options up to 715-hp, which will generate top speeds estimated at over 22 knots. Alternately, owners who choose to cruise at displacement speeds can see fuel economy that is likewise equivalent to displacement-style vessels, with a range of over a thousand miles.
"Development of the 53RP was driven by the same key principles of seaworthiness, comfort, performance and sophistication," said David Hensel, GB's Director of Brand and Marketing. "When you step on board it's astonishing to see the amount of living space and features on a vessel of this size. There's no compromise whatsoever in the level of amenities, luxury and craftsmanship between the 53RP and her larger Aleutian predecessors."
Visitors at the 2010 Lauderdale show can make that comparison themselves, with the new 72 Aleutian SC also on display. This four-stateroom model joins the 72RP as the largest and most luxurious yachts in the Grand Banks fleet. One look at the 72SC, however, reveals a key difference between this newest Aleutian and the original 72RP. Where the earlier model boasts an open lower cockpit with stairs up to the main deck level, the 72SC instead features a main deck that extends aft from the salon to the transom on one level - creating a wonderfully large outdoor living area covered by the flybridge deck above.
Another model making its North American debut is the 46 Eastbay SX, which combines the Eastbay Series' timeless Downeast styling with new and innovative technologies.
Most notable is the Zeus propulsion system from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel. With joystick docking control, reduced noise and emissions, superior maneuverability and improved fuel efficiency, the twin Zeus pod drives deftly complement the powerful performance of the Eastbay Series. In factory sea trials with standard twin 600-horsepower diesels, the 46SX has reached top speeds of well over 30 knots.
Layouts for the 46SX were designed to take full advantage of the Zeus system and its compact footprint, which opens up more room for below-deck accommodations. As a result, owners can opt for a two - or even three-cabin layout in the 46SX, a noteworthy feature for a vessel of this size. "All three are honest-to-goodness cabins, not glorified lockers with a berth laid on" said Hensel. "There's even a utility room down below for added storage, plus the option to add a washer-dryer unit or a refrigerator-freezer. I think owners will be delighted with every single aspect of this new Eastbay."
Earlier this week, Grand Banks hosted its 2010 Dealer Meeting here in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to updates and announcements by company leadership, the event was also an opportunity to recognize the top-performing GB dealers - including overall winner Grand Banks France/Italia from Europe's Mediterranean region.
"We're fortunate in a number of ways, despite the current market conditions," said GB president and CEO Rob Livingston. "Grand Banks continues to be among the most highly regarded brands anywhere. We have an incredible team of people and a growing dealer network. Our cash reserves are strong, and the company continues to invest in improving our yachts and our processes every day."
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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