December 9, 2009

Project: Grand Banks 46 Eastbay SX

Grand Banks present the project for the 46 Eastbay SX bringing all the acclaimed performance, grace and reliability of her predecessors, and then goes one great leap further, adding the revolutionary ZF Zeus propulsion system. With joystick docking, pod-drive power and a range of intelligent innovations, the 46 Eastbay SX offers an unrivaled combination. The 46 Eastbay SX standard main deck plan features a galley-down layout. In the salon, a U-settee sits to port surrounding a teak high-low table. Opposite is a straight settee, just aft of the Stidd helm seat. Also in the standard arrangement, a bench seat is located opposite the helm chair, fronted by a built-in chart table. The aft salon door opens to a large cockpit with aft-facing padded seating. Standard lower deck in this plan include a down galley to port that is open to light and air from above, across from a starboard-side guest stateroom with two twin berths and single-door entry. Farthest forward is the master stateroom with queen island berth and private en-suite head with enclosed shower. The guest head opens off the starboard side of the companionway. Remarkable for a boat of this size, an amazing storage and utility room sits amidships for added storage, tool room, fishing gear, pantry, laundry with optional washer/dryer or any other purpose that suits your cruising needs. In the optional layout, the galley moves up to the aft end of the salon, with pass-through access to the cockpit through a retractable salon window. To starboard is refrigeration and galley counter top. Between this and the helm seat is more storage and an entertainment center; to port, the main settee and table move forward and sit on a platform for great visibility. The optional layout below is similar to the galley-down version above, except that the guest stateroom layout changes. The berth is replaced by an outboard convertible settee, which can easily pull out to create a berth for sleeping. A fold-up desk is included along the forward bulkhead, and the single cabin door is replaced by sliding pocket doors. Keeping the doors open creates a wonderfully spacious landing, making below-deck accommodations seem even larger. Note that with the convertible office option a second guest head is not available; instead, access to the port-side master head is gained though a second guest entrance off the companionway. Selecting the galley-up main deck option makes room below for a third stateroom and an amazing amount of accommodations for a 46 feet Traditional Cruiser. This three-cabin, two-head layout still maintains the mid-ship storage/utility space as on the standard lower deck. The Grand Banks 46 Eastbay SX will launch early next year.