May 5, 2011

Project: Grand Banks 46 Eastbay FB

Grand Banks present the project for the 46 Eastbay FB, a flybridge iteration of the Zeus-powered 46SX launched just one year ago.  This new model was announced during the Miami show in February, and is the third to be propelled by ZF pods in the Grand Banks fleet.  The 46 Eastbay FB, should replace the shaft powered 47 FB model. Like its predecessor, the 46FB combines a proven cruising platform, including again a C. Raymond Hunt Associates hull that has earned wide acclaim to the Eastbay Series, which is why the famous firm does design all the range.  On her lower decks, the 46FB is much like the "SX" model, with superior visibility from the helm, two or three stateroom layout options, class leading amenities and Grand Banks signature hand craftsmanship throughout.  Up top, the large and well-designed flybridge features a center line Stidd helm seat and room for an optional second one to starboard. A large L-settee surrounds a hand-made teak table, and the flybridge overhang provides a good measure of protection to the cockpit below, while still leaving plenty open to enjoy the sunshine. Power for the 46 Eastbay FB although not yet announced is to be similar the hard top 46 SX version with twin Cummins SX, ZF Zeus pods which are combined with easy joystick manoeuvring.