November 11, 2011

Project: Grand Banks 54 Heritage EU

Grand Banks Yachts marked the opening of the world's biggest boat show with an announcement of the newest and biggest model in its iconic Heritage Series lineup, the  54 Heritage EU, a "Europa-style" trawler motoryacht with a powerful blend of luxury, seaworthiness and fine craftsmanship.  This new project will launch in spring of 2012. Like other "new-generation" Heritage models, the 54EU features a modified-V hull designed to achieve better performance at higher speeds, while still delivering solid fuel economy, stable cruising comfort and longer range at displacement speeds.  An expansive main deck provides a very generous amount of living and entertaining space that flows smoothly on one level from its helm back through the galley, dining area and salon, then out to a large cockpit that extends the living area outdoors with its built-in settee and teak dining table.  Up top, an extended flybridge deck boasts plenty of room for family enjoyment, with two settees facing a teak dining table, an optional sun pad with adjustable reclining backs, and plenty of built-in storage with options for a wet bar, ice maker and BBQ. A standard Stidd helm seat sits on the center line before a large flybridge helm console, with a second optional Stidd to starboard. Space aft can hold a four meter tender and the standard davit. A flybridge hardtop is optional.  Down below, the standard lower-deck layout features three staterooms, all generously sized for a 54-foot vessel. The forward VIP cabin with queen-size berth has en-suite access to a head with shower, while a second guest cabin sits to port. The large master stateroom sits amidships with a queen-size berth, abundant closet and drawer storage, and a head with twin sinks and separate shower.  Even more storage plus room for a separate washer, dryer and other optional features can be found in the utility room that sits just aft of the master cabin and forward of the well-designed engine room. This space can, at the owner's option, also be configured as quarters for a crew of two.  On the main deck, dual settees in the salon provide ample seating for lounging or viewing the standard LED television. A well-equipped galley sits comfortably behind the helm and across from an efficient L-shaped dinette, well situated for dining together even when underway.  New for the Heritage Series, the 54EU foredeck features built-in seating around a teak cocktail table, adding yet another gathering space or comfortable hideaway for taking in the sun and air.  The new 54EU is built on the same Grand Banks designed hull as the 53 Aleutian RP, which has garnered worldwide acclaim for its dry and stable handling in rough seas and across a wide range of speeds. Standard twin Cummins 600hp diesel engines can power the 54 Heritage EU to a top speed of over 18 knots, or can cruise at a sedate 8 knots for well over 1100 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel.