March 21, 2014

Project: Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP

Grand Banks Yachts announced at its 2014 Worldwide Dealer Meeting a new addition to the Aleutian series of raised-pilothouse explorer yachts, with the introduction of the 55 RP. The 55 Aleutian RP will build off the success of the Grand Banks 53 which made her debut in 2010. The two extra feet are readily apparent, from more space in the cockpit and flybridge, added length in the acclaimed utility room, and an all-new dedicated transom locker that will accommodate up to four large fenders. Other features on board the 55RP will include a second transom door for cockpit access, integrated wing engine control stations, comfortable aft staircase to the flybridge, a large swim platform that can be equipped with a Sealift tender lift system, and expanded provisions for galley storage and seating. The 55 Aleutian RP will also boast a progressive, new interior created by Ardeo Design, Inc, that incorporates more materials and textures to create a lighter and warmer interior ambiance. The standard power offering aboard the 55 Aleutian RP will be twin Cummins 715hp engines, with a projected cruise speed of 20 knots and a max of 24. Optional engine offerings will include both Volvo and MAN diesels with horsepower up to 800. The first hull of the 55 Aleutian RP is slated for completion at the end of June and will ship to Australia, while the second hull will be heading to its home in Florida at the end of July and will be making its international debut at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.