December 3, 2012

New Model: Grand Banks 55 Eastbay FB

Grand Banks presents a new important addition to its fast traditional down East lobster boat looking Eastbay series, the 55 FB flagship. This new Grand Banks builds on the lines above and below the waterline of the 55 Eastbay SX version, but adds a nice flybridge up top.  The top helm deck features a central Stidd seat, L-shaped dinette, and a wet bar to port side.  Access to the flybridge is from a wrap around stair case to port side of the cockpit.  The flybridge is also available with an optional layout which adds two  Stidd co-pilot settees to the sides of the central helm. The lower deck below is available in three plans; with the standard being a twin cabin and a below galley layout.  The two optional deck plans defer a lot.  One offers two large cabins taking a bit of space from the galley but still keeping it in the lower deck.  The third lower deck option which is my preferred moves the galley to the main deck, in order to offer the three cabin two heads layout.  Power is from three Cat engine choices from 885 to 1150hp, and an MTU 835hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.24 m (59.9ft)
Hull Length - 16.7 m
Waterline Length - 15.49 m
Beam - 4.98 m
Draft - 1.56 m
Displacement - 31524 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 681 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 Acert 885hp, 1015hp, 1150hp, MTU S60 835hp
Propulsion - line shafts with props in semi tunnels
Speed - 32 knots max 25 knots cruise
Project - C.R. Hunt Associates hull shape 

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