May 7, 2021

New Model: Grand Banks 85

In March 2021 Grand Banks launched its new flagship, the much awaited 85 model.  This new Grand Banks flagship enters the famous brand into the Super Yacht beyond eighty feet, with the previous largest model being the 76 launched in 2011.  With Mark Richards taking over Grand Banks in 2015 the famous brand has changed dramatically in recent years becoming from a traditional trawler inspired product with a semi planning hull to an innovative one characterized of a light weight stiff strong construction, and a planning V-warp planning hull shape design for maximum efficiency.  The Grand Banks 60 first model of the new management launched in 2017, showed the new direction of this important name in production pleasure boating.  Considering Mark Richards CV of Americas Cup and his Palm Beach brand we are looking at impressive performance details from weight saving which is about 30% less to most of the competition in the same size without losing any technical attributes, to the design of the V-Warp hull form which moves little to less water and provides maximum efficiency.  Both these details have been always present in the Palm Beach brand, putting them in the Grand Banks without losing the identity of a brand build on the opposite is not easy.  I personally like what Richards is producing with Grand Banks, it is interesting to see what the brand followers and long standing fans think of this.  Sales are definitely complimenting what Richards is doing with the 60 arriving to twenty hulls up until the start of 2021, even though she is among the most expensive nineteen meters production boats in the market.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.91 m (85ft)
Hull Length - 24 m
Waterline Length - 22.7 m
Beam - 6.71 m
Displacement - 49 t light
Fuel Capacity - 10031 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - nine guests in four cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 27 knots fast cruiser 21 knots cruise
Range - 1000 nm at 21 knots
Hull Shape - V-warp hull
Construction - vacuum infused cored Corecell with E-cell, Carbon fibre in structural areas  
Project - Grand Banks Mark Richards, Grand Banks Dovell for naval architecture

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