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With a semi-displacement hull that owes its inspiration to ocean racing yachts, the GB54 offers an unbeatable combination of speed, comfort and efficiency.The new Grand Banks hull form provides a stable platform that is both safe and comfortable in all sea states, while still offering exceptional performance numbers at any speed. Starting with the low-end of 10 knots running on a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11s, expect a modest fuel burn of 7 gallons per hour and a range exceeding 1200 nautical miles. At the upper end, but well shy of wide-open throttle, the yacht burns just 57 gallons (216 litres) per hour cruising at 25 knots.The GB54 also features advanced composite construction techniques, including a fully infused fiberglass hull and infused carbon fiber decks and superstructure. The weight savings moves the yacht’s vertical center of gravity lower, providing the yacht increased stability and comfort at sea. For extra strength and hull rigidity, a fully cored structure is constructed using SAN Corecell PVC linear closed cell foam in select areas, sandwiched between skins of stitched multi-axial e-glass which is then bonded with vinylester epoxy resin. This is supported by infused composite panels in a robust grid system.The first hull of the GB54 features a two-stateroom, galley-down layout in its standard configuration. Owners will have the option to bring the galley up to the salon which would add a third stateroom on the accommodations level. As with all newer Grand Banks, interior design is contemporary without trending modern, blending a warm color palette and fabrics that complement the company’s signature teak joinery.Both layouts benefit from a large salon seating area with an L-shaped settee to port, served by a versatile dining table. This settee can double as a watch berth during a night passage. Opposite is a pair of loveseats in a fore-and-aft arrangement, suitable for a pair of couples, served by a cocktail table between. From the salon, cockpit access is through a centerline door, where a transom settee welcomes alfresco dining. Stairs on the starboard side of the cockpit lead to the flybridge, where a boat deck aft supports a standard tender and davit. The upper helm station offers standard helm and companion seats while an L-shaped settee and table can comfortably seat 6 additional guests.
September 2020 © Mediterranean Yachting Magazine
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