NEW BOATS: GRAND BANKS 55 ALEUTIAN RP
Grand Banks has expanded its range of Aleutian yachts with the introduction the new Grand Banks 55 Aleutian Raised Pilothouse.
Grand Banks Yachts has unveiled plans for a new Aleutian Series raised-pilothouse yacht, the 55 Aleutian RP, and the first out of the mould will be delivered to Australia in the second half of this year.
The 55RP is a development of the entry-level Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP that debuted in 2010. The two extra feet used to create more space in the cockpit and flybridge, added length in the utility room, and the provision of a new dedicated transom locker that will accommodate up to four large fenders.
The builder also took the opportunity to include subtle improvements in hull design, such as a slightly narrower transom with maximum beam width farther forward that is said to have improved performance in a following sea by reducing aft-end buoyancy. The forward chines have also been lifted to eliminate slap at anchor and slightly rolled to deflect spray more easily. Meanwhile, new design rudders improve steering accuracy.
"The 55RP is a fantastic next step in the popular Aleutian Series," says Grand Banks’s Earl Alfaro. "The extra space at 55ft, combined with the developments in the hull form, will provide her owners with an unprecedented level of comfort, performance and confidence."
Other features include a second transom door, integrated wing control stations, aft staircase to the flybridge, a large swimplatform that can be equipped with a Sealift tender lift system, plus more galley storage and seating.
Ardeo Design was commissioned to develop a new interior incorporating more materials and textures to create a lighter and warmer ambiance. Standard layout features three staterooms and utility cabin below decks, a saloon on the main deck, with the wheelhouse, dinette and galley a level above.
Standard power is twin 715hp Cummins QSM11 diesels, for a projected cruise speed of 20kts and a max of 24kts. Optional engine offerings up to 800hp, include both Volvo Penta and MAN diesels.
Visit grandbanks.com.au for more information.
GRAND BANKS 55 ALEUTIAN RP SPECIFICATIONS
LENGTH 16.97m overall; 15.61m waterline
WEIGHT 34,019kg (half load)
HOLDING TANK 379lt
ENGINE 2 x 715 Cummins QSM 11 (standard); 2 x 725hp Volvo Penta D11 (optional); 2 x 800hp Volvo Penta D13 (optional); 2 x 800hp MAN R-6 (optional)
Originally published in Trade-A-Boat #453, June / July 2014. Why not subscribe today?
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