Brokerage: Grand Banks Aleutian 59 RP

Grand Banks built yachts long known for range and durability, but the Aleutian 59 RP also had 25-knot speed.

Grand Banks 59 Aleutian RP
The main-deck layout is a split-level salon and helm in an open floor plan. There are three staterooms and three heads.Courtesy Grand Banks

The grand banks 59 aleutian rp was the result of a design ­collaboration between the builder and naval-architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens. The 59’s mission was to maintain a traditional Grand Banks trawler aesthetic but offer higher performance.

Hull design is a modified-V shape with prop pockets and a skeg keel. Top speed: about 25 knots.

Construction for the hull is solid fiberglass, while the superstructure has Airex foam coring.

At press time, we found nine Grand Banks 59 Aleutian RPs on the market, ranging from $1.2 million to $1.9 million.

From the Archive

“The 59 is actually a ­25-plus-knot yacht, with two hearty 1,000 hp Caterpillar C18s tucked under the hood. Standard power is a pair of C9s (900 hp). If you want to motor along at 8 knots, you’ll have long legs and good fuel economy. But if something large and red appears on your weather scope, you have the speed to outrun it. Underway, the 59 is ­well-­behaved and predictable.” —Yachting, October 2007