or the Grand Banks 60, I came a long way. Thirty-nine-thousand round-trip air miles to be exact, spread out over a flight to the builder’s factory in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and another to the 50th annual Sydney International Boat Show in Australia, where I put her through her paces. In Malaysia, the Grand Banks brass spoke with ace-in-the-hole confidence about how the unfinished vessel was going to change the course of Grand Banks’ history — a dramatic statement indeed. In Australia, I found out exactly what they meant. The yacht — flush with carbon fiber and enviable performance data — represents a turning point for the famed trawler manufacturer. And as I cruised the coast just off Sydney’s rugged headlands, I came to a realization: Grand Banks had come a long way too. As you can see throughout these pages, the sturdy lines that have made Grand Banks an iconic brand for years remain intact. The 60 is, however, a bit sleeker than the classic 42s you grew up watching poke down the Intracoastal Waterway. Her superstructure is ever so slightly more raked, her long bow is less bunched, and her windows are tweaked back just a smidge — but the bones are still there, aesthetically speaking at least.