Grand Banks has long been known for sweetly lined boats with sure-running hulls. And some of their models have become immediately recognizable classics. Surely that is the aim with the new 54, which would have debuted at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
The 54 comes in both skylounge and flybridge versions, depending on the climes in which owners prefer to use their vessel. Notably, two galley layouts are available, one up and one down, depending how much privacy the owner desires when preparing food and dining. Most of the interior is finished in golden, blended teak sourced from renewable sources.
The 54 has a warped semi-displacement shape that is modeled after the hulls seen on ocean-racing sailboats. The fine entry splits rough seas with ease, while soft curves at the midsection usher water away with little slapping of the hull. There is also only 8 degrees of deadrise at the transom. This hullform is remarkable for the size of the wake it leaves behind, which, even at high speeds, is quite small. And this hullform is very efficient too. At a respectable 25-knot cruise speed the Grand Banks 54 burns 57 gph.
A good place to enjoy that 25-knot cruise is at the bridge helm which features twin Stidd helm chairs, options for navigational equipment and excellent sightlines. Aft of the helm is wetbar, electric barbecue and seating for passengers. There is also a davit that can handle 1,000 pounds, and a 10-foot-long, outboard-powered tender that rests on a custom cradle.
When the Grand Banks 54 does make her actual debut, we expect that she will be just as seaworthy and well loved as many of Grand Banks’ other fine offerings.
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