She’s a trawler, almost 20-meter long, and can reach 36 knots. In the words of the CEO, Grand Banks 60 is “just like nothing else from a performance perspective”. But there’s other features.
It may be easy to innovate for the sake of it, but it’s definitely not easy to innovate and at the same time to stick to tradition. Especially when tradition means building boats since 1964. So the designers of GB 60 had a hard task, and they worked especially under the skin. Beginning with construction: the new model from the Singapore boatyard is vacuum infused with resin and carbon fiber.
A fully-cored structure is employed using PVC foam core and SAN Corecell in specific areas, sandwiched between skins of stitched multi-axial carbon fiber, bonded with vinylester and epoxy resins and supported by infused composite panels in a robust grid system. This will give Grand Banks 60 durability, strength, and reliability even in hard conditions.
Not the performance you expect
The standard powertrain consists of two 800 HP Volvo D13 engines with shaft drives. With this package she can reach a top speed of 31 knots and cruise at 25 knots and 2020 rpm. By reducing the speed to 10 knots, the cruising range reaches 2,000 nautical miles. Unlike semi-displacement boats that require fuel and horsepower to push the after sections onto a plane, the Grand Banks 60 is efficient throughout the entire speed curve. Were 31 knots not enough, she can adopt 900 HP Volvo Penta IPS1200s for a top speed of 36 knots.
With all these modern features
we are glad that her design
sticks to the timeless traits
of Southeastern trawlers
With IPS transmissions, Grand Banks 60 draws less than four-feet, while the overall length is 65’4” and the beam 19’2” (19,9 x 5,84 m). This means a large and comfortable yacht that can be operated without crew, with enough space for long cruises by the owners and their guests, and the capability to explore waters less frequented by other 60-footers with deeper draft.
With all these modern features, we are glad that her design sticks to the timeless traits of Southeastern trawlers.The exterior design is that of a true ocean-going yacht, with a large and protected flybridge, wide side decks with high bulwarks, and an extended deck that shelters the cockpit from the elements. Skylounge option is also offered, which means the chance to close the flybridge on all sides to create a well protected and panoramic salon.
Large windows give plenty of natural light and ventilation to the main cabin / salon, the lower helm station, and the aft galley. Belowdecks, three double staterooms and two heads finished in Grand Banks hand craftsmanship. The owners of GB 60 will enjoy a luxurious master room, featuring a spacious walk-in wardrobe and full-height mirrors.
We are eager to test her, as a new trawler like this couldn’t be more innovative, yet traditional.
But if you prefer a model inspired by lobster boats, here’s the Grand Banks Eastbay 44.