The Grand Banks 60 is among the new products on display in Fort Lauderdale. Among the many, many powerboats, many eyes are on the GB 60, the latest model from the Grand Banks shipyard, which is banking on power and versatility for this boat. Designed for long cruises this nearly 20-meter boat is equipped with 900-horsepower torque and is suitable for cruising warm or cold seas in comfort given also the covered wheelhouse on the fly. In short, it is ideal for crossings around the world, thanks in part to a large covered space dedicated to life aboard in the Skylounge.
How to make a boat like the Grand Banks 60 light and strong
The difficulty in building such a model with skylounge lies in making the lines proportionate without making the structure too heavy. For the GB 60, the mission can be said to have been accomplished with a noticeable reduction in weight that, however, does not compromise the solidity and strength of the structure. But how is this result achieved? To start by using the best carbon fiber available to make decks, cabins and skylounges. The use of materials such as PVC, epoxy and vinylester resins applied in a careful and capillary manner allows for a strong structure that is resistant to the elements and extremely durable.
There are 3 large cabins on board with a larger, owner’s cabin, which also has the advantage of natural light and natural ventilation. The interiors are curated directly from the Grand Banks experience.
The boat’s motorization: Grand Banks 60
The Grand Banks 60’s standard engine is a pair of 900-horsepower Volvo D13 diesels, designed to propel this boat up to 31 knots maximum with 25 knots cruising at about 2000 rpm. At 10 knots, this boat can cruise for about 2,000 miles in range, and unlike classic semi-displacement boats, it cruises at full throttle without pushing too hard on the accelerator.
DATA SHEET: GRAND BRANKS 60 SKYLOUNGE
DRAFT: 1 m IPS option
DRAFT: 1.4 m with standard straight shafts
DISPL: (28,000 kgs)
FUEL: 5,800 L
STANDARD ENGINES: 2x 900 hp Volvo Penta D13s w/shafts
OPTIONAL ENGINES: 2x 900 hp Volvo Penta IPS 1200s