The first water test has been passed and so Grand Banks has decided to reveal the details of the shipyard’s new long-distance cruiser. It is called Grand Banks 85 and it is a model that promises to the lovers of long navigation an exclusive and classy boat, which can be realized according to the individual needs of the owner. This hull was born to last long, like every Grand Banks. The goal of the boat, in addition to comfort in long navigation, is to focus on comfort at anchor or at the dock. The decks are set up for outdoor dining and entertaining. Although Hull No. 1 features the Skylounge version, the GB85 is also available in an Open Bridge configuration that offers a lower command area forward.
Grand Banks 85
The nearly seven-meter beam allows this Grand Banks to offer a range of interior configurations and amenities for guests and crew. For long-range cruising, special attention was given to two aspects that are critical on a yacht: sociability and privacy.
The Skylounge version places the galley forward, just behind the windscreen. The layout allows for superior use of space and uses while cruising or entertaining at the dock. An interior dining area with custom, handcrafted furnishings sits between the galley and the main salon.
The additional Skylounge salon allows for nearly doubling the salon area of the 18-foot main deck and in fact offers a second, separate lounge area. Two decks similar in features to better enjoy the day. The raised helm area is forward and comfortably accommodates four seated adults while cruising. The starboard helm position, side and aft windows offer great views. Above, a large electric sunroof further transforms the space with an open feel comparable to the open flybridge configuration.
Grand Banks 85 – Interior
Belowdeck you reach 7 meters of maximum beam. This has allowed the master cabin to be positioned to maximize the full width. The king-size bed is positioned to allow a view of the anchorage from the pillowtop. Aft is the crew quarters, accessible from both the cockpit and the transom that the yard is banking on.
The configurations allow options for multiple bunks in separate rooms, either single or double, or the option for a single cabin with a double bed complete with hanging lockers.
The boat is then outfitted with a team of designers who follow the owner through the development of the boat to customize it to the fullest. Whatever options are chosen, standard joinery and carpentry are finished by hand. Grains are selected and book-matched in the world-renowned Grand woodworking facility and mixed with fabrics to create a timeless yet contemporary visual package.
Grand Banks 85 – Navigation
The GB85 was born out of a desire to create a more fuel-efficient long-range cruising boat than its size on the water. The performance that the company claims to have seen in the GB85’s first sea trial would go a long way to confirming that the boat will have an amazing range combined with important seakeeping.
The entire deck and superstructure of the GB85 are constructed using 100% carbon fiber, vacuum infused with vinyl ester resin, to ensure that the standard combination of strength, weight reduction, and durability is achieved on every boat.
Sailing at 21 knots for 900 to 1,000 nautical miles in supreme comfort, without the need for refueling, was the goal of this project. Preliminary tests bode well.