Grand Banks 46 Clas­sic

Motorboat & Yachting - - Contents - Words Nick Burn­ham

Will it be the Grand Banks 46, the Sealine T47, the Trader 50 Sun­liner or the wild card?

If you’re go­ing to live aboard, why not do it in style? The Grand Banks 46 dates back to 1986 and ran un­til 2009, and it achieved this by sport­ing such inim­itable clas­sic lines that, be­cause they were never in date, never re­ally dated. It looks su­perb. Two ver­sions were of­fered, the aft-cock­pit Europa, and this more tra­di­tional aft-cabin ver­sion, the Clas­sic.


In 1990, a MKII ver­sion of the 46 was launched, the chief dif­fer­ence be­ing a new hull with a wider beam, tak­ing the width out to 14ft 9in. The re­sult was im­proved ac­com­mo­da­tion in the for­ward and mid guest cab­ins. The aft cabin is the mas­ter suite, laid out with twin sin­gles or a dou­ble. The gal­ley is up and for­ward in the sa­loon, in true trawler yacht style.


Un­mis­tak­ably Grand Banks in style, the hull fea­tures sim­u­lated wood plank­ing de­spite the fact that there never was a wooden ver­sion of this boat as there were with other Grand Banks mod­els. It’s a very up­right pro­file, with big wide teak-laid side decks and the fly­bridge as the main ex­ter­nal liv­ing area. A mast and der­rick swing a RIB aboard to nes­tle above the aft cabin.


Twin 135hp Ford Mer­maid en­gines in early ex­am­ples gave a gen­tle top speed of 14 knots, but the V8 Cater­pil­lar diesels in this boat take the max­i­mum ve­loc­ity past 18 knots. The 47 that re­placed this model had a plan­ing hull and an RCD Cat­e­gory B off­shore rat­ing. In­ter­est­ingly, the 46, with its semi-dis­place­ment hull, car­ries the Cat­e­gory A Ocean rat­ing.

When MBY tested a Grand Banks 46 in 2002 we re­ported that, ‘You can say good­bye to slam­ming as it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to shake the knife-like bow sec­tion clear of the water. The bow throws up plenty of spray when it is rough but the up­wind ride al­ways re­mains gen­tle.’

The gal­ley is prop­erly equipped for liv­ing on board The aft cabin mas­ter suite of the Clas­sic model The sa­loon’s seat­ing wouldn’t look out of place in the li­brary of a stately home

Clas­sic in name and na­ture There are more cut­tingedge al­ter­na­tives

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