Bet­ter Boat: Un­der the Hood

Power & Motor Yacht - - SIGHTLINES -

So far, both of the 46 East­bay FBs that have been built have had pod con­fig­u­ra­tions. And though the op­tion is there for straight shafts, it doesn’t sound to me like Grand Banks thinks they’re par­tic­u­larly nec­es­sary. Over the phone, Fran Morey, Grand Banks’ di­rec­tor of ser­vice, had this to say on the mat­ter: “If we had some­one who wanted shafts, we could do it—we’ve done it on the 50. But we like the pods for the per­for­mance, han­dling, and the abil­ity to have con­trol when dock­ing,” he said. “For most boaters, it’s those five min­utes get­ting out of and get­ting back into the docks that can be the most nerve wrack­ing. The pods re­ally make dock­ing much sim­pler.” Morey also points out that the Cum­mins setup elim­i­nates a lot of fin­ger point­ing if re­pairs are needed. “The con­trols, steer­ing, propul­sion, it’s all one sys­tem, with one ven­dor,” he said. “You’re not go­ing to have the en­gine guy say­ing ‘Oh, this is a prob­lem for the boat­yard’ or the trans­mis­sion guy blam­ing the en­gine guy for some­thing. You just take it to Cum­mins and they han­dle ev­ery­thing.”

That phi­los­o­phy makes sense to me, if you’ve ever had en­gine prob­lems dur­ing prime boat­ing sea­son, you’re cer­tainly not go­ing to want any added riga­ma­role. You just want to get your boat fixed, quickly and cor­rectly, and get back out there!

The cozy fore­peak master (above). The teak wheel is a nice touch (be­low).

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