GRAND BANKS 52

The strong, dig­ni­fied and tra­di­tional in­flu­ence is clearly vis­i­ble, but you’ll need to lean in a lit­tle closer to see mod­ern func­tion­al­ity in the de­tails.

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There's a re­mark­able dig­nity wo­ven into the Grand Banks name. Its un­der­stated de­signs add a touch of stately so­phis­ti­ca­tion to ef­fi­ciently en­gi­neered hulls, pro­duc­ing smart cruis­ers that speak vol­umes through a lan­guage of style. If you get a kick out of cheap thrills, live for gra­tu­itous dis­plays of horse­power and find jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of self in your abil­ity to trav­els short dis­tances at high speeds, then the new Grand Banks 52 prob­a­bly isn't for you. If, how­ever, you find sat­is­fac­tion in quiet cere­bral pur­suits and gen­tle jour­neys to far away places, then a range of 1000 nau­ti­cal miles at a ca­sual cruis­ing speed of 10 knots will be right up your boule­varde.

The new design is set to get wet later this year, and is presently un­der con­struc­tion in Malaysia. By this point in time we can ex­pect that the warped, semi-dis­place­ment hull has been formed us­ing the brand's cored struc­ture with multi-ax­ial car­bon fi­bre skins, bonded with vinylester and epoxy resins. In­deed, it's likely that the in­fused car­bon fi­bre deck and su­per­struc­ture have been

put in place too, guar­an­tee­ing a low cen­tre of grav­ity and im­part­ing a clas­si­cal sil­hou­ette.

Much of the en­gi­neer­ing that's gone into the new 52 was in­formed by Grand Banks' suc­cess­ful 60 and 60 Sky­lounge de­signs. They're char­ac­terised by min­i­mal wake and con­sis­tent per­for­mance through­out the rev range. In ef­fect this trans­lates to a re­duc­tion in the amount of en­ergy wasted by push­ing wa­ter out of the way and tran­si­tion­ing be­tween run­ning at­ti­tudes.

What's con­cealed be­neath the hardy ex­te­rior is as yet un­known. There are op­tions avail­able for both two and three state­room lay­outs, the for­mer with a gal­ley down and mas­ter suite amid­ships, the lat­ter slots the mas­ter suite in the bow with guest suites amid­ships and re­quires the gal­ley to be pushed up to the port-side of the main deck. Re­gard­less of which lay­out is se­lected, the sa­loon will re­main spa­cious and will be fur­nished with ver­sa­tile seat­ing and din­ing ar­range­ments. Light and airy spa­ces will be given a re­spectably nau­ti­cal feel with golden teak fit­ted through­out by ex­pert crafts­peo­ple.

The driv­ing force em­bed­ded in the belly of this beaut comes in the form of two Volvo Penta D11s as stan­dard. This par­tic­u­lar 725 horse­power model has been se­lected for its stand­out low-end torque, as well as low sound and vi­bra­tion lev­els that en­sure a civilised ride. De­spite the fact that this cruiser doesn't em­pha­sise speed as its pri­mary func­tion, a fast cruise of around 28 knots is still wor­thy of men­tion.

Grand Banks have not yet fi­nalised the list of stan­dard in­clu­sions for the 52, though it seems rea­son­able to as­sume they'll fa­cil­i­tate an im­pres­sive range of mod-cons. Given their fac­tory-di­rect sales struc­ture, fu­ture own­ers will be able to work closely with the com­pany to en­sure their par­tic­u­lar ves­sel is fit­ted with all the comforts and lux­u­ries they per­son­ally re­quire.

The Grand Banks 52 of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to es­cape the rowdy com­mon wa­ters and set sail for seren­ity, and you can rest as­sured that in do­ing so your cham­pagne will be chilled, your lounge suf­fi­ciently cush­ioned and your so­cial stand­ing firmly in­tact.

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