Yachting

OWNER’S CHOICE

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(290 gallons). The builder says it has seen 30-plus-knots with a lighter load. Cruising at 1,800 rpm, the yacht made 18.7 knots and maintained 0.5 nmpg. Even though this hull can get up and go, it’s still efficient at displaceme­nt speeds. Idle at 600 rpm to take a 5.2-knot cruise for a range of 2,604 miles. That means owners could make a 12-day trip from Kennebunkp­ort, Maine, to Key West, Florida, and arrive with enough fuel to putter around for another 1,000 nautical miles or so. ¶ For owners who want to go a bit faster and run even more efficientl­y, Grand Banks says the 54 can be powered with Volvo Penta’s IPS950s, though the builder says the straight-shaft version runs smoother. For many long-distance cruisers, a smooth cruise is a big perk. This boat is not only comfortabl­e but also surprising­ly quiet; the engine room is insulated with 2 inches of Sorberbarr­ier AGC soundproof­ing. Sitting at the helm at

To provide owners with customizat­ion options, Grand Banks offers the 54 in galley-up and galley-down arrangemen­ts. In the galley-up version, there are three staterooms belowdecks, with the master forward and guest staterooms to port and starboard. With the galley-down version, there are two en suite staterooms, both with queen-size berths. all speeds, I found vibration and sound levels far below what I expected. ¶ On a yacht of this nature, of course, I do expect to enjoy a comfortabl­e cruise whether I’m watching the wheel from the double-wide helm seat, lunching at the L-shaped six-seat dinette, stretching out on the starboard-side settee, or digging my toes into the sisal carpet. This comfort level is also found on the flybridge. The forward half the 54’s flybridge has Stidd helm and companion seats, a dinette, and a wet bar. (The after half is dedicated to a davit and tender.) I looked closely at the beefy stainless-steel frame around the entry and noticed that every screwhead in the frame was aligned in the exact same orientatio­n. ¶ Veneers? Facades? Those are nicelookin­g but are superficia­l ornaments. I can find those things on plenty of yachts, but they would be anathema aboard the Grand Banks 54. This yacht is the real deal, through and through.

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