For more than 60 years, Grand Banks has enjoyed a global reputation as one of the top luxury yachts in its class, combining over-the-top extravagance with impressive performance. It’s therefore no surprise that its all-new Grand Banks 54 has been attracting a lot of interest, being large enough for comfortable cruising yet within the realm of possibility for a wider audience to purchase.
Not all of the Grand Banks 54’s magic is immediately apparent, with much of it concealed below the waterline. The yacht’s remarkable interior space and impressive performance both stem from an all-new hull form that makes the most of its twin Volvo D11 diesels and their combined 1,450 horsepower. The combination delivers a modest fuel burn of just 24.5 litres per hour at cruising speed and with a range of more than 2,200 kilometres—more than enough to handle trips from Vancouver to Los Angeles or Toronto to Thunder Bay without interruption. Or from Montreal to Key West with only a single stop for fuel.
Range shrinks if you bury the throttles for high-speed sprints, but the simple fact the yacht can exceed 30 knots when it needs to—to outrun inclement weather, for example—is further evidence of the brilliance of the new hull design.
There’s more than just shape at work—the new hull is crafted from fully infused fibreglass. This composite architecture not only reduces overall weight but simultaneously lowers the vessel’s centre of gravity, giving the Grand Banks 54 superior stability and comfort at sea.
There’s plenty of magic above the waterline too. The large aft cockpit is a natural focal point with its delightful, forward-facing transom settee, integrated wet bar, and plenty of room for a couple of freestanding deck chairs, allowing guests to enjoy the sea views under the protection of the overhead hardtop.
Stairs on the starboard side of the cockpit lead up to the flybridge, where a boat deck aft supports a standard tender and davit. The upper helm station offers premium helm and companion seats, while an L-shaped settee and table located aft comfortably seat up to six additional guests under the protection of the upper hardtop. Just aft of the settee is an electric grill, making the flybridge deck the ultimate lunch spot.
Back in the cockpit, a centreline door leads forward into the comfortable salon with L-shaped settees. Storage nooks for personal items and impeccable wood trim throughout make the salon cozy and inviting. Far forward on the starboard side is the main deck helm space, with its double-width seat.
In its standard layout, the Grand Banks 54 features the galley below, with two-staterooms, an arrangement that allows for a larger salon on the main deck. Located to port, the galley still boasts an airy, atrium-like feel, lying as it does beneath the raked windshield, creating a space with plenty of air circulation and natural light for the chef.
The midship master suite includes a private ensuite head with a walk-in shower, a spacious dressing area with a hanging locker, and enough stowage for extended cruising. Owners who need to accommodate additional guests can order the Grand Banks 54 in an alternative galley-up layout, which provides space for a third stateroom below.
Regardless of which configuration an owner opts for, all Grand Banks 54s come with an extensive standard feature list with goodies like a 15-kilowatt generator, reverse-cycle air conditioning, an entertainment centre, a refrigerator and freezer, a three-metre tender with a 30 horsepower outboard, and a companion davit installed on the boat deck. The yacht will also come equipped with the owner’s choice of electronics at the helm, with a wide range of options to choose from.