Singapore-listed shipyard Grand Banks has launched its new flagship Grand Banks 85 at the Cannes Yachting Festival, marking the vessel’s European debut.
The model features Grand Banks proprietary V-Warp Technology , which features the firm’s new highly efficient V-Warp hull platform. This hull shape is designed to stay in the water and slice through seas. The lift designed in the after section helps to maintain this flatter running attitude, which takes full advantage of GB85’s waterline, while the fine entry cuts through the water to improve efficiency.
“You hear a lot of people say that every boat is a compromise,” said CEO Mark Richard. “I simply don’t believe that at all! It’s our job to achieve the opposite and ensure there are no compromises throughout our range. Speed can go with long range. Luxury and efficiency can be achieved together. That’s what our customers expect from Grand Banks, and it’s certainly evident with the new GB85. To deliver the most fuel-efficient, high-speed, long-range cruiser proves out this no-compromise objective, and we’re immensely proud of what our team has achieved.”
The GB85 has an efficient cruising speed of 21 knots, for a range circa 1,000 nautical miles, and the versatility of the V-Warp Hull allows the speed to be reduced to 10 knots for an approximate 3,000-nautical-mile range.
Because the yacht is designed to achieve the same running attitude throughout the speed curve, cruising speeds can be optimized based on cruising conditions. Several engine options are available including the 1,000-horsepower Volvo IPS 1350s, or a shaft package employing twin 1,300-horsepower MAN V8 diesels.
Grand Banks offers several accommodations plans, including either an open, or enclosed-flybridge version. However, the builder says it embraces the process of working directly with their owners to ensure that each GB85 reflects the individuals’ specific needs, experience, and taste.
The GB85 has a 6.75-metre beam, to provide spacious gathering areas for family and friends. The aft deck has a wide dining table at the transom, served by an al fresco galley area along the aft bulkhead of the saloon. In the saloon, a large conversation area is located aft with a U-shaped settee and a large sofa opposite.
Throughout the GB85, customisation means the layout, finishes, and fabrics are at the owners’ discretion, to create an onboard feel that’s billed as one of a kind.
The flybridge can be configured as an open deck or an enclosed Skylounge, with a gathering area abaft the helm and companion seats for everyone to enjoy the best views. This comfortable space lets guest enjoy time gathered around the helm.
On the open flybridge a robust hardtop offers protection from the elements. The aft cockpit on the bridge features an additional L-shaped lounge settee and high-low table for dining, as well as a wet bar to port with electric cooktops, refrigeration and ice makers. Owners can choose to configure this area as an additional spacious sunning area, or opt to stow their tender here, or below on the swim platform.
The lower deck as standard, has at its heart an amidships, full-beam master stateroom, luxuriously appointed. The king-size berth is flanked by a settee for the owners’ private comfort and plenty of stowage including numerous drawers and a walk-in hanging locker.
The layout also includes a forward VIP with luxurious en suite and loads of stowage, offering solitude for special guests. A third double guest stateroom is also served by a private head.
One of the essential requirements in the design of the GB85 was to lead the industry with respect to the commodious crew quarters, which can also serve as additional family accommodations and is finished to the same impeccable standard as the rest of the vessel. There are numerous layout options available for this space too, from two cabin queen-sized berths, to a dedicated captain’s cabin with office space.
These layouts feature a full-size galley and dining area, and have separate entrances via either the cockpit or transom areas. The systems and their simplicity are also designed for the owner-operator, a key tenet of the Grand Banks brand.
In addition, separate engine rooms and utility spaces also ensure systems are not all condensed within the heat of the engine room. To date, Grand Banks has sold GB85s around the globe, including to repeat customers in Europe, Australia, and the United States.
“We are humbled by our loyal customer base who have continued appreciation for, and faith in the brand and our platform,” said Richards. “This is what motivates us to continue our constant quest for next-level yachting.”
Last year, Grand Banks Yachts announced it was relaunching as GB Marine Group, along with sister brands Palm Beach Motor Yachts and Eastbay Yachts.