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Grand Banks 46 Eastbay SX

The New England-style 46SX, with a modified-vee hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates, is the first boat in the Eastbay series with the Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Zeus pod-drive propulsion system.

"The 46 is new in many ways, although the hull and deckhouse are carried over from the 45SX, which launched in 2006 as a replacement for the 43SX," says brand and marketing director David Hensel. "It has been the most popular size in the Eastbay series and has been for a while."

The Eastbay fleet also includes a 39, a 47 flybridge, a 49 and a 55.

27_pursuitofpower_04The builder spent a lot of time reconfiguring the interior accommodations to take advantage of the smaller CMD engine room footprint, Hensel says. "You now have the option for a true three-stateroom boat with the 46SX," Hensel says. The standard layout has a galley-down design, two staterooms and a utility room. A second layout puts the galley in the helm deck's aft section, which frees space for a third stateroom, in addition to the utility room.

Grand Banks' first pod drive boat was the 41EU in its Heritage Series, launched in late 2008. "That boat has been very well received and we've had good success working with [CMD] and the Zeus system," Hensel says. "It was a natural fit for Eastbay." Grand Banks will have the 46SX at the Fort Lauderdale and Miami shows.

LOA: 45 feet, 9 inches BEAM: 14 feet, 7 inches DRAFT: 3 feet, 4 inches DISPLACEMENT: 42,006 pounds HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 500 gallons fuel, 145 gallons water, 60 gallons waste POWER: Cummins MerCruiser QSC 8.3 (550 hp) with Zeus TOP SPEED: 31 knots BEST MILEAGE: 1.3 nmpg at 22 knots PRICE: $932,000 CONTACT: Grand Banks (206) 352-0116. www.grandbanks.com

Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP

Unlike the 46 Eastbay SX, this Grand Banks vessel is new from the keel up. The 53 Aleutian RP has the long-distance cruising capabilities of the larger vessels in the series, but in a smaller package, Hensel says. The 53 joins the 59RP, 65RP, 72RP and 72SC in the series, which was launched in 2001 with a 64-foot Tom Fexas design.

30_foreignflavor_03"There was a demand for an Aleutian Series raised pilothouse boat in the low-50s size and this is a completely new design," Hensel says. Designed by Earl Alfaro of Grand Banks, the 53 rides on a modified vee and, with twin 600-hp Cummins diesels, it has a range of 350 nautical miles at 13 knots. At 10 knots, its range increases to about 600 nautical miles. Grand Banks also powers the boat with twin 715-hp Caterpillar or 715-hp Cummins diesels.

The standard main deck arrangement has a center helm station, a settee with dinette to port, a starboard-side galley and an aft saloon. The flybridge also has a center helm, along with a starboard companion seat and two other seating areas. The lower deck contains three staterooms and two heads.

The boat will be at Norwalk, Annapolis, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

LOA: 53 feet, 10 inches BEAM: 17 feet, 9 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 9 inches (half load) DISPLACEMENT: 65,000 pounds (no load), 73,000 pounds (half load), 79,031 pounds (full load) HULL TYPE: modified-vee TANKAGE: 1,000 gallons fuel, 300 gallons water, 152 gallons waste POWER: twin Cummins QSC 8.3s (600 hp) TOP SPEED: 20 knots BEST MILEAGE: 0.7 nmpg at 16 knots PRICE: $1.6 million CONTACT: (206) 352-0116. www.grandbanks.com

Island Pilot 535

Powered with twin Volvo Penta IPS II 900s (700 hp each), the Island Pilot 535 was designed to attract retiring baby boomers who want long-term cruising capability and express-type speed, says Reuben Trane, president of Island Pilot, which also builds the IP435 and the DSe Hybrid 12m (with diesel-solar-electric propulsion).

30_foreignflavor_04"Essentially, we're putting the accommodations of a full-displacement trawler in this very fast package," Trane says. A full galley and dinette separate the (11- by 16-foot) amidships master stateroom and the forward VIP stateroom, "providing the privacy of an aft-cabin boat," Trane says.

The D-11 diesels will be in a walk-in, stand-up, uncluttered engine room accessed through a weather-tight door in the cockpit. There will be easy access to all sides of the engines and generator, with room left over for a workbench and tool storage. There will be joystick control at three stations - in the deckhouse, in the cockpit and on the flybridge.

The IP535 comes standard with a Seakeeper gyroscopic anti-roll stabilizer, a tender, marine electronics and entertainment devices.

The Island Pilot 535 is expected to be on display at the Miami show.

LOA: 57 feet BEAM: 16 feet, 6 inches DRAFT: 4 feet, 6 inches DISPLACEMENT: 55,000 pounds (tanks full) HULL TYPE: deep-vee TANKAGE: 600 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 110 gallons waste POWER: twin Volvo Penta IPS II 900s (700 hp each) TOP SPEED: 34 knots BEST MILEAGE: 0.5 nmpg at 18-28 knots PRICE: $1.5 million CONTACT: Island Pilot, (888) 443-2965. www.islandpilot.com

This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.

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