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Grand Banks will debut 44-foot model this fall

JULY 14 - Grand Banks recently introduced the 44 Heritage EU, a new addition to its Heritage series of yachts, which features a modified deep-vee planing hull for cruising at higher speeds.

The Sparkman & Stephens-designed solid hand-laid fiberglass hull features a more raked and flared bow, twin propeller tunnels and underwater exhaust — all designed for a quiet ride and more comfortable entry into rough waters, the manufacturer says.

With optional twin 500-hp Caterpillar C7 diesel engines, the 44EU reached speeds in excess of 27 mph during sea trials. The standard package includes twin 455-hp Cat engines. Twin propeller tunnels allow for larger props, and help direct and control water flow for an improved


trim angle at higher speeds, according

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to the manufacturer.

“Customers are putting more and more horsepower into our Heritage yachts,” Bob Livingston, Grand Banks chairman and CEO, says in a statement. “Their increasing demand for speed and performance, style and luxury, inspired us to create this outstanding new boat.”

The 44EU is also spacious, he says, with a beam of 15 feet, 3 inches — more than a foot


 wider than its predecessor, the 42. Below is a master stateroom with an island berth and en-suite head featuring granite countertops, a full shower and a VacuFlush marine head. The standard option for the guest cabin includes twin berths and a guest head with full shower across the passageway.

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 Owners can opt for a double berth or

to convert the space into an on-board office. An estimated price for the 44EU has yet to be been announced. Grand Banks expects to debut the 44EU during the upcoming fall boat show season.

For a complete look at the new boats that will be introduced at the fall boat shows, see the October issue of Soundings.

Jason Fell