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
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.
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.