Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

New Grand Banks 60 Skylounge sets benchmark

by Grand Banks Yachts 1 Jul 2018 04:20 PDT
Grand Banks 60 Skylounge © Grand Banks Yachts

Only eight months have passed since the debut of the highly acclaimed Grand Banks 60, and during that time Grand Banks has developed the latest evolution of the model: the new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge.

The first in the series is being commissioned in the Pacific Northwest for an experienced cruiser and will cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

We realize that adding vertical structure on any design presents aesthetic challenges. Keeping this in mind, Grand Banks CEO Mark Richards and the GB engineering team spent an inordinate amount of time ensuring that the enclosed bridge did not blemish the 60's profile. In the past, Grand Banks built only a few custom-ordered enclosed bridge models, mainly an Aleutian 72 and two Grand Banks 66's.

Although these are capable cruisers and indeed have each logged a lot of miles, they were really one-off designs and utilized existing tooling from other models to complete the enclosed bridge. The new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge, however, was designed and engineered as an entirely new model with individual tooling for the enclosed bridge area that was designed to complement the 60's profile rather than appear like a last-minute add-on.

Initial viewers have commented on the brilliance of the Skylounge space itself. The L-shaped settee, day-head, twin Stidd seats and refrigerator create an entirely separate social area. It could easily serve as a stateroom for a captain, an onboard office tucked away from the rest of the ship, or a second saloon to get away from the kids. All of this is finished in golden teak to the trademark Grand Banks standard.

We admit some longtime Grand Banks salesmen initially had some reservations about the Skylounge, fearing it would enclose the helmsman and guests too much and not take advantage of nice weather. These doubts were quickly assuaged when they saw the expansive side windows that lower and the two overhead hatches and aft door that open up. The breezes flow into the area similar to a bridge model.

The staircase from the upper helm leads to a landing at the starboard door to make access to sidedecks seamless. With a remote docking station in the cockpit, close quarter maneuvering is further simplified. Usable space in this cockpit area is also increased by the absence of the ladder to the bridge.

In order to adhere to the Grand Banks philosophy of building lighter, stronger and thus more efficient cruising boats, the entire deck, cabin house and Skylounge are fully infused using the highest quality carbon fiber available. A fully-cored structure is employed using PVC foam core and SAN Corecell in areas of specific application, sandwiched between skins of stitched multi-axial carbon fiber, bonded with vinylester and epoxy resins and supported by infused composite panels in a robust grid system—all working together for durability, strength and reliability in punishing open-water conditions.

The standard twin 900-horsepower Volvo D13 diesels provide a top speed of 31 knots, with a 25-knot cruising speed at 2020 rpm. Pull the throttles back to 10 knots for a 2000-mile range. Unlike other yachts, particularly traditional semi-displacement hulls that require fuel and horsepower to push the after sections onto a plane, the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge's semi-displacement warped hull is efficient throughout the entire speed curve.

The new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge will debut at the Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island, on September 13. Afterward, she'll work her way down the East Coast to participate in several fall boat shows. Plans also include a side trip from the Chesapeake to Bermuda.

If you would like to arrange for a sea trial of the new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge and see first-hand how we're redefining long-range cruising, please email .

Related Articles

Grand Banks 54 world debut at Palm Beach Show
New model follows in the footsteps of successful yachts in the same line Grand Banks Yachts Limited is excited to announce the public debut of their all new Grand Banks 54. The new model follows in the footsteps of successful yachts in the same line, the previously released GB60 and GB60 Skylounge. Posted on 10 Mar
Grand Banks 85 hull #1 already sold
The largest yacht Grand Banks has built to date Get set for the mighty Grand Banks 85, the largest yacht Grand Banks has built to date. Building on the recently released GB60, the GB85 offers the option of a flybridge or a climate controlled sky-lounge. Posted on 2 Nov 2019
Construction is underway on the new Grand Banks 54
With a warped, semidisplacement hull, the GB54 will offer cruising comfort and efficiency The GB54 will be available in a two- or three-stateroom layout finished in golden blended teak from sustainable sources. Posted on 1 Nov 2019
New Grand Banks 54 construction underway
Grand Banks showcases interior craftsmanship in an efficient cruising hull with the GB54 The new GB54, which had been called the Grand Banks 52 in previous communications, follows the successful launches of the Grand Banks 60 and the GB60 Skylounge, and will advance the builder's strategy to create yachts with strong, lightweight hulls Posted on 16 Apr 2019
Palm Beach GT50 at Singapore Yacht Show
A sleeker, faster and fuel-efficient newly designed luxury yacht Grand Banks Yachts Limited ("Grand Banks") unveiled today the Palm Beach GT50 - a sleeker, faster and fuel-efficient newly designed luxury yacht which has won major international awards - to Asian buyers at the April 11-14 Singapore Yacht Show 2019. Posted on 12 Apr 2019
Grand Banks 85 Development
The largest yacht Grand Banks has built to date A 22-foot beam presents wide-open areas with ample space to socialise inside and out. Be spoiled for choice with the option of a full-beam master stateroom, boasting a large double ensuite, or 4-cabin layout, spacious enough to sleep up to nine people. Posted on 25 Mar 2019
Grand Banks announced construction of new GB52
GB52 continues the reinvention of the builder's cruising legacy with new flying-bridge motor yacht Grand Banks Yachts Limited is proud to introduce the latest model in its reborn lineup, the Grand Banks 52. The boat comes on the heels of the successful introduction of the Grand Banks 60 and the GB60 Skylounge. Posted on 2 Nov 2018
Grand Banks 60SL ready for FLIBS 2018
Versatility of latest model offers cruisers in both cold and warm climates Right on the heels of the successful debut at 2018 Newport International Boat Show, the new GB60 Skylounge will be on display at 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Posted on 9 Oct 2018
All-new GB52 construction underway
Next long-range cruising yacht from Grand Banks will debut in 2019 The 52 incorporates the same design principles that have lead the GB60 to redefine long-range cruising. Posted on 29 Jul 2018
Fast Cruising on an Eastbay 49
Tree stumps were only feet away, black water gurgled past the hull We zipped down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) at an average cruising speed of 20 knots, cranking back on the throttles only when speed restrictions forced us to, in places most people would dare not cruise at this speed at night. Posted on 2 Jul 2018
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1Maritimo 2019 FooterMarine Resources 2019 - Footer