PassageMaker April 2013 : Grand Banks Heritage 43

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Milt Baker’s with Grand yachts began the late when he his wife purchased a 32, then into high three years when they up to GB 42 began cruising farther afield. more than years, they their two more than miles between the Bahamas, and Halifax, the GBs not only Bakers’ affection their deep When Milt Judy went Tampa Bay December to trial the GB Heritage Europa, it with confidence they knew lot about Banks’ yachts.

Banks debuted new Heritage Europa at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show November, and was one the first to sea the new I’m just from that on Tampa and as twotime GB let me you: this not your Grand Banks.

is a yacht, radically from any Banks I’ve known. Pierside loafing along 8 or knots, she look a like a from the but with new model plane at knots the sensation is like flying. is a kind of one of most responsive I’ve ever

The look unmistakably GB, timeless profile molded-in faux teak planked flawless gelcoat, polished stainless oversized cleats hawses, and wide side you look yacht connotes quality and The topsides fuller, the corners are rounded, and bow has rake. There’s less frilly on deck.

new design a modified-V hull with gear recessed tunnels, and a whole more going under the Displacing 41,000 she’s powered two 6.7-liter 480hp diesels to Zeus drives, which rear-facing counter-rotating steel propellers. 43 EU designed from keel up be a boat—but one can also comfortably at more economical That’s a made by so-called “fast but this really pulls the fast trick because Zeus drives exceptional maneuverability both low and high. found this like driving sports car: silky-smooth, and to handle all speeds.


my vintage Grand Bankses, created big trying to over the wave at above 9 this new 43 EU right on and over bow wave, out as comes on and leaves polite wake a fast Like my GB 42, carries 600 of diesel two tanks. data from Zeus instrumentation, found the EU’s fuel very efficient 8.8 knots, a no-reserve of 600 (1 USG mile). At fast cruise provides a no-reserve range 303 miles USG per at 17.7 The yacht cruise at knots with slightly diminished range of miles.

This model is what Grand was aiming a two-stateroom, cruiser that use her speed to to cruising spend days weeks exploring slow, economical speeds, then on the to get quickly. Consider out to cruising area miles away, at dawn, arriving before GB Brand Marketing Director Hensel says is a that Grand believes is right for market.

Besides Grand Banks what won over was EU’s responsiveness, that derives both her design and independently steerable drives. Put wheel hard at full which I resist doing and the banks into turn ever slightly, just couple of When I keeping the hard-over, the radius got then tighter but the was barely as the closed in the center a frothy (See this done with GB Heritage Europa, the to this off Bimini http://tinyurl. com/GB41EuBimini. than being the 43’s is almost to the

As I this new Banks through paces several I slowed to idle, her settle the water, pushed the to the and watched, a gleam my eye, she rose onto plane. to automatic tabs built the Zeus each repetition a comfortable, motion— as boat gained the tabs the bow giving good over the As she up on the yacht’s angle never 4 degrees, only for few seconds she came the bow between 10 13 knots. she ran less than degrees, very to level. was swift: along at knots to knots was at 20 each of three times tried it.


Those engines seemed love what were doing, in their With Zeus the exhaust the boat the propeller and I no evidence smoke even the engines loaded heavily the boat out of hole. Nor I hear whine or distracting noises. props were loaded—99 percent the engines’ top rpm.

no day be perfect. antics on Bay drew attention of nearby 25-foot Guard response We had VHF radio this brand yacht and hoped they calling us, we slowed 7 knots paralleled their a quarter-mile us. We them; they us. No lights—good sign. three minutes, break the we turned degrees. The Guard boat suit, then to close distance between Uh-oh.

“Good shouted our Grand Banks once the were within distance. “We’re sea-trialing this new Grand with PassageMaker [staff ] The young aboard the Guard boat the greeting a smile, waved our ship on way and his vessel toward St. Is it to say Heritage 43 passed muster the U.S. Guard?

Vintage Grand are wet thanks to entry and flare in forward sections. years, my Judy and would spend weekends on Bay, running dozen miles to a anchorage in Grand Banks In even 5-knot breeze flat seas, we’d reach destination with thin layer salt atop forward caprails enough spray the windshields a quick and squeegee. isn’t so the 43 After working hard for hours on Bay I her rails not a on the This boat a molded-in deflector just the boot to direct downward and away from hull. Even spray tries fly up, flared topsides it down.


The 43 EU, by an GB design is what Banks calls modified-V design. to the models of this hull its full farther forward aft, and much more in the sections. Below waterline the team created hull that full advantage the Zeus The underwater V-portion of hull has full 56 of deadrise Station 0, deliver the ride I

Deadrise amidships a moderate degrees, flattening to 17.5 at the a design proved itself tank tests the 43 near-identical 41-foot The 43’s ends about of the aft, giving on both to a of tunnels to keep yacht’s draft a low feet 9 and provide protected location the twin pod drives.

most planing yachts, the 43’s propellers not the part of underbody. With design, that goes to keel, which a major in protecting yacht’s pod and its In a situation the fi- berglass is the line of Nonetheless, the drives carry skegs designed break away be easily in the a Zeus grazes bottom. while completely off a lower leg possible in in the world it’s rare. Just case, however, Zeus system designed and to keep boat afloat if a drive lower is sheared completely. Not you want shave off Zeus drive, it’s good know there be no the boat that were happen.

What else me and (who helped on the trial)?

Zeus Station-Keeping. At press of button the can engage optional Skyhook essentially park yacht at any position, anywhere. Once is engaged, yacht maintains position and even when serious wind current. Drive-by-wire makes this Starting with Zeus GPS as input, smart software the azimuth thrust of pod independently, the yacht’s heading and with smooth, precision. When Skyhook be Think about for a to open, your turn the fuel or fishing a wreck. sampled the feature twice sea trial found it as advertised— Skyhook engaged, 43 EU moved more 10 feet her original

Next, the controls. This has no and needs At maneuvering the proportional joystick control built-in software tight control the yacht one hand— move the in the you want boat to and it Let go the joystick to its position, stopping boat. Use wrist to the joystick standstill heading in place. favorite feature: ability to the yacht right into tight slip the face for example, simply moving joystick right left. It’s easy, so you can your 10-year-old dock this in 10 you have experience joystick to truly how easy intuitive it

What about I didn’t the decibel we took sea trial an uncalibrated app), but my ears is the smoothest Grand I’ve ever The company’s on attenuating with serious room insulation part of equation, but gamechanger is location of engines and gear—all the aft beneath cockpit in I think as the That represents fundamental change the GBs known, where engines are the center the boat—with the attendant vibration, and from the room radiating right into saloon. With model, that’s moved aft away from yacht’s crew a design that makes huge difference attenuating engine in the Losing the and most the vibration an added And freeing the space the main sole, where boat has very handy utility room space for watermaker, washer/dryer, more.

Grand Banks Heritage


Most of heavy lifting design work this boat performed initially Grand Banks’ Zeus- drive the Heritage EU. (For information on decision to the ever-popular 42 and on the design process tank testing a cutting replacement, see Banks 41, Revolutionary Evolution,” Oct. ’08.) the 41 was a yacht, it became clear GB buyers more. They what they speeds, Zeus and handling, and joystick and a utility room the main they also a second a larger a bigger deck, and tankage. For can-do company GB, stretching original design 43 feet a natural

Listening to druthers is Grand Banks well. The that is Grand Banks began building in Hong more than a century and has more than boats. The majority—over 4,300— Grand Banks models, the name given what old Banksters think as Classics, Motor Yachts, Sport Sedans. were tough, and conservative yachts with power. And of the underlying GB came directly GB owners.

I met new 43 I’d never thought of as revolutionary To the knowing GBs a first-name for decades always considered more evolutionary— new design each hull within a is better those that before it. new 43 has opened eyes and my thinking. same goes my first who clearly this sea every bit much as did.


Responsive, sure-footed at all

• A quiet, vibration-free, at all

• No or diesel to contend

• Absence engine room and noise the main

• An yacht with fit and near-perfect joinery, equipment

• designed low-maintenance windows, and

• Wide high bulwarks, rails all on deck—safe kids, adults, pets

• comfortable, workable

Grand Banks Heritage

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