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Revealed: First glimpse of First Grand Banks 85 interior

8 June 2021• Written by Tom McGhie

The interior of the first 25.9 metre Grand Banks 85 yacht has been revealed, with sociability and privacy at the centre of the interior design.

 Grand Banks chief executive Mark Richards described the interiors as "beautifully finished" with a "timeless feel".

“First, we focused on what makes a superior long-distance cruiser while underway for long legs,” he said. “This means understanding the rhythm that occurs while on passage, and creating various spaces where you can separate from others off-watch."

The yacht features a beam of 6.7 metres, resulting in a range of possible interior configurations. Elsewhere, outdoor dining and entertaining, areas are plentiful, with the space between the main and aft decks dedicated to lounge seating. Far-reaching ocean views are visible through large aft windows, which open electronically.

The skylounge offers an additional lounging area, with an internal dining area featuring customised and handcrafted furnishings located between the galley and main saloon. The elevated helm area forward can accommodate four seated adults while underway.

The first glimpse of the interior comes after the yacht completed sea trials during which it reached a cruising speed of 21 knots, according to her team's calculations.

Richards continued: We had one primary objective above all when we started the 85, to deliver the most fuel-efficient, high-speed, long-range cruiser of this size in the world. It is incredibly exciting to tick this box right out of the gate."

The first hull in the series is powered by twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS 1350s, but twin 1,000-hp, six-cylinder D13s with straight shafts are also available as a no-charge option.

The shipyard's largest model to date, the GB85 follows the builder’s recent GB60 model. The yacht is available with either a flybridge or climate-controlled skylounge and features an entire deck and superstructure constructed from fully-infused carbon fibre.

Described by the builder as “a true-blue water ocean-tamer with serious range”, the GB85 has a 6.7 metre beam, providing spacious entertaining areas inside and out. The interior layout offers the option to have a full beam master stateroom with a large ensuite or a four-cabin layout accommodating a total of nine guests.

All imagery courtesy of Grand Banks

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