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First Grand Banks 85 begins sea trials

23 March 2021

The first 25.9 metre Grand Banks 85 yacht has begun preliminary sea trials, reaching a long-distance cruising range of 21 knots during testing. 

Grand Banks chief executive Mark Richards said: 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.

Construction is underway on the first model

Described by the builder as “a true-blue water ocean-tamer with serious range”, the GB85 has a 6.7 mete 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.

The yard will continue outfitting work on the new Grand Banks flagship over the next few months, with further sea trials planned to take place later in 2021.

All imagery courtesy of Grand Banks