Grand Banks Begins Construction on First 25.9 Metre GB85
by Miranda Blazeby
Grand Banks has sold and begun construction on its largest model to date; the 25.9 metre Grand Banks 85.
Construction is well underway on the model, with the hull mould well underway and the framework assembled. Preparation of the mould surface has also begun. Completion of the yacht is due in winter 2020.
The GB85, which follows the builder’s recent GB60 model, is available with either a flybridge or climate-controlled skylounge.
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 builder also revealed it has upgraded its in-house robot facility, which is now equipped with two 8-axis robots. These robots are designed to reduce the time in-house staff spend on “monotonous tasks”, leaving them with more time to focus on design features and joinery.
Grand Banks designer John McKay said: “We are combining the benefits of traditional boat building with world leading technology to reduce production time and improve the quality of our products.”