The 47 Heritage CL looks like the old Grand Banks trawlers we have seen for 50 years, but in fact she is different both on the bottom and inside. Outside she is different, too, but the changes there are more subtle and the designers have kept her classic profile. After all, who would want a low, sleek, curvy Grand Banks? This builder sets itself apart by keeping the traditional look -- and its practicality.
Optional 3-cabin layout
En suite guest head with shower
Bonded, direct-glaze windows
Delta-T air demisters
Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL (2013-) Specifications
46' 10'' 14.26 m
52,333 lbs 23,738 kg (1/2)
15' 9'' 4.80 m
3' 10'' 1.17 m
600 gal. 2,271 L
260 gal. 984 L
21' 2'' 6.44 m
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL (2013-) Captain's Report
The latest generation of the Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL has a bottom designed by Sparkman & Stephens with propeller tunnels and a modified-V bottom shape. She cruises over 20 knots.
The Mission of the GB 47 Heritage CL
This boat is intended to be used for long distance coastal cruising by a couple with a second (or third) cabin aboard for another couple or family to use when visiting. She is also intended for less adventurous boaters who like to stick relatively close to home, but who want to own a traditional-looking yacht rather than a sleek-looking cruiser. The Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL signals what kind of boater the owner is.
She is also designed to be a fast trawler, one that cruises over 20 knots. No "crawler trawler" here.
Profile of the 47 Heritage CL. Note the keel is lower than her props and her bow thruster is deep in the forefoot.
The Grand Banks Owner
By and large owners of Grand Banks yachts are more experienced boaters. They are people who have either been boating all of their lives, want to do some serious cruising, or who want to own a yacht that looks a bit more like a commercial vessel and less like a gin palace. These people eschew the soft ice cream look exterior designs of the popular cruisers and are put off by all of the fiberglass often found in their interiors. Most Grand Banks owners think yachts should have interiors made of wood, and lots of it.
Boaters who select a Heritage model to own are making a statement not only about what they would like to do on the water, but also they are signaling their attraction to the more traditional and salty aspects of boating. These people have developed an eye for practicality, seaworthiness, and comfort.
Bird's eye view of the flying bridge and deck. Two Stidd seats come standard on the flybridge even though only one is shown in the drawing. That means three people can face forward, all helping with the piloting and navigation.
Cozy and Yachty. Grand Banks buyers also want a boat that they can spend a lot of time on which means everything should be "man-size" and of robust construction. There must be room to move around on. The parquet decks, teak interiors and real-size furniture inside produces a cozy, traditional yacht-like feel that is simply impossible to replicate without using lots of real wood.
But Which Trawler? While Grand Banks created the concept back in the early 1960s, it is far from the only company building these type of boats today and most of them are sold for less money. So the Grand Banks owner has made another statement -- by selecting a company that has experience, reputation and top-grade components the owner is demonstrating connoisseurship.
Distinguishing Features of the 47 CL
●Size. When we look to compare the 47 Heritage CL with other boats in class (both trawler-type and modern-style) we find that there really isn't much on the market that comes close until we look at 52 and 54-foot boats. She may well be the largest 47-footer on the market. So, what's going on? Look--
1) While Grand Banks calls this boat a 47, in fact her max length is 52'8" (16.05 m). Most other companies are now using their boat's max length as the model designation.
2) Part and parcel of this game is to obscure the boat's waterline length which is the only length measurement that gives good guidance as to the true volume of the boat. Grand Banks publishes its length at 44'1" (13.43 m).
3) The 47 Heritage CL's displacement at half load is 52,333 lbs. (23,787 kg.), about what most of the 54-footers have.
4) Beam -- The 47's beam is 15'9" (4.8 m), wider than all of the 54' boats we looked at by a few inches.
This is the standard layout with the galley, a couple of steps down from the main deck. Note the size of the forward stateroom.
This is the alternative layout. Note that a third cabin has been put where the galley was and the forward stateroom is smaller and has V berths. The galley is now on the main deck and does not have as much counter space as before.
●Shape. Love it or leave it. The fact is that the 47, like most boats in the Heritage series, is designed to maximize the interior room of the boat. The house is stand-up angular. Typically fast-looking boats have a narrow hull, slim bow sections, and waste space in their house making it look low and raked.
●Wood & Weight. At one time Grand Banks built the whole boat of wood and many of them are still to be found on the used boat market. But the best of both worlds is having a fiberglass hull and superstructure and a wood interior. But solid wood is heavy. For people who like the feel, look, and durability of solid teak -- as opposed to teak veneer -- then sign on for the added weight.
●Genuine Teak. Teak has gotten very expensive over the years, but Grand Banks continues to use genuine teak. It is not teak veneer and it is not a less expensive wood substitute that looks like teak but is not. (It is sometimes called "African teak.") The teak that GB uses has been carefully selected in Southeast Asia by experts, shipped to the GB factory in Malaysia and is aged before being used.
We like this layout of the flying bridge because there can be three sets of eyeballs forward. The table seats four more people, and the wet bar to port can have an icemaker and fridge below the sink.
●Bonded, Direct-Glaze Windows. Frameless windows are integrated with the deckhouse mold to reduce the chance of leaks and limit maintenance.
●Highest-Quality Components. On the flying bridge of the Heritage 47 are two Stidd chairs -- which are the highest quality and most expensive on the market. In the engine room are port and starboard Delta-T demisters to prevent salt spray from entering and causing corrosion. Through hull sea cocks are made by Grocco which is one of the most expensive marine brands. These are just three examples of equipment that impressed us as we scanned down its list of components.
●Standard Davit for Tender. A hydraulic davit for the ship's tender comes standard and is mounted in a specially-designed molded-in recess to save space and be unobtrusive.
●Granite Countertop. In its standard configuration the boat's galley has a large, U-shaped counter made of granite. Few production builders use granite, preferring the synthetic Corian that is not as fragile and claims to look like granite. But not to our eyes. In fact, Grand Banks has its granite milled and then backed with honeycomb aluminum just as is done in megayacht construction. The honeycomb absorbs shock and keeps the granite piece light.
●Optional Layouts. The Heritage has two layout schemes: the standard one has a galley down three steps and two en suite staterooms, both with large island beds. The alternative has the galley up (and smaller) and a third cabin added forward with a double bed to starboard. This cabin is remarkably comfortable. In this case the forward cabin has traditional V-berths. (See drawings above.)
Serenely at anchor in what looks like an island in the Bahamas.
Design & Construction
The Heritage 47's hull was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and has a modified-V bottom with twin tunnels for the standard inboard drive system. The tunnels reduce the boat's draft and also make the props more efficient. The boat has dual chines to reduce wetted surface and beam when on plane as well as to throw spray out to the sides.
The bow has been modified from that of the last generation. The forefoot is more shallow and finer than before. This makes the boat more comfortable when going 20 knots in sloppy conditions. The bow also has more flare to knock down spray and help keep it off the windshield. As noted above, her beam is 15'9" which gives her more stability in addition to providing more interior room.
The hull of the 47 CL is solid fiberglass below the waterline and a closed-cell foam is used from the boot strip up to save weight. The coring is vacuum-bagged into place to prevent delaminating. Below the waterline GB applies three layers of epoxy resin to create a barrier coat impervious to water osmosis. The gel coat is clear below the waterline so the QC can see any imperfections in the laminate. The hull has a five-year warranty, including blistering.
Some things never change: the 6-spoke teak wheel is a signature feature of the Heritage series. By having it vertical it saves space, but when seated skippers usually steer with an autopilot wand.
A slightly better view of the galley down on an intermediate deck. Note the granite counter top. Because the galley is open above it has plenty of light and the chef is in communication with the skipper.
In the salon note all of the wood. There is teak and holly on the cabin sole, teak bulkheads, stairs, furniture, valances, overhead hand-hold, and table. Windows slide open. The stairs aft lead up to the aft deck and the flying bridge.
Looking forward in the salon. Note that the table at right can lower to make a cocktail table and a leaf flips open to seat six for dinner.
How's this for cozy? We count 13 cabinets and drawers in the master stateroom.
Looking aft from the forward stateroom in the standard layout. Guest head is to the left which has an area inside that can be curtained off for the shower.
The island double bed in the forward cabin. There are steps up port and starboard to make it easier to get into the bed. We'd like to see cabinets up on the hull sides making use of the new bow flare.
This is the hatch to the lazerette which has been expanded on the new model.
The hydraulic davit is standard and takes advantage of the space on the aft deck to mount the tender.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL (2013-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Dripless Shaft Seals
Washdown: Fresh Water
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL (2013-) Warranty
Grand Banks 47 Heritage CL (2013-) Warranty Information
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