In the roller-coaster boating industry, Grand Banks, which was founded in 1956, has managed to survive and flourish by keeping a keen eye on the wants and needs of its target audience – people who want to do some serious cruising. While the first Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP ( Raised Pilothouse) has yet to be launched, it appears to us as if they have cranked out another winner. We say that for a couple of reasons, but one of them is its size and price relationship which maximizes their market for this boat.
53' 8'' 16.35 m
17' 9'' 5.41 m
72,000 lbs. 32,659 kg
4' 8'' 1.40 m
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- Draft Down
- Air Draft
23' 6'' 7.16 m
1,000 gal. 3,785 L
100 gal. 379 L
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Height on Trailer
Total Weight (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
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The new Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP shares features with the other models in the Aleutian range packing a lot into just 53’. The photo is a computer rendering.
The trouble with communicating details about a boat that hasn’t been launched is, of course, that you can’t touch and feel finishes, or lie in bunks, or experience how she handles in a seaway or in tight quarters. The new Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP (RP stand for raised pilothouse), due to make her debut early next year, just looks like a boat that would make a serious cruiser salivate. She springs from a company that put trawler yachts on the map in the 60s and 70s, and then introduced a line of Yankee-style express cruisers in the 90s (Eastbay) and now, in the 21st century, is emphasizing long-distance cruising with its Aleutian series.
There’s nothing in this profile drawing that feels European. Rather, it epitomizes what many have come to see as a classic American cruising design: flash-free, seaworthy and horizon-ready – a trawler look in the hull with a West Coast Portuguese pilothouse superstructure.
It’s no mystery who this yacht is set up for: a couple who’s cashed out and wants to see the world by water with friends and family cycling through to share the experience, or who just wants to enjoy the pleasures of their favorite ports without feeling cramped. The 53 RP is the smallest in the Aleutian line, but for a cruising couple who needs all the basic comforts in a package that doesn’t require crew, this boat seems to hit a sweet spot. Namely, it will be a solid boat that has the accommodations of a 65-footer in a size that is about as small as a lot of people would like to go, and therefore maximizes the pleasure/cost ratio.
The main deck is a basic raised pilothouse configuration with a roomy saloon arranged for family relaxation or entertaining. The pilothouse likely will see plenty of duty as the primary interaction zone while cruising. The covered aft deck and the gathering area in the bow will take overflow party guests or provide al fresco reading/relaxing space.The accommodations are ideal for a cruising couple who want to spend time aboard with friends. The midship, master spans the yacht’s entire 17’9” beam. Large portlights illuminate the space. The VIP forward is no slouch either. The third cabin—a small single, or sleep two over/under, can be left with a bunk for kids or crew or set up as a walk-in closet or work space.The boat deck can handle a small tender and when it is cleared the wet bar and deck abaft the settee can be used for cocktails or sunning. Put on a hardtop or a bimini with isinglass and you have another cozy living space. We’d put a companion seat next to the skipper’s seat.
The appeal of performance is relative to what the owner plans to do with the yacht. Grand Banks assumes it 53 Aleutian customers will want both long range and port-making speed. The 593-hp standard engines are upgradable to 705-hp. According to the company, the larger engines will produce top speeds in excess of 22 KTS. Will her 1,000-gallon fuel capacity and an easy hand on the throttles, she should provide adequate port-to-port range in most places in the world.
The pilothouse, which also accommodates the galley and dining table, likely will be a popular gathering spot. The lack of a formal, separate dining area though, will mean always eating in what is essentially a work space—albeit a pretty one.The saloon feels like party time to us. This space is versatile and depending on how one plans on using the boat, perhaps other arrangements could be accommodated in addition to this one.The master stateroom should be plenty comfortable for a cruising couple. We like the sliding doors that provide the option of closing off the bathroom for privacy or letting the big portlight do its work.
The first Grand Banks 53 Aleutian RP is being sent to Europe next spring. Hull #2 will arrive in the U.S. next summer and will be delivered to Grand Banks’ largest dealer, Boatworks, in Rowayton, CT. The price of the boat will be about $1,750,000 (including freight) with twin 600-hp Cummins diesels. We spoke last week with Clute Ely, president of Boatworks, and he told us that the response to the boat has been strong and we can well believe it. Clute also told us that the boat has not been sold yet, so if you are a Grand Banks fan and you like the looks of this new Aleutian, now is the time to secure this boat for winter cruising of 2010.Clute Ely’s phone number is 203-866-0882. To visit the Grand Banks website..
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