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.
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 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 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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