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Brief Summary

The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is a versatile yacht that combines many attributes to meet the needs of today’s serious cruising couple. Grand Banks paid close attention to the hull shape of the GB60 and the company tells us they have seen efficient cruising at a range of speeds, a seakindly, stable hull, and good top-end speed. Add in to that a high level of attention to detail in interior finishes, sound and vibration attenuation, and the result is a yacht that should be warmly received by Grand Banks aficionados and long distance cruisers.

Key Features

  • Semi-displacement warped hull
  • Classic Grand Banks profile
  • Three-stateroom layout
  • Skylounge with companion seating
  • Optional main deck layouts
  • Spacious engine room
  • Quiet operation through custom sound attenuation system
  • Boat deck with AB Alumina 12 ALX RIB dinghy and davit launch/retrieval system
  • Skylounge dayhead for safety and convenience
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 65' 4''
    19.9 m
    Beam 19' 2''
    5.84 m
    Dry Weight 63,380 lbs.
    28,750 kg (displacement)
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 4' 7''
    1.40 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 1,530 gal.
    5,792 L
    Water Capacity 300 gal.
    1,136 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 900-hp Volvo Penta D13 shaft
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 2 x 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge running
    The new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge model packs lots of interior living space into its 19’2” (5.85 m) beamy package.

    Mission

    The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is a three-stateroom motoryacht designed for offshore and coastal cruising in a classical Grand Banks vessel. That means in a boat that on the exterior not only looks like a trawler, but looks like the design that virtually created the offshore cruising category of power yachts that started in the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

    The new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge should appeal to people who appreciate an interior swathed in fine teak joinery with a satin finish. Powered with 900-hp diesels, she offers long range at cruising speeds. But thanks to her unique hull design and lightweight construction with extensive use use of carbon fiber, but she can also achieve greater speeds with efficiency throughout the speed curve.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge running
    The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge has a profile reminiscent of some classic models from the builder, thanks to faux planking and broken sheer.

    Hull Design and Construction

    The hull has a chine flat that runs the full length from stem to stern, but otherwise has no appendages or strakes. The running surface curves gently from a very sharp entry forward to a very low transom deadrise.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge running
    Grand Banks says the design of the 60 Skylounge’s hull wastes less energy and this efficiency is manifested in the boat’s unobtrusive wake.

    The hull is vacuum-infused with E-glass and vinylester and epoxy resin and uses carbon fiber in structural areas for added strength with light weight and multi-axial glass fabric. She is cored with Corecell and Airex foam.

    The deck and everything above it are constructed of Corecel-cored carbon fiber and infused with vinylester resin, something that is unusual above the hull. The result of this design is a low center of gravity that, combined with a 19’2” (5.84 m) beam, enhances the stability of the boat in a seaway.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge infusion
    Infusing the carbon-fiber deck with resin ensures the optimal strength with minimum weight.

    Yacht Inspection

    The Stern

    Swim Platform. The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge has a swim platform aft with removable safety rail. Built into the transom on the starboard half is an aft-facing al fresco galley console with electric grill and a stainless steel sink with pop-up faucet. The lid that covers this galley workspace is mounted on stainless steel hinges and has a gas-assist ram to hold the lid up during cooking.

    These days more and more builders are making use of the swim platform to add extra utility to boats without a commensurate increase in cost. We like the concept.

    Classic Details. There’s a stainless flagstaff receiver on centerline that receives a varnished teak flag pole. The transom can be finished with varnished teak. The swim platform and the cockpit covering boards may also be covered in optional teak, at the owner’s discretion.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge swim platform
    The swim platform is fixed and has an al fresco galley console. Note the teak transom treatment, reminiscent of many legacy models.

    Important Considerations

    Both the cockpit and the main salon and galley are subject to different layouts to suit the needs of any owner. Shown on these pages in the layout drawings is one layout possibility, and in the pictures, another. The basic difference is that in the drawings, the galley is placed forward in the house, and the salon is aft with facing loveseats to starboard.

    In the pictures of the vessel shown here, the galley is aft and the salon is forward. Other layouts might also be possible, and consumers should speak with Grand Banks personnel in order to determine what is possible.

    A Note About Teak. Grand Banks continues to purchase all of its own teak through sustainable sources. This teak is then naturally bleached in the sun at the Grand Banks factory to allow for a more uniform and blended look.

    Cockpit

    The cockpit on the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is entered from the swim platform through the starboard side transom gate, which opens inward. At each aft corner on the covering board is a large stainless steel pull-up cleat. There’s a solid fiberglass transom door to starboard that allows entry to the cockpit. Boarding doors in the bulwarks to either or both sides are an available option, and one that we recommend.

    The flying bridge deck overhangs much of the cockpit and is supported by large stainless tubes angled at an attractive forward rake. The overhead has nine LED lights recessed into it, as well as a pair of stereo speakers. LED spotlights overlook the swim platform. The side rails on the covering board begins forward of this overhead support, making to the side deck on each side safer when going forward.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge cockpit
    The cockpit of the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge can have an optional wet bar console, but an aft-facing settee is standard.

    Across the transom is a settee that seats four at a varnished teak dining table on a single stainless pedestal. The cockpit sole is decked in teak, and a hatch on centerline, with a lift-and-lock latch allows access to the engine room and spacious lazarette. On either side of the cockpit are lockers where the bulwarks are wide aft, though the bulwarks narrow going forward as they approach the side deck entry to port and starboard.

    At the forward end of the cockpit is an optional molded-in wet bar console with drawers and lockers to port in the aft bulkhead, with a landscape-aspect picture window above it. The door to the salon is offset to starboard, and on the starboard side is an L-shaped settee with a portrait-aspect window above.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge layout
    The main-deck layout of the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge with the galley placed forward shows off the boat’s excellent use of space, all very nearly level. Note that there is a L-shaped settee in the cockpit of this layout, an alternative design from the boat we have pictures of here.

    Button Her Up. Regular readers know that we like long overhangs above cockpits on boats of this type because it permits the cockpit to be enclosed in isinglass, thus creating a three-season living space. Its enclosure is also welcome on a rainy summer afternoon when kids need a place to play, or in the cool of an evening for a pleasant cocktail venue. Essentially, it doubles the salon space for very little money.

    Salon

    Entering the salon from the cockpit, there’s a step up. As noted above, the salon can be aft, as in the drawing above, or the galley can be aft, as in the pictures.

    The side windows are power-actuated to drop into their frames, bringing in the sea breeze on pleasant days. The overhang of the flying bridge helps shade the side decks and shelter the salon window. The overhead is composed of vinyl panels backed in foam, with teak trim. The salon is carpeted in sisal in the pictures shown here.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge stairs
    This picture shows an alternative layout from the one shown in the drawing, with an inward facing settee. Gray tinted side windows have sections that open electrically to both port and starboard as well as aft.

    Galley

    Whether the galley is forward or aft, it has a teak sole and a U-shaped Silestone counter. Either way, the entire galley has a low profile and is understated by design, to preserve lines of sight throughout the main deck.

    Under-counter refrigeration is in three units, two dedicated Isotherm refrigerators, and one Isotherm freezer. Even the pot-scrubber gets a view, thanks to a sink positioned at the port, outboard end of the galley, facing a large window. There’s an electric induction cooktop on the forward side, and a drawer refrigerator. Drawers are all soft close, with positive locks.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge galley
    Looking forward, the layout on this boat has an aft U-shaped galley with overhead lockers for additional stowage. There’s an L-shaped lounge with dining table forward, opposite a settee to starboard.

    Stairs and Side-Deck Access

    To starboard, opposite the galley, is a single step that leads to a side door to the side deck. This step is also the bottom landing for the stairs to the skylounge. After two curving steps, the custom open-riser staircase begins going above.

    The stairs are built on a single stringer that’s welded, tubular, polished stainless steel. Teak treads cover welded stainless steel steps. A beefy wrapped stainless railing rises vertically from the inboard end of the first step to protect those who climb them. The wood trim that frames this staircase is noteworthy as it curves about the overhead opening for the stairs, and is integrated into the overhead trim of the salon. Likewise the open-riser design of the stairs maximizes lines of sight through the large windows and makes the space appear larger.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge stairs
    The design of the skylounge stairs provide both functionality and visibility.
    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge salon door
    The salon door opens to allow access to the starboard side deck for docking or anchoring, and also provides ventilation. Note the curved, triangular teak steps leading to the floating stairway.

    Skylounge

    The Skylounge is another gathering place and should see plenty of use for an offshore yacht such as the Grand Banks 60. The entry point is the stairs on the starboard side. The helm station is forward, with a helm seat on centerline and a companion seat to starboard, between the helm seat and the stairs. In the port aft corner is an L-shaped settee with a dining table.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge sky lounge
    The skylounge will be a popular spot among family and friends for offshore passages or when entertaining close to home.

    Power windows to port, starboard, and aft, allow the crew to ventilate the space by natural means. Forward, on the port side is a solid-surface-topped credenza that can be used as a side board when entertaining, or a navigation table when exploring new cruising grounds. In the aft starboard corner, the lines of sight are limited by a day-head compartment. The day head is an excellent safety and convenience feature, since the crew need not attempt to traverse the stairs while the boat is in a sloppy seaway. Note, on future models, the forward bulkhead of the day head will be built at an angle to improve the line of sight aft.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge teak
    Surrounded by teak trim, a pair of sliding hatches in the overhead of the skylounge offer ventilation but are never folded up out of reach. Note the handy grabrail on centerline.
    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge windows
    The skylounge has power windows to the sides and aft. Note the day head compartment and the door to the boat deck.

    Helm Station

    The helm instrumentation is situated in a raised molded pod with a varnished wood-rimmed wheel with a steel hub and spokes. A pair of large multifunction displays is on the panel of the helm pod, which is topped with a varnished teak brow. There’s a compass on centerline atop the pod.

    On the horizontal section of the helm dash are the bow and stern thruster controls, a dedicated autopilot control head, windshield wiper control, dedicated engine-monitoring displays, rocker switches to control electrical systems, a joystick control for the remote spotlight, and the throttle and shift binnacle.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge helm
    The helm is sensibly laid out with excellent sightlines forward out of the wraparound, raked windshield.
    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge running
    When at anchor in a marina, the ship’s tender can be launched and the aft deck becomes an ideal place for sunning or a cocktail party.

    Boat Deck

    Abaft the skylounge on the upper deck is a boat deck, accessible from the skylounge through a door offset to starboard. Outside, on the aft side of the skylounge bulkhead are additional built-in cabinets with countertops, designed to take advantage of the space the boat deck will have when the tender is deployed. And lounge chairs or even a folding dining table and chairs can be arrayed on the upper deck to take in the view.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge davit
    The boat deck is equipped with a Steelhead Marine ES1000 hydraulic davit to launch the AB Inflatable RIB tender held in place on chocks.

    Accommodations

    Three steps down the companionway from the salon is a passageway forward. Lower-deck accommodations have a sole finished with sisal carpet.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge layout
    The layout shows the staterooms in relation to the engine room position, with fuel tanks amidships acting as a buffer. Note how the accommodations take full advantage of the 19’2” (5.85 m) beam.

    Master Stateroom

    The owner’s stateroom on the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is set on the port side forward of amidships. The king-size berth is athwartships with the head outboard. Combining the skylight with an overhead hatch, a portlight and a hullside window, the natural light is captured from many angles.

    This master has one of the largest hanging lockers we have seen in class.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge master stateroom
    The master stateroom has a large skylight as well as an opening hatch for natural ventilation. Note the extensive use of teak – a signature aspect of Grand Banks yachts.
    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge master
    Another view of the athwartships master with the master head in the background, and passageway to the right.

    The master has numerous lockers and drawers throughout, including stowage beneath the king-size island berth and hanging locker space. All cabin doors are teak with flat panels and polished chrome lock sets. The cabinet joinery is teak faced with raised teak panels. The overhead is composed of vinyl panels with foamed backs for vibration and sound attenuation and removable with a fast-mount system. The head is located forward.

    Master Head

    The master head is accessible only from this stateroom and has Silestone countertops in Tigris Sand. The separate shower has a glass door, a solid teak floor over a Whale sump box, and a handheld mixer. The Tecma Silence Plus toilet has a freshwater flush through a macerator. Lockers both in the vanity and above offer stowage for toiletries.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge basin sink
    A porcelain basin sink is mounted on the vanity counter, and the master head has a Herreshoff-style finish: white with natural-wood trim.

    Bow Stateroom

    The island berth in the bow stateroom has access to each side with a step up. The grain-match teak finish in the overhead is an excellent detail. The lockers all around offer stowage, and there’s a hanging locker aft and to port. Slim portlights add natural light, while an overhead hatch provides ventilation and egress too. The overhead has LED lights and a flatscreen TV can be mounted on the aft bulkhead. Fiddled shelves stow odds and ends and also have mounted individual reading lights.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge double berth
    The double berth in the bow has stowage in its base and overhead in the bow flare.

    Guest Head

    The door to the head compartment shared by the forward guest stateroom in the bow and the third stateroom. The head is finished in white with teak trim and has a basin sink and lockers to stow supplies and toiletries, and has a separate shower compartment. A large section of the forward bulkhead has a mirror and there’s a separate standup shower with bench aft. Overhead hatches aid in lighting, ventilation, and egress.

    Third Stateroom

    To starboard is a double guest stateroom with a pair of twin berths arrayed perpendicularly. The first berth is fore and aft and situated atop a cabinet with lockers beneath. It’s a cozy spot, with an opening portlight outboard. Aft and down a step is the second berth, situated athwartships with a locker at its head. This is a clever layout and one that eliminated bunk beds or Pullmans which we often see in a third stateroom in this size boat.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge berths
    The layout of the guest double optimizes the available space and provides comfortable berths for two.

    Engine Room

    The engine room is entered through a hatch in the cockpit sole on centerline, where one is in a mechanical space. There’s a watertight door at the forward end that grants access to the engine room itself. Because of the wide beam, the engines are spaced a bit further apart than we often see in this size boat, and there is access all around for maintenance checks and inspection. The engine room and mechanical spaces have a custom sound insulation system to attenuate noise and improve onboard comfort.

    Other Onboard Mechanical Equipment Includes:

    • • Full-beam fiberglass fuel tank with 1,532 gallon (5,800 L) capacity
    • • Polyethylene water tanks, totaling 290.6 gallon (1,100 L) capacity
    • • Fischer Panda 25 kW inverter generator
    • • Hypro fly-by-wire hydraulic steering
    • • Teignbridge struts
    • • Seagull IV X-1 F water purification system
    • • Custom marine engine exhaust with gas/water separator
    • • Engine room fire suppression system
    • • Bow thruster
    • • Zipwake interceptor trim tabs
    • • 50-amp shore power with Glendinning Cablemaster and 50’ cable

    Notable Options Include:

    • • Dynamic positioning system for use with Volvo Penta IPS ($15,580)
    • • Passerelle ($34,450)
    • • Teak decking to side steps ($8,640)
    • • Stern thruster
    • • Seakeeper SK9 gyro stabilizer ($93,500)
    • • Sidepower Vector fin stabilizers ($92,000)
    • • Victron Energy solar panels on Flybridge hardtop ($9,000)
    • • Underwater lights ($3,500)
    • • Additional Smart TV for guest stateroom ($4,500)
    • • KVH satellite TV system ($13,000)
    • • Wine cooler with 23 bottle capacity ($3,500)
    • • Painted hullsides ($75,000)
    • • Garmin Electronics package ($55,000)
    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge running
    The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge tops a capable semi-displacement hull with a carbon-fiber deck and superstructure.

    Performance

    While we have not yet tested the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge, the builder has done some testing of the Grand Banks 60 Flybridge model on its own and shared the results. The Grand Banks 60 has a LOA of 65’4” (19.91 m), a beam of 19’2” (5.84 m), a draft of 4’7” (1.40 m) with shafts, and a dry displacement of 61,730 lbs. (28,000 kg).

    Powered by a pair of a pair of 900-hp Volvo D13 diesels linked to Twin Disc MGX 5095A marine transmissions and straight conventional shafts, the boat had a top speed of 31 knots at 2350 rpm, according to Grand Banks. At a cruising speed of 25 knots achieved by a 2020 rpm engine speed, she burned 60 gph for a range of 574 nautical miles, with a 10% reserve on the 1,530-gallon (5,792 L) fuel capacity.

    Displacement-Speed Range. When the boat is slowed to 10 knots and 920 rpm, she burns 8 gph for a range of 1,721 nautical miles, with a 10% fuel reserve, says the Grand Banks techs.

    Grand Banks 60 Skylounge
    The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is designed to create options for her owners, with efficient performance throughout the speed curve.

    Grand Banks also tested the Grand Banks 60 Flybridge with the 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200, and in that configuration, the boat has a draft of 3’11” (1.19 m). She achieved a top speed of 36 knots at 2350 rpm. At a cruising speed of 30 knots at 2060 rpm, the boat burned 60 gph for a range of 688.5 nautical miles with a 10% reserve on the 1,530-gallon (5,792 L) fuel capacity. When the boat ran at 10 knots and 820 rpm, burning 6 gph, the range was 2,295 nautical miles with a 10% reserve, according to the company.

    Price

    Base Price for Flybridge: $3,570,000

    Base Price for Skylounge: $3,820,000

    Warranty

    • • One year coverage bow to stern on all components and parts
    • • Five years coverage on the hull and deck
    • • Five years coverage on osmotic blister protection

    Observations

    Depending on the application of the yacht, we think that some cruising yachts could stand to benefit from taking a close look at the lessons learned from the running surfaces of sailboats. Grand Banks Yachts’ CEO Mark Richards understands sailboat running surfaces, and the benefits of a low-drag design that doesn’t seem to present a “hump” to get on plane, and also cruises efficiently at slow speeds. He was building his warped-hull designs at Palm Beach Motor Yachts when Grand Banks became interested enough in the company, and Richards, to make him an offer to join ranks.

    The Grand Banks 60 was the first model to come out of the builder since Richards took the reins, with the launch of the 60 Flybridge in May 2017. This 60 Skylounge version is the next step. We like what we see, and it doesn’t take much of a stretch to envision the new glory days of this iconic brand.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Washer/Dryer Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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