Grand Banks is moving up. After the successful launch of its new, highly acclaimed 60 last year, it is now building the first 60 Skylounge with a totally enclosed upper pilothouse in its factory in Malaysia. The boat is scheduled to be launched this summer.
The 60 Skylounge offers more living space above the bridge deck, and 360-degree unobstructed views while cruising or on the hook. Laid up with fully infused carbon fiber, the Skylounge keeps the 60’s graceful proportions and lines, while essentially adding another deck to the boat’s classic profile.
The original 60, which comes with a flybridge, is a fast, fuel-efficient, and strong long-range cruiser with Grand Banks’ iconic fit and finish. It also is an extraordinarily smooth performer; while cruising on it last fall in Long Island Sound I looked aft and the wake at 24 knots was almost flat.
That boat had the optional twin 1,000-hp Cat diesels, and topped out at 31.1 knots. Dialed back to 7.3 knots, it burned just 2 gph, giving it an incredible range of 5,026 nm with a 10 percent fuel reserve. At a cruising speed of 18 knots, it burned 32 gph, with a range of 774 nm.
Specs.: LOA: 65’4”; Beam: 19’2”; Draft: 4’7”; Disp.: 61,730 lbs.; Fuel: 1,530 gals.; Water: 300 gals.: Power: 2×800-hp Volvo D13 diesel engines, traditional shafts. IPS is optional. For more: