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News: Grand Banks 85 "Betty"

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  1. "Betty", First Grand Banks 85
    In mid-2021 YF wrote a feature piece on the forthcoming Grand Banks 85. At the time the first hull had just launched and was under testing. Now that hull is fully completed and owner ready. The first hull is called "Betty" and is making its U.S stateside debut at the 2022 edition of the Palm Beach International Boat Show (PIBS) - which started 24th of March and runs through to the 27th-. After the show Betty is expected to be promptly delivered to her owners so they can use the vessel. It is expected the yacht will then make an appearance at the Cannes Yachting Festival later this year.
  2. The design of the Grand Banks 85 was done in-house by the yard. The GB85 should look familiar to those with a keen eye. It is actually an upgrade and evolution of the Grand Banks 60. The GB85 is no slouch nor pretty-face. She affords Grand Banks styled interiors while still being a very capable boat. While many will use this type of boat for coastal cruising the GB85 can venture far offshore and undertake bluewater cruising. This long-distance cruiser is the largest yacht GB has constructed so far. What is impressive about the GB85 is her class-leading figures on fuel economy and range.
  3. At 87.2-feet long the hull offers a good shape for economy. The GB85 is built on an elongated version or their proprietary 'V-Warp' hull. Originally designed by CEO Mark Richards in partnership with naval architect Andy Dovell, this refined version features a fine entry that flares amidships to roll the seas away from the yacht and keep a relatively dry ride. At her widest point, she is 22.2-feet and the hull draws 4.11-feet when fitted with IPS drives. Standard power onboard is by Volvo Penta with IPS 1350s. These should permit a 21-knot cruising speed. There is alternative power in a pair of MAN V8 1300s. Betty is fitted with the standard Volvo Penta IPS 1350s.
  4. In terms of accommodation, the GB85 has a number of layouts however two arrangements are likely to be seen. There will be a three cabin layout which features all three cabins on the lower deck. That would comprise a full-beam master suite midships, a twin as well as a VIP double V-berth. Alternatively there could be a fourth cabin in the skylounge area. Speaking of sky lounge, this area can also be open and covered with a hardtop should an owner prefer this layout. Betty likely has accommodation for up to eight guests as well as three crew. If you are interested in visiting the Grand Banks 85 at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, it is located at IW 148 near Ramp 2.

    For more information:

    Grand Banks Yachts
    Grand Banks Yacht Basin
    450 SW Salerno Road
    Stuart, FL 34997

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