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New Grand Banks 52 under construction

Next long-range cruising yacht from Grand Banks will debut in 2019

New Grand Banks 52 under construction

The construction on the new Grand Banks 52 is well underway, and will make its debut at the 2019 Newport International Boat Show.

The 52 incorporates the same design principles that have lead the GB60 to redefine long-range cruising. High-tech construction, weight reduction, additional strength and a unique slippery hull design that maximizes efficiency throughout the speed curve all create a long-distance cruiser like no other. The GB52 is receiving the same attention to detail and superior level of craftsmanship that have defined Grand Banks for more than six decades.

Full speed ahead

For engines, a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo D11 diesels was chosen, coupled to straight shafts. The D11 was redesigned a few years back and resulted in a few features that tick all the boxes for Grand Banks. For example, an improved cylinder head design provides a better cooling system that results in a consistent operating temperature. The engineering also provides high-torque performance at low rpm and near instant response when any throttle is applied.

With this engine package, a top speed of 30 knots is projected with a high cruise of 27 knots. However, like the GB60, the GB52 is also designed to go the distance. For example, the GB60 can achieve a distance of 2,100 miles at 10 knots, and a top speed of 36 knots, depending on the engines selected.

Designed with intention

Below deck, Grand Banks aficionados will appreciate familiar details such as an abundance of storage, a properly designed lower helm, aft deck seating, and a galley designed to cook not only while on the hook, but also when underway.

The GB52 is offered as either a galley-down, two-stateroom layout, or a galley-up, three-stateroom layout. A large lazarette aft of the engine room provides an abundance of storage for tools, stores or spare parts. Of course, both plans are finished with Grand Banks’ trademark golden teak. Natural ventilation is assured thanks to the electric actuated side and rear windows in the salon.

The fly bridge reveals Grand Banks’ dedication to constant evolution and comfort. Two Stidd helm chairs serve the centerline helm, while a large L-shaped settee welcomes guest to lounge and relax. The starboard side wet-bar allows for easy dining and entertaining.


LENGTH OVERALL 59’5" (18.1 m)
LENGTH ON DECK 53’10” (16.4 m)
BEAM 17’6" (5.34 m)
DRAFT IPS 3’1"  (.95 m)
DISPLACEMENT (DRY) 47,400 lb (21,500 kg)
FUEL CAPACITY 898 US gal (3,400 L)
WATER CAPACITY 290 US gal (1,100 L)
HOLDING TANK57 US gal (215 L)
STANDARD ENGINE Twin Volvo D11s @ 725 hp
TOP SPEED 30 knots

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