boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio
Grand Banks Eastbay 50 SX I
Changing with the times.
n 1994, Grand Banks launched the first of its “Down East” Eastbay series of yachts, with the 38 EX. Fast forward to today, and you’ll see how the Eastbay has changed with the times regarding its latest model: The Eastbay 50 SX. Grand Banks uses a proven hull design, compliments of Ray Hunt Associates, to bring the 50 to its feet. A modified deep-V hull offering sharp entry and a wide flared bow is the foundation of a renewed design. A nimble 30-plus-knot speed comes from the Volvo Penta engines coupled to their IPS pods. Joystick operation adds ease of control. Stay on point in a favorite cove, over a beloved fishing spot, or simply at the dock with the optional Volvo Penta Dynamic Positioning system. A cool option whose time has come. Grand Banks has multiple configurations to choose from depending on the type of cruising you enjoy, number of guests you frequently host, and on-deck layout you prefer. Looking for a day cruiser to accommodate six or more? Then check out the two-stateroom, galley down, full salon layout. Plan on extended cruising? The three-stateroom design may be more suitable. Enjoy keeping everyone in the mix? Opt for the galley-up configuration. Master stateroom up front or mid ship? You decide.
LOA: 50'0" Beam: 16'9" Draft: 3'6" Weight (half-load): 50,050 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 800 gals. Water Capacity: 170 gals. Power: T-Volvo IPS 800 (600 hp) or IPS 900 (700 hp) Base Price: Contact dealer No matter the layout, you’ll still enjoy the classic Eastbay style, comfort, craftsmanship, and beautiful wood interior that comes standard with Grand Banks. Control the ride at the starboard side helm, open the six-panel aft door to join salon with aft deck, or sport it up with an electric opening sunroof in the salon. There’s a pantograph helm door for single-handed access, foredeck sunpad, wide side decks, and aft seating and table to enjoy all aspects of the Eastbay 50. Commenting on how Grand Banks has pioneered the modern interpretation of the lobster boat as a stylish downeast cruiser, David Hensel, director of brand and marketing at Grand Banks, added, “Twenty years later, the Eastbay 50 brings a striking new look and improved performance to this segment of the market, and we’re very excited about how well it’s been received.” With all this versatility, Grand Banks offers even more. For those that enjoy open air cruising and panoramic views, there’s also a flybridge version of the Eastbay 50. The Eastbay 50 has changed with the times, but it still remains timeless. LB
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