Grand Banks Debuts Innovative 41 Heritage EU in Europe
Groundbreaking Zeus-powered model grabs spotlight at Boot 2009.
– January 17, 2009 –
Grand Banks Yachts opens the 2009 edition of Boot Düsseldorf today with the European debut of its new and much-anticipated 41 Heritage EU.
The Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU displays the same timeless lines and distinctive "Europa" styling that have made earlier models popular throughout Europe and the world for decades. But innovative approaches to design, production, and on-board technology make the 41EU a standout among its GB predecessors and new competitors alike.
The two-stateroom 41EU will be the first Grand Banks to utilize the Zeus System from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, a revolutionary new propulsion technology that has garnered wide acclaim. Since its recent introduction The twin Zeus pods, mounted in tunnels in the 41EU's hull, are steerable and use independent vectoring for dramatically improved high-speed handling and easier docking. With twin Cummins QSB5.9 420-HP diesels, the 41EU can reach top speeds of 24 knots, cruise comfortably at 16 knots, or sip fuel at a stately 8 knots.
Perhaps most notable is the Zeus system's advanced joystick controls, which enable easy mastery of close-quarters maneuvering and tight docking situations. In addition, the unique "Skyhook" station-keeping feature uses GPS technology to keep the 41EU locked firmly in position and on a fixed heading, even in wind and strong currents.
The 41 Heritage EU will be the first boat of her kind to utilize the new Zeus system, and the first of any boat on the market to use twin Zeus controls, at both the flybridge and lower helm stations.
"We have devoted considerable time and research to making the new 41EU a top performer in all respects, from handling and speed to reliability and seaworthiness, style and comfort," Said Rob Livingston, President of Grand Banks Yachts. "We were very impressed by the Zeus drive, Cummins' Quantum engine technology, and their approach to systems integration. It opened up all kinds of opportunities to make this an ideal boat for both new and current GB owners."
Grand Banks Yachts introduced other advancements to the design and construction of the 41EU as well. Three different modified deep-V hull forms were exhaustively tank-tested to optimize the design for efficiency. Resin infusion was used to build all major parts of the vessel. The lines of the deckhouse add contemporary nuances to the iconic GB profile. And interior layouts continue the company's recent trend toward a more sophisticated, stylish living spaces.
Not to be overlooked, the new model's 41-foot size is itself of notable importance. Since the retirement of the best-selling 42 Heritage model in 2005, demand for a new Grand Banks Heritage Series model in the 40-foot range has grown strong among consumers worldwide.
"Boaters will be amazed and impressed by what we have been able to accomplish in a 41-foot vessel," said Livingston. "With less space required for the engine room, accommodations and living areas are what you would expect from a much larger boat. There really is nothing else like it in her size."
The 41 Heritage EU is just one sign of the company's strength in the face of poor economic conditions plaguing the industry. During the past year Grand Banks Yachts also launched two other new models - the 55 Eastbay SX and 65 Aleutian RP - and continued to grow its global dealer network with new locations in Spain, Croatia, Hong Kong and South Korea.
"We're fortunate in a number of ways, despite the current market conditions," said GB president Rob Livingston. "Grand Banks continues to be among the most highly regarded brands anywhere. We have an incredible team of people and a growing dealer network. Our cash reserves are strong, and the company continues to invest in improving our yachts and our processes every day."
About Grand Banks - Since 1956, Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. has built yachts of superior quality that have become industry hallmarks and earned a loyal following around the world. Renowned for their handmade craftsmanship, distinctive good looks, and tried and true all-weather capabilities, Grand Banks yachts continue to be the choice of discerning boaters today. Learn more about the company and its Heritage, Eastbay, and Aleutian series yachts at grandbanks.com.
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