Grand Banks Debuts New 46 Eastbay SX at Eurasia Boat Show
First Zeus-Powered Eastbay is Swift, Stylish and Sophisticated
– February 12, 2010 –
Grand Banks Yachts celebrated the international debut of its new 46 Eastbay SX here today at the 2010 Eurasia Boat Show. Like many of its new models, the 46SX combines timeless nautical styling with new and innovative technologies, a combination that has won strong acclaim for the company in markets around the world.
Chief among those new technologies is the Zeus propulsion system from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel. With joystick docking control, reduced noise and emissions, superior maneuverability and improved fuel efficiency, the twin Zeus pod drives deftly complement the powerful performance of the Eastbay Series. In factory sea trials with standard twin 600-horsepower diesels, the 46SX has reached top speeds of well over 30 knots.
The 46SX is the second Grand Banks to offer Zeus pod drives, after the trawler-styled 41 Heritage EU that launched in 2008. Like the 41EU, this new Eastbay was designed to take full advantage of the Zeus system and its compact footprint to open up more room for accommodations.
As a result, owners can opt for a two- or even three-cabin layout in the 46SX, a noteworthy feature for a vessel of this size. "All three are honest-to-goodness cabins, not glorified lockers with a berth laid on" said Neil McCurdy, Vice President of Sales and Service for Grand Banks. "There's even a utility room down below for added storage, plus the option to add a washer-dryer unit or a refrigerator-freezer. I think owners will be delighted with every single aspect of this new Eastbay."
The 46SX continues the stylish evolution that other recent models have brought to the Eastbay Series. Owners can choose from a standard galley-down layout, or a unique galley-up version that maintains plenty of seating in the salon. Class-leading amenities include standard Stidd helm seats, granite countertops, and handcrafted teak throughout. With an optional power sunroof, and a standard aft salon window that disappears at the touch of a button, the bright and airy salon opens gracefully to the aft cockpit where built-in seating and hand-laid teak add to the comfort and luxury.
One feature that has not changed on the new 46SX is her hull design. Like all previous models in the series, this newest Eastbay uses the same C.R. Hunt Associates-designed hull that has won broad acclaim for its solid, seaworthy handling.
"We have devoted considerable time and research to making the new 46SX a top performer in all respects, from handling and speed to reliability and seaworthiness, style and comfort," said McCurdy. "We've been very impressed by the Zeus drive performance in our 41EU, and are excited to bring it now to the Eastbay Series. It opened up all kinds of opportunities to make this an ideal boat for both new and current GB owners."
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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