The 2018 boat show season kicked off January 20 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Grand Banks Yachts presented the Eastbay 44. The three-stateroom, Volvo-Penta IPS-powered cruiser drew big crowds throughout the week at what is Europe’s largest boat show. Classic and timeless styled lines made the Eastbay 44 a real crowd pleaser.
Grand Banks’ European yacht consultants enjoyed reconnecting with previous clients, Grand Banks owners and future customers who were all excited to see Grand Banks back in Europe. In between talking to the crowd, Colin Watts, Albert Gerritsma, Gert van Barneveld, Henrik Petersen and Per Thrane of Grand Banks Europe, along with Grand Banks Managing Director Hank Compton, hosted a media day event. This ended with a long list of European press excited to get onboard the 44 and put her to the test.
The standard power offering for the 44 is twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels, rated at 435 horsepower each, with cruise speeds in the high 20-knot range and a max speed of 32 knots. The hull also benefits from 100 percent vinylester resins and a cross-linked Corecell™ foam core.
When asked about his view of the Eastbay 44 and the re-entry back into the European market, Grand Banks CEO Mark Richards said, “The Eastbay 44 fully delivers the best of both worlds. You’ll experience all the comfort and style you appreciate in a Downeast yacht, but with the legs and cruising speeds to take your adventures farther and faster. This latest generation of Eastbay that we showed in Düsselfdorf is also lighter and more efficient than anything we’ve offered in Europe previously.”
For more information on this Eastbay 44 and other Grand Banks models, please contact a Grand Banks Europe yacht consultant.