Grand Banks Celebrates 60th Anniversary
Closing out the year, we take a look back on what we’ve achieved in 2017, and roll back the clock to where it all began 60 years ago.
The 60th anniversary of Grand Banks is a proud milestone for us, and paints quite the picture of how the company has evolved over the decades. From its humble beginnings on the Hong Kong waterfront, established by American John Newton and his two sons under the name American Marine, Grand Banks has has blossomed into the powerhouse yacht company it is today: spanning several continents, employing over 500 talented people and still creating some of the most revolutionary luxury yachts on seas throughout the world.
In this time, Grand Banks has been responsible for popularizing the now iconic recreational trawler-style yacht, beginning with the famous “Spray,” which influenced the original Grand Banks 36; as well as introducing the world to another iconic style of yacht, the Downeast cruiser, through our range of Eastbays.
Every Grand Banks Yacht is built in our own facility, from raw materials that are expertly crafted and constructed into the fine finishes that define our designs. Thousands of parts go into every model, and they are all made right here, by us: the polished stainless steel fittings and accents; the interior upholstery and furniture; the fine timber joinery and decking; and the fully infused FRP parts and structures we lay up on moulds built in-house. We like to control every aspect of the production process so we can ensure every part weighs what it should and is of the high standard in which we take pride. This ethos led us to switch to our factory-direct customer model, which means customers have a direct link with the people who built their yacht, without dealing with middlemen.
To celebrate 60 years of passionate boat building, we overhauled our entire shipyard to become one of the most technologically advanced, cleanest and most efficient boat building facilities on the planet. And as a cherry on top, we launched our appropriately named Grand Banks 60 to the world in 2017, which has been widely received as a new benchmark in long-range cruising, heralded for its incredible range and efficiency, striking beauty, and classic Grand Banks style and charm.
From 2016 to 2017, we expanded our main factory space to increase usable area by a further 25 percent, while focusing on streamlining the processes within the more than 20 departments that look after the various stages of our builds. We have built a brand-new on-premise swimming pool for testing and commissioning our yachts, further increasing production efficiency and allowing extensive testing in a controlled environment that is not dictated by the weather.
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