There's been a lot of foot traffic over at the Grand Banks booth at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show -- and for good reason. Known globally as a manufacturer of meticulously crafted fiberglass powerboats for very experienced owners, Grand Banks is a leader in diesel-powered craft for long-range cruising. The builder makes a few lines, but its Heritage series has a special place in the hearts of boat lovers, as it’s been ranked one of the most popular trawler lines in the world for more than 50 years. At this show, Grand Banks is introducing the newest addition to that line, the 43 Heritage EU.
Powered by the Zeus pod-drive system, the 43EU is the successor to the builder’s 41EU that was introduced at this show four years ago. The 43EU offers a larger cockpit, a new second head, bigger staterooms, and a bigger flybridge, among other things. “We’re very excited to be launching this beautiful new 43EU here in Florida, which is an ideal region for cruising on board a yacht like this,“ said David Hensel, director of brand and marketing for Grand Banks. “It’s the perfect boat for a weekend run down through the Keys, but it also provides the space and comforts for a whole summer spent out in the Caribbean.”
On the 43, Zeus pod drives are coupled to two Cummins QSB6.7 480-hp Quantum Series diesel engines. The package produces a top speed in excess of 25 knots and a high cruising speed of 20 knots. At the same time, the 43EU provides a comfortable and stable ride at slower, displacement speeds. Solid performance across a wide range of speeds comes courtesy of the same modified-V hull design that made the 41 such a popular model. The 43 also features the Zeus joystick control (on the bridge and at the lower station) for easy and precise maneuvering at the dock. Zeus propulsion also guarantees improved fuel efficiency, a quieter ride, and more usable space in the cabin.
While the 43EU has many new and exciting features (for instance, a separate utility room that can function as a stowage space, tool room, pantry, or laundry area) it’s still a Grand Banks in the classic sense. That is, it combines state-of-the-art equipment with superior construction techniques and a seaworthy hull. Those characteristics are coupled with terrific lines that are modern but also remain steeped in a nautical tradition.
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- Jeanne Craig