The Grand Banks (GB) brand is known around the world as a leading producer of trawler-style motor cruising yachts for the recreational boater. GB originally launched itself during the 1960s with a series of displacement cruising vessels equipped with single engines. However, the company quickly learned that this basic design did not allow speeds wanted by most power boaters. Its solution was threefold; to install bigger and twin engines, to make its boat bottoms flatter and to trim their weight as much as possible. The Grand Banks 42 Heritage model incorporated these features and was a hugely popular seller for many years.
Production of the GB 42 was discontinued during 2005. The 42 remains available in the second-hand or after market. Since it was very popular with a large production volume, many 42s remain in service around the world. A large number become are offered for sale on a regular basis. The GB 41 EU Heritage was launched in 2008 as a replacement model.
The GB 41 has two powerful 425-hp Cummins MerCruiser diesel engines as standard. They are powered through the innovative Zeus twin pods. This motor set-up allows an easy cruising speed of 15 to 20 knots and a maximum wide open throttle speed of 25 knots, possibly more.
Cummins is a global leader in marine propulsion innovation. Its Zeus advanced pod propulsion system is the outcome of 15 years of extensive research and testing. It delivers an impressive performance power, fuel efficiency, vessel control and protection with intuitive easy maneuverability at slow docking speeds. The Zeus system integrates with SmartStart to provide a seamless propulsion, electronics and on-board information management. The net result is safer and more enjoyable boating.
Smart Start is available in the conventional key switch or as a remote push button keypad configuration. Many builders are choosing to install an on/off key switch in the cabin and a remote SmartStart key pad at the helm. For this configuration to operate, the key switch must be in the on position to enable the keypad to successfully start/stop.
The 41 Heritage is designed with a classic vintage trawler-look that has made GB is famous. The aesthetic nevertheless remains modern, clean and comfortable. The yacht has a large, extended main deck saloon with plenty of living room. In the aft saloon area, there is a commodious U-shaped dinette plus a comfortable settee directly opposite. In the forward saloon area, the galley lies port side with a helm to starboard.
The main specifications include a LOA of 12.6 meters (41.33 feet), a beam of 4.77 meters (15.67 feet) and a draft of a mere 1.12 meters (3.75 feet). The vessel has a dry weight of 18.235 tons (40,200 pounds). Fuel capacity is 1,893 liters (500 gallons) with water capacity of 738 liters (195 gallons). Bridge clearance is 5.89metres (19.33 feet).
In conclusion, the GB 41 Heritage EU is a worthy alternative to the Grand Banks 42. Below decks, the master stateroom is up forward and has an island queen berth. A guest cabin to port has a pair of single berths. There is a single head with direct access from the master or the passageway. The stall shower is separate from the head. A large utility space is located aft of the accommodation quarters below the galley. It is large enough for a workbench, washer/dryer, spare parts stores or general storage. This space is accessed through a hatch in the galley sole.
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