Two belowdecks configurations will be available. One is a two-stateroom layout with the galley down, while the other has three staterooms and a galley-up arrangement. The main salon will have plenty of seating with a four-person dinette, a two-person helm bench, and L-shaped lounge set around a teak table.
Outside spaces look equally comfortable. The aft cockpit will have a transom lounge set abaft a varnished teak table. The cockpit sole is gunwale-to-gunwale teak, and teak covers a stairway to starboard that leads up to the flybridge. On the bridge, there is room for a dinghy and davit. Forward is the upper helm, which has two swiveling captain’s chairs. A small galley and an L-shaped lounge with teak table are behind the helm. Overhead is an elongated hardtop.
Grand Banks is outfitting the 54 (LOA is 53’10”, beam is 17’6”) with a pair of 725-hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels that utilize a traditional shaft and propeller setup. But the old-school running gear doesn’t mean the 54 is inefficient or slow. Grand Banks’ preliminary design numbers predict a 1,000-nautical-mile range at 10 knots with a fast cruise of 27 knots. Top end should be around 31 knots.
The Grand Banks 54 will make her U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.