GRAND BANKS 47 EASTBAY FB
The owner just had the bright work varnished
1000 hour engine service completed in Sept
Pre-sale survey available to qualified buyers
Timeless style and peppy performance define the latest Grand Banks and Hunt collaboration.
By Chris Caswell October 3, 2007
Grand Banks may not have been the first to build one, but the company certainly put the trawler yacht on the chart. In an era when speed, fiberglass and finned cars were the rage, they created a demand for yachts that were sturdy but leisurely, seaworthy and beautifully built.
So it was a surprise in the mid-1990s when Grand Banks broke the traditional mold and introduced a series of New England-style express cruisers. To the marine world, it couldn't have been more shocking if Rolls Royce had started building pickups or Moet & Chandon offered a diet cola.
Labeling them as Eastbay yachts originally was a good idea, separating the brands, but the company is now bringing them back into the fold as the Eastbay Series by Grand Banks. That's an equally good idea at this point, because it helps underline some of the differences between the two lines while still emphasizing the heritage and quality of Grand Banks.
A perfect example of that union is the new Grand Banks 47 Eastbay FB. I've always liked the conservative vertical lines of C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed yachts, but the Eastbay 47 takes the pretty sheer line of a New England bass boat and turns it into a yacht that turns heads. With a dark blue hull and enough teak to uphold traditions, this is a modern classic with well-proven fiberglass construction and 21st century systems.
Be sure to take off your shoes when you step aboard, so you can appreciate the silky smoothness of the planked teak cockpit. What you really should notice, though, is the cleverly integrated raised deck forward. It leads naturally to the saloon and the stairs to the flying bridge. Eastbay stole an idea from itself-the curved stairs are already on the 58-footer-but anyone weary of struggling up a near-vertical ladder in a seaway will appreciate the easy access.
The saloon is true Grand Banks, from the teak-and-holly sole to the acreage of satin-finished teak that has always distinguished these yachts. Since an uncarpeted sole is an invitation to the transmission of noise and vibration from the engineroom below, I was surprised to find the sound level so low during our performance tests. In spite of the absence of carpeting (all the lockers were empty, too), we barely reached 78 dB(A) at full throttle, which is a testament to the care Grand Banks has taken to insulate the living areas.
Eastbay has found a space-saving solution to the issue of where to put the television: it hinges down from an overhead panel to face the settee, and the entertainment system is tucked into a cabinet between the two barrel chairs.
Forward at the helm, a Stidd chair, big teak wheel, and Twin Disc throttle/shifters are all business. The black mica dash has the Caterpillar monitors but leaves plenty of space for electronics, and there are also overhead panels for other installations. I particularly like the foolproof hinged door to the side deck-a respite from pantograph doors, which can be difficult to open in a hurry.
Opposite, the seatback of the double bench behind the chart table is too low for my taste, but executive vice president Rob Livingston says the customer can have anything he wants, including two Stidd seats.
There are people who dislike the galley-down arrangement found on many yachts, because it can be claustrophobic, but I think they'll like the galley on the 47FB. The reason is simple: it's open and airy. The cook can easily converse with people in the saloon, and there is light from the big windows overhead, as well as fresh air (the forward window opens electrically). This is a big plus.
For anyone accustomed to stand-up refrigerators, the under-counter and top-loading freezer/fridge on the 47FB may be a challenge, but it's beautifully constructed of stainless steel and completely secure in all conditions. I also like the roller drawers, which have dovetailed joints for strength, as well as a stylish touch.
Opposite the galley is an area that owners can tailor to their needs. In the case of our test boat, the area is an office, with a folding desk and a settee that pulls out to become a double berth. The nice thing about this arrangement is the arched doorway with twin pocket doors, which can be left open to the galley. The standard arrangement is a pair of single berths (you lose the arched doorway), but Grand Banks expects buyers to customize this area. Right forward of the galley is the day head/shower.
The master stateroom is forward, with a berth that hinges up for access to the air conditioning unit underneath. The berth tapers at both head and foot, which is unusual, but the innerspring mattress topped by six inches of foam is very inviting. The private head has an oversize shower behind a curved teak and Lucite door.
You probably broke the code. The FB means flying bridge, but the builders have chosen to keep the price of the 47FB the same as that of their 49HX (hardtop). If you're willing to give up the flying bridge, you can get a larger boat for the same price but, frankly, I think the bridge is a desirable feature, not just for running the yacht, but for entertaining under way or at anchor. It's your choice.
In any case, the flying bridge is conventionally arranged with twin Stidd helm chairs and an L-shape settee, although our test boat had teak decking only near the settee. The remainder of the deck was covered with non-skid paint. Was this to keep guests from mingling with the crew? More likely, we decided, it was simply a mystery of the Far East, but one that a buyer can easily change with a pencil check on the option sheet.
The engineroom will delight anyone who has ever struggled to reach a distant oil filter or barked their knuckles trying to reach a seacock. As you'd expect from such an experienced builder, there is easy access (the cockpit steps lift electrically), full headroom, and the kind of seamanlike wiring and plumbing that might even make troubleshooting a pleasure. Our test boat had the 700 hp Caterpillar C12s (Yanmar 720s are an option), and the Onan 13 kW genset is standard.
Under way, I was so delighted with the effortless and responsive power steering that I wanted to carve great swooping turns just for the fun of it, but I restrained myself to just a few donuts to see how the hull handled our wake. If I'd been expecting something to happen, it was disappointingly fuss-free: the Hunt hull simply sliced the wake and proceeded as though we'd crossed a ripple.
One interesting point arose during our performance testing, and that was the surprisingly straight line of fuel consumption. The 47FB consumed just two gallons per mile, whether we were doing 14 knots or 25 knots, which gives a skipper some good choices. This yacht reduces the penalty associated with the usual trade-off between running fast (and eating fuel) or running slowly (and wasting time). Pick a speed you like: it's still efficient.
We topped out at 30.5 knots, which was a disappointment to Livingston who had seen 32 knots during the original sea trials before someone dinged one of the five-blade Teignbridge props.
All in all, the Eastbay 47FB is one of those rare yachts that pass into classic status as soon as they're launched. With a Grand Banks heritage and Eastbay performance, it's an altogether likable combination.
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LOA – 50’ 11.5”
LWL – 43’ 3”
Beam Max – 15’ 3-5/8”
Max Draft loaded – 4’ 1”
Displacement (light) – 43,500 ibs
Displacement (loaded) – 53,700
Water Capacity – 206 USG
Fuel Capacity – 700 USG
Black Water Capacity – 67 USG
Bridge Clearance – 21’ 7”
Cat-12 710 HP Diesel engines – 925 hours as of 8/16
Meets Category “A”, for craft designed for use where conditions may exceed wind force Beaufort 8 (34-40 knots) and waves heights of 13.1 ‘.
Imagine is a professionally maintained East Bay 47 FB built by Grand Banks in 2005. Grand Banks has a well-deserved reputation for building high quality, beautiful and well outfitted yachts. It’s strong, tough yet beautiful inside and out with its high gloss incredibly crafted interior.
An experienced yacht couple that cruised up and down the East coast of the U.S for four years purchased this hull #2 of the 47 FB in 2006., after which they moved to a Grand Banks 58 Aleutian. During their ownership of this 47, the boat was professionally maintained for the approximate 580 engine hours they amassed.
The next owner made substantial investment in 2010.
1) New Awlgrip paint job in flag blue.
2) New teak TNT swim platform lift with dinghy chocks.
3) New complete Furuno instrument system (Navnet 3D), both in the lower steering station and on the fly bridge.
4) Stern thruster to compliment the original bow thruster.
The seller purchased it late in 2011. This is their fourth season. Aside from small details, the major investments were as follows.
1) A complete rewiring of the DC system, with additional and new batteries, new inverter/charger and battery monitoring system. (Details below).
2) In the spring of 2016, all four cutlass bearings were replaced, both prop shafts were straightened, the five bladed props were retuned and both Tides Marine Dripless Shaft Assemblies were replaced with their new “Sure Seal” model. At the same time, the bores for each bearing were cleaned and coated with Velox to help prevent marine growth, which is what shortens the life of cutlass bearings.
3) The toe rail and brow were professionally stripped and varnished with multiple costs of Epifanes varnish in2016
4) New naugahyde covering for settee and bench seat in the salon, 2014.
5) New port curtains for staterooms and heads 2016
6) New isinglass windows for the front half of the bridge deck enclosure.in 2016.
TNT lift: Both remote (two new remotes added in 2016) and hard-wired controlled in the cockpit, this lift allows easy launch and take up of the dinghy. In addition, it’s a great swim platform and the perfect place for a dog to swim onto, given the ability to adjust its height to any level.
Dinghy: Avon 10 foot with a Yamaha 15 HP 4 stroke engine, compete with foot pump, canvas cover for the seat, gas tank, water separator, fresh water cooling system flush (has always been used) and custom Sunbrella full cover made in 2013. The engine and dinghy are a 2008. The engine has been professionally maintained. It has approximately 300 hours on it
The custom lockable flagpole was re-varnished in 2016 and holds a (proper) large US flag. A long fold down bench seat exists along the transom end of the cockpit.
Teak decks cover the large cockpit, as well as the steps up to the wide side decks and to the salon. Below are three large lazarettes for storage of fenders, tools etc.
There are two outdoor cockpit speakers, under deck lights and two choices of water at the transom. One is a long coiled hose (“HoseCoil”) for cold water that reaches anywhere in the cockpit. The second is a hot and cold shower nozzle.
There is hand-operated remote control for docking in tight quarters that plugs into a receptacle in the cockpit with a 40-foot cord. It controls both engines and thrusters.
On the port side is the automated 50 foot AC Glendenning Cable Master. Just in front is one of three (Isotherm) fridges, used to store to cold water, beer and wine. It also has a freezer.
To starboard is a Miele electric grill (which becomes sufficiently hot to seer meat) and a well for two 20 lb propane tanks that serve the stove and oven. Both are covered with teak wooden covers and the entire area is protected by a blue Sunbrella blue cover. Below them is a cabinet for cleaning supply storage.
This 47 FB is the preferred galley down version. As such, the salon has a wrap around settee to port, which can be converted into a bed, with a beautiful, high glossed inlayed dining table that can seat six.
To starboard is one folding directors chair used for dinner seating at the table. The Stidd chair used for steering can be rotated to join the conversation.
There is a grab rail down the center for safety.
Housed in an elegant high gloss box is the TV, controlled electrically with a switch on the wall. In front of that is smaller separate storage table.
On the back bulkhead to port are a Weems and Plath clock and barometer.
Housed below the port settee is the Bose control center (DVD) for the TV.
Forward to starboard is the Stidd chair – the most comfortable marine chair ever – along with a bench chair to Port. Forward of the bench seat is a chart table plus a wine/liquor cabinet.
The center front window opens electrically via a switch on the helm.
The settee and bench seat were recovered in 2014 with a cream color naugahyde.
In 2015 a new Clarion sound system was installed that feeds cockpit, salon and bridge deck speakers, including a sub-woofer hidden under the bench seat. (The speakers in the bridge deck were new in 2014). There is even a control for the system in the bridge deck helm station.
All necessary instrumentation is available at both steering stations, featuring Furuno 3D Navnet, sounder displays, Furuno AF-50 AIS, Simrad AP26 autohelm, Icom –MC-602 VHF with a distress application, Bennet trim tabs and Sidepower bow and stern thruster controls. One unit controls the transmission and throttle. The transmission control has four different settings for complete control. The bow and stern thrusters mimic a joystick in terms of control of this yacht. Docking is worry free. A Ritchie compass sits atop its custom wooden mount and the ARC spotlight is controlled from here as well. There are windshield wipers for all three front windows, compete with fresh water washing and automated rain sensor. Above the helm station are the switches for all instruments as is the Computank display for water and the two fuel tanks. The Mastervolt Master View EasMKII that monitors the house battery bank and usage is situated here.
A “Surefire” remote fire extinguisher control sits to starboard of the wheel, as does the on/off for the Maxwell windlass.
The AC/DC panel sits just to port of the helm station.
To starboard of the helm station is a helm door, which is not only convenient for docking, but also great for ventilation.
The galley to port features a three burner propane Force 10 stove with oven, two sinks, a large freezer, deep storage locker and plenty of cupboard space for plates, glasses, cutlery and utensils. Trash is under the sink. The fridge is an AC/DC Sub Zero 5.1 cubic foot with freezer.
Under the companionway stairs is a huge storage area for pots/pans/food etc., complete with a pneumatic assisted stair lift (new in 2012) for easy access. Between the galley and the master stateroom are five hatched providing access to all systems under the flooring.
To starboard is the guest stateroom with two single beds with custom quilted coverlets, a cedar lined hanging closet and drawer space below each bed. Two opening ports provide ventilation and AC/heat are available as well.
Directly across from the guest stateroom is the guest/day head. It has a fresh water Sealand vacuum flush head, sink, mirror, custom shower stall (the floor was lowered in 2010 to accommodate a taller person), exhaust fan and more than ample storage. It has one opening port with a hatch over the shower and a cowl with a wooden Dorade box which all provide ventilation and light
A walk around queen bed custom fitted with a very comfortable mattress cover and a custom quilted coverlet. The bed lifts up for more storage. At the foot of the bed are two large drawers. To port is a cedar-lined hanging closet as well as a set of 4 drawers forward. To starboard is more cupboard and drawer space.
This stateroom is served by one opening port, two large hatches, a cowl on a wooden Dorade box and AC/heat with control panel. (Note that two cowls with Dorade boxes ensure the boat is ventilated even when locked up.) The second hatch over the head of the bed is custom. All hatches on the boat have both screens and black out shades.
The master head has a walk in shower with a stunning curved wood treated door, mirror an exhaust fan, a Sealand vacuum head and plenty of cupboard storage space.
Perhaps the most beautiful and functional piece on the boat is the curved teak stepped winding staircase up to the bridge deck. It allows for easy access, even under way in seas.
The bridge deck has a wrap around settee with two teak tables, one small one and one larger one that can be stored in its soft cover out of the way. Just prior to the nav station, where all instruments are repeated from the lower helm station, are two Stidd chairs. These are completely adjustable, including being able to be turned around to face the table and settee for cocktails and/or dinner.
To the right of the helm station is a third fridge (Isotherm with freezer), saving time and hassle finding cold drinks when on the bridge deck.
The bridge deck is where they steer about 90% of the time and have dinner every evening. Being so high above the water, the view is stunning. It’s also very practical when avoiding lobster pots in Maine. It’s fully enclosed with a Sunbrella cover and three adjustable side windows, most of which were replaced in 2016.
There is more storage under the bridge deck helm station.
There is generous lighting in every part of the boat, including reading lamps on both sides of the master and for the twin beds in the guest stateroom. The salon has ambient recessed lighting, night red lighting for the nav area and the companion way steps have recessed safety lighting. Ceiling and mood lighting in the salon and master cabin are controlled by rheostats.
There are dual acclaimed Cat 12 710 HP turbo engines. The starboard engine has 932 hours, while the port has 863 hours as of August 13, 2016.
The Cat 12’s were thoroughly checked when the boat was purchased, including adjustments to the lifters. All hoses that required it have been replaced. Oil and all engine zincs have been changed once per year, coolant once every two years and belts were changed in 2013. These engines have been trouble free.
The huge engine room (it has plenty of room for two road bikes and golf clubs) is hydraulically smartly accessed through the steps going up to the salon from the cockpit
In 2012 additional support for the port exhaust (the longer of the two runs) was added to ensure no movement.
Both helm stations have Cat’s digital control panel for each engine providing all necessary engine data.
A power-assisted hydraulic steering system allows for feather touch control. Each Cat 12 drives a five bladed propeller which provides significant torque and control. The shaft is coupled to the engine through (new) a Tides Marine Sure Seal dripless shaft assembly.
There is a Zinc Saver II galvanic 50 amp isolator to prevent corrosion. which maitains a good earth link with shore yet prevents stray currents from damaging the boat.
The engine room can be cooled with two fans just inside either air grill intake. One brings ambeient air in, the other exhausts hot air. It's very efficient. In addition, some of cooler ambient air is directed to the port battery box to cool the batteries, too prolong their life.
The Onan 13.5 kw generator has 740 hours as of Aug. 16, 2016. Engine oil has been changed every year along with a through check. This Onan is remote controlled at the AC/DC panel, including fault lights. It’s capable of about 40 amps before a breaker is tripped. It’s necessary only for charging, AC/Heat and the grill. The espresso machine, toaster, mixer etc operate on the Mastervolt Mass Combi inverter without an issue. An AGM type battery with a plastic case, situated next to the generator powers startup.
Nothing was spared to ensure ample battery power. Three 8D batteries were purchased in 2012 all dedicated to the house for a total amp hours of 780. In addition, two 8D batteries were added in 2012. Four of these batteries are housed in a custom battery box. The with engines running, one of the two Balmar regulators (2013) charge house batteries, while the other charges both starting batteries, plus the 8D in the transom used to power the TNT lift and the stern thruster. (The two start batteries power the bow thruster).
Isolators control all charging, ensuring none of the batteries are overcharged. Complete switching allows any group of batteries to be charged by any of the chargers.
All AC plugs are GFCI protected against ground faults and are routed through the AC panel. On the AC panel next to the helm station is a main switch toggling between inverter and shore power. When 120V or 240V AC power is available through the generator or shore power the invertor acts as a power transfer medium and as a charger.
Fast/efficient charging is critical to avoid long hours with the generator for those who almost always anchor or use moorings. This 47 has three chargers. The original 2005 ProNautic 1250 charges the two start batteries and the 8D in the transom, although we’ve never had to use it. A 100 amp Mastervolt charger/invertor was added in 2012. In 2013, a Mastervolt 50 amp charger was added for redundancy and faster charging. These charge the house batteries, making short work of charging, whether through the generator of AC 110 from the dock.
Three Marine Air separate reversible air conditioning units heat and cool the boat. A 16,000 BTU/hr unit splits into12,000 for the master and 6,000 for the guest stateroom. Two units (16,000 and 12,000 BTU’s) supply the salon. There is a float switched condensation tank in the engine room switched from the DC panel.
Each fresh water head (using only ½ liter of water per flush) is plumbed to a 67 gallon black water tank, fitted with a macerator pump. There is an automated overboard discharge pump with tank monitor operated from the helm station, as well as a pump out outlet on the port deck forward.
The galley sink and guest head shower and sink are plumbed to a grey water tank. The master shower and sink are plumbed to another. Float switches (one was just replaced) operate both grey water tanks.
The boat has two stainless fresh water baffled tanks, each with a shut off valve. Total available water is 206 gallons, which is very generous for a boat of this size. It’s very important when cruising mooring to mooring. To starboard of the starboard engine is a 20-gallon immersion heater hot water tank.
A pressurized pump, situated in the engine room, supplies hot and cold water to all sinks, showers and heads.
Given varying bottom conditions, there are two anchors that operate from a large stainless plate that protects the deck. One is a custom stainless Suncor 45 pound Plowshare. It’s controlled by a Maxwell rope/chain windless with dual directional controls at both helm stations and at the bow. This anchor has 150 feet of chain.
The second anchor is a Fortress FX-37 with 200 feet of rope and 20 feet of chain, added in 2013. That chain and rope is stored in the starboard locker. (All dock lines are stored in the port locker). The windless operates both anchors.
In addition, there is a snubbing system to relieve pressure on the windless and a fresh water washdown in the port locker.
There are two separated fuel tanks. The forward tank, which is under the floor between the two water tanks, is 200 gallons. The aft tank is 500. At 22 knots, the range would be about 300 nm. At an average speed of 9 knots, the range would be about 700 nm, with the same 50-gallon reserve.
A fuel transfer pump in the engine room flows fuel from the forward tank to the aft.
A Wirie Pro was installed before the 2015 season. It both enhances Wi-Fi while at a dock or marina and, most impressively, greatly boosts the signal from cell towers on shore. A signal has been received while as far as 12 miles offshore.
Imagine is complete with all Coast Guard required flares and safety equipment. In addition, there is ditch bag complete with EPIRB and VHF. The boat has had a thorough inspection by the USCG.
On the outside starboard salon wall is a registered ARC EBIRB. In addition, there is a six-man life raft that stores in the lazerette.
There are three CO2 detectors, one in each stateroom and one in the salon.
The Eastbay 47 FB has always been a desirable powerboat for many reasons. And, Imagine is one of the best equipped. With more than ample storage, with the highest quality woodwork throughout and the upgrades described, this is a yacht that will bring boating pleasure for many years to come.
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