Grand Banks Eastbay 44 to launch at Newport Boat Show

The American manufacturer has announced that the Grand Banks Eastbay 44 will get its public debut in September at the Newport International Boat Show

US boating giant Grand Banks has announced that a new entry-level model in its Eastbay range will be launched in September.

The Grand Banks Eastbay 44 will come in a choice of two layouts: twin-cabin with a utility room; or triple cabin.

There will be plenty of dining space as well, with an 8-foot long U-shaped dinette mounted to the portside of the saloon.

A pair of Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesel engines will deliver a 32-knot top speed and a 28-knot fast cruising speed. Practical features include electric windows to allow a constant flow of fresh air.

The superstructure on Hull #1 will come without a flybridge, but Grand Banks will be offering this as an alternative on later models.

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First developed in the 1990s, the Eastbay range has proved highly popular and Grand Banks claims that the 44 will be the lightest and most technologically advanced Eastbay to date.

Those looking to get a first glimpse at the Grand Banks Eastbay 44 on the water should head along to the 2015 Newport International Boat Show, which runs from September 17-20.