Grand Banks adopts ABYC measurement standards

SEATTLE – Grand Banks Yachts has formally adopted the American Boat and Yacht Council’s standards for boat measurement – and will now use them as the basis for naming new models in its lineup, the company said earlier this week.

As a result, the company will rename three newer models to conform to the ABYC standard, effective immediately.

The new Grand Banks 44 Heritage, both EU and CL models, have been renamed retroactively to hull number one; the two boats will now be known as the Grand Banks 47 Heritage, or 47EU and 47CL, respectively. These newer Heritage models have a length overall of 46’8”, including the molded-in swim platform.

The company is also renaming the Grand Banks 70 Aleutian CP to become the 72 Aleutian RP. The 72’s model designator will also change to RP, for “Raised Pilothouse,” which better reflects the true style of the yacht.

“The ABYC recommends that boat builders define the size of a vessel using a very specific calculation for length overall,” said David Hensel, marketing communications director for Grand Banks. “Implementing ABYC standards is one part of an overall process in the NMMA Yacht Certification Program for Grand Banks. This program is yet another way Grand Banks demonstrates a higher measure of quality and reliability, and we’re very pleased to be a part of it.”

According to the ABYC, length overall is defined to include integrally formed, molded or welded components of a vessel, while excluding those that are attached and can be removed in a non-destructive manner. However, dimensions that do not comply with ABYC standards are currently used by different manufacturers to define boat size, including “length of hull” and others.

Changes will go into effect on the Web site and in all printed material going forward.

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