You can buy this Retro Flagship for $4.1 million
A carbon-fiber build and fuel-efficient engines give the yacht the appearance of a conventional Downeast cruiser.
It's not just what you see when you take a look at the Grand Banks Eastbay 60. A classic and staid profile, the 60 is GB Marine Group's flagship Eastbay line and would be right at home on a voyage between Newport and Kennebunkport. A Downeast brand like Sabre or Hinckley was in direct competition with Eastbay when it was launched in 1993. Despite the new flagship, it is still competing thirty years later.
It performs in a way that might describe it as sporty at the top end, as well as efficient in friendly cruises despite its 60's old-school lines. Eastbay reaches 30 knots with its twin 900-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS1200 engines. While cruising at 21 knots (with a range of 894 nautical miles) and going into hyper-efficient mode at a speed of 10 knots, it is also very efficient.
In addition to the V-Warp hull, the all-carbon fiber superstructure contributes to the boat's performance edge. Because carbon fiber is lighter than fiberglass, it offers a big advantage over conventional layups. Creating a stiffer running surface automatically increases performance (and fuel efficiency). To keep the boat stable in rough weather, the design team shifted the center of gravity lower.
On the forepeak, there is a sunbed and lounge for 3 seasons aft and a cockpit for 3 seasons aft. Unless you're sunning or having a cocktail hour, the interior combines retro sailing influences with modern design. There are multiple socializing areas in the salon with teak and white upholstery. This main gathering point is also brightened and refreshed with the large, opening sunroof on the first 60 vehicles launched.
A large-diameter teak steering wheel and analog gauges (though they are actually driven by electronics) adorn even the two-person helm station. As sailors move into 60-ownership (and not uncommon practice), they will feel right at home with this classic nautical look. As well as joystick steering, they will enjoy the portside door, allowing better sightlines while docking, as well as the ability to step onto the side deck.
There are probably a few places in this park that are most impressive because they are hidden from view. A generous engine room layout and excellent working space are provided by the boat's 19-foot beam. A conventional shaft is also an option if the owner doesn't want pod drives and wants to replace the twin Volvo Penta IPS1200s with the lower 750 hp IPS950s.
It is also possible to customize the layout of the 60s beyond the engines. The main salon can either feature three or four staterooms, and the galley can either be positioned below-decks with the accommodations or aft of the main salon. Regardless of the galley configuration, both boat configurations include a full-beam main suite forward and a double VIP cabin (though the suite may shift from side to side). In the small but competitive Downeast niche, Eastbay's ability to customize is a strength.
$4.1 million is the starting price for the Eastbay 60.