John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Grand Banks 41
APRIL 2009
 
   
Length overall  41' 5"
Beam  15' 3"
Draft  3' 10"
Displ. 37,000 lb 
Fuel 500 gals / Water200 gals
Waste51 gals 
Base Price  $775,000

The new Heritage Series 41 EU by Grand Banks is a traditional trawler above the waterline, while below, in tunnels under a semi-V hull specifically designed for them, are twin Cummins MerCruiser Zeus drives. Set under the lazarette, these pod drives mate to a pair of Cummins QSB 5.9-liter electronic, common-rail diesels, available in 380 or 425 horsepower (which powered our test boat). The aft-facing drives with counter-rotating propellers offer multiple features, including a low-speed (up to 1800 rpm) joystick control system, which can make the Heritage 41 EU spin in its own length and walk sideways, as well as accomplish more conventional docking maneuvers. We also tested the Skyhook station-keeping feature, which uses GPS and the independently articulated Zeus drives to hold the boat in one place. With little wind and few wakes, Skyhook held the 41 EU within 12 feet of the same spot for 10 minutes.

The compact Zeus drives fit neatly through the hull at the aft ends of the Cummins engines. The engine room, under the lazarette, offers plenty of space to perform routine service. There's also a large utility room under the saloon, with a workbench, an innovative foldaway ladder and easy access to the boat's five batteries, plus cavernous general storage for long-range cruising or living aboard. The comfortable saloon offers several seating arrangements. Cabin accommodations include a master stateroom with a queen-size island berth and a guest cabin with a convertible twin/queen berth.

The Zeus drives and their Cummins diesels cruise efficiently at a wide range of speeds. Our test boat's most efficient leisurely cruise was 7.2 mph with a total fuel burn of 2.9 gallons per hour (930 rpm, 29 percent engine load, quiet 66-decibel sound level), while high cruise was 22.1 mph at 33.1 gph (2700 rpm, 82 percent engine load, 81 decibels). Top speed was 26.5 mph at 44.8 gph (3050 rpm, 100 percent load, 82 decibels). Grand Banks Yachts Ltd., Seattle, Wash.; 206-352-0116; www.grandbanks.com