The Grand Banks Aleutian 72 RP has a Tom Fexas-designed modified-deep-V hull. She is a rather fuel efficient vessel at semi-displacement velocities but is also capable of a 21-knot cruise speed and a 25-knot top end. Expansive staterooms and common areas grace her ample, classically styled interior. The Bland’s 72 offers an alternate exterior arrangement, with a spacious aft deck that leads down to a lower cockpit, with a swim platform beyond. It is particularly handy for facilitating dinghy launches, diving excursions, and, should a painter get fouled under the boat, instantaneously jumping overboard.
Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories.
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