Transition - Grand Banks 57'

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TRANSITION came to us in 2009 for a series of projects that included an overhaul of the engine room and complete repower with the installation of twin C18's at 1150HP each, as well as a new generator, batteries and watermaker. While the engine work was underway, the electrical wiring system was completely replaced and new electronic instruments were installed. We designed and fabricated a custom radar arch and below the waterline we installed new props and shafts. Last, but certainly not least, we extended the LOA by 3' with the addition of an integral swim platform at the transom and finished up with a full fairing and Awlgrip job on the topsides including clearcoat.

Layout and Design


TRANSITION was acquired in 2008 by her current owner, a discriminating yachtsman who previously considered building a custom yacht  with pod drives, but decided to undertake a significant upgrade to this well-respected Hunt design -- employing straight shaft propulsion, but with full pod drive functionality. As noted herein, TRANSITION was rebuilt by the craftsmen at Lyman-Morse with a full-time owner’s rep over a two-year period, ending in 2011. During this time the hull was extended three feet with a custom five foot swim platform; topsides/bottom were faired and painted; the engine room was brought down to bare with all new components; and new drive train, hydraulic bow thruster, wiring and plumbing were added. All work was done to ABYC standards to a specification common with much larger motor yachts. Marine electronics, air conditioning, lighting and toilets were all replaced. With her twin CAT C-18 ACERTs (total 2,300 hp) and ZF Joystick Management System, TRANSITION can reach speeds of 37 knots, cruise at 33 knots, dock with the joystick, or hover in one position indefinitely to aid singlehanded use. Truly a magnificent yacht!


Number of single berths: 3
Number of twin berths: 2
Number of double berths: 1
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

TRANSITION sleeps four in two large private cabins, plus 1-2 in the main salon. The interior is all satin-varnished teak with selected gloss trim, teak and holly sole and custom carpeting in the main salon (new, 09/2012). Numerous hatches, dorade vents and portholes provide exceptional light and ventilation below. The main salon is completely surrounded by large windows for 360-degree views. All portholes are fitted with screens, and the hatches are fitted with Ocean Air screens/blinds. Interior lighting includes flush overhead LED lights with dimmers, stainless reading lights and hidden valance lighting. All new interior fabrics (09/2012). Current photos do not reflect new fabrics.


Starting forward is the master stateroom, featuring a centerline queen berth and full-length mirror, surrounded by numerous drawers and lockers. A bureau is to port, and aft to starboard is a large cedar-lined hanging locker. New custom bed covers, pillow shams and accent pillows (09/2012).


An ensuite head and separate shower stall are located to port, featuring a generous Corian vanity, storage space and new Tecma fresh water toilet.


Aft and to port is the guest stateroom with twin berths and six large drawers below, as well as a cedar-lined hanging locker and additional storage lockers. New custom bed covers, pillow shams and accent pillows (09/2012).


Opposite the guest stateroom and to starboard is the guest head, featuring a Corian vanity, new Tecma fresh water toilet and separate shower stall.


Further aft to starboard is an office/study area with a full desk, numerous lockers and bookshelves, and at the forward end, a Splendide combination washer/dryer hidden behind a louvered door. New custom carpets (09/2012).


The large galley is aft and to port, open above to the main salon to provide a light, open feeling.

Features include:

  • Corian countertops
  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Twin Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer units (110 volt)
  • Princess three-burner propane cooktop
  • Seaward gas solenoid with two propane tanks in vented deck locker
  • Sharp microwave/convection oven
  • Plenty of countertop space and numerous lockers

Main Salon

Up three steps from the lower level is the main salon – a large, open and airy space for helmsman and guests. A small “breakfast nook” is forward to port with two swivel chairs, open to the galley below. Further aft is a long L-shaped settee with high/low expandable table for cocktails or dining. Across to starboard are two armchairs and an entertainment center that includes a retractable flat screen TV and stereo. All new upholstery, accent pillows and custom carpet (09/2012).


To starboard and forward is the helm station with all vessel controls, electrical switch panels and navigation systems. The entire instrument pod and overhead valances were custom built in 2011 for more ergonomic use of all new instrumentation. There is a large double bench seat for helmsman with icemaker built in under.

Electronics and Navigation Equipment
  • Twin Raymarine E140 W chart plotters with twin GPS inputs for redundancy (2011)
  • (4)  Raymarine Instrument repeaters (2011)
  • Raymarine ST70 autopilot with wireless remote (2011) and new cylinder (2012)
  • Raymarine 240 VHF (2011)
  • Standard hand-held VHF
  • AIS system (2011)
  • Satellite weather receiver (2011)
  • ACR remote spotlight
  • Kahlenberg triple air horn (2011) with automated panel
  • Custom freestanding antenna mast (2011)
  • Cell phone and WiFi boosters (2012)
  • Sony 32” 1080p LCD TV (2011) with electric lift
  • Sony Blu-ray DVD player (2011) with HDMI cables
  • JVC stereo/CD player with multiple speakers (2011)

Electrical System
  • 110/220 VOLT 60 HZ A.C. ship’s system powered by shore power, generator or inverter
  • 12/24 volt DC ship’s system
  • AC/DC electrical switch panels
  • Ocean remote panel with amp/volt meters (2011)
  • Victron remote panel to monitor and control entire system from salon
  • All new AGM batteries - house and engine (2011), generator (09/2012)
  • Twin Victron heavy-duty charger/inverter units (2012)
  • Engine alternators for house bank, upgraded to 175 amps each, with one remaining on stand-by with transfer switch

  • Westerbeke 15 kw generator, soft mounted with sound shield (2011 – 550 hours)
  • Automatic transfer switch between generator and shore power with soft starts for all high-load components
  • Cablemaster shore power cord system (rebuilt 2011)
  • 75’ 50 amp shore cord (2011)
  • AC/DC engine room lights (2011)

Engine/ Mechanical Equipment

During the complete rebuild of the engine room, all insulation was replaced using the latest technology and highest possible specs from Soundown. All vibrating components were double soft mounted, and sound tiles were added to the hull between engine room and transom. The end result is an extremely quiet, fast and smooth-running yacht.

New Equipment (2010/2011):

  • Twin CAT C-18 ACERT fully electronic diesel engines (2010), rated at 1,136 BHP/ 1,150 MHP each with CE tags and certification (special order from factory)
  • ZF 500 A gears with electric shift and trolling valves
  • Aquadrive CV joints with soft engine mounts and thrust bulkhead
  • Evolution 3” enclosed propeller shafts (shaft angle reduced to 11.5 degrees)
  • Platzer Marine custom 5-blade propellers, Propspeed (09/2012)
  • Soundown mufflers with dry exhaust
  • CAT color FFD display units for all engine functions, with repeaters in engine room
  • ZF Smart Command controls with Joystick Management System and Easidock function (able to hover indefinitely and maneuver at very low rpm’s)
  • ZF engine synchronizers
  • Sidepower hydraulic bow thruster for continuous use, with PTO, oil cooler and reservoir in engine room
  • Custom fuel rails with twin Separ filters each side and dual pick-up manifold
  • New fuel tank top fittings and pick-up tubes
  • Reverso fuel polishing system
  • Reverso oil change pump
  • Upgraded Delta T intake/exhaust blowers to provide positive engine room pressure, with moisture eliminators and  intakes plumbed to drain overboard
  • Upgraded hydraulic steering pump for increased power and fewer turns lock to lock
  • Spectra Newport 400 MKII watermaker
  • (2)  Noise reduction headphones in engine room
  • Fireboy automatic fire suppression system for engine room
  • MarineAir air conditioning. Five zones (66,000 BTU) with soft-mounted units, insulated air handlers, condensation overboard drain pumps, soft starts and noise attenuation material in ductwork
  • Headhunter Mach 5 AC water pressure pump (66 psi)
  • Seaward AC hot water heater w/ heat exchanger input from starboard engine
  • (3)  Automatic bilge pumps in three zones
  • (1)  Manual bilge pump
  • (2)  Tecma fresh water toilets with all new plumbing and holding tank/overboard discharge
  • Full schematics for all systems from Lyman-Morse
  • Twin Raymarine video cameras in engine room – one forward, one aft
  • Fresh water washdown, foredeck and aft cockpit, with shore inlet and filtration system
  • Hot/cold shower at transom
  • Hydraulic engine room door lift (2012)

Original Equipment:

  • Bennett trim tabs with indicators (new hydraulics, 2010)
  • Computank fuel/water tank level indicators
  • Windshield wipers and washers
  • Rudder angle indicator

Hull and Deck

Solid fiberglass hull with foam coring above the waterline. During the major rebuild period, three feet were added to the hull with a custom five-foot swim platform above. This was done following extensive design and engineering work provided by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates. With her added waterline length and buoyancy, TRANSITION now runs more level (3.5 deg. max. bow rise without trim tabs) and imperceptibly transitions to planing at speeds much lower than her sisterships (less than 12 knots!)  The entire hull was faired, epoxy barrier coating applied and topsides were finished with Black Awlgrip to a mirror finish. There is a gold cove stripe, single white boot stripe and green bottom.

Fiberglass deck with foam core and white Gelcoat with Moondust Tan Awlgrip for non-skid areas. Teak decking in cockpit and on custom swim platform. Twin anchor lockers forward were modified in 2011 to self drain properly. All windows in house were re-bedded during rebuild, with blackened frames for a sleek, modern look.

Additional features and equipment:

  • Rubrail with stainless striker
  • Stainless steel anchor roller/stemhead assembly
  • Suncor 60 lb. stainless steel plow anchor
  • 200’ all-chain anchor rode
  • Delta 44 lb. anchor with chain and rode and custom storage chocks in aft laz. (2011)
  • Maxwell windlass with remote at helm
  • Full-length stainless side rails and grab rails
  • Custom vertical S/S grab rails, aft end of house (2011)
  • Varnished teak toe rails, drip rails, eyebrows and dorade boxes (all redone 9/2012)
  • Stainless steel chocks and cleats
  • Pop-up cleats on swim platform
  • (7)  Stainless steel opening portholes
  • (5)  Deck hatches
  • (2)  Dorade vents
  • All new hardware and gas springs for all flush deck hatches, with all drain channels plumbed overboard (2011)
  • Transom door
  • Flip-down S/S under-mount swim ladder (2011)
    (8)  PFD’s
  • Life ring
  • Plastimo 8-man life raft
  • ACR GPS EPIRB (2011)
  • (3)  Dry chemical fire extinguishers
  • First aid kit
  • (7)  Fenders with covers
  • (8)  Dock lines
  • 40’ Mooring bridle
  • Varnished teak ensign and burgee staff
  • Tool kit
  • Full complement of spare parts
  • New cockpit settee cushions and accent pillows (09/2012)

  •  Binoculars
  • Personal effects
LOA: 56'9
LWL: 52'6
Beam: 16'
Draft: 4'10
Displacement: 62000 lbs. half load
Fuel Capacity: 935
Water Capacity: 200
Type: Cruising
Designed By: C. Raymond Hunt Associates
Builder: Grand Banks
Model: 57' Grand Banks/LymanMorse Eastbay 54 SX
Year: 2003
Construction: Composite
Hull Material: Cored fiberglass
Location: Newport, RI
Boat Engine: Caterpillar C-18 ACERT
Horsepower: 2300
Cruising Speed: 33 knots
Top Speed: 37 knots

2011 re-power and engine room refit

2009-2011 Refit:

Full fairing of the hull, including bottom.

Awlgrip and clearcoat on topsides

Engine room was completly emptied, modified webs and stringer, re-insulated, faired and painted.

2-C-18 ACERT 1150 HP Caterpillars

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