Caterpillar Marine Announces Successful Sea Trial of GB60-03 Powered by Cat® C12.9

Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the successful sea trial of the Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. GB60-03 which is powered by a pair of Cat® C12.9 supercharged and turbocharged diesel engines.  GB60-03 has a length of 65' (19.9m), a beam of 19' (5.85m) and a draft of 4' (1.4m).  During the successful sea trial, GB60-03 achieved a top speed of 33 knots.

The common rail C12.9’s installed in GB60-03 are capable of delivering 1000mhp@2300rpm while meeting EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Stage IIIA and RCD emission requirements.  The C12.9 propulsion engine has an electronically controlled supercharger that allows for excellent torque and throttle response at low speeds while maintaining fuel efficiency at high speeds.  The common rail system provides quiet, controllable fuel delivery allowing for more complete combustion thus lowering fuel consumption and smoke.

In addition to supplying the engines, Cat dealer Tractors Singapore Ltd. also supplied a pair of 7" Cat Marine Displays for the salon and a pair of 7" Cat Marine Displays at the flybridge.

“Grand Banks is a key account for both Caterpillar Marine and Tractors Singapore Limited,” said Mr. Ho Kah Huat, general manager of TSL Power System Division. “They are a member of our Cat Concierge service program.” With Cat Concierge, Cat powered yacht owners get direct, one-call access to a team of Cat marine power experts—no matter where or when they encounter trouble.  This means prompt scheduling, quick answers and a direct factory line for any owner inquiries.

“The new GB60 features a beautiful design with a ride that easily surpasses any yacht of its size on the water today,” states Mr. YP Wong, engineering director for Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. “This completely new yacht pays homage to classic Grand Banks styling, with a special focus on performance and fuel consumption, wide-open entertaining areas, and supremely comfortable furnishings.  The GB60 is Grand Banks’ first foray into our new standard of fully infused carbon fiber construction, resulting in a low center of gravity, inherent form stability at all speeds, and multiple advantages in strength, rigidity, weight and performance.

“We have found the new Cat C12.9 easy to work with from both an installation and service standpoint,” said Wong. “The customer service we have received from the Caterpillar and Tractors Singapore teams has been first-class,” stated Wong.

The next Grand Banks Motor Yacht, GB60-04 will also be powered by a pair of Cat C12.9 engines with commissioning seal trial to take place in the first quarter of 2018.  To learn more about this sea trial and meeting Cat Marine experts, stop by booth #1213 and #1214 at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and while you’re there, ask about a demo ride on one of the Cat powered yachts at the show.

About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organization provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100  kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

About Caterpillar

For over 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent.  Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.5 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.  The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.  For more information, visit caterpillar.com.  To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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