Motor Yacht HARD TIMES is a 72’ (21.95m) yacht for sale, built and launched by yacht builder Grand Banks, delivered in 2006 and refit in 2022. This vessel sleeps up to 7 guests in 3 staterooms and sleeps 2 crew in 1 cabin.
HARD TIMES is a 2006 Grand Banks 72 Aleutian Raised Pilothouse. She was based on the Grand Banks 64 Aleutian RP, designed by Tom Fexas, but benefits from a cockpit, longer running surface, additional fuel capacity, and more storage. She is easy to handle thanks to walkaround decks and a side door directly adjacent to the lower helm station. Twin Caterpillar C30 diesel engines rated at 1,550 horsepower each enable this boat to reach top speeds approaching 27 knots and a comfortable high cruise speed of around 21 knots. For efficiency, anything under 11 knots is very economical and doesn’t require much effort from the big engines. Three staterooms with ensuite heads plus crew quarters for 2 provide plenty of space for overnight guests. What is normally a convertible office is a dedicated stateroom on this 72, with 3 bunks. Typical of Grand Banks, her interior living areas are roomy and comfortable and feature beautiful teak joinery.
Two electric doors open from the aft deck to the elegant salon. When left open, the area flows nicely as one. The curved sofa and two chairs provide lots of seating and the bookcases are useful and great-looking. A pop-up TV is in a cabinet in the aft port corner and a bar is in the starboard one.
Up a few steps is the galley, complete with loads of refrigeration and storage. To starboard is a staircase to the flybridge.
Forward of the Galley lies the lower helm, flanked to port by a dinette and to starboard by a door to the side deck and stairs down to the guest staterooms. Thanks to the open aft bulkhead of the Galley, sightlines from the lower station are phenomenal. A full array of electronics and controls are beautifully arranged within easy reach and sight of the Stidd captain’s chair.
Situated amidship, the Owner Stateroom has a king-sized berth flanked by a walk-in closet aft to starboard and Master Head aft to port. As in the rest of this boat, storage is abundant.
Forward is the VIP Guest Stateroom with a centerline queen berth, lockers, and drawers. The head is accessible privately or through the companionway. It has a separate shower stall.
This stateroom has 2 bunks, side-by-side, and a third bunk above the outside berth. Attached is a head with sink and toilet.
Access to all the guest staterooms is available through this companionway. Hatches leading to the forward bilges are easy to remove. A clothes washer and dryer are located just outside the Master Stateroom door.
The Flybridge is accessible from the aft deck and via stairs in the Galley. The upper helm is forward and two L-shaped lounges are aft, all beneath the cover of the factory-built fiberglass hardtop. Aft of the seating is a large area for dinghy storage and/or sunning area. A gas grill is aft of the port seating and behind the starboard seating is a 1,000 lb capacity davit.
The covered side decks lead forward, past gates amidship, to a Portuguese bridge and through gates to the bow comfortable seating is to port and starboard and the double anchor pulpit and windlass are forward, complete with power Inlets.
The large, covered aft deck is part of the salon when the twin doors are open. There’s plenty of seating around the large table for al fresco dining. Wing doors to the side decks are forward to port and starboard, and stairs aft on both sides lead to the cockpit. Access to the crew quarters is through a door on the port side deck.
The large cockpit is accessible from the aft deck or through the transom door from the molded swim platform. Beneath the cockpit is an expansive lazarette and on the forward side is a sink to port and an ice bin fed by a Dometic ice chipper to starboard.
The crew quarters may be accessed from the port side deck or through a door in the engine room.