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Commercial traffic and foot commuters along the Golden Horn, an inlet off the Bosphorus. Istanbul, Turkey
GB HEADQUARTERS Grand Banks Yachts Pte. Ltd. 541 Orchard Road #18-01 Liat Towers Singapore 238881 Phone: +65 6545-2929 NORTH AMERICA SALES & SERVICE Tucker West/Fran Morey 99 Poppasquash Road Bristol, RI 02809 USA Phone: (401) 396–5252 Sales: firstname.lastname@example.org Service: email@example.com ASIA PACIFIC SALES Hank Compton Queensland, Australia Phone: +61 (0) 755 774 847 firstname.lastname@example.org
News at Grand Banks never takes a break: check out the latest goings on in Scuttlebutt
IN HIS OWN WORDS New GB CEO, Rob Livingston sits down to give us some well-considered answers to a few burning questions
EUROPE SALES Luc Colpin Port de La Napoule 06210 La Napoule, France Phone: +33 (0) 4–93–90–36–74 Mobile: +33 (0) 6–78–78–05–34 email@example.com U.S. HEADQUARTERS Grand Banks Yachts 2288 West Commodore Way Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98199 USA Phone: (206) 352–0116 Fax: (206) 352–1711
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FIVE DAYS IN ISTANBUL The Zeus-propelled 46 Eastbay SX takes a turn (or two) through the famed Bosphorus and Princes Islands
TRIP BLOGGING: 46EU Alan and Margaret Hill set off on a long trip and blog about their daily findings. Here is a short story and excerpt from their blog
ON THE ROAD TO REVIVAL David Towle and Bettie Massie have begun an undertaking to restore arguably the most famous boat in GB’s long wooden boat history
ON THE COVER 46 Eastbay SX #30 on the Bosphorus Istanbul, Turkey
Letter from the Editor Dear GB Owners, One of the treats of this job — and there are many — is that first time I step aboard a brand new model. Not just a new Grand Banks, but a true hull number one. My first time was with Rob Livingston as we headed east to attend the Chesapeake Bay rendezvous in St. Michael’s, Maryland. It was my first new GB, my first new Eastbay — the elegant 54SX. As we turned the corner on the docks, Rob saw it on the end tie and exclaimed, “now there is one big Eastbay.” I was speechless. Since then, that experience has repeated itself with such notable additions to the fleet as the 59 Aleutian RP and the 41 Heritage EU, two of my favorites. And it never gets old. The greatest thrill is to be fortunate enough to travel and photograph these boats in exotic locations throughout the world: to sleep on them and make sandwiches in the galley, to open and close the doors and drawers, to ride through all manners of seas. Last month I visited Istanbul with David Hensel, GB Director of Brand and Marketing, to introduce the new 46 Eastbay SX to the European press and photograph the boat in and around the legendary Bosphorus.
My helicopter flight to the Princes Islands for the aerial shoot, fending off eager vendors in the famous Grand Bazaar, and eating fabulous mediterranean food were all highlights of the trip. No, the weather didn’t always cooperate, but the experience was unforgettable (you can read David’s full recap and interesting tidbits starting on page 18). There is plenty more in this issue, including another owner’s blog featuring new GB-ers, Alan and Margaret Hill. We have a Q&A from CEO Rob Livingston (the aforementioned), and an introduction to David Towle, the proud new owner of the original Grand Banks prototype trawler, and the beginnings of his plans for restoration. Grand Banks also welcomes new dealers to the GB-owner paradise that is the state of Florida. With the valuable additions of HMY Yacht Sales on the east coast and Galati Yacht Sales on the west, Grand Banks owners are wellrepresented throughout the state. And, as always, don’t be shy about sending us your stories for future issues. We love to hear about where you’re going and what you’re doing, whether it’s cruising, performing your own maintenance or anything in between. Happy Cruising,
Grand Banks Yachts launches 2010 with new retail partners in Florida Sought-after dealers Galati Yacht Sales and HMY Yacht Sales get started selling Grand Banks
A month after announcing its partnership with Walstrom Marine, the Grand Banks worldwide network of Authorized Dealers expanded once again, with two new dealers representing the Southeast United States. Galati Yacht Sales will manage GB sales along the Gulf region from Alabama down through the west coast of Florida, while HMY Yacht Sales will represent Grand Banks on Florida’s east coast. “We are extremely pleased to be working with two of the top sales groups in this industry,” said Grand Banks President and CEO Rob Livingston. “Both Galati and HMY bring tremendous expertise, integrityandcustomercommitment
to their work. GB owners and buyers can expect nothing but the best from these organizations.” Galati Yacht Sales has been named the Number One dealer in the country two years in a row by Boating Industry, and is the largest “Five Star Re-Certified” dealer in the marine industry today. The dealership maintains a team of over 175 members to provide sales and supportforcustomersthroughoutthe region, and has been repeatedly recognized within the industry for its commitment to excellence. Since 1979, HMY has represented the finest yacht manufacturers in the world. HMY provides their customers with a dedicated and spray volume 10 issue 1
knowledgeable staff of sales and service professionals. HMY also offers all the resources necessary to make the purchase or sale of their clients’ new and used yachts a positive experience. Galati Yacht Sales will manage sales of Grand Banks Yachts through its Florida offices in Naples, Cape Harbour, Anna Maria Island, Tampa Bay, and Destin plus Orange Beach, Alabama. On the east coast for Florida, HMY will represent Grand Banks at its locations in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and Jacksonville.
GB SCUTTLEBUTT News and notes from Grand Banks Yachts
Walstrom Marine Signed In January, Grand Banks announced the appointment of a new dealer to represent the Great Lakes. Walstrom Marine is the new Authorized Dealer for this region, and will manage sales through its offices in Northern Michigan, in Cheboygan, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor. “Walstrom Marine brings an outstanding combination of experience, knowledge, passion and professionalism to their operation,” said Neil McCurdy, Vice President of Sales and Service for Grand Banks Yachts. “Grand Banks customers will be well served by their sales and service teams. We’re very proud to have Walstrom join our growing worldwide network of Authorized Dealers.” Established in 1946, Walstrom Marine boasts a premier full service marina located in a beautiful cruising area popular with many Grand Banks owners. In addition to a knowledgeable sales staff they maintain an outstanding reputation for service, supported by extensive parts, equipment and facilities they use for repair, refitting, and maintenance of yachts. Walstrom Marine was one of the first two marinas in the state to be designated a “Michigan Clean Marina,” with an ongoing program to address all areas of clean boating and best management practices. www.walstrom.com
Facebook Update Grand Banks is thrilled to have over 450 fans since launching our Facebook page last February! In the past year, Grand Banks owners and enthusiasts have shared photos, tips and excitement over everything Grand Banks. Recent highlights include Shing Kong’s extraordinary Facebook album of photos from the original GB factory in Hong Kong – where his father Joe was among the first employees. His photos illustrate how the factory operated and built wooden boats before switching to fiberglass in the late 1960s. And thanks to Lynne Thompson we also discovered another Grand Banks page on Facebook – the “Grand Banks Owners” group. There are enough great GB cruising photos on there to keep us all dreaming about the next trip out on a Grand Banks! As always, we love to hear from owners and enthusiasts of Grand Banks. If you have a story you think would be great as a feature in Spray, or would like to give (or get) opinions on anything GB, feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page. If you are not a Facebook member, it’s free and easy to join!
FROM OUR FANS! • A recommendation for the Navionics Marine app for iPhone. • Photos posted of the Grand Banks Rendezvous at Hawkesbury River, Australia. • A wonderful video capturing life on board a 46CL during a trip to Ibiza, Spain. • Lots of fan other photos and comments on goings on in the GB community. New photos, video and information from GB and our fans are added all the time – become a fan today!
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2010 Rendezvous Preview A preview and calendar of upcoming Grand Banks Rendezvous
sprouted up around the globe, from the eastern shore of Australia to the ever-so-popular West Europe Amicale in Holland. With many active associations in North America as well, GB owners have the opportunity to cruise and meetup with fellow owners able to discuss their boats, local fishing hotspots (or hideaways), or even attend engine and maintenance seminars. Find out more by clicking here.
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Catalina Island, California
2010 Rendezvous Calendar MAY Puget Sound
Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
Amicale West Europe
Hohe Düne, Warnemünde
Summer Delta Cruise
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Telegraph Harbour, Vancouver Island
JUNE Amicale Méditerrannée w/ Club Italia JULY
Gulf of Naples
Amicale Méditéranée teams up with GB Club Italia on a joint cruise to Calvi: La première partie du Rallye Méditerranée 2010 suivra un trajet équivalent en milles à celui de 2007 vers Barcelone, soit environ 300 milles depuis Porquerolles. Après la traversée vers la Corse depuis Porquerolles et une longue pause à Calvi pour le Rendez-vous de l’Amicale, le Rallye reprendra sa route vers Rome en passant par les Iles Toscanes. N.B. ceux qui le souhaitent pourront rallier directement Calvi sans participer au prologue au départ de Porquerolles. Les participants désirant quitter la manifestation à Rome, pourront rentrer tranquillement en navigation côtière, en passant par Elbe et le Golfe de Gênes. La seconde partie permettra de rallier Naples en passant par les Iles Pontines, et la troisième les Iles Eoliennes et la Sicile.
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GRAND BANKS GOES HOME WRITTE N BY BA RT KI M M AN
Grand Banks boats are back on the water in Hong Kong, where it all began. The home of the Grand Banks boatyard from 1956 until it shifted production to Singapore in 1973, it’s been more than 25 years since the last sale of a GB yacht in the city. But soon after winning the distributorship for Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region, my company, Asia Yacht Services, sold a GB 41EU to a local client. The boat arrived in December, a wonderful Christmas present for the whole family. They launched her at one of the best times of the year for cruising in Hong Kong’s beautiful waters: jade seas, golden beaches and 236 islands to explore. December is usually dry, calm, sunny, and the water is still warm enough for swimming. Afterwards, the family can
pull into one of the many island fishing villages for a slap-up seafood lunch. It’s hard to beat the food at these waterfront Chinese restaurants: pick a fish from the tank and it arrives at your table minutes later, still steaming and laden with ginger and spring onions.
The new material, styling and quality quickly generated loyal clients, including Prince Bernard. He owned three Grand Banks yachts (a Laguna, a GB 47 and a GB 52), and often took the Dutch royal family cruising during their summer holidays.
I have plenty of fond memories of family cruises on a GB boat. After all, I met my wife on one. My father became the Grand Banks dealer for the Netherlands back in the early 1970s, and owned a GB 48 – one of the last wooden hulls built in Hong Kong and somewhat customized. We drew admirers everywhere we went. But the northern European climate is not kind to wooden hulls, so it was the switch to GRP fiberglass production that powered sales in Holland.
My first contact with Grand Banks Yachts stretches back even further than that – to the 1960s, when I attended the Solent School of Yachting. Sailing off the coast of southern England, Grand Banks motor yachts stood out from the fleet. Their flybridges were a novelty on displacement yachts in northern Europe at the time, and I liked the placement of the saloons on the main deck, allowing owners to enjoy the view from inside. Simply put, they turned heads.
So I jumped at the chance to visit the Singapore yard in 1978, when the Dutch Boat Federation asked me to report on the developing yacht-building industry in Asia as part of my economics studies. It was an impressive operation by any standards, with the popular 32, 36 and 42 already building the Grand Banks legend. On that trip, I also visited yards in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and it was immediately clear that none of them came close to the state-of-the-art production facility at Grand Banks. Asia made a lasting impression on me. So when I was offered a chance to work in Hong Kong in 1985, I didnâ€™t hesitate. I never left.
Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in Castle Peak Bay, close to fine cruising grounds. AYS is a one-stop shop for yachting needs, incorporating a brokerage, service and maintenance facilities, and full yacht management services. I was delighted to add the Grand Banks dealership to our portfolio, and invite GB owners to drop by whenever you are in Hong Kong.
Asia Yacht Services Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club 1 Castle Peak Road Castle Peak Bay Hong Kong Phone: +852 2815 0404, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: www.asiayachtservices.com.
I take pride in returning Grand Banks boats to what were once their home waters. Hong Kongâ€™s first 41 EU is already doing what GB yachts do so well: turning heads.
Hong Kong remains a land of opportunity. Today, I run Asia Yacht Services in the
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year ago Rob Livingston assumed With some very big shoes to fill, Rob hurdles – perhaps its most difficult lack of good experience and great ideas, R Congratulations on last year’s posting to can you share from your first year leading
We all know it has been a tough year in the ec
Banks. However, we used this downturn to tak
could do to improve. Unlike many others in the
position of having zero debt with a healthy cas
our efforts determining what we wanted the co
downturn, instead of just focusing on getting thr
is so much good going on in a company, but w mountains. The best part about this downturn lied together to make difficult decisions. There
rior motives that often accompany major chan ahead and that we needed to respond quickly
and attitude that I would like to keep fostering
changes at every level in the company and I’m
today. I intend to keep us all working well toget
we come to them as well as address the moleh
What are some of your goals for Grand Ba
New product is the lifeblood of this company ing some exciting and innovative new produc
change as we are launching a new model in o
and have already begun work on our next mod
our series line and invigorate them equally, wh evolving an existing model.
As for long-range goals it’s exciting to think ab
We have received a lot of requests from owner
support. Certainly I want to get the 39–72 rang
making the move to get bigger, but this is a p
our brand can support it and this is of paramou
owns that is more valuable than our brand and
IN HIS OW N WO R D S
produce is consistent with the world-class stat
Name three famous people, living or dead
When flying with my family from Tokyo to Seat
to sit directly in front of the Dalai Lama (read t I don’t think there are many people with a more
love to share a meal with him. Two others wou
the role of CEO at Grand Banks when his father, Bob Livingston, retired after more than 35 years. b had the “pleasure” of taking on this responsibility just as the boating industry was facing enormous t period since … well, since his father was named CEO during the oil crisis of the 1970s. But with no Rob is up for the challenge – as he talks about here, among a variety of other things: Chief Executive Officer. What take-aways Grand Banks Yachts?
If you could take two weeks off and go cruising on a Grand Banks, which model (retired or current) would you take and where would you go (anywhere in the world)?
conomy and it has been no different for Grand
My answer would somewhat depend on who else was on the boat, but if we’re talking two
ke a good look in the mirror and ask what we
weeks, it would be with my wife and three young children. Given our space needs, I would
e boat industry, Grand Banks is in the favorable
like to take a 47 Eastbay FB through the Norwegian Fjords. I’ve never cruised in Norway and I
sh balance. That enabled us to spend much of
believe it would be a highlight of my cruising life.
ompany to look like when we emerged from the
rough it. It’s easy to ignore problems when there
when trouble strikes, molehills quickly become was how our executive management team ralwas very little of the political posturing or ulte-
nge. Rather, we all knew we faced tough times and decisively. It is that well-performing team
g, even in the good times. We have made some
m very excited about the team we have in place
ther so we can both conquer the mountains as
hills before they turn into mountains.
y and we have done an excellent job of bringts to market over the last decade. This will not
our Aleutian Series this summer – the 53RP –
del. It’s imperative that we focus on all three of
hether launching a new addition to a series or
Favorite film, favorite book, favorite food? When it comes to entertainment, my favorite genre is suspense and it’s tough to beat Alfred Hitchcock. My favorite movie is “To Catch a Thief.” The combination of Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock and Monaco is pretty special. Throw in the fact that Princess Grace and Prince Rainier came to Singapore to sea trial a GB, which surely helps put the movie over the top! With all the long-haul flights I’ve done in my day, I have read more than my share of the suspense/thriller type authors out there and have recently been reading Vince Flynn. But my favorite book these days is “Go Back to Bed!” by Virginia Foglesong Guy. I’ve got three kids under six and it’s one we’ve read so much together that they can often finish my sentences. Gathering together to read books with them just before lights out is certainly one of the highlights of my day and that book is so much fun to read. I moved to Singapore with my wife and kids almost two years ago. We have experienced so much wonderful food here and in the surrounding region that it’s impossible to have a favorite. But I can tell you that when we talk about our summers in Seattle (from where we moved and still own a house), our plans always include pizza at Tutta Bella and burgers at Red Mill! Not the most sophisticated fare, but some of our all-time favorites nonetheless!
bout getting larger than our current 72RP/SC.
What are the most significant differences (or even stark similarities) between Singapore in the days of your childhood versus now?
rs about getting bigger and this is something I
I actually did live here for 14 months in 93–94 working on the production floor of Grand Banks.
ge dialed in very well in all three series before
But to answer your question, the differences between the Singapore of the 70’s and 80’s and
project that is definitely in our future. I believe
the Singapore today are very significant. Much of the history and culture of Singapore has been
unt importance. There is nothing Grand Banks
paved over as the country has become one of the world’s great cities. The population in 1974
d we need to make sure that every product we
when we first moved here was about 1.5 million and today it is over 5 million, so that kind of
ture of our brand.
growth does not come without sacrifice. However, the city is still one of the cleanest in the world
d with whom you would like to dine?
and it’s tough to find a better place to raise a family. I’m sure there is not a cleaner or safer city of Singapore’s size in the world … not even close. Singapore today is much more modern and
ttle a couple years ago, I had the good fortune
cosmopolitan than the Singapore I grew up in and there is very little you can’t find here that you
the article in Seattle Times, here).
can find in other major cities of the world. Now, if they would just open a Tutta Bella and Red
interesting life than the Dalai Lama and I would
Mill, I’d be set.
uld be: Bill Gates and Leonardo da Vinci.
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GBs IN THE NEWS Since the last edition of Spray, below are some of the media highlights that feature detailed articles about Grand Banks. This includes a great mix of 41EU, 53RP and the new 46 Eastbay SX:
Motor Boating’s February issue featured the article, “Best of the Year,” where the publication chose the 41EU as a standout new model
ach February we pick our Best of theYear winners, trying to identify the game-changing boats, electronics, engines and gear that will make our lives on the water better, safer, cleaner or simply more fun. Sometimes our choices are on the cutting edge of new technology, sometimes they represent a new take on an old favorite, occasionally they recognize the spirit of individual courage and adventure. In any event, the choices are all ours, and they’re all made in the spirit of celebrating the best of what’s out there. — By The Editors
For several decades, the Grand Banks 42 was an iconic boat; it almost defined the genre of a high-quality, saltylooking, seaworthy trawler. It was more than a boat; it was built and revered as a little ship. So when Grand Banks stopped making the 42, it not only had a hole in its lineup, it also had a very large reputation to protect. Enter 67
the new Grand Banks Heritage 41EU, a 42 on steroids. With the 41’s Zeus drives, joystick docking and a slippery hull, Grand Banks managed to reinvent a cruising classic. On the 41, you can still cruise at a leisurely and fuel-saving 8 knots if you want, but you can also wind up the twin 425 hp Cummins diesels to a top speed of 23 knots. The new 41 still has the elegant looks
GARY JOHN NORMAN
REDEFINED TRADITION GRAND BANKS 41
and fit and finish that are Grand Banks trademarks, but it also has Zeus maneuverability for turning at speed and docking easily. Indeed, driving the boat at 18 or 20 knots or so is much like driving a sports car, something that could never have been said about the old 42. This is the first resin-infused, fully cored Grand Banks, making the boat lighter but without surrendering any
of the brand’s legendary strength and integrity. The boat also has a finer entry than the 42, with a modified deep-V hull but with a three-quarter keel to protect the running gear. It has the Skyhook system for positionkeeping, whether you’re waiting for a bridge to open or for the fuel dock to clear out. The new 41 has indeed redefined the Grand Banks tradition.
Nor’westing’s March - April issue featured the article, “Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU,” described the design of the 41EU, and how Zeus drives work Gfcsvbsz!3121!npupscpbujoh/dpn
• Italy’s Yacht Italia Magazine’s January February issue featured the article, “Sport & Classic,” highlighting the 41EU. • Italy's DDN Yacht Magazine's November 2009 issue featured the article, "Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU Zeus Pod Cummins," where the new 41EU was looked at in great detail.
Motor Boating’s May issue has a feature on the 46SX debut in Istanbul (also featured here, on page 18), written by esteemed Peter A. Janssen
• Sea Magazine's January issue featured the article, "Launchings: 53 Aleutian RP." • France's Neptune Yachting Moteur March issue featured a handful of articles focusing on Grand Banks, most notably, "Baroud d'honneur," which focused on the sea trial of the 52 Heritage EU and "Teste en bassin de carene," a short article previewing the 53RP. • France’s Bateaux March issue featured the article, “Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU.”
STRAIGHT FROM THE FACTORY The latest news from Grand Banks Malaysia
For decades, new owners have visited the Grand Banks factory to see their yachts in production, learn how their vessels are built, and meet the people who build them. Dozens have made the trip more than once, coming back for each new GB they purchase. For many, these factory trips leave indelible memories and make for an auspicious beginning to their lifelong love affair with Grand Banks. We’ll be the first to admit, however, that we haven’t exactly bent over backwards in past years to bring the deluxe-red-carpet treatment to our factory tours. Let’s face it: we’re passionate about the nitty-gritty details of building the world’s best production motoryachts – and we’re eager to share that passion. Along the way we may have overlooked the benefits that a comfy set of lounge chairs or a well-stocked refrigerator can offer to visitors at our yard. (It’s all about the boats, right?) We’re proud to announce some changes at the factory designed to improve those circumstances.
The new “Hospitality Lounge” opened recently at GBM, bringing more amenities and the promise of a cool respite during a busy day of touring. The lounge features a full kitchen, entertainment center, computer workstations and wi-fi (for those who need to stay connected), and even a private sleeping chamber, plus other creature comforts. Fittingly, its design and décor echoes the interior of Grand Banks. If you’ve been to GBM before, you’ll notice other improvements throughout the factory, inside and out. They are the result of an ongoing factory-upgrade initiative by GB Vice President of Manufacturing, Bill Finney. Talk to your Authorized Dealer about the opportunity for a factory visit if you are considering or making the purchase of a new Grand Banks. We are happy to welcome you at the factory, and can make numerous arrangements to help you enjoy your stay in the Singapore–Malaysia region.
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COMING ATTRACTION: 53 ALEUTIAN R
s Grand Banks undertakes the final, pre-launch preparations for 53RP hull #001, we also take this opportunity to remember the extraordinary time and effort paid to the design and build of this new model. From the early planning stages of development, to the first day of hull lamination and the more recent sea trials, the 53RP has already experienced quite a journey.
world, along with that of prospective owners, and b small design changes to better the boat – even once was underway.
The overall concept and design behind the 53RP was driven by the same key principles that have guided every Aleutian model before her: Timeless nautical spirit and time-tested cruising capability paired with strong, seaworthy performance against the elements, handcrafted luxury, breathtaking visibility, and exhilarating power. We combined all of these elements into the 53RP to provide an on-board experience that will be both peaceful and profound.
One of the major design features of the 53RP was th engine room further aft, clearing a sizable amount o on the lower deck which allowed the 53RP to offer a fu workroom amidships, just aft of the master cabin. Th also be outfitted as crew’s quarters complete with he space, laundry room, and/or extra closet space. Th living and storage area gained on the lower deck by engine room is significant for a boat of this size, and h a three-cabin layout that’s at once smart, roomy and use and owners alike.
After drawing and re-drawing deckplans to optimize the use of space aboard the boat, full-size walk-through mockups of the vessel were constructed to test the layout and usability of the vessel in a realworld setting. From there construction began, but the due diligence and research weren’t over yet. Grand Banks continued gathering the feedback of our trusted Grand Banks Authorized Dealers around the
As the build process progressed and Grand Banks contin ing market research, we found that with such ample sp down below, customers preferred to have fore-aft acc tween the master and VIP cabins. As such, the original layout has since been swapped out for a single stairca one common companionway on the lower deck, as
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usable space in the salon. Similarly, the internal staircase leading from the pilothouse to the flybridge has also undergone changes in recent months. While the stairway had provided a safe and dry route to the upper helm should conditions turn south, we’ve now enclosed the upper portion of this staircase from the salon side, increasing the safety of this area should water intrude into the vessel while the hatch is open. Add these design improvements to the quality materials and equipment we’ve used on board, along with the exceptional build process Grand Banks has perfected over the last 50 years, and you have the 53RP – a yacht designed and constructed with the kind of attention to detail, quality and reliability you have come to expect from Grand Banks. So, next month as 53RP001 gets prepped, wrapped and set for shipment, we remember the journey she’s already taken to get to this point, and can only imagine the adventures this ‘baby’ Aleutian will see as she goes out into the world
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The 46SX with the Bosphorus suspension bridge in the background.
A FIRST-TIMER’S TRIP TO ISTANBUL TO SHOOT THE DEBUT OF THE 46SX
TEXT \ DAVID HENSEL PHOTOGRAPHY \ JONATHAN COOPER
stretched my arm from under the awning and caught a few slushy flakes on my hand. “Snow,” I noted, pointlessly stating the obvious to others as we exited the marina restaurant and observed the gathering storm. In truth, I added a few sharp curses to my observation. You see, we were two days away from leaving Istanbul and had yet to snap a single photo. That objective had been thwarted by dark, stormy weather on our original shoot day earlier that week. Today was devoted to sea trials for visiting journalists; tomorrow was our last chance – the weather had to clear. It just had to. Bad weather was one of several curveballs thrown our way during this trip, in which Jonathan Cooper and I traveled to Istanbul to photograph and publicize the first 46 Eastbay SX. Fortunately, we did have ONE sure thing going our way: this beautiful new boat.
The 46SX had been a stellar performer in every way during our trip, expertly and effortlessly carrying on the proud traditions of the Eastbay Series. This assessment was supported by the positive reactions – the smiling nods, knowing murmurs, and wide-eyed wonderment – of the seven journalists who came from around the world to rigorously test and scrutinize the latest model from Grand Banks. In the end, the 46SX easily impressed even the most veteran, been-there-driven-that authorities of the powerboat press. At least we had that going for us. The interiors were immaculate. The ride was rock solid. The design was smart, stylish, sophisticated. And the Zeus pod-drive propulsion system exceeded all expectations. Yes – in case you didn’t already know, the 46SX is the first Eastbay model to feature the revolutionary Zeus drives from Cummins MerCruiser Diesel. I won’t go into
PHOTOS: (Opposite left) Beautiful ceiling of the famed Blue Mosque. (Top) Aerial panorama of Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia in the foreground. (Above left) Colorful tapestries of the Grand Bazaar. (Above) The 46SX leaves at daybreak for her shoot around the Princes Islands.
detail here about the propulsion system features and benefits (see grandbanks.com for more details). But I will confess my own amazement at taking the 46SX at full throttle up to 33 knots and turning the wheel hard over, watching her carve a smooth circle within two boat lengths, with little lean or bow spray (despite 15-knot winds and 2-foot chop). And I still love the peace of mind the Zeus joystick brings, especially when docking a brand new boat in an unfamiliar marina. So despite the weather, some things were definitely going our way. That helped to make up for other challenges – such as our near-comical search for the heliport (despite having the address of our destination in hand, our taxi driver eventually enlisted the help of a dozen or so clueless passersby along our route, took us to numerous wrong locations, and finally abandoned us for another driver to deal with). And when our original plan for a photo chase boat fell through, I had a crash course in bartering and negotiation, Turkish-style (lesson one: bring lots and lots of cash).
Don’t get me wrong, though: there were plenty of good times along the way, and I quickly fell in love with Istanbul – at least, with what little I saw (the city is enormous, home to nearly 13 million people.) We made lemonade from lemons when our first shoot day was rained out, taking a brief impromptu walking tour of the waterfront along the Golden Horn and into surrounding neighborhoods. Highlights included stops at the ancient Roman cisterns, the famed Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. We also loved the compelling blend of European culture and Eastern exoticism – exotic to us, at least. Competing calls to prayer wove a lovely sonic tapestry each day near our hotel, which was just up the street from both the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in the Sultanahmet neighborhood. (I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the wonderful Faros Hotel Istanbul; their warm hospitality and eager assistance was greatly appreciated – as was their snug little bar at the end of each hectic day.)
PHOTOS: (Far left to right) The Blue Mosque at night; Chicken gyros aplenty; Tile detail; Lanterns at the Grand Bazaar. (Below left to right) A view out of the Faros Hotel lobby; the courtyard of the Blue Mosque after prayer.
People (save for the occasional taxi driver) were unfailingly polite and welcoming to us, even when the language barrier became an issue. And the local foods we tried were all first-rate â€“ including a wonderful dinner hosted by CMD where, it turned out, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also present in one of the restaurantâ€™s private dining rooms. But perhaps nothing was more remarkable than the chance to cruise our 46SX up the Bosphorus while location scouting during our first full day in Istanbul. This 30-kilometer strait famously separates Europe and Asia and serves to connect the Black Sea with the Marmara Sea and beyond. The shoreline is dotted by all manner of mosques, ringed with cafes and restaurants, and home to an endless variety of mansions and lavish estates. Our trip
provided an astounding perspective to take in the size and scope of this city, which seemed to stretch forever all directions, back through hills and valleys. The surface current can be pretty strong along the Bosphorus, as the Black Sea is around 40 centimeters higher than the Maramara. That water movement is nothing, however, compared to the crashing and colliding wakes from all manner of vessels that travel this waterway: huge tankers and compact freighters; steamship ferries and high-speed shuttles and small commuter craft; tour boats, pleasure boats and commercial boats. And amazingly, bobbing violently atop all this chop, sit scores of tiny fishing boats, each manned by just one or two people working to pull in a modest catch for their family or the local market. (continued on page 26)
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PRINCES ISLANDS O N L O C AT I O N
ine islands make up this popular day-trip destination in the Sea of Marmara. Also known as the Red Islands, their peaceful
rhythms make a stark contrast to the crowds and cacophony of nearby Istanbul, just 15 miles and a short ferry ride away. Theislandsarenoteworthyfortheirhorse-and-carriagetransportation, as motor vehicles are banned from the islands. Visitors may also explore the islands on foot or bicycle, with the larger islands offering a respite at cafes and small hotels. Many of our photos were taken around the island of Heybeliada, second largest of the islands. In addition to its scenic shoreline, the island is home to Kamariotissa, the only remaining Byzantine church on the island and the last church to have been in the area before the conquest of Constantinople. According to Wikitravel, “Princes’ Islands take their name from the fact that during Byzantine and early Ottoman period, members of dynasties who fell out of favor were sent to exile there. Until late 19th century, when regular steamer transportation showed up in the seas around Istanbul, these islands were considered remote and far-away places. Apart from the exiled princes, only a handful of monks found these islands inhabitable then, a fact which gives the islands their former name in Turkish: Kesis Adaları (“Islands of the Monks”).”
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The 46SX cutting a tight Zeus-enabled turn.
(continued from page 23) All in all it was a whirlwind trip to Istanbul,
The 46 Eastbay SX pictured here is available for sales from GB Türkiye: Gulbag CAD. No: 66 Kabatas Apt. Duk 11-12 Mecidyekoy 34394 Sisli, Istanbul, Türkiye Phone: +90 212 211 07 67 Fax: +90 212 211 08 58 Mobile: +90 533 246 36 53 www.gbturkiye.com Special thanks to dealer principal Stephan Delannoit and his team for all the support and assistance they provided in making our work there a success.
with lots to do and very little time to stop and catch our breath along the way. That’s typical of most GB photo shoots: as intriguing or exciting as they may sound, they’re the most stressful and intense projects we work on during the year. We rely heavily on great photography for our web sites, ads, brochures, this magazine and more – and getting great photography depends, unfortunately, on the perfect alignment of many factors outside of our control: great weather, good light, skilled pilots, government permits, local support crews, atmospheric conditions, clear waterways, and the benevolence of those fickle Gods of Digital Camera Equipment. But: sometimes they DO align. On our last day in Istanbul, our last possible chance to get the job done, we woke before dawn to a star-filled sky. Down at the marina, the sun crested the horizon and showed clear blue skies as far as we could see. We scraped ice and snow off the 46SX and watched her gleaming deckhouse shine. The water was calm, the light bouncing off the Marmara Sea was a beautiful color, and our shoot location – the Princes’ Islands – beckoned in the distance. Click. ••
THE CITY IN BRIEF
• The city, originally named Byzantium, was first settled as a colony in 667 B.C. After emperor Constantine the Great captured the city and made it the eastern capital of his Roman Empire in 330, it became known as Constantinople (Constantinopolis in the Latin of the day). • The city has also served as the capital of the Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. When the Republic or Turkey was founded in 1923, the capital moved to Ankara. In 1930 the Turkish government requested foreigners to adopt Istanbul as the official name of the city.
Ancient Roman cisterns in Sultahnamet.
• Istanbul has also been nicknamed “The City on Seven Hills” because like Rome, its historic center was built on seven hills. Atop each hill sits an historic mosque (including the well-known Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia). This area of the city sits on a peninsula formed by two equally historic bodies of water, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
• To complete the peninsula, the Golden Horn is an estuary that joins the Bosphorus just at the point where that strait enters the Sea of Marmara (which in turn joins the Agean Sea to the west). Amazingly, large chains were pulled across the opening of the Golden Horn at times during the Middle Ages to protect Constantinople and its naval fleet.
• The Bosphorus forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, which means that Istanbul is a city that spans two continents—the western portion of Istanbul is in Europe, while the eastern portion is in Asia. Two huge suspension bridges span the strait to connect both the city and the continents.
• Today Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city in the world, with a population of 12.8 million. Its boundaries cover a surface area of over 700 miles2 (or 1,800 kilometers2). • Surprisingly, there are only two fullydeveloped marinas in Istanbul.
A QUICK CRUISING GUIDE TO TURKEY’S BEAUTIFUL SW COAST
lthough Istanbul has a long and storied maritime tradition, the city itself has only two fully developed marinas. Most pleasure boating in Turkey is centered instead around the country’s scenic and
unspoiled south coast. Also known as the Lycean coast, the region between Bodrum and Antalya is the most popular cruising area in Turkey, and many charter fleets operate there for both sail and powerboat excursions. With mountainous shorelines plunging down to the sea, coastal forests of pine and olive, farm-filled valleys, beautiful bays and inlets, and innumerable archaeological ruins and historic sites, this area offers some of the best cruising grounds in the world. Friendly people, good fresh foods and delicious local wines don’t hurt, either. The summer is long, and good weather is virtually guaranteed from May to as late as the end of October Many who cruise the area make base their voyage from Marmaris, a bustling town with a modern marina, numerous shops, plus many restaurants and bars. There are also several ancient ruins in the area, and just to east lies the famous Iztuzu beach, last nesting ground of the endangered Mediterranean Loggerhead Turtles. Other stops in a cruising itinerary of the region might include:
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GOCEK BAY Göcek is a small village that has recently developed into a yachting base with two marinas and many yachting facilities. The area is surrounded by many small coves and islands.
KALKAN A charming small town with old Greek houses and narrow streets.
ASI KOYU Unmarked on many charts, this small bay offers a great lunchtime stop en route from to Marmaris. The bay is fantastic for swimming with its turquoise waters. Also an ideal overnight anchorage if you wish to dine onboard.
BODRUM One of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey, well known for its nightlife, underwater archaeology museum, and mausoleum of Halicarnassos.
TERSANE ISLAND Centuries ago the people of this region built their wooden ships here, and one can still see ruins of the ancient shipyard.
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HISARONU BAY Many inlets and islands to explore.
SARSALA Peaceful and tranquil, Sarsala features crystal clear waters for swimming and hammocks for relaxing. Once again you can enjoy the hospitality of this family run restaurant and taste the house specialty, Turkish pide.
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MURIEL JUNE EMBARKS ON EXTENDED JOURNEY BY MARGARET & AL AN HILL
e bought our Grand Banks 46
Galveston to begin the journey. However, as
Heritage Europa in 2004 after
we headed across Louisiana, hurricane Ida
much research. That year we
bore down upon the Gulf Coast. We tied
leased a GB Europa 42 in Florida and took
off at the Houma City marina and waited for
a course, along with a wonderful week of
the storm to pass. Fortunately for us we were
cruising near Ft. Meyers, FL. Our own boat
on the dry side of the hurricane. We waited
was delivered new the end of 2004 and
for the skies to clear and then headed east.
christened Muriel June in 2005 after our
The ICW was still fairly clear of tugs that had
mothers who both loved cruising. That, we
been secured during the storm, so it was a
thought was the beginning of our journey.
pretty clear shot to New Orleans.
We went on several extended trips along the Texas coast to Corpus Christi and back getting ready for our extended journey and testing all systems. However, we had challenges to overcome as well.
Getting through the locks in New Orleans (Harvey Lock and Industrial Lock) was a challenge mainly because boats and barges trying to get through the locks after the hurricane had backed up and there was
In 2008 hurricane Ike struck our coastline.
construction on the Industrial Lock. Fortunate
A huge amount of damage occurred at the
for us, both lock masters were very helpful,
yacht club as the storm surge of over 13
even with the four hour wait at the Industrial
feet ploughed first to the west and then to
the east. Mega yachts ended up on the road and the Muriel June was damaged by a boat that came loose near her. It took 15 months to get all the necessary repairs completed. By November of 2009, repairs were complete, we were both retired, our house was leased, and the time was ripe to leave. Beautiful fall weather signaled to us that it was a perfect time to head out of
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The trip through Mississippi Sound, across Mobile Bay and southern Alabama to Pensacola was simply beautiful with dry, cool weather that followed the hurricane and brilliant crimson fall foliage. The upper panhandle Florida coast has beautiful white sandy beaches, dolphins rode with us every day and the weather in late November was
superb. Our next challenge was to cross
in more protected waters before we
in beautiful condition and owned by
the Gulf of Mexico from Carabelle to
turned south. We had about 5 hours
people who travel the east coast from
St. Petersburg, Fl.
of battering, but then things settled
North to South every year. They loved
down. The crossing for us into the St.
We hurried to Carabelle because of an approaching cold front, then another, and then a third. We, along with 5 other trawlers waited a week for a semi clear day. Bud the dock master who had lots of experience helping people with “the crossing” was wonderful. He briefed us, showed us numerous
Petersburg Harbor (Harborage) was 30 hours. We left at 7 a.m. one morning and arrived at 11 a.m. into our slip in St. Petersburg the next morning. Now the journey would change to beautiful blue water, miles of ICW to navigate and wonderful people.
weather models and the day he thought
Our Grand Banks has been superb.
might be right he called us all together
We have traveled 2,048 statute miles
and told us exactly how to cross. I well
thus far. She has done beautifully in
remember his words. “Trawlers are not
open water of the Atlantic and Gulf of
like speed boats or fishing boats. They
Mexico as well as along the calmer,
are your homes and you don’t want to
shallow Intercoastal Waterway. She
get banged to death. So this is how
is our home for the next two years as
you will do best on this crossing at this
we make this journey. We love the
time of the year.”
welcoming we receive wherever we
He was right. We headed through the channel to Alligator Point and then kept going east so that we would be
meet other GB owners. In Vero Beach, Florida, there were 5 GB’s next to us. These were boats from the 1980’s kept
The next leg of our trip will be the Chesapeake this summer. We will winter in the Atlantic yacht basin outside of Norfolk, VA. Next year we will travel into New York, up the Hudson and into the Great Lakes. This is our journey thus far. Alan and I both retired in 2006: he from a corporate environment, I from a university position. We have always had boats, first sailboats, kayaks, and river rafts. Our Grand Banks is the first big boat we have owned and we love her. The Europa is perfect because it is open, relatively easy for the two of us to handle, sturdy and reliable. Everywhere we travel people stop to talk and ask how we like our boat and marvel at the “newness” of her look. ••
PHOTOS: (Opposite Left) Damaged boats from Hurricane Katrina seen while crossing to New Orleans. (Top row) Alan and Margaret on the stern of Muriel June in Pensacola; The small haul from a fishing tournament in St. Augustine; Muriel June crossing to Sandestin. (Second row) Hiding out from Hurricane IDA in Houma, LA; Margaret and Alan at the christening of Muriel June in 2005; Margaret playing with the dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, Hawk’s Key. (Third row) Tied up outside the big Industrial Lock (while under construction) in New Orleans, LA, waiting for “red flag” vessels (vessels with hazardous cargo) to clear the lock. (Bottom row) The Muriel June hoists the AGLCA Burgee (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association); Swing bridges are the most intimidating.
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Following are a few selected posts from Margaret and Alan Hill’s cruising blog aboard the Muriel June, their 2004 46 Heritage EU.
Lift off of Discovery STS 131- Vero Beach
Blog About It! Blogging is a fun way to share your love of all things Grand Banks – including the places you go and the things you do on board. Cruising is just one subject for a GB blog; you might also want to start one to share your progress at restoring an older Grand Banks, upgrading your current boat, or about the places and experiences you enjoy on your Grand Banks. There are an endless number of topics that make for good reading among the GB community. If you’re about to start a long cruise, check out one of the popular blog sites (above) and contact us to let us know that you’re starting your cruising blog. We’ll follow along and be sure to talk about it in an upcoming issue of Spray or on grandbanks.com.
Log Date \ April 5, 2010: Easter Sunday we had a wonderful day attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart and then a great brunch at the Harborage Yacht Club. Again there were very nice people on the docks who had lots of helpful local knowledge for us–mainly cruising into Georgia which is winding and shallow in most places. They all tell us to go through on high tide. However, with 12 hours to run through the state, high tides don’t last that long. So, we are looking at running partly off shore and partly in the ICW. This morning we arose at 5:30 to get the boat ready for cruising to Vero Beach. At 6:02 the International Space Station flew over us at about 80 degrees to the horizon for about 4 minutes west to east. I watched through binoculars and could see the rays projecting from the space station. Then we positioned ourselves on the end of the dock to watch the launch. At 6:21 a.m. we had lift off. There was a cloud bank over the launch site and the brilliant orange of the shuttle ignited the clouds. Then the shuttle appeared above the clouds brilliant in the morning sun. We saw the fuel tanks deployed with parachutes and then watched the shuttle until it disappeared into the eastern horizon. This was about 45 minutes before sunrise, so we could easily see its brilliance. Quite a sight!
Cocoa Beach, Dolphins, and Russians
Fishing Tournament at St. Augustine
Log Date \ April 6, 2010: You know that you are next to NASA when there are more Russian speaking people on the streets than English speaking. The little village of Cocoa Beach is the closest we’ll be to the Cape. Here as in our Nassau Bay area, the economy will be tremendously impacted with the closing of the manned space program. The marinas are full, however. It is the height of the tourist season for Florida. Most northern boats won’t head back north until May. Insurance dictates that many boat owners
Log Date \ April 9, 2010: The pictures today reflect the Muriel June among a bevy of BIG Fishing boats who are hell bent for catching the biggest and the most tomorrow. This is the home of the Marlin center, but more than marlin, they will be trying to hook all kinds of bill fish and other game fish as well. Tonight is the barbecue and tomorrow will be the winner of the fishing tournament.
must be out of Florida by the first of June. Dolphins are again plentiful. While traveling off shore, we didn’t see dolphins, but in the ICW there are many and today they were quite frisky jumping and riding our boat wake. Lots of moms and babies rode our wake, jumped and splashed. Alan went down to the back of the boat at one point and asked why there was so much water on the aft deck. Dolphins jumping and splashing I assured him. Crab traps are also numerous and we saw several oyster boats gathering oysters for sale . One of the good things about our run today was no bridge openings required. Muriel June needs 24 feet clearance above the water level. Today’s bridges were all over 65 feet. Our run today took just under 6 hours. We head to Daytona Beach tomorrow. Another long day.
While they fish, we will be tourists in St. Augustine. History here is rich. The Spanish Explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles settled St. Augustine in 1565. Over the next 200 years Florida was part of Spain. But in 1783 Spain lost Florida to England in a land exchange. For 20 years she was under British rule. In 1821 Florida became a territory of the United States and gained statehood in 1845. St. Augustine’s “golden age” began in the 1880’s when Henry Flagler attempted to turn the quaint town into a vacation spot for tourists. Flagler and friends built elegant hotels and churches. For my literary friends, the town cemetery is the burial spot of Randolph Caldecott. The children’s illustration award is named after him. He was British but was told that he should move to Florida for his health.
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Cutter & Buck Sweaters Our new men’s and women’s sweaters from Cutter & Buck are the perfect extra layer for chilly days aboard your boat, or a wonderful over-layer at the office. Each is crafted from 100% Supima® cotton for an incredibly soft feel. Machine-washable for ease of care.
NEW ITEMS IN THE SHIPSTORE
SWEATERS, VISORS, JACKETS & MORE
Visor 100% cotton, 3-panel visor features a back strap with external metal buckle, along with an internal Velcro tab for maximum adjustment. Medical Kit The Deluxe Family Kit is for those who demand the utmost in safety when it comes to their boat and family. This kit contains items ranging from Band-aids and trauma dressings to hydrogen peroxide and insect bite relief. Don’t be caught unprepared! Also includes a quick-reference first aid manual. Game Set Any occasion is livened up with our new sixin-one game set. It comes with a case doubling as a game board, along with pieces for checkers, chess, dominoes, backgammon and cribbage, plus four dice and two decks of playing cards. Keychain Silvertone keyring with leatherette strap.
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QUALITY W R I T T E N BY M A R K B U N Z E L L
hy does a Grand Banks
that are available for participants. This
stand out at any dock?
brokerage for used Grand Banks yachts
year the Mother Goose fleet achieved a
Is it its well-drawn lines,
in the world. They are also well known
milestone passing the 25,000 mile mark
trimmed with warm teak, and a gel coat
for their Mother Goose cruises with flotilla
for trouble free non-stop cruising.
that shines in the sun or a soft rain? The
charters up to and throughout Southeast
beauty is more than skin deep, as any
Alaska, Desolation Sound, and coming up
owner knows. The systems are designed
in 2011, the rugged and beautiful Queen
for serious cruising. Properly cared for, they
Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. “We
will last a very long time and reward their
have a unique and discriminating clientele
owner with years of dutiful use, exploring
who are willing to pay a premium to charter
some of the most beautiful cruising areas
from our exclusive fleet of Grand Banks
in the world. “I am continually amazed
yachts,” said Brian Pemberton, the owner
that people walk up to me on the dock
of Northwest Explorations and a long time
and ask if my 1983 42’ Europa GB is a
Grand Banks owner. “Our customers go
newer boat” said nautical writer and GB
to some of the most beautiful and remote
owner Bob Lane. “In my job I test a lot of
places in British Columbia and Southeast
cruising boats and I am hard pressed to
Alaska. Repair services may be days
find a boat that fits my needs better than
away and we need the fleet to perform
my Grand Banks”, he added.
for our customers” added Brian.
Grand Banks yachts are a special breed.
Each year Northwest Explorations takes
is investigated as it typically indicates
They look great and stay in good shape
five of their charter fleet up to Southeast
an existing or upcoming problem. “We
due to a combination of quality materials
Alaska for a total of about 12 weeks
think the key is testing under full power
and construction, and the care their
where charter customers can select from
rather than testing the boat while sitting
owners give their boats. A GB is like a
individual 2-3 week legs on the trip or
at the dock” said Pemberton. “It is worth
new or old Porsche. It just wouldn’t be
can charter for the entire trip including
the extra effort since our boats may be
right if the owner did not take good care
the legs up and back. The trips are well
running up to 500 hours in one season
of a Grand Banks.
planned with stops at all of the best must-
and our customers expect a trouble free
see destination in Southeast Alaska and
experience from our fleet of GBs. We
the Inside Passage. Participants can travel
started this first with our boats going
with the group or travel on their own for a
to Alaska and now have adopted this
day or two. The program includes a mother
practice to our entire charter fleet as part
ship for the staff which includes a flotilla
of the annual maintenance cycle.”
The experts on Grand Banks maintenance
is Northwest Explorations in Bellingham,
Washington. They manage a charter fleet
of 17 Grand Banks yachts of various sizes
and vintages. The yachts are privately
owned and Northwest Explorations books
charters, provides training and manages
the boats for their owners. Northwest
leader, a naturalist and mate. The mother ship GB is also equipped with sat phone, a large watermaker and laundry facilities
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“We have developed a maintenance program that has proven to work for our Grand Banks fleet” said Brian Pemberton. “We found that the key is a schedule of maintenance that includes the testing of our boats under sustained full power on the water.” Early in the spring each boat is taken out for several hours and test under full power with a mechanic in the engine room examining the engine. Small leaks indicate the need for adjustment or replacement of a needed component. A laser temperature gun is used to check exhaust manifold to look for indicators of internalcorrosion.Anyover-tempcondition
The maintenance program goes beyond just
Explorations puts each of the boats it
manages through an extensive checklist of all systems. Items like impellers are replaced annually in all engines and gensets. Fuel filters are changed every 200 hours. The oil and oil filters are also changed every 200 hours, even when up in Alaska. The quality of a Grand Banks is also in the construction and selection of components designed into the boats. Diesel engines have evolved from the Lehmans in early GBs, through Cummins, Caterpillars and now John Deere, all quality engine suppliers. Properly maintained, the engines just keep going – just like their counterparts in the trucking industry. This is especially appreciated on critical open water crossings GB owners take either offshore in the Atlantic to the Bahamas or up the Inside Passage to Alaska. Head systems, water pumps, refrigeration, electrical systems, anchor systems – all quality components that should be checked annually. Northwest Explorations, for example, has the furnace or hydronic system removed and inspected as part of its spring maintenance cycle. It adds to the owner’s annual cost but is critical for cruising the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Some look at this level of maintenance as conservative and some think it is just a good practice. For the exterior maintenance, teak rails are lightly sanded and two coats of Cetol are applied annually at Northwest Explorations. Any nicks or dents in the teak are filled and recoated with Cetol while underway. Water is the enemy to wood. Both Pemberton and Bob Lane agree that teak properly maintained each year can last five years or more before a more extensive complete refinish down to the wood is required. The fiberglass hull and topsides luster is maintained with an annual wax and polish job to protect the gel coat. The result of all of this lavish care and maintenance is a yacht that looks great, runs without problems, maintains its value and often-even increases in value. Well-maintained brokerage Grand Banks yachts always carry a premium price over comparable boats in size and equipment. “My 1983 GB “Quadra” has increased in value by over 30% in the time I have owned it. Yes, I have invested in its maintenance but “Quadra” has taken me to incredible places along the Inside Passage that I could never have seen any other way. Owning and cruising my Grand Banks has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done” said Bob Lane. The next time you walk down the dock and see a beautiful Grand Banks, tell the owner what you think. It is a lot of work and dedication and your comments will make it all worthwhile. ••
Bob Lane’s 1983 42EU, Quad
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ON THE ROAD TO REVIVAL The one that started a legend gets a second lease on life by admiring new owners David Towle and Bettie Massie of Bar Harbor, Maine Text\ David Towle Photos\ David Towle + Various
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[In what we hope to turn into a multi-part series, here is the first installment provided by the new owners of Spray--the prototype 36-foot GB trawler-. Retired academic and ingenue boat-builder David Towle provides us with a little history and a plan for what’s next. Special thanks to David, his wife, Bettie Massie, and to Lincoln North (publisher of the fantastic Great Lakes newsletter) for turning us on to the story.]
pray was built in 1962 at the Wharton Shipyard
survey. Despite substantial degradation in the stern of the
in Jamestown, Rhode Island, which is now the
vessel, my wife and I were convinced that she was worth
Jamestown Boatyard. Communication with the
current owner of the boatyard produced no recorded history of Spray’s construction details, unfortunately. Her original construction was Philippine mahogany planks over oak frames, assembled with silicon bronze fasteners. In 1970, Robert Adams sold Spray to Philip and Marcella Faustman of Kalamazoo, Michigan. In July of that same year the Faustmans sailed her from Connecticut up the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers into Lake Ontario. Both were in academia and spent many summers cruising the Great Lakes. In 1997, the boat sold again, this time to Donald and Wendy Moeller of DesPlaines, Illinois. The Moellers recognized the Spray’s historic background and received a designation from Grand Banks Yachts as hull number GB36–00. After over a decade of ownership, they put the boat up for sale in 2008. After looking at several Grand Banks woodies, I discovered the listing for Spray on WoodenBoat’s website in early 2009. In May 2009, as Spray was on the hard at a marina in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I arranged for a complete
The boat arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine, by truck on July 13, 2009. She was transported without incident by Murphy Yacht Transport of Trenton, Maine. As I had just retired from a career in college teaching and research, Spray’s rejuvenation became a major retirement project for me. Wanting to do most of the required work myself, I enrolled in two courses at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, both taught by traditional boat builder Greg Rossel. During the fall of 2009, I constructed a 20’ x 42’ barn over and around Spray and finally began work on the boat in January. Attacking the stern area first, the entire transom, iron fuel tanks, rotten frames and floor timbers have been removed, leaving just a shell of deck and planking which are supported by external braces and the aft bulkhead that separates the lazarette from the aft salon. New crosslinked polyethylene fuel tanks will be installed; new white oak frames are currently being fabricated, including the 4
PHOTOS: (Opposite left) Sprayâ€™s mode of transportation from Kenowsha, WI, to Maine. (Opposite right) Bettie and David stand in front of Spray outside Davidâ€™s nearly finished barn. (This page) An early listing of Spray in Yachting magazine, circa 1963.
-1/2-inch-thick horn timber which will be cut from a 6-inch-thick
L-shaped piece of white oak obtained from New England Naval Timbers in Cornwall, Connecticut. It is somehow satisfying to believe that at least some of the white oak to be installed likely comes from the same area as the original timbers. We located a supply of Honduran mahogany, purchased decades ago by a furniture maker, that will be used to replace the small number of rotten planks. My wife says that the repair and restoration of Spray will take at least three years. Perhaps she’s right., but I am hoping to get Spray back into the water within the coming year, knowing that the date for finishing the complete project is somewhat nebulous. Someone said that a boat is “finished” when the new owner comes and takes it away. In any case, we don’t intend to sell Spray right away since we are planning on taking her on the Great Circle once my wife retires in a few years. ••
PHOTOS: (Top left) 2006 photo of Spray on the Great Lakes by Donald Moeller. (Top to bottom) Upper transom and aft bulwark after removal of top rub rail; Removal of aft bulwark and partial removal of transom planks; New white oak for horn timber and bollards, Duke Besozzi, New England Naval Timbers in Cornwall, CT. (left) The venerable old horn timber.
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MIKE’S CORNER \ DISTRESS CALLS Mike Negley is a GB Owner Extraordinaire, a man who truly loves his boat – and loves working on his boat, too. Fortunately for us, he also likes writing about working on his boat, and he’s darn good at it (both the working AND the writing). He shares his well-written tips, tricks, ideas and instructions regularly at GBbeacon, our web site for GB owners and enthusiasts. Simply click here to see the full library of great posts by Mike, or look for “Mike’s Corner” in the Discussion Forum index at GBbeacon.com. Mike’s posts often include photos, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, as well as background information and money-saving tips for do-it-yourself-ers. His posts cover everything from propane safety to fuel polishing to brass restoration and beyond – well beyond!
One of the most important electronic safety devices available to recreational boat owners is a “Digital Selective Calling” (DSC)- equipped VHF radio. While an EPIRB is also very important, in many situations DSC is even more valuable IF it is properly set up and everyone on board knows how to use it. All marine VHF fixed mount radios sold after 1999 must be DSC equipped. In an emergency a DSC-equipped vessel can send an automated, unattended, continuous, digital MAYDAY message that includes current vessel position, time/day and assigned vessel identification information. A DSC “MAYDAY” is received instantly, whereas satellite based EPRIB distress signals can be delayed several hours. To make a DSC radio functional you must do several things. First - connect the output from your GPS to the VHF input terminal. Second - apply for a MMSI 9-digit number from either the FCC, Boat US, SeaTow or the US Power Squadron. Getting one from the FCC is a little more complex, but if you travel outside of US waters, only the FCC number will work in the international database. The MMSI application will ask for several forms of emergency contact and vessel information, including state or federal registration.
The next step is to program the MMSI number into your VHF which is often more complicated than it ought to be since most VHF’s do not have a key pad. Each manufacturer has a different way of programming the MMSI numbers into the radio and there is usually a limit as to how many times you can do so if you mess it up. You may have to send the radio back to the manufacturer to have it reset! Now you’re ready to send a distress call from your VHF on Channel 70A just by lifting the red cap and pressing the call button for several seconds. This will immediately alert the nearest US Coast Guard station with all the information listed on your MMSI application form and will give the location of your boat at the time of the call. However, and this is the neat part, it will also contact all DSC-equipped boats in the vicinity, some of which may be closer than the Coast Guard. Some integrated chart systems will even show your position on their chart. DSC has several other useful features, one of which is the ability to program a specific DSC-equipped boat’s MMSI number in to the radio’s call list. I strongly recommend you do this with at least one boat owner so you can test your VHF’s DSC calling and make sure it works and sends your GPS position.
Another feature is the ability to send ALL SHIPS CALL which is used as a general warning to all ships within range of your VHF. This does not require their MMSI number, but they must have DSC capability. This is often used by larger vessels to notify their position (leaving a dock, entering a channel) or an obstruction in the channel, or perhaps someone is in the water. One more function is the ability to send DIstress Call which includes the nature of the distress (Fire, flooding, collision, grounding). This capability will require additional button pushing/turning, but may not be practical in a distress situation. What happens when you send a distress call? It goes out on a VHF Channel 70A and is automatically received by the US Coast Guard and other DSC-equipped radios. Their equipment will identify it as a Distress call, show your MMSi identifier and position in latitude/longitude. And when the call is acknowledged from another radio, your VHF will sound an alarm and then maintain a dual watch on both Channel 16 and 70A. The Coast Guard or another boat will contact you on Channel 16 to determine the nature of the emergency and prepare to provide assistance. If you are the vessel receiving the distress call, you’ll be given the location of the ves-
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sel in distress, but you have to determine it relative to your position. Sad to say, there are a whole bunch of folks who won’t have a clue how to do this. The quickest and easiest way is by using the FROM-TO function on your GPS which will provide the distance and direction to the vessel in distress, If your chart plotter or E-nav system can accept NMEA DSC data from the VHF, it will appear on your chart. The reason crew members should know how to send a DSC distress call - it may be a boat owner is incapacitated. The DSC radio has the capability of individually contacting another DSC-equipped vessel (provided you have their MMSI number in your directory) and “poll” the radio on that boat for its current position a great way to find out where your buddy is catching all of those fish he talks about. Some electronic charts can show this position if integrated with the VHF radio. Obviously other DSC-equipped boats can make the same request of your position. If someone else sends an ALL SHIPS CALL, it will sound an alarm on your VHF and show vessel’s MMSI identifier and date and time, but not its position. Your VHF will switch to Channel 16 automatically. You need to know what key to press to turn off the alarm. Often any key will work.
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Grand Banks family. Here are a few o
issue, stretching from Vancouver
BOB & SHIRLEY CUNNINGHAM
KEN BOLTON & NANCY NIXON
42 Heritage CL, Hull #1475 Virginia Beach, Virginia Synergism II
46 Heritage CL, Hull #189 Seattle, Washington Synergism II
42 Heritage EU, Hull #1542 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Young Lady
After owning a sailboat for several years, Bob and Shirley took ownership of their GB in June 2009 and “it only took about 4 seconds to know” that they would love the trawler life. Their first cruise took place last winter, when they ventured from Virginia Beach down to the Bahamas and then back again via the ICW and ocean. This year, the Cunninghams look forward to exploring new waters and lands.
Dan purchased his 1997 46 Heritage CL this March, and looks forward to cruising this summer in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. Although he spends much of his time in Montana, his future plans include cruising throughout the year and exploring the waters of the Pacific Northwest before setting his sights on Mexico. This is Dan’s first Grand Banks – welcome to the GB family!
Ken Bolton and his wife Nancy Nixon took possession of their second GB in July 2009. After spending their first summer cruising the Gulf Islands and further north to the beautiful waters of Desolation Sound, they look forward to exploring additional Pacific Coast waters and adventuring north to the Broughton Islands and Northern Vancouver Island in 2010.
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BRIGITTE & KLAUS MEYER
JOE & ABBY AVERETT
ALAN & MARGARET HILL
59 Aleutian RP, Hull #29 Ratingen, Germany Indian Summer
46 Heritage EU, Hull #256 Seabrook, Texas Kingfisher
46 Heritage EU, Hull #273 Seabrook, Texas Muriel June
Brigitte and Klaus previously owned a 46EU before they bought their new 59 Aleutian RP. While their 46 was moored in Zeeland, southwest Netherlands, their 59 is moored with Kremer’s dealership in Heeg. This location is a little easier to access the islands in Scandinavia and Germany.
From the day they took delivery of their 46EU in 2003, Joe and Abby Averett have been planning their “Journey”. They left Seabrook, Texas in early 2007 and have since covered about 5,500 miles - with many more adventures to be had in the future. They’ll hit the water again come May to cruise the ‘Mini Loop’ or ‘Triangle Loop’.
Alan and Margaret Hill took delivery of their 46EU in 2004 and haven’t looked back. They say the Europa has been a perfect fit for them with its open layout, easy handling, durability and reliability. Living aboard for the next two years, they look forward to seeing incredible sights and meeting other GB owners along the way. (Read their blog excerpts, page 39)
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