Simply, a distinctive and classy yacht that has withstood the test of time. This is my personal impression of the Grand Banks 32 Eight Knots. With over 860 hulls over a 30-year span, the Grand Banks 32 is a proven deep-water cruiser, that can voyage to many landfalls in comfort and safety. A definite cute-as-a-button small cruiser that still turns heads wherever she goes. Her design may be copied by other builders, but she is still a Grand Banks.
Back in the 1960’s American Marine, based out of Singapore, developed a distinctive design trademark based on the classic traditions of Bill Garden, Nat Herreshoff, and Sparkman and Stephens. If a boat looks right, why mess with it?
Why Should You Buy This Boat?
With a 17,000 lbs displacement wooden hull, including a hard chine and long keel, stability and seaworthiness is one of the GB 32’s hallmarks. Combined with teak joinery above and below decks, the owners are surrounded with quality craftsmanship that is a pleasure to own and to share with guests. Even the raised bulwarks add an extra level of safety and distinction.
The first thing you notice when you walk onboard is a teak sole and deck (over 1” thick). Don’t get too worried about a wooden boat. Every boat needs some maintenance and upkeep, and I think this is the perfect excuse to ditch the cable and truly enjoy the nautical life.
Dependable Ford Lehman Diesel
These engines have been around for decades and are proven performers in many yacht designs. Grand Banks wanted a Diesel powerplant that is dependable, low maintenance and fuel efficient, to the point that one economical fill-up would do your boating season.
With a cruising speed shy of 8 knots, you have a conservative 1500 nautical mile range on one tank. Where does this bring you? From Victoria, BC, a double circumnavigation around Vancouver Island (in case you missed something); a one-way ticket to Anchorage, Alaska; or a season’s worth of Seattle Seahawks and Mariners games.
Eight Knots is equipped with nice wooden accents that the owner has taken pride in, to make a weekend feel like a vacation. With a Diesel Webasco forced air heating system, along with a Dickinson Antartic furnace in the main salon, your cruising calendar has now expanded easily into the fall. The upper aft deck is a perfect lounging area, especially for those who want some privacy while sun tanning. And it can do double duty for crab trap or kayak storage. Lastly, a tender to go ashore while anchored, is always appreciated as well.
Being a small cruiser, the amount of natural light bellies its size. A bright and airy interior will undoubtably be pleasing even on rainy or foggy days. From galley to table, everything is where it should be, with ample storage for extended journeys. And if you choose not to use the vessel in winter, a full canvas weather cover can protect her from the elements.
Pride of Ownership
Like any yacht, preventive maintenance is key to longevity. When you step aboard, you do not smell the musties, or feel any dampness. What you have is one solid dry boat that will impress its owners and harbours alike. Eight Knots being 51-years young, is willing and ready to please. The Grand Banks 32…The grand lady that started it all.
Make and Model: Grand Banks 32 Sedan
Displacement: 17,000 lb
Fuel Tank: 200 gal, metal
Fresh Water Tank: 100 gal, stainless steel
Holding Tank: 30 gal, plastic
Engine #1: Ford Lehman 6 cyl Diesel, 120 HP with new spare propeller
Engine Hours: 7,400
• Mechanically inspected and sound
• Oil sampling revealed no contamination
• Saltwater hoses replaced (2016)
• Impeller and gasket replaced (2016)
• Two oil coolers replaced (2016)
• New alternator belt
Borg Warner Velvet Drive Transmission
Engine #2: Honda 20HP outboard as backup, on transom
• Magic Chef 4 burner propane stove and oven
• Nova Kool stainless steel refrigerator 110V and 12V
• New compressor for fridge
• Stainless steel sink with hot and cold shower
• Raritan 6 gallon hot water tank
• Raymarine RL-70 chartplotter at upper and lower helms
• Raymarine ST-60 depth sounder
• Uniden ES-UM525 VHF at lower helm, ICOM IC-M305 VHF upper helm
• Ritchie compass at both helms
• 1 x 4D starting battery (2015)
• 6 x 6V golf cart house batteries (2017)
• Newmar RM 15 charger
• Motomaster Eliminator 800W inverter
• Xantrex Link Pro digital voltmeter
• Updated 110V electrical panel
• Electrolysis system management (rewired 2019)
• CO2 detector
• Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo system
• Upgraded interior LED lighting
• Bus heater in forward stateroom
• Gravity fed furnace oil tank on flybridge
Hull and Deck
• Teak planking over marine plywood
• Bulwark caps, handrails and exterior accents are varnished teak
• Lofrans Tigres 12V electric windlass (rebuilt 2018)
• 33 lb Bruce anchor with 200’ 5/16 chain and rode
• Spare 12 lb Bruce anchor in Lazarette
• Seawise marine stainless steel dinghy davit on swimgrid
• 10’ AB inflatable RIB with Johnson 15 HP outboard
• Collapsible mast
• Custom storage boxes on foredeck and cockpit
• Canvas covers on all windows
• Bimini over flybridge (stainless steel replaced 2019)
• Full canvas cover upper helm and deck (refurbished 2019)
• Full canvas cover and enclosure for cockpit (refurbished 2019)
• Flybridge seating cushions
• Full winter cover
• Sea anchor in lazarette
• Stern line and reel
• replaced head thruhull (2016)
• full bottom scrape of old anti-fouling, before new paint (2016)