Used boats: Grand Banks 42, the trawler that conquered the world


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The trawler, the displacement boat born for fishing, became world famous when the Grand Banks 42 was born in the early 1960s, later built in hundreds worldwide.

That is why it is an “icon boat.” Even today, perfectly preserved models built entirely of wood can be found that are still priced at around 100,000 euros, while well-preserved fiberglass models cannot be found for less than 150,000 euros. The Grand Banks 42 is unique in its habitability, seaworthiness and outdoor living solutions. Since its inception, the Grand Banks 42 has been the subject of several imitation attempts by several other shipyards.

Used boats: Grand Banks 42

It is unique because of its unmistakable lines, a rationality of interiors that leaves no room for aesthetic superficiality at the expense of comfort, and a realization where the advantages of mass production are married with the attention to detail worthy of an artisanal paper mill.

The secret of Grand Banks?

The secret of Grand Banks? Being a boat designed in the US and built in Hong Kong. In Italy it is easy to find it with the layout with a V-shaped forward cabin and a W.C. room, a salon with one or two side access doors from the deck and a large L-shaped sofa that converts to a double bed for the night. Opposite the wheelhouse is the kitchen area with refrigerator, oven and various storage cabinets.

Proceeding aft, one descends to the master cabin with two berths at the side, which are large and comfortable, with a toilet room that could have been equipped with a shower or a seating tub. There is space for the sun on the fly-bridge or on the deckhouse of the master cabin, in case this was not used as a tenting site while sailing. We were saying about the construction material. At first it was made of wood with mahogany planking, highly prized, then only in the 1970s did the hull become solid fiberglass, but the small ship charm remained intact. Despite the fiberglass.

Used valuation: in wood from 80 to 120,000 euros, in fiberglass from 130,000 euros and up.

Boat Data Sheet: Grand Banks 42

  • Loa: 12.74 mt;
  • B.max: 4.14 mt;
  • Draft: 1.27 m;
  • Engine: 2×120 hp (original version)



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