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Old 06-30-2018, 04:43 PM   #1
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We are going to take a preliminary look at a couple fiberglass Grand Banks next week -- a 32' and a 36' . Aside from the known "trouble spots" of decks, windows, fuel tanks, and the basic commonsense items, what would those of you on here who own Grand Banks suggest we specifically check out? (This is just a first look -- if we get that far, thorough boat and engine surveys are a given.) Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2018, 05:48 PM   #2
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On the 36, that rear door hatch thing tends to leak...make sure the keels are dry (standpipe in the engine room). With those other things, everything else is typical. Also, rail hardware is unobtainium, depending on the year. Steering is cables and blocks so watch out for meat hooks. You want the remote tiller. You are just a caretaker for the next owner so don't buy one that's not been well looked after. Deferred maintenance and neglected exterior wood (there is lots) will take time and money to fix.

Buy a single if you are not very nimble on your knees and belly.

Having said all that, are you looking at glass or woodies? Personally, I like the 32 better than the 36 because of the poor outside deck space on the 36 and the Ozzie and Harriet bunks in the 36 rear cabin. A 32 is perfect for a couple. Oh and the lazarettes tend to leak. Look closely.

The 32 does have that crappy aft ladder to the flybridge...
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Remote tiller? Unobtainium? (Both boats are mid-70s)

Glass. And yes, we are a bit on the fence between the 32' and the 36', for just those reasons! Love, love the larger cockpit on the 32', that would be our sweet spot. The 36' we are looking at, though, has been modified for a queen in the back. Prefer the 36' for the ability of the dog to get up on the aft cabin and up to the flybridge. But...in all of our dreams...it has ALWAYS been a Grand Banks 32 I think we'll know it when we find it.

Thanks for your pointers, I really appreciate it.
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As a former'88 GB36 owner, plumbing comes to mind. Many GBs of that vintage had aluminum water tanks which were susceptible to pitting due to chlorine in fresh water. Mcmaster Carr has magnesium anodes which solve the problem, but the tanks are old and the damage has already been done. The other issue is the grey plastic pvc pipe which comprises the plumbing runs. It becomes brittle with age and the crimped elbows and tee connections have a tendency to leak. Sharkbite connections available at Home Depot can be used to replace these, but the plumbing was installed before the decks went on and access in many areas is difficult.

All that said, a well maintained GB will always garner appreciative comments, and ours rewarded us with several free nights in marinas and yacht clubs from smitten onlookers. Almost makes all that knee time on the decks, windows and varnish worthwhile. Go to the GB. Owners site for comments from the many slaves to GB mistresses.
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Excellent points, Roger, and ones we will definitely keep in mind. Very helpful. Out of curiosity, why a "former owner?" Too much upkeep?
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How does an anode in an aluminum tank prevent corrosion from chlorine? Very curious.
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I am a history major, but supposably the oxygen atoms in the chlorine react with the more active magnesium anode rather than the aluminum tank. Same reason there is an anode in your water heater.

We owned our GB36 for 13 years, and completed four trips up/down the ICW, a Great Loop transit, and extended cruises to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. Our big reason for selling was our trucker who moved the boat alongside our house for the winter finally said no more due to height of the boat and the low elevation of the utility lines in our neighborhood. Despite my best efforts, the boat was 16'1" above the ground when on the trailer. We purchased a Downeast boat finished by Steve Zimmerman- no bridge, aft covered cockpit and the ability to cruise at multiples of seven knots if you are willing to pay for the fuel. That, plus no outside varnish and fiberglas decks means my knee pads are no longer essential equipment. We loved the GB and will miss her, but life goes on.
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Good info about the magnesium, I wonder if I can just drop one into the tank? I'm on it.

I really liked my GB 32, number 595. She was "perfect" when I sold her (had to move for work) but she was a real sweety. Get a good mattress for the v-berth, I had the best sleeps of my life in there!
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