Before Grand Banks there was.....
As many of you know, American Marine started in Junk Bay in Kowloon building other people's designs including Herreshoff.* Several years before they created the first Grand Banks they built a small number of 34' diesel cruisers that, while considerably different than the soon-to-come Grand Banks, got the company thinking about this type of boat.* The GB forerunner, also made of wood, was given the name Chantyman.* Of the few surviving examples several reside in Washington State.* They were all single-engine and had a hull form considerably different than what the Grand Banks would have.* From what I have been able to garner from the plans, they appear to be displacement boats.* The only plan I have found that reproduces fairly clearly is one for a shipping cradle for a Chantyman.
If you've never seen one, here are a couple of small photos I took off Shing Kong's American Marine history page. Shing is the son of the Kong of Kong & Halverson, who originally worked for American Marine prior to and during the early Grand Banks years.
-- Edited by Marin on Monday 11th of October 2010 10:35:36 PM