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Old 09-07-2015, 12:07 AM   #81
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We've been out for 2.5 days now - Seattle, Edmonds, La Conner - and I've only seen one GB, a newer 42 Europa (molded stairs in cockpit) that steamed by the La Conner marina at 8+ knots throwing the biggest wake I've seen in 30 hours here.
Not a great ambassador for the brand.

But there have been tons of Taiwanese trawlers. Some pretty scruffy, some in good shape. But I've probably seen 50 of them so far this trip.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:13 AM   #82
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For whatever reason there are more GBs in our harbor now than we've ever seen in the 17 years we've been here. There is still the big GB charter/dealer fleet that has always been here but now there is a whole crop of privately owned GBs in our basin, from newly arrived GB32s all the way up to GB46s.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:21 AM   #83
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We've been out for 2.5 days now - Seattle, Edmonds, La Conner - and I've only seen one GB
GB aren't city folk.
Maybe go take a peek at Sucia, Stuart, Tumbo...
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Old 09-07-2015, 02:01 PM   #84
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We didn't buy the GB we have in the PNW with any thought of getting a dime out of it when we're done with it. If we can get permission, we'd be inclined to sink it as a fish habitat when we're done using it.
If you're serious, that is very sad. Why not donate it or at least sell it dirt cheap to someone who can get some more enjoyment out of it.

Why kill it just because your done playing with it.
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:25 PM   #85
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Grand Banks makes me sad....very sad...

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GB aren't city folk.
Maybe go take a peek at Sucia, Stuart, Tumbo...
Uh huh - apparently they're all in Bellingham close to the dealer. Coincidence?

I've seen about a dozen KKs and 4 or 5 Nordhavns. And 2 Hatteras 58 LRCs.

Anyway now out at Partridge Bank - still haven't seen another GB.
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Another KK under way. Heck, I've seen 2 Diesel Ducks!
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:08 PM   #87
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At our YC, there are 6 GB's. Only one, a 46 classic is for sale
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Grand Banks makes me sad....very sad...

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At our YC, there are 6 GB's. Only one, a 46 classic is for sale
We have a 42 classic that went to our outstation at Port Ludlow this weekend and a 32 - I think that one may be for sale. But we are positively overrun with 45/47/49 Bayliner motor yachts - at least a dozen in our 105 slips. One guy with a 49 moored at the reciprocal until he could get his bow thruster fixed so he could return to his slip.
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Spotted another GB near Admiralty Inlet with a major antenna farm (not transmitting AIS though)
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:48 PM   #90
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Ok,here's another transiting south off Port Townsend. Maybe there hasn't been a mass reaping after all.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:07 PM   #91
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Why not donate it or at least sell it dirt cheap to someone who cyan get some more enjoyment out of it.

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Because man screws up life for everything else on this planet every chance we get. We like the idea of giving orher forms of life a break whenever we can. The artificial reef idea is a terrific one. Up in these waters the've sunk ferries, old naval vessels, even a 737 to create habitats for sea creatures. We'd like to do the same with this boat if we can.

We started to sink it this morning while adjusting the packing glands. But we decided we were't done using it so we got out the tapered dowels and rescue tape and after a tense 30 minutes or so managed to keep it on top of Bellingham Bay. For now.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:32 PM   #92
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Heck, I've seen 2 Diesel Ducks!
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I found where old GBs go to die - it's Port Townsend. The one on the right might never see water again:
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it does seem a shame that the aft cabin GB has disappeared from production. It seemed to me an ideal boat for entertaining overnight guests with some sembalance of privacy--or a very good option for two couples to charter...what other choices are out there?
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Older GB, Tollycraft, Hatteras, Bertram, Chris Craft, Bayliner, Uniflite,... you pick the brand!


They are all basically the same - virtually financial-value-worthless pieces of great FUN! Buy em only in real good condition and at rock bottom price. If at end of many years enjoyment we have to virtually give em away - so be it! The world changes, times change, we change... and everyone/everything around us changes.


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couldn't agree more with your sentiment, Art. Thanks!
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Art, by the way, look forrward to seeing the TF "bay and delta" crowd when I get back there in a couple of weeks....
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it does seem a shame that the aft cabin GB has disappeared from production. It seemed to me an ideal boat for entertaining overnight guests with some sembalance of privacy--or a very good option for two couples to charter...what other choices are out there?
It is a good cofiguration in the GB36. In the larger sizes where it's possible to have two or more staterooms in the forward cabin, I think the Europa is a better cofiguration because of the covered side and aft decks. Particularly if one boats, as we do, where rainy, windy weather is the norm.

But in a smaller boat the tri-cabin cofiguration with the main cabin separating the two staterooms, each of which have their own head, is a terrific layout if one has guests, kids, etc. on board.

GB is not the only choice in this respect. There are many brands of cruiser like CHB, Puget Trawler, etc. that used this same configuration.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:57 PM   #99
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I'm sad but not sympathetic. GB blew it when they stopped offering a boat w less than 1000 hp. They gave the "reasonable power" market to kadey Krogen. When I bought my current boat I intentionally sought the older style hull with relatively lower power engines (john Deere).Eventually fuel will go to $8 per gallon and few will want a 40 gph boat. I expressed these sentiments to gb a couple of years ago and their response was that big diesels were efficient at low speeds--ignoring the fact that extended operating at idle is not good for the engines. As much as I like gb, my next boat will probably be a KK. I'm admittedly not a mainstream buyer, but somewhat appalled that GB doesn't want my business....
It's interesting to note that the test data on fuel consumption published in passage maker magazine, the new GB with its 715 HP M-11 Cummins twins will cruise at a trawler-like 8 knots spending 3.75 GPH @1000 RPM.
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A sedan and a Europa, both underway, in one shot:
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