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Old 04-28-2017, 05:01 PM   #1
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Grand banks 32 wood

Hello everybody,
I am new here and from Holland.
Just bought a GB 32 on an auction from 1973. Wooden ship.
The former owner let do a terrible lot of work on the ship but a divorce etc...
I have one big question to start with :
Can I put her on the wall in winter or should she have to stay in the water because she is a woody ?
Thanks !!
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:11 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. Lots of wooden boats in northern North America are hauled for the winter and stored ashore. They DO dry out and have to be soaked in the spring to cause the wood to expand and the seams to tighten up. This is usually done by letting the boat hang in the slings of the travel lift until leakage slows enough so as not to overcome the bilge pumps. Depending on the tightness, this may take anywhere from 3hrs to a day or two. It is NEVER a good idea to fill the boat with water when it is still ashore to accomplish this task. Are you in fresh or salt water?
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My 1970 woody is in the water all year. Maintenance is planned accordingly to not keep her out more than 10 days if possible. Keeping them in water prevents screw tourqing and planks stay firm.
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We are in the water year round. '72 GB Woody, 32-342.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:19 AM   #5
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There's a local marina here that won't accept wooden boats. Why would that be?
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:42 AM   #7
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Planking that completely dries out, like in hot climates, shrinks to smaller than original size. They take a long time to resize and if over caulked can cause fasteners to pull out when they finally expand all the way.
Many marinas don't like wood boats because near their end of life (because of poor care) they get purchased by someone that spends what little money they have on the inside of the boat rather than the bottom. Eventually leaving the boat to sink at the dock w/o insurance.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:25 PM   #8
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Woody GB32

Hello again,
My woody was out of the fresh water for 4 weeks.
A lot of work has been done.
All the implements, underwatership completely bare, seams stopped, 4 times primer, two times antofouling, propeller shaft, hull and mirror bare, sanded etc .. New engine mounts and more. now she has been hanging in the slings for a day. it goes well !
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There's a local marina here that won't accept wooden boats. Why would that be?
Owners like to blame the marina for perceived damages to their hulls which are not damages, but the nature of the beast, and marinas simply don’t want to take on the risk or the blame.
Marinas also don’t like to tie up their lift schedules with “hanging” wood boats while they swell for an unknown amount of time.
Our local marinas will haul just about anything, but there is usually a waiver involved to protect the marina
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Congratulations on the purchase! There used to be a Grand Banks Woody site but the owner of the site is a knowledgeable, but a total jerk. You will find your hull is made of Phillipine mahogany; unless you are very lucky, some of the hulls were made of solid teak. Look for a gentleman who lives in England, he totally rebuilt his woody, a totally decrepit derelict (the boat, not the owner!) and did a fantastic job. He hauls his woody, Little Ship, for the winter every year and would be pleased to pass on his knowledge to you. In a fit of geriatric mindlessness, I have forgotten his name for now but I'll get back to you when it dawns on me...
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I remembered his name, Tom. I sent you his coordinates in a private mail. Let me know if there is a problem. He is a super guy and very knowledgeable and tell him Ken says hello!
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