New (to me) GB 36 in Seattle

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TrawlerDavid

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I'm very pleased to report that I closed last week on my 1976 Grand Banks 36. She was clearly well loved by the prior owner and spent summers cruising the San Juan Islands. I plan to keep her at Shilshole in Seattle and nticipate exploring and cruising Puget Sound in coming years. I sort of retired last summer so will have time to putter, which to me is part of the fun on boats. I posted a few times to this forum with questions before making the decision to move forward, and the collective wisdom was very helpful. I look forward to sharing and learning as a new trawler owner. I have a great name for her, but can't say it until I satisfy Neptune with the required ceremony.
 
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Congratulations! See you on the water.
 
Congrats on your new boat. Got any photos?
 
Congratulations, we did the name change as well with Neptune's blessing. I'm not particularly superstitious, but why tempt? Seems to have gone well, and I got the name I always wanted. Goood luck!
 
Congratulations. To my eye, the GB36 is the quintessential trawler. The 36 especially is such a versatile boat - easily managed as a starter boat, big enough to satisfy an owner for a lifetime. Great choice especially for you intended cruising grounds.

Reach out if you need help posting pictures.......

Peter
 
Congrats! That will be a great marina to station her at.
 
Congrats. You’ll love that boat.
Thanks! Most recently we lived in Philadelphia and had a Pearson 33 on the Bohemia River and Chesapeake for 8 years. I'm looking forward to the GB 36 and new and different adventures.
 
Congratulations, we did the name change as well with Neptune's blessing. I'm not particularly superstitious, but why tempt? Seems to have gone well, and I got the name I always wanted. Goood luck!
Thanks! Agree- why tempt the fates and better safe than sorry with Neptune.
 
Congrats on owning the quintessential trawler. That is one of the trawler world’s best and most handsome designs. We are right around the corner in Elliot Bay and will look for you this summer.

Of course, you need to get the renaming ceremony right. I am by trade a soulless scientist living a so-called evidence-based life. Until I step on a boat. Then I am as superstitious as anyone and firmly believe in boat karma.

To hedge your bets you might want to pay homage to both Neptune and Poseidon. After all, Neptune is just the Greek god Poseidon in a toga.
Here is a very elaborate renaming ceremony involving substantial alcohol and none of the bs of breaking a bottle (so early 20th Century). The disagreement I have is that the champagne should be poured on the deck from east to west, not in the water. At least that is the way some report it from Greek tradition. Enjoy!
 
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Join the Edmonds Yacht Club (I'm a Past Commodore there). You'll find one of the Past Commodores there has a 48-foot Grand Banks and he is super-knowledgable as well as friendly. Tell him Rob sent you.
 
Ha! Join Queen City Yacht Club! We just reduced the sign up fee from $3k to $2K. Yacht club benefits are great, I use the reciprocal moorage all the time, and frequently stop in at Edmonds! We have a 250 slip marina, mostly covered moorage, and bought the DNR underwater rights years ago. My 39' covered boat shed for my 37' North sea trawler is about $1000 a quarter! about $335 a month to moor in fresh water. We are a "blue collar"YC, and ask for volunteer help for the grounds, clubhouse and docks. ronstevensonMIwa@gmail.com
Happy new boat!
 
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Ha! Join Queen City Yacht Club! We just reduced the sign up fee from $3k to $2K. Yacht club benefits are great, I use the reciprocal moorage all the time, and frequently stop in at Edmonds! We have a 250 slip marina, mostly covered moorage, and bought the DNR underwater rights years ago. My 39' covered boat shed for my 37' North sea trawler is about $1000 a quarter! about $335 a month to moor in fresh water. We are a "blue collar"YC, and ask for volunteer help for the grounds, clubhouse and docks. ronstevensonMIwa@gmail.com
Happy new boat!
Thanks, Ron. Appreciate the information, and I'll try and stop by and visit when I can this summer. My hesitation would be dealing with the Locks every time to get on the Sound.
 
Thanks, Ron. Appreciate the information, and I'll try and stop by and visit when I can this summer. My hesitation would be dealing with the Locks every time to get on the Sound.
You would be less than an hour from the locks. They are easy to get through, but sometimes the wait can be long, maybe an hour, depending on commercial traffic. And avoid holiday weekends. The benefits of being in fresh water are worth it. Less maintenance. Engines flushed with fresh water every time you return. Bottom paint lasts much longer and no barnacles. I'm not a member of Queen City, but have friends that are.
 
David,
Welcome to the club. You will love your Grand Banks. We love ours!
 

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I suggest you look carefully at the different membership structures that clubs have and develop a mental format that you are comfortable with. I liken it to finding a church, you have to be welcomed and comfortable. Some clubs have a format where the membership is individual with a designated significant other, and no survivorship. Others are two person memberships with survivorship.
My wife and I are members of Edmonds YC having joined in 1988 when our kids were young. I was Commodore, aka President, in 1993, and will second Robsters offer.
 
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