First in a series of articles on upgrading your older Grand Banks to a more maintenance-friendly vessel. We will be covering lots of creative ways to achieve this goal. This article focuses on teak rails and how to spend more time boating and less time varnishing. Come back later to see how we can convert your current teak rails to stainless. Continue reading
The third rudder is, to some, like an extra teat! However, there are folks who like cruising along the coast apart from the waterway. For them good sea manners are essential. This is a new and innovative upgrade for your Grand Banks.
There are many benefits to having LED lights in your boat. The single-most feature is less power draw from your batteries. Battery life is always of concern especially if you tend to anchor out where you don’t have access to shore power. Some claim up to 90% efficiency compared to traditional bulbs. Continue reading
We had a customer come in cold just from reading he blog where he determined we could do all the things he needed to upgrade his Grand Banks 42 to the condition that it should be in. There were various cosmetic defects with the boat — all common to the Grand Banks of that era. Deteriorated teak decks, bad window tracks, spent gelcoat and varnish all added up to a boat that was in need of a bit of help. Continue reading
If you read my daily blog you will already know about this product. After trying all the expensive prop coating products we struck the mother lode with this one. The product is Pettit Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier. Available only in a spray can, it is the easiest to use of the bunch. Make sure you have bare metal, clean with a bit of denatured alcohol or acetone and spray on a couple of light coats. This will protect the props (or any other metal) for the season. It will most likely only last one season but for the price I wouldn’t expect any longer than that and the labor cost for applying are negligible. In fact, every boat that we launch now gets this applied first.
From the Pettit site:
Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792 provides easy to use aerosol spray protection for bare metals including steel, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, galvanized steel, and lead. It forms an excellent bond to underwater metals and running gear, and inhibits corrosion on these surfaces. Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier’s smooth, hard surface will self-clean in service, and can be used above or below the waterline. The dried film of Prop Coat contains the highest percentage of pure Zinc.
In the summer of 2013 this Berger 85 came to Oxford Yacht Agency / Dickerson Harbor Boatyard to have a custom hard top designed, built and installed. Most of the work was performed at our docks in Oxford. View the photo gallery
The owner of this Grand Banks 42 Classic will be using a davit system for his dinghy. Since the space where the dinghy is usually stored will be empty, he decided to have a teak deck laid for a sun deck. Continue reading