Grand Banks Charters

Grand Banks 42 Charter on the Chesapeake Bay

If you are considering buying a Grand Banks or similar trawler and would like to experience the cruising capabilities, you may wish to charter a Grand Banks 42 and cruise the Chesapeake Bay for a week or two.
Grand Banks 42

Charter a Grand Banks 42 on the Chesapeake Bay

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At A Glance

2 Heads with showers Full Galley Aft Deck area for lounging Large Flybridge with extra seating Engines: Twin CAT 3208 TA/320HP LOA: 43’3″ / LWL: 41’1″ Beam: 13’7″ / Draft: 4’2″ Fuel: 600 Gals Water: 295 Gals [/pullquote] If you are considering buying a Grand Banks or similar trawler and would like to experience the cruising capabilities, you may wish to charter a Grand Banks 42. We offer this boat for weekly Chesapeake Bay charters or longer trips to Florida, New England or other East Coast points. We can also offer one way charters to these locations. The Charter Skipper will appreciate the new electronics and navigation gear while the first mate and crew will appreciate the full galley, new entertainment center and spacious comfortable cabins. This trawler is also available for longer charters such as doing the Great Loop. Contact us for more information.

Orientation / Check Out

Our charter orientation can last up to a day and a half as it is quite extensive and covers all of the systems and equipment on the boat as well as navigational equipment. Many people use this opportunity to learn more about a Grand Banks for future or newly purchased boat.

Grand Banks 42 Details


Navy Bimini, F/B Navy Weather Dodgers on Stainless frames / rails. 4 low-maintenance cruising bench seats w/cushions, chart book holder, Magma barbecue grill, 4 large resin infused reclining chairs, flybridge cover, teak grate table with new top (2013)

Owner/Guest Accommodations

Traditional GB 42 forward and aft private cabins with heads, showers, storage including large hanging lockers, dressers, drawers under berths for clothes, charts, etc. Salon Wood blinds with exterior mesh shade/screens. Long settee to stbd, helmseat w/icemaker (2013). New custom GB Yacht table (2013) with bottom bottle/napkin storage as well as drawers. Galley The L-shaped Galley is forward and to port, featuring Corian counter tops and stainless steel sink. Under the counter extension is a Grunnert cold plate refrigerator with custom SS liner. There is a dish cabinet mounted above the counter at the aft end with built in Princess. There is a 3 burner electric Princess Stove with oven at the forward end of the galley. Under the sink is a cabinet and under the oven is a drawer for storing pots and pans. A flip out trash container is neatly tucked away across the companionway for the fwd stateroom.

Hull and Deck

  • Extended Swim Platform
  • Transom Shower
  • Dinghy Chocks
  • 9′ Zodiac Dinghy with 6 HP Mercury Outboard
  • Stainless Steel Swim Ladder with teak treads
  • All opening windows have screens
  • Shore Water Connection
  • Textaline windshield covers

Electrical and Navigation Equipment

  • Danforth compasses serviced 2013
  • 2 Chargers – Xantrex 60 amp (2013) and functioning Sentry 50 amp by Marine Development
  • 2 8D Batteries (new 2013); 1 group 27 Generator battery
  • Battery condition monitoring gauges
  • 2 12V Bilge pumps with float switches
  • (2) Raymarine E120 Digital Display with Radar, Chartplotter, Depth, Tide Functions
  • Garmin 4012 10″ Chartplotter for additional flybridge convenience
  • 2 VHF Radios w/large antennas
  • Simrad Autopilot w/Hydraulic drive 2 station


  • Large Digital TV, DVD Player, HDIM Cables, TV Antenna at top of the mast
  • New Stereo System Consisting of FB and Salon speakers, XM Sat Service to high end DVD Player
  • New Control Panel in overhead panel for stereo system


  • Lofrans Dual Capstan Windlass on GB Anchor Platform
  • 45LB Bruce-type anchor, 45LB CQR, 225′ 5/16″ Hi-Test chain, Nylon 3 Strand Line – all in excellent condition
  • Large Fiberglass Anchor deck box for windlass handle, foreward docklines, electrical adapters, etc
  • 2 Complete sets of docklines in blue and white double braided with loops


  • Throw Ring
  • Man Overboard Package, 2011
  • 9′ Zodiac hard bottom inflatable with oars rigged to electric hoist for instant deployment
  • 6 HP 4 Stroke Mercury Outboard (2012)
  • Life Jackets, horns, flares, etc.

Recent Upgrades (2013)

  • New engine rooms lights
  • New Vacuflush Head Systems (2)
  • 1 Additional Holding tank w/filter installed
  • New Sanitation Hoses – Odor-free
  • Mast and Boom Painted
  • New Intake Hoses for engines and generator
  • Promariner Pronautic Charger
  • Shakespeare Seawatch TV Antenna
  • Varnish stripped and recoated
  • Decks Serviced

Charter Rates

Summer Northeast Winter Southeast
Dates: Apr 16, 2014 to Nov 1, 2014 Pricing: US$3,500 per week (plus expenses) Destinations:Chesapeake Bay North East US Virginia Delaware Maryland Dates: Jan 15, 2014 to Apr 1, 2014 Pricing: US$3,000 per week (plus expenses) Destinations:United States Florida
Engine Room Layout

Penultimate is a classic GB 42 with many recent upgrades making here a prime candidate and good consideration for the ultimate in charter cruising comfort. She is at her best in inland and coastal cruising. Her recently serviced decks, hull, teak safety rails, fiberglass, mast, interior and engine room paint put her at the top level of physical condition.

Let us help you plan your cruise

If you are planning on chartering the Chesapeake on a trawler, as life-long residents and boaters, we know the best spots to anchor, best sites to see and the things you absolutely can’t miss! We can also help you plot a course for longer cruises as well. Give us a call!


….Needless to say, we got a lot in over the week. The weather really was perfecto and your boat did every we asked of her, and did everything well. The fly bridge is a great spot to hang out. It is large enough for 8 people comfortably and a fun place to hang out underway or when docked watching all the action in a harbor/anchorage, and also at night under the stars. So thank you, John. I look forward to another charter again soon. Sincerely, Jeff
It’s been a month since our family cruised the Bay aboard Penultimate, allowing time to reflect back upon our experience. We had an amazing time and one that will afford our crew of three generations, long-lasting memories thanks to you. Just wanted to close the loop and let you know what a sensational time we enjoyed! Fair winds, Gary
Recommended Resources Official American Sailing Association Guide to Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Chartering. Cruising Fundamentals provides the tools necessary to make the transition from basic sailing to competent coastal cruising. Sailors interested in learning how to sail and live aboard a 30 foot to 50 foot auxiliary-powered sailboat will find a wealth of practical skills in this book, from simple instruction on plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems to navigation, weather prediction, and anchoring techniques.
Docking Techniques for Single Engine Boats A 25-page book with concise diagrams describing the practical aspects of docking and undocking in various approaches and wind and current conditions.
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