Project Description

Grand Banks 36 Classic 1990

Nordic Yacht Works originally acted as the buyer’s broker for this Classic Trawler. We handled the purchase transaction, sea trials and the survey. During the survey we realized, that the boat will need a fair amount of refit work to meet the buyers expectations and the deal was closed knowing, that the boat will be taken straight to our boat yard location for work. The Grand Banks was in pretty nice shape to begin with, but had some cosmetic issues needing attention along with the very typical blistering problem in the bottom. The plan was to take our time and return this classic to a pristine condition it deserves. The extensive project needed very different skills and our long term subcontractors were a valuable help in finishing the classic trawler project. For example the following was done:

  • Water delivery to our boatyard location
  • Haul out and blocking inside a covered work shed
  • Peeling the outer layer of the bottom to dry the structure from the osmosis problem
  • Map out the trouble areas and do constant monitoring with a moisture meter to follow up on the drying process
  • The drying took over 6 months to ensure all areas were showing under 15% moisture levels throughout the bottom
  • Re-laminate the bottom where needed
  • Prep the bottom for bottom paint with Interprotect 2000 epoxy primer
  • A Side Power electric bow thruster was installed along with twin station joystick controls and a wireless remote
  • The original swim platform was worn out and broken. An exact duplicate was custom built with heavier teak wood to ensure proper appearance and function.
  • All exterior wood work was stripped and re-varnished with Awlgrip Awlbrite products
  • Window frames were stripped and painted with Awlgrip white
  • All sticking sliding windows were freed up and tracks lubricated to prevent future sticking problems
  • All interior walls were painted with matching Grand Banks beige to return as new finish
  • All interior parquet floors were completely sanded down and re-varnished to an as brand new finish
  • All interior damaged finish work was stripped and re-varnished
  • Old air conditioning units were removed and three new units were installed to both staterooms and the salon
  • Furuno NavNet system was removed and replaced with new Garmin electronics including MFD displays for both inside and the flybridge.
  • New radar system was installed
  • Exterior teak deck was completely sanded down and hundreds of screws were re-bedded and plugged to save the original deck
  • Custom dinghy cradle was built and installed
  • Stabilizer system was serviced
  • Both Cummins engines were fully serviced and the motor mounts replaced on the port motor
  • Full generator service
  • New 8D batteries
  • New Cummins raw water pumps
  • Fuel tank (new tanks) cleaning

Unfortunately our original buyers plans changed and the Grand Banks ended up needing a new home, so we listed the boat for sale with all the upgrades just done. The response was overwhelming and this Classic sold quicker than anyone would’ve expected. As a part of the completed refit project with the new owner’s requests, we agreed to water deliver the Grand Banks to its new home up in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. 1200 miles later, No Rush is now enjoying the beautiful waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. Interested in buying or selling a Grand Banks? Let us hear from you, we know these yachts extremely well!