Grand Banks 42, the trawler that conquered the world

Grand Banks 42
Grand Banks 42

The trawler, the displacement boat born for fishing, became famous worldwide when at the beginning of the ‘60s the Grand Banks 42 was born, then built in hundreds of copies all over the world. That’s why it’s an “icon boat”. Even today there are still perfectly preserved models made entirely of wood and still value at 100,000 euros, while the well-preserved fiberglass models are not less than 150,000 euros. The Grand Banks 42 is unique in terms of living space, navigability and outdoor living. Since its inception, the Grand Banks 42 has been the subject of several attempts at imitation by various shipyards.

With its unmistakable line, a rationality of interiors that leaves no room for aesthetic superficiality at the expense of comfort and a realization that combines the advantages of mass production with the attention to detail worthy of an artisan paper mill.

The secret of Grand Banks?

A boat designed in the USA and built in Hong Kong. In Italy it is easy to find it with the layout with the V-shaped forward cabin and a W.C. room, a saloon with one or two side doors from the deck and a large L-shaped sofa that turns into a double bed for the night. Opposite the wheelhouse, the kitchen area with fridge, oven and various cabinets. Proceeding aft, you descend into the master cabin with two berths on the side, large and comfortable, with a room W.C. that could be equipped with a shower or bathtub to sit. For the sun there is space on the fly-bridge or on the deckhouse of the owner’s cabin, in case this was not used as the seat of the tendere in navigation.

We were talking about the construction material. At first it was made of wood with mahogany plating, very valuable, then only in the 70s the hull became full fiberglass, but the charm of a small ship has remained intact. Despite the fiberglass.

Rating used: wooden from 80 to 120,000 euros, fiberglass from 130,000 euros and above.

Technical features of the boat: Grand Banks 42

  • Loa: 12,74 mt;
  • B.max: 4,14 mt;
  • Draft: 1,27 mt;
  • Engine: 2×120 hp (original version)



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