The Grand Banks 32 was in production for three decades. When the last one was splashed in 1996, 861 of these venerable cruisers had been built. They were initially built of wood but transitioned to fiberglass construction in the mid-1970s. Little changed during their production run, and from a distance it’s difficult to tell a well-cared-for wooden model from a later fiberglass boat.
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Power comes from a single 6-cylinder, naturally aspirated Ford Lehman diesel of either 120hp, which provides a stately cruising speed in the 8-knot range. She won’t win any races, but the semidisplacement hull is seakindly and will keep going in conditions that will have other boats heading for home. Fuel consumption at cruising speed is a miserly 2.5 gph, so it’s possible to cruise all day without breaking the bank.
Make no mistake: This is a heavy boat, with a displacement of 17,000 pounds.
The lower helm is to starboard of the galley, and plenty of windows provide good all-around visibility. Abaft the helm and galley is the main seating area, with settees to port and starboard and a sole-mounted drop-leaf table for dining. That sole is one of the first things you notice when you come through the door from the cockpit aft.
Burmese teak is used for the parquet flooring in the saloon and forward V-berth, and it oozes quality, as does the joinery throughout the boat. Teak is everywhere, and at times it’s easy to forget that this is a fiberglass boat. Doors and drawers on Seaglass still close with a reassuring click, just as they did when the boat was built 25 years ago.
The cabin is forward and down three steps from the saloon, and with an infill in place, the berth is huge. The head compartment is to starboard and includes an electric marine head, vanity and, with the use of a curtain, a decent-size shower that drains through a teak grating into a sump.
Hinge-up and lift-out panels in the saloon sole give good access to the main engine, batteries and other mechanical parts. Having a single engine on centerline makes for easier servicing and other routine work.
Grand Banks practically defined the market and invented the trawler for recreational use. With its distinctive clipped shear and handsome features, the GB32 still looks as fresh today as it did 40 years ago.
LOA: 32 feet
BEAM: 11 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 3 feet, 9 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 17,000 pounds
TANKAGE: 250 gallons fuel, 110 gallons water
PROPULSION: single diesel