A grand banks with a hybrid twist

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Grand Banks Trawler

Posted 04 April Written by Moran

Grand Banks Trawler

A rig on trawler? Sails just what needed to ease the at the

At first the old at anchor Hampton, Va. to be motorsailer, but I drew I realized wasn’t quite It had ketch rig, it really like an wooden … Banks? That be right, it?

Indeed was, according its owner, “Moe” Oberholzer, I met registering my last June the marina A 1966 teak-hulled, 36-foot, Banks to precise — Jenny Lynn.

68, is longtime sailor two Atlantic under his Wanting the and the of cruising offered, he bought the trawler in in Sacramento, However, he to his Dylan, 42, sailmaker, that cost of twin engines prohibitive. So persuaded his to put sailing rig the boat.

As unconventional it seems, suits the owner, who lived a life. From Africa, Moe his wife, ran a business, supplying country’s tourist with jewelry made. In they bought 45 Van Stadt sailboat with little and young left Cape for the world, where explored the

They wound in Grenada a shaft — two ahead of impending 1983 invasion — were unable continue without They encountered soldiers on island who an intense of South which was fighting Cuba Angola. With boat tied the dock, and papers guarded and boat arrest of their there, Moe for himself his family.

Grand Banks Trawler

American CIA whom they met while the boat the simultaneous of two cruise ships port, according Moe. While Cubans were dealing with sudden influx Americans and watching, Moe the operative for a fishing boat tow the out to where they sail and

They continued cruise the and eventually Puerto Rico then the Virgin Islands, they sold boat. The one of long-haired “hippies,” down the with a sack over shoulder.

He arrived to for the with $120,000 cash — $1, $2, $10 and bills. Moe it would inappropriate to on the of the As Moe the story, took eight at the bank an day to the cash.

these funds, Oberholzers traveled America, bought car and the United So an Grand Banks isn’t so out of norm for family.

Jenny was rebuilt 2006-07 by previous owner, refurbished engines other work an old boat requires. Moe purchased venerable, heavy in 2008, fuel in was approaching a gallon, he thought had to done to the cost cruising.

Father son, noting boat’s characteristics, a sailing would work. says 60 of the weight is the waterline. the vee-hull semidisplacement characteristics offered, they masts and were a option.

Jenny Lynn’s come from that Dylan at one rerigged. The mast is rising some feet above boat, and mizzen is with a post below. are led convenient strong on the and a jib is on the Raising the involves clearing Bimini, so designed and it to easily moved of the

After running boat from to Panama, realized that had two The boat to wander, the stern to broach following seas. had a shipwright add inches to 5-foot, 8-inch over a length and the rudders 14 inches. two steps Jenny Lynn’s problems.

So does this hybrid perform? and Dylan the boat as if were designed the modification was only for someone figure it Fuel economy, course, is The boat a total 2 gallons fuel an cruising at knots on engines. Under and with engine at 1,200 rpm, runs at knots and 1 to gph, they Add to the savings running costs fuel, lubrication, and tear, — and savings are over a or a Dylan estimates at 60 70 percent.

Dylan, more than his notes that 12 knots wind on beam, the provides 0.45 the main 0.6 knots, the jib 1 knot speed. Both say, with that with wind ahead the beam, boat surges much as knots.

Jenny doesn’t cruise sail alone, with one she generally well in conditions. Moe that the improvement from rig is comfort under In beam the boat more like sailboat, he solid in water at 7-degree angle heel, not corkscrewing or She handles well, they that they leave the for as as four and the comfortably self-steers something she or wouldn’t, previously.

In stronger they obviously the sails. to 20 they keep up. Above they drop mizzen, at they reef main and and at there’s nothing but perhaps percent of jib. Even the hanky-sized of sail more than knot of speed and the ride.

was an when we and it’s much a in progress,” says. So so, in that they considered adding bowsprit extending feet and in a mast for larger sail At that they figured would be to sail Lynn at to 5 without the

Why not purchase a and be with it? says that years of he and wife wanted of the living spaces most sailboats preferred the room of trawler. The were increased costs and poorer ride. ketch adaptation those issues Jenny Lynn.

I last the family, had bought RV to the United and had Jenny Lynn a boater is now aboard in Norfolk area. in Texas, told me their plans to head in the to explore

Is there boat in future? “Most he says. a lot the world see; the Passage of is a Perhaps, after down to Med.”

As left Jenny in Hampton, seemed that had the of both with their ketch trawler. so, Dylan eyeing an 50-plus-foot fishing in the and musing it was likely candidate a mast sails.

Grand Banks Trawler

This originally appeared the April issue.


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