Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX

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Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX

Grand Banks Eastbay EX

on 01 2011 Written Steve Knauth

and Nancy have spent lifetime boating dividing the and sharing work and pleasures of avocation. So it came to downsize their much-loved trawler, the from Clinton, shared the experience, too. the Grand 38 Eastbay they bought year ago already proved be a choice: seaworthy, and comfortable.

wasn’t easy up the trawler they owned for years. They’d 10 winter to Florida cruised New from Maine Nantucket, Mass. although the was used taking care the 42-footer, task was more time-consuming. we got maintenance was too much,” Webster, 80, retired IBM “Between varnishing painting, it taking us of the to get boat looking

He also seeking a kind of “I wanted speed,” Webster “It can hard to two good together along Jersey coast, I wanted boat that do it a day of two.”

also wanted “bring along” of the they’d grown to in 42, including full galley a roomy, helm area. Websters came the 1995 Eastbay EX Stuart, Fla. test ride survey later working with Bill Full East Coast in Yarmouth, — they the deal. price was the $140,000 $180,000 range.

had looked several other and actually offers on of them, of which out,” Webster “When Nancy I walked to this it just right.”

Walking on deck convince them they’d found they were for. “We grown used the wide decks and handrails on trawler, and Eastbay was safe to around on,” says. “Nancy comfortable on going forward. liked the and the area is I’m a guy, but likes to paper charts, there’s room her to so. I wanted twin seats, which has.”

The layout includes “everything need,” Webster “There’s a galley, and important; we on board lot. I the V-berth and, although would be to have separate shower, isn’t that a thing.”

is twin 3208 TA rated at hp. “They only 1,300 on each,” says. “I never had before, but do have reputation for

The Websters possession of Yankee last and they’ve logged more 1,500 miles. took it Florida from via the waterway to the Websters a “bit old Florida” the Rialto in Alva. stayed on boat, did cruising and back to east coast April, then up the Waterway to Connecticut home.

Along the they came appreciate the Hunt-designed deep-vee “We crossed Okeechobee in 25- to northerly, and was choppy,” recalls. “We along at knots, and was more than any I’d ever on.”

It the same Delaware Bay. south wind to 30 on an tide, and were doing to 16 again. She just cruising The deep-vee was a revelation.”

The barometer was couple’s two “They’ve never bad weather,” says. “But slept through of these

Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX

Now the of them forward to New England. always like go to Webster says. has family of Boston, we’ll visit too.”

And there’s just out for weekend on Island or sunset cruise. a kid, liked the of boating,” says. “When was old I would around Cedar [in Clinton] myself, exploring, the serenity. continued. When and I out, we as if getting away the everyday.”

The Grand 38 Eastbay rides a fiberglass deep-vee designed by Raymond Hunt (topsides are Prop pockets draft to more than feet. The side decks full-length side allow easy around the The raised deck (with below) has well-appointed helm to starboard, out with large instrument and room a navigation Both command bench seating available.

Two cabin were offered the years, both include full galley port with three-burner stove, and refrigerator, space for microwave and box. There’s C-shaped dinette/lounge starboard. The head compartment placed to and it’s with a head, sink shower. The is in forward cabin, V-berth and berth options; former allows a slightly head compartment.

power included and 375-hp diesels, the engine allowing a 20-knot-plus speed. Additional include teak a swim and a deck hatch engine access.

Upscale elegance traditional styling together in with the of the powerboat series. was a take on lobster yacht conceived and by Grand famous since 1960s for trawlers. The Eastbay EX’s popularity led more models: 40-footer (1996), 43-footer (1998) a 49-footer A hardtop of the was offered in 2002, more than of the boats were during a production run ended in Prices on used market in the range and to $300,000-plus well-kept newer

Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX
Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX

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