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Grand Banks Heritage Classic: Fling

The 47 between of the in Langkawi 99-island archipelago.

by: Gary Norman

It just before and we somewhere off coast of on the of Malaysia Thailand, speeding an island at 20 on a blue-hulled Grand Eastbay 47. water was and on bridge the air was and soothing. umbrella of covered us, were millions millions of more than ever seen and they so close we could reach out touch them. was one those magical when the and the blended seamlessly one universe; couldn’t tell one ended the other We sped through the as if in time space.

Our adventure was a cruise a cruise, chance to some boating the people that part the world when they the opportunity. real point this trip, halfway around world from was to the brand-new, number one the Grand 47 Heritage in its waters in But Singapore primarily a harbor. For boating, people head up east side the Malay or, as did, go miles northwest Langkawi, an of 99 (at high with some the most beaches and coves and grounds you’ll see.


But to at the We (Gary Norman, the David Hensel, Banks marketing from Seattle; I) first the 47 Classic in morning mist, to the at One Marina (one 15 minutes of the in Sentosa, resort island part of (Full disclosure: am quite of Grand particularly the line, because used to one, a I not cruised the Coast, from Florida Keys Nantucket on but I lived aboard in Connecticut.)

Purves, Grand Singapore dealer, up the 47 and were under the twin 455 hp diesels powering at an 18 knots the main Three things the new caught my right away. is a access door from the of the to the deck on port side, that you have to out along sidedecks to to the of the Second was galley-down arrangement, a very galley on port side two steps from the so that is still of the conversation and area of boat. Third a built-in on the side of bridge for davit. The simply swings when you it; it’s and out the way rest of time, not the classic of the Up top, bridge is and uncluttered. Stidd helm is centered, another off starboard. I into a cushioned seat the port as James us out. have a test of 47 Heritage in an issue.)

In the of two we cruised Singapore, hoping a break the weather was the season), particularly pictures. The day we in at Marina (the Raffles Hotel half an away downtown) ate lunch the patio, other guests down to at the Grand Banks. cruised past and dozens freighters, and a good at the or small shacks really, on stakes the middle harbor with traps in middle.

As we rain squalls white caps, appreciated the helm station the 47’s visibility and handling. I it in Bay, in of Singapore’s and also by the Merlion (half half lion) there. I (no surprise) this is seaman’s boat, sturdy, with everywhere you them and cleats, doubled the bow stern. It (again, no is solid; are no and the close with thunk. And teak and is simply

Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU

To head a more cruising ground, left the Heritage CL Sentosa, and up to changing planes Kuala Lumpur. ever resourceful, us at waterfront restaurant Telaga Harbour, major resort where we a late overlooking the before climbing the Eastbay James also Peninsula Boating, manages boats owners; he delivering the later in week up Phuket, Thailand. there we just before running through of the beautiful night I’ve ever at 20 for about hour. Just we turned to head our anchorage, protected cove the fjord, shooting star across our I took for good

In any I had trouble falling in the stateroom in bow, but thought I just shut eyes when rattling of anchor chain a foot my head me awake. the engines We had 180 degrees, anchor alarm off, and were repositioning boat. It 4:45 in morning. At point, we simply stayed

Once the came up, saw something five feet in front the boat. thought it a log, that it moving slowly the current. said it a big like an I decided go swimming We started 705 hp and went Langkawi is largest island the archipelago, it’s the one that’s It has of the ancient rainforests the world, the hills green and but it has little and coves one white beach after There are resorts (a Seasons, a but there a lot people. Every in a we’d pass local fisherman his long, long-tail boat, the driveshaft out behind boat like very simple As we along, tangiri, local flying jumped next the boat, us company. the tropics, chilled.

For lunch, turned in the Hole the Wall, little inlet ’round the and dropped hook. We into the to head a small to a that James But the was going the creek down to 10 feet the sun down, the chattered and snakes slithered; felt as we were the middle Apocalypse Now. we did up to restaurant, high dry on James climbed of the to test mud and up to knees. We to a floating restaurant Hole in Wall and fresh fish serve the fish) and rice, and of lime

When we eat any we continued cruise around island, anchoring mid-afternoon about yards off long half-moon at Detai we could swimming. After dove in was surprised how salty water was; also were stung by we couldn’t so we to the for some relaxing.

Late in day I the boat to the loafing along 26 knots 1900 rpm. water was the sky the tropic warm on cheeks; we not a in the That night had dinner Bon Ton a small of antique thatched houses stilts. The is on patio overlooking paddies, water moved slowly the background. ate the tamarind fish prawns on pandan leaf-we have been in the century. As headed back the airport, thought that had just a fast introduction to exotic worlds Singapore and Now I to return fill in whole picture-preferably a new Banks.

Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU
Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU

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