One of the last of the Grand Banks 32 ‘Woodies’ LITTLE SHIP is a well-presented example of the class on which the reputation of the legendary brand was built.
Boasting the same high-quality build and finish as her larger sisters. The GB32 is a desirable displacement cruiser that has proven to be stable, sturdy, safe and economical to run. With her current owners since 2002 LITTLE SHIP benefits from extensive restoration early in the ownership and a comprehensive annual maintenance regime
Grand Banks Yachts began its journey in 1956 as American Marine, Ltd. Founder Robert J. Newton and his sons, John and Whit, were running a custom boatyard on Junk Bay in Hong Kong, building heavy sailboats and big motor yachts to designs by the world’s top marine architects – Sparkman & Stephens, William Garden, Nat Herreshoff, Ray Hunt and others.
In 1962, Kenneth Smith, another well-known marine architect, was commissioned to design Spray – a 36-foot diesel powered cruising boat with humble, workman-like lines. A year later, inspired by Smith’s design, the Newtons left custom yacht building to focus on producing the first of a line of boats that would come to be known as Grand Banks. A revolution had started.
Before the introduction of GRP mass production boat building, each boat was meticulously hand built of wood by Asian shipwrights. Using the traditional methods of construction found in American commercial craft. The company used the finest materials available to create a desirable high-quality finish. Mahogany hulls, teak decks and superb joinery of the teak interiors set the standards for cruising trawlers.
The first Grand Banks was launched in Hong Kong in 1965. When “Woodie” production ended in 1973, more than 1400 wooden hulled trawlers had been produced at American Marine’s Hong Kong and Singapore production facilities.
Bought by the current owners in 2002 in need of some renovation LITTLE SHIP benefits from an extensive restoration undertaken between 2002 and 2005.
|Structural restoration: 2002-2005||Full engine re-build: 2004||Fuel Tanks: 2004|
Hard chimed, carvel planked hull.
Mahogany planking on Yacal (a tough tropical hardwood) frames.
Wood keel with worm guard.
Hull stripped back to bare timber internally and externally during restoration.
Primed inside and out
Bilge space painted out fully.
Topsides finished in single pack white gloss.
Traditional teak laid decks to finish.
Plywood deckhouse and coachroof forward.
Deckhouse and coachroof finished in single pack white gloss.
Varnish teak trim around windows and portlights.
Toughened glass windows in the deckhouse.
Bulwarks, deckhouse and coachroof stripped back to bare wood during restoration. Local repairs made as required.
Original timber mast and boom.
Spars fully stripped, renovated and repainted 2005.
Bower Anchor – Danforth type anchor on 50m of 10mm chain. Chain fitted new in 2017.
Electric Anchor Windlass – Lofrans, low profile vertical windlass. Control switches on foredeck and at lower helm station. (2014)
Mooring Warps – Selection
Fenders – Selection
Walk around deck layout.
Timber bulwarks with varnished teak capping rail.
Bronze stanchions supporting solid timber grab.
Guard rail gates port and starboard aft with bronze tread plate.
Small bowsprit with single, bronze stemhead roller.
Vertical, low profile windlass mounted on raised plinth aft of bowsprit.
Panama type, bronze fairleads port and starboard sides of stem.
Single bronze mooring cleat forward.
Side decks step down to after deck in way of deckhouse aft end.
Large open after deck, steps to access flying bridge outboard to port.
Panama type, bronze fairleads aft, on port and starboard sides and transom.
Bronze mooring cleats mounted on inside faces of bulwarks and transom.
Lazarette locker accessed through large opening hatch in aft deck.
Depth Sounder – Displaying on Dragonfly 7. Bronze, thru-hull transducer.
Plotter 1 – Raymarine Dragonfly 7 with depth transducer.
Plotter 2 – Navman
Autopilot – Raymarine SmartPilot system, ST70 control head, linear drive connected direct to quadrant.
On-Board PC – Toughbook type laptop with C-MAP charting software, displaying on fold-down LCD TV display.
VHF – Navman 7110 DSC with second command station on flying bridge.
Magnetic Compass – Sestrel, mounted at lower helm.
Freshwater System – Fully pressurised hot and cold water system. Faucets in galley and heads. Separate shower in heads compartment also. Hot water provided from 20ltr capacity calorifier, heated by onboard wet system heating or 240VAC immersion heater.
Heating – Webasto ThermoTop, diesel fired, wet system (2013). Radiator in forward cabin, towel rail in heads and matrix heat exchanger blower unit in saloon. The heater also heats the calorifier to provide hot water. Copper piping throughout.
Galley Stove – Cannon Litchfield gas cooker. 4 burner, grill and oven. (2004)
Refrigerator – Below counter, front opening. Shoreline 12VDC with icebox.
Heads – Manual Jabsco marine toilet.
The finish inside the boat is as you would expect from Grand Banks. The joinery work is all of stout construction to a high standard. Surfaces are finished either in white paint or varnish with varnished trims throughout the living space finishing off the traditional appearance. Below the carpets in the saloon is the original teak parky flooring.
Description of accommodation from forward:
Two large single berths in V-layout. Infill section to create single large double bunk. Access to chain locker through bulkhead forward. Drawer storage beneath bunks. Hanging lockers aft of bunks outboard to port.
Accessed from forward cabin. Lying to starboard. Manual marine toilet outboard. Countertop and recessed wash hand basin along aft end of the compartment. Large mirror above countertop. Storage beneath the countertop aft and outboard.
Located to starboard side of deckhouse, forward. Dedicated helm seat. Raymarine plotter and VHF mounted in pod overhead. Engine instrumentation, controls and Navman plotter immediately forward of helm. Small chart working area inboard.
Linear type galley along port side of deckhouse forward. Cooker at forward end with fridge below after end of worktop. Stainless steel sink located centrally. Worktop infill in way of cooker. Crockery storage beneath worksurface forward of galley. Locker space beneath counter with additional glass storage in overhead locker aft of galley.
Occupying the aft end of the deckhouse. New upholstery fitted in 2016. L-shaped settee and drop leaf saloon table to starboard. Bench type settee to port. Port settee backrest lifts up and secures to create two single, pullman style bunks. starboard settee converts to an occassional single berth.
Shore Power System – Hardwired, RCD protected system. Single double gang socket.
Lighting – LED lighting throughout the accommodation space.
Engine Battery Bank – 1x 150Ah, 12v Lead acid. (2014)
Domestic Battery Bank – 1x 170Ah, 12v, Lead acid. (2014)
Wiring is in place along with an additional battery box for the installation of a second domestic battery if required.
Engine driven alternator charging both banks via charge splitting diode.
240VAC Battery Charger – Sterling Power Products. 12vdc, 20amp, 3 outlet.
A large machinery space is provided within the bilge immediately below the sole of the deckhouse. Access is provided by lifting two large hatches in the sole, in way of the galley. The engine is located centrally, at the forward end of the space. Immediately outboard of the engine are the battery boxes. Aft of the engine, outboard port and starboard are the twin stainless steel fuel tanks.
Ford Lehman 135hp marine diesel engine.
6 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled.
Engine has run approximately 1800 hours since rebuilding.
Full engine overhaul completed in 2004.
Overhaul works included: full strip down and de-coke, new pistons, conrods, main bearings, big end bearings, small end bearings and gudgeon pins. Full head overhaul including new valve guides and valves. Fuel system completely overhauled with all injectors serviced and calibrated along with the injection pump.
New engine oil and gearbox oil coolers fitted 2004.
Engine heat exchanger and coolers stripped and cleaned 2017.
Engine last serviced April 2019.
Borg Warner Velvet-Drive, hydraulic, reversing gearbox.
Comprehensive set of cruising spares, including new heat exchanger.
Stainless steel propeller shaft.
3 blade, bronze propeller.
Spare 3 blade, bronze propeller.
New R&D flexible coupling fitted 2005.
Shaft pulled and sterngear fully inspected 2004.
New cutless bearing fitted 2004.
Dual station engine controls.
Twin lever Morse controls with central changeover box.
Twin stainless steel tanks, new 2003.
370ltr capacity each.
Total 740ltr capacity.
Fuel polishing/transfer system on each tank with independent filter and pump.
Dual helm stations
Cable steering system
Emergency tiller steering system, connecting direct to rudder stock.
Steadying Sail – Tan in colour, not used during current ownership.
Flybridge Cover – Blue canvas, fully fitted.
Cockpit Tent – Tan in colour. Not used by current owner, frame missing.
Winter Cover – Fully fitted winter cover, fitted around gunwale.
Manual Bilge Pump
Electric Bilge Pump – Automatically switch bilge sump pump.
Emergency Electric Bilge Pump – 2000GPH pump with manual and auto switching.
LCD DVD/TV Monitor – Folding down from deckhead. Connect to stereo system for sound. Also displays PC charting software.
Stereo – Elta radio/CD head unit. Connects to TV/DVD player, four speakers in saloon.
Tender – Bombard 3XM inflatable dinghy with slat floor.
Outboard – Yamaha 2.5hp, 4-stroke.
Horseshoe Buoy – x2
Liferaft – 4 person canister type raft – Not currently in service
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.