€160,000 tax paid

One owner, skipper maintained, nicely updated

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelGrand Banks 46 Classic Hardtop
DesignerRay Hunt
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
Tax/VAT StatusTax paid
LyingSan Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy


Engine2x Caterpillar 3208
Engine Hours2545
Fuel Capacity2000l
Max Speed26.854kph
Hull ConstructionGRP
Drinking Water Capacity1043l


Lovingly maintained and continually updated version of the Grand Banks 46 Classic in the same ownership since 1994. Configured with a 3-cabin, 3-heads layout below decks and a very practical hard-top over the aft deck, she is perfect for extended warm or cold waters cruising. Always skipper-maintained and always wintered under cover.

Founded in 1956 the Grand Banks yard is still building yachts today. The 46 Classic was first launched in 1984, and with over 300 sold, and is one of the most iconic of all the Ray Hunt designs. Later referred to as the "Heritage" series, very little changed over the years the 46 Classic was in production, making older and updated yachts just as relevant as the later versions.

ILLUSION is a great example of this very popular trawler-style yacht. In her current ownership since 1994, skipper maintained and stored under cover every winter, ILLUSION has also be continuously updated and has never wanted for anything. Fitted out with an enormous cruising spec, her highlights include:-
• GRP hard-top above aft deck
• 3-cabin, 3-heads layout with full beam master cabin aft
• 16kw Onan generator
• Twin battery chargers
• Hydraulic fin stabilisers
• Hydraulic bowthruster
• Raymarine instruments including radar chart plotters at both helms – from 2010
• Electric galley plus dishwasher, ice-maker and washing machine
• Electric heads
• High-low hydraulic tender platform with RIB and 30hp outboard
• Recently replaced stainless steel fuel tanks
• Hydraulic passarelle
• KVH Tracision gyroscopic satellite TV dish with HD receiver and LCD TV


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, they commissioned Kenneth Smith, another well-known marine architect, 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.

Today, this design is recognized around the world as the Grand Banks Heritage Series, an iconic design built first of wood and then, beginning in 1973, of fiberglass at a new factory in Singapore. The design was so successful, in fact that the general styling of the GB was seized by a score of other builders for fleets of look-alike yachts sold under dozens of names. None, through, could match the quality of construction for which Grand Banks is famed.



RCD Status:
• Our understanding is that the vessel is exempt from the European Union’s Recreation Craft Directive as she was first placed into use within the EU prior to June 1998

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
• Hull, deck & superstructure are of GRP.
• Teak laid to decks, quarter decks and Flybridge.
• Teak Bathing platform.
• Hardened glass glazing
• Semi displacement hull with centre skeg for stable running.


Engine & gearbox:
• 2 x Caterpillar 3208TA, V8 four stroke cycle diesels producing 375hp
• Freshwater engine cooling via raw water intakes and heat exchangers
• Twin lever Morse throttle and gear selectors with controls at both helms
• Twin Racor fuel/water filters
• Engine oil change pump

Maintenance & Performance:
• Engine hours – approx. 2,545 as of January 2018
• Date of last engine service – winter 2017
• Cruising speed – approx. 8-8.5 knots
• Maximum speed – approx. 14.5 knots
• Fuel consumption at cruising speed – approx. 25 litres per hour at 8 knots

Propulsion & Steering:
• Hydraulic steering system with twin rudder and rudder position indicator
• 4 bladed propellers on stainless steel shafts with p-brackets
• Koopnautic hydraulic bowthruster
• Koopnautic Sea Rocq hydraulic fin stabilisers
• Trim tabs


Voltage systems:
• 12vDC primary domestic system with 12vDC starting circuit and 220v AC via shore power or generator.

Battery Banks:
• 3x AGM 190 Ah services batteries - 2011
• 1x 120 Ah engine start battery - 2014
• 1x 190 Ah generator start battery – 2014
• Battery parallel switch
• Battery monitoring system

Charging / Inverter:
• Sentry battery charger with monitor panel at lower helm
• Victron secondary battery charger with monitor panel at lower helm

• Onan Cummins 16 Kw generator
• Generator hours – approx. 973 as of January 2018
• Date of last generator service – winter 2017

• 75 Amp 12v (starboard engine) – 2016
• 120 Amp 12v (port engine) – 2016
• Spare 75 amp alternator kept aboard


Fresh Water:
• Pressurised fresh water system via 12vDC pressure pumps
• Hot water supplied via engine-driven calorifier or via 220vAC immersion heater element in 2x well-insulated hot water tanks

Bilge Pumps:
• Forward and aft automatic electric bilge pumps with manual overrides
• Manual bilge pump in saloon

Grey & Black Water:
• Macerator pump for electric heads


• 2,000 litres of fuel capacity in two stainless steel tanks – recently replaced.

Fresh Water:
• 1,043 litres of fresh water capacity in two stainless steel tanks located forward and aft.
• Water tank gauges at lower helm

Holding tank:
• 60 litre holding tank for aft heads


Lower Helm:
• Raymarine C80 colour GPS radar chart plotter - 2010
• Raymarine SmartPilot autopilot control with rotary control and joystick – 2010
• Raymarine ST60 Tridata display - 2010
• Raymarine ST60 wind display - 2010
• ICS Nav6 Navtex with NMEA - 2010

Flybridge Helm:
• Raymarine C80 colour GPS radar chart plotter - 2010
• Raymarine ST600R autopilot control – 2010
• Raymarine ST60 Tridata display - 2010
• Raymarine ST60 wind display - 2010
• Steering compass

Communications Equipment:
• ICOM VHF radio
• ICOM SSB radio
• Sea King intercom / loud hailer / fog horn system


• 2x burner 220vAC electric hob
• National 220vAC combination microwave oven
• 220vAC U-Line automatic icemaker
• 12v/220v stainless steel front opening fridge
• Top-opening frige/freezer
• 220vAC dishwasher

• Vacuuflush electric heads
• 3x hot & cold pressurised showers
• 220vAC washing machine

Heating & Ventilation:
• Cruisair 220vAC reverse-cycle air-conditioning system with 3x units – forward, amidships and aft.
• Philips LCD TV
• KVH M5 gyroscopic satellite dish with Wisi HD satellite TV receiver


Summary of Accommodation:
• Three double cabins with three heads layout. Owner’s cabin aft. Twin forward hedas.

Accommodation Finish:
• Classic teak joinery with extensive use of solid teak around edges.
• Teak parquet flooring
• Moulded synthetic stone counters in heads
• Laminate counters in galley
• Beige cloth upholstery in saloon


• Stainless steel guard rail with varnished teak capping rail
• GRP hard top for aft deck
• Antenna mast
• Hi-Low hydraulic tender/bathing platform
• Hydraulic passarelle

Anchoring & Mooring:
• 12vDC 1,500w reversing electric anchor windlass
• Anchor chain wash hose
• Anchor with 80m chain

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
• Complete cover for Flybridge
• Covers for windows blue and white
• Upholstery covers

Tender & Outboard:
• Pischel Bolero RIB with Yamaha 30hp outboard


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Life saving:
• Lifebuoy with light
• Liferaft

Viewing arrangements

Lying San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Lead Broker: Michele Antonini – Grabau International (Italia)
Tel: +39 333 74 89 281
Email: enquiries@grabauinternational.com

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