New Listing – 1996 Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht


Very nicely presented ‘Motoryacht’ version of the iconic Grand Banks 42 semi-displacement motor yacht. Huge inventory including hydraulic stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, Onan generator and so on.


ISLAND is a fine example of this well-known, long-range cruising vessel, with a comprehensive amount of fitted equipment she is ready to go anywhere. For someone looking for a distinguished, long range motor yacht, this lovingly maintained is a great option.

The Grand Banks 42 is a sturdy and safe cruising yacht for the whole family with the best seaworthiness in her class. With a variety of cabin styles available, ISLAND is the more desirable ‘Motoryacht’ version which benefits from a large full-beam master cabin aft with bunks to port and starboard and separate shower and heads compartments.

An absolute plus is the modern floor plan, where the open kitchen, living room and helm seat are all in the same space, allowing the whole crew to spend time together driving, socializing, cooking or even watching TV. You can have your own peace in three separate cabins, each with its own doors. The large flybridge for up to ten people to enjoy a trip and even grill.

Thanks to fitment of powerful and reliable Caterpillar 375hp engines, ISLAND boasts a top speed of up to 19 knots from her semi-displacement hull form, although at a more leisurely 8-12 knots cruise, she will sip as little as 17 litres of fuel per hour. Fin stabilisers take care of stability at all speeds and bow and stern thrusters make closer-quarters maneuvering stress and hassle free.

As with many yachts based in the northern part of Scandinavia, ISLAND spends very short seasons afloat, with the rest of the year spent tucked away ashore in a heated storage shed, ensuring that her level of wear and tear sits fall below those sitting in all-weathers further south.

ISLAND’s specification highlights include:
• Twin Caterpillar 3208TA 375hp engines with less than 2,000hrs run since new
• Hydraulic bow and sternthrusters
• Fin stabilisers
• Onan generator
• Mastervolt inverter
• 2x Eberspacher diesel heating systems
• Raytheon/Autohelm electronics with chart plotters, open array radar scanner and autopilot
• Electric heads plus holding tank
• Gas BBQ on flybridge
• Whirlpool electric galley
• Large capacity fridge


There comes a time in every boaties life that the youthful need for speed and owning a vessel that’s capable of getting from Point A to B in no time flat, fades. It gives way to a more sedate need for life’s little luxuries and being able to take in the scenery as opposed to watching it flash by…

… Unlike some boat manufacturers that include the bowsprit and swim platform when sizing their boats, which means a ‘so-in-so’ 42 footer may really only have a waterline length of about 37 feet, the Grand Banks 42 has a waterline length of 42 feet, which equates to almost 50 feet overall. That makes for a lot more usable interior space and use that they have.

And apart from all the beautiful teak joinery and panelling, lavish suede upholstery and quality fittings, one of the biggest drawcards for this new owner was the immense aft stateroom. Not only is it spacious, but with the new owner being 6′ 2″, the 6′ 4″ head height’s a real bonus.

So what’s the Grand Bank’s story ? These boats are built at two factories in Johor Bahru in Malaysia, where around 14,000 employees produce around 160 boats per year… Another plus for this boat builder is the fact that no two boats are the same, Grand Banks is a semi-custom builder. For example, even though this hull has been around since the 60s and was reworked in the mid-1990’s, it is still regarded as a new boat…

The joinery and panel work in both staterooms is superb. Grand Banks actually owns its own teak plantation in Burma to ensure a reliable supply of timber for its boats. So what does this mean to prospective new owners ? Uniformity. The woodwork on each boat is all cut from the same teak tree. The timber colour remains uniform throughout the boat…

Seated at the lower helm station the skipper gets excellent 360-degree views.. Up on the flybridge… there is two heavily padded seats at the helm, so the skipper and his companion can still enjoy each other’s company when underway. Because of the large amount of room on the flybridge, this area becomes an ideal area for alfresco dining, while the aft deck is large enough to be used as a dance floor.

There are wide walkways down each side of the forward stateroom roof that lead to another work-of-art ‘ the bowsprit, winch and anchor locker. It’s fully automated and finished in Burmese teak and highly polished stainless steel. Access to the roomy engine room is via a hatch and ladder beside the helm seat.

Because Grand Banks are built for the American market, the onboard wiring and plumbing is coded. The boat comes with an excellent manual outlining the procedures for regular maintenance, warranty requirements, fittings and their suppliers and plumbing, it even tells you how to remove the engines out. Everything about this engine room has been designed to make life easier for the skipper and any mechanic who may be required to work on the engines…

Out on the water the ride from this semi-displacement hull with her massive 28″ props was leisurely, stable and surefooted, but not slow, stable and surefooted. Top speed was 19.5 knots, but she’s probably capable of a tad over 20 knots with a clean bum. At 2000rpm she cruised along at 10 knots, 2200rpm put 14 knots on the GPS and at 2700rpm she hit 16 knots.

Acceleration was smooth from a standing start right up to ‘WOT’ and being a semi-displacement hull there was no transition onto the plane. The rudders on this boat seemed relatively small to me, but the hull reacted to the helm well, it tracked straight and those 28′ props aid manoeuvring dockside and at slow speeds. Weighing-in at around 16,000kg this boat is no lightweight, but it’s her weight and heavy chines that keep this hull so stable. She also has plenty of bulk below the waterline, so without the clears on the flybridge, which tend to act like sails, she isn’t too susceptible to the wind during closequarter manoeuvring….

The Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht is a boat designed for people who wish to enjoy cruising. The semi-displacement hull of every Grand Banks offers the best of both worlds, economical and comfortable cruising around 9 knots, with the ability to achieve planing speed with bigger motors fitted. According to the brochure the demands of many different cruising experiences as well as the wide experiences of so many owners has enabled Grand Banks to earn a reputation for being the choice of those who truly understand what it takes to go cruising. It’s all about economy, comfort and cruising in style. And that is an understatement when people start talking about the Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht.

Extracts from YachtandBoat – January 2004

1996 Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht – ISLAND – Asking Euro 349,000 EU VAT paid – full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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