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Our 1973 Grand Banks Classic 32 For Sale - Gibratar, Mi 48173 page is focused on 1973 Trawler For Sale, with references to Gibratar, MI 48173 and mentions of Classic wooden sedan trawler with single Ford Lehman power. I've always loved the look and style of the Grand Banks Trawlers especially the models with the larger rear cockpit. With their distinctive clipped shear and handsome looks the Grand Banks 32 still looks as fresh today as it did 40 years ago.

When I bought her in 1985 I couldna€™t afford a new boat and the older ones were made of wood.
In fact little changed over the production run of the boats and from a distance it is hard to tell a well cared for wooden example from a later fiberglass boat.
I am a retired machine tool craftsman , and just picked up model boat building again .This is the fifth model boat I have built in the last 3 years. Grand Banks are not without their problems however and the Achilles heels with these boat is mostly centered around the fuel tanks with leaking tanks a common topic of conversation amongst owners.
The heads compartment is to starboard and includes an electric toilet vanity and with the use of a curtain a decent sized shower that drains through a teak grating into a sump. Initially built of wood production changed to fiberglass in the mid 70's reputedly without the factory telling consumers and dealers.
Fuel consumption at cruising speed is a miserly two and half gallons per hour so it is possible to cruise all day without breaking the bank. The planking was a bit of a bear at first but once I figured out the planking system it was very easy .
I would not choose this kit for an absolute beginner mainly because of the planking of the hull .
A solid lay up and quality construction means that the 32 like the other boats in the Grand Banks line up retain their prices and you can expect to pay around $100,000 for a late 80's model.

Plenty of extra wood is supplied in the kit so if you screw up no worries and seeing as the hull is going to be painted any mistakes can be filled and painted over. On the whole it is a great kit and the finished boat sit proudly in my glass cabinet selection of boats .
I used a black (Rusto-leum) hammered finish on the hull which I lighteley sanded and looks as though the hull has been tarred . The trouble I had was making and tapping in rivets I do believe the kit could have had some better riveting solution . I ended up using brass nails left over from another model ,I ground the heads down a little smaller using a dremel tool (hold the nail in a collet by the shank and file the head) I cut them shorter then tapped them in and riveted over with a modelers hammer . The aluminium tube used for the plumbing I painted gun metal gray and had no problems fitting everything together .
My only real problem with the kit was with some of the lasered brass sheet parts the brass is rather harder and care should be taken bending the parts I ended up soldering some back together ( maybe being a little to rough with them).

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