Vessel: Grand Bank 42 “Sea Horse”  


Note:             +  indicates generally a “minor” deficiency.

            *  indicates a more important or more costly deficiency.

            ฎ indicates a Recommendation for safety and seaworthiness.


Recommendation items are repeated together at the end of the report.




           This vessel was surveyed hauled out for winter storage and then launched and a sea trial was run.  Weather at the time was cloudy and foggy.  Present was the potential buyer     and the broker    .


           This surveyor surveyed this vessel in 2007 for the present owner    .  He has kept the vessel locally and seasonally hauled since then.  Previous to that the vessel was owned by ------ since 1989 and apparently had received very good maintenance and care.  He had only used the vessel for seasonal cruising in New England.  The previous owner before him reportedly also only used the vessel seasonally in New England.


            First impressions show the vessel to be very well maintained although she appears to have not had quite as good care under the current owner as previous owners.  She needs a little cleaning and detailing but close inspection still supports her very good overall condition for her age.




           Name of Vessel ………………….. 

            Hailing Port ………………………  

            Federal Documentation No. ………                                                                          Builder’s Hull I. D. No. ………….  

            Builder …………………………… American Marine Inc.

            Where Built. ……………………..   Singapore

           Year Built …………………………   1983

            Type of vessel ……………………  Grand Banks 42 Classic trawler


SPECIFICATIONS (data from mfg’s spec. sheets unless otherwise noted)


            Length (O.D.)   42’ 7”  Length (Overall)  Add swimplatform and anchor platform                


           Beam   13’ 7”           Draft   4’ 6”             Displacement   34,000 lbs.





Hull Material and construction:    

Solid fiberglass laminate using polyester resins with woven and non woven fabrics. Exact layup unknown.


The hull was found fair of line.  On the previous survey some hull damage resulting from improper yard blocking was found in the aft             quarter areas.  The hull was pushed out of shape and some interior tabbing was broken.  This has all been properly repaired and appears now very good.


The remainder of the hull was found structurally very good.  There is no indication of grounding damage on the keel (shows its original molding lines with no repairs) and the hull laminate percussion sounds very sound with no delamination or voids.


There are no visible osmotic.  Due to the very damp and foggy conditions moisture meter readings (with a Tramex “Skipper”) were not reliable however at the last survey the hull metered “dry” and the vessel has been seasonally hauled since.


Hull Stiffening method:    

Fiberglass laminated main stringers over a foam core provide longitudinal stiffening and engine support.  Bulkheads and cabinetry bonded and tabbing in place provide hull stiffening.  The stringer system appears very sound with no cracking where visually accessible.   The bulkheads and tabbing all appear sound and secure.


Through-hull fittings: 

Bronze mushroom head type with bronze bung type seacocks on the interior.   All seacocks appear sound and secure with no apparent leaking. The exteriors show no apparent corrosion.  The intakes have screens over them.

+   A few of the exteriors need some cleaning up inside of marine growth (end of season).

All seacocks were greased by the yard last year and were found fully operational.

All seacocks are bonded however:

+  The bonding strap on the aft toilet intake seacock is broken. 

All hoses are in good condition and double clamped.

   There are eleven through hulls just above the waterline for various drains and pump outlets. These are bronze through-hulls without seacocks (direct hose attachments).  ABYC says that any through-hull that will be below the water when the vessel is heeled 15 degrees should have seacock protection. This would include all of these.  However, they appear in very good condition and the hoses and clamps are good.  Provide wooden tapered emergency plugs and have proper sized ones hung on a lanyard at each one.


   The primary aft deck drains are large drain hoses (3”) that drain just above the waterline through molded in fiberglass tubes.  The hoses are plain vinyl and original, while they appear ok, the vinyl is now stiff and 25 years old.  These should be replaced with a reinforced below-waterline grade hose.  However, they appear no different now than they were in the survey in 2007.


There are three depth and one speed transducer through hulls.  They all appear sound and secure.  The speed impeller is out and a plug in place.


Bottom paint:

*   Bottom paint is very heavy build up and very rough and flaking.  This will affect performance (yes, it is a “slow” boat but this will certainly affect fuel economy).  The bottom needs to be stripped and refinished.  (unchanged since 2007)


Topside finish:

Original factory gelcoat was found in very good condition for its age.  It shows only a few minor gouges and shows little oxidation and is reasonably glossy.

+  Very minor gelcoat chips (small mfg. voids) on stem.

+  Gouge starboard aft side area – poor cosmetic repair.

+  Gelcoat repair on port forward area of bulwark shows as slightly different color (apparently from collision damage that also damaged part of the rail).  Cosmetic.





Deck Material and Construction:    

Fiberglass laminate with balsa or plywood stiffening core has a full teak overlay.  Due to the teak overlay the deck structure could not be percussion sounded or moisture tested. There is no access to the underside due to extensive cabinetry.  The decks appear stiff to walk on and there is no indication of deck structure problems.  However, teak overlays often cause water intrusion into the core (due to the number of screw fasteners). This vessel has always been covered in winter so this helps a lot.  As far as can be judged, the deck structure appears in good condition.


The teak overlay appears in generally good condition however it does show some typical wear.   The planks all appear to be secure and in good condition.  The seam material all appears in good condition.  The rough surface provides very good footing.

+   This teak wear has allowed some of the bungs to come out.   The carlin trim around the cabin house also shows this wear and the oval head screw heads now stand in relief.   This looks ugly and the screw heads could cause injury to bare feet.  This appears pretty much the same as it did in 2007 – except for maybe a few more bungs missing.

Rubrail and deck edge: 

The hull to deck joint is not visible due to cabinetry etc. however there is no exterior evidence that there is any damage and there is no interior evidence of hull to deck leaking.


The vessel has a heavy molded in fiberglass guard rail with bronze rubstrip fastened.  It was found in very good condition all around with no damage.

There are stainless steel screws put in the rub rail to indicate where the lifting slings should go.  A nice idea but rather hard to see.  Sling mark signs would be easier to see but these are un-obtrusive.


The bulwarks have a teak caprail that appears in very good condition/excellent all around – it has been recently refinished and the finish is excellent.


Cosmetic finish on deck:

Original factory gelcoat appears in good condition.  It is a little dull and oxidized but for its age it appears good.

The teak decking overlay is left raw and is rough and grey.

The teak rails, grabs, and other trim work is all finished in Sikkens Cetol.

The cap rails and railings have recently been refinished and are excellent.

+   The brightwork finish on all of the cabin house teak is in rather poor condition. It is weathered and failing and was not well done originally.  Time to strip and refinish.

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