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I’ve been boating since 1972, when my father bought a 24-foot skip- jack that we kept on a mooring in Alamitos Bay, California. Several
times each year we’d head to Catalina
Island for family trips. Sadly, my dad
passed away when I was 18, and we had
to sell the boat. By that time, though,
I was hooked, and I knew I wanted my
In 1992, I purchased a 32-foot Luhrs.
Several years later, a growing family
prompted my wife and me to look for
a good used Grand Banks 42, a classic design that holds its value well.
Finding there was nothing suitable in
Southern California, we widened our
search before finally settling on a 1985
model located in Chicago.
The boat was trucked to a boatyard near our home, and I set to work.
Teak decks were refurbished; teak handrails and other brightwork were stripped
down to bare wood and refinished.
The mast was removed and dismantled into what seemed like a hundred
pieces before being reassembled and
powder-coated. The wood parquet cabin
sole was refinished, and the boat was
I put three years into the restoration, and I don’t regret it for a moment.
We love our boat, which we named
Grand Escape. Now I’m teaching my
own kids the joys of
boating as we frequently retrace our
steps to Catalina
Island. Dad would
San Pedro, CA
GRAND ESCAPE, A 1985 GRAND BANKS 42