Stan Miller Yachts

1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic

  • 42 ft
  • Trawler
  • Marina Del Rey, CA, US

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  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic
  • 1969 Grand Banks 42 Classic


Stabilized Grand Banks 42's in this condition and price range are incredibly rare and difficult to replicate

Quality, style, and seaworthiness never go out of fashion. This boat has been constantly upgraded and improved over the years and provides a bright future for her next owners. Inspect this boat and you'll understand why Grand Banks Yachts are the choice of knowledgable cruisers throughout the world. 


Basic Information

Grand Banks
42 Classic
Marina Del Rey, CA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Grand Plan
Boat Type:
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Hull Color:
Ken Smith
Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

42 ft - 12.8 meter
42 ft - 12.8 meter
13 ft 7 in - 4.14 meter
Draft - max:
4 ft 2 in - 1.27 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
34000 lbs


EconOPower 2715E 622L
Cruise Speed:
9 MPH - 7.82 KTS
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
120 (Individual), 240 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
300 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
250 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
40 gallons - 1 tank(s)


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Sleeps:
Total Heads:
Captains Cabin:
Crew Cabins:
Crew Berths:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:



Equipment List

TV set - Sharp 22"
Autopilot - Simrad AP24
Plotter - Furuno GP 1850F
VHF - Icom IC M504
Depthsounder - Datamarine
Compass - Ritchie 5" Spherical
Radio - Bose
GPS - Furuno GP 1850F
Radar - Furuno 48 Mile
Log-speedometer - Signet

Inside Equipment
Hot water - Torrid 10 gal
Oven - Dickinson Mediterranean
Marine head - Sealand Vacuflush
Refrigerator - U-line CO2075FS
Deep freezer
Microwave oven - Sunbeam
Battery charger

Electrical Equipment
Inverter - Xantrex 25 2.5kw
Generator - Northern Lights 5kw 1290 hours
Shore power inlet

Outside Equipment/Extras
Electric windlass


The Grand Banks 42 Classic is regarded by many as the perfect "cruising lifestyle" boat and the semi displacement hull design and a full keel has been proven on waters around the world. The spacious salon provides a comfortable relaxation or entertainment area, with additional dining facilities around the teak yacht table (a Grand Banks trademark). There is a fully equipped galley to port and a complete helm station to starboard. Another known Grand Banks standard is the beautiful teak joinery which they are known for all over the world.

These customary features of quality and dependability combined with reliable electronics and equipment afford you a superior cruising ability without skimping on the comforts you expect from a Grand Banks.

The 'Classic' main salon is open and features a lower helm to starboard followed by a large L-settee and dining table. A straight galley is forward to port and is fully equipped with newer appliances, faucet and countertops. Forward is the 'guest' stateroom with a V-berth, hanging locker and private head with shower. Aft of the salon and down a few steps is the master stateroom with teak built-in hanging lockers and drawer storage. Opposite is a custom fabricated queen sized bed. The head has a Vacuflush toilet and tub with shower.

  • Sunbeam Microwave Oven
  • Dickinson Mediterranean propane stove & oven
  • U-Line refrigerator with ice maker option/ freezer section
  • Bar with Bottle/Glass Storage
  • Cruising Freezer under settee
  • Sharp LCD TV
  • Bose Stereo System
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Hot & cold pressure water
  • Drawers & cabinets

Deck & Hull
  • Naiad stabilizers
  • Lofrans Tigres electric windlass
  • CQR 45 with 250' 5/16" chain
  • Pipewelders MD -1500 dinghy davit
  • Avon 8 person liferaft
  • Carvel planked 1 1/8" Philippine mahogany hull with teak decks, handrails and cap rails.
  • Frames & beams 1 1/4 x 3" Yacal 
  • Mast with spreader lights, radar bracket
  • Teak handrails with bronze stanchions
  • Custom stainless framed Bimini top with Sunbrella cover
  • Handrail, cap rail and window covers
  • Back-to-back Flybridge Seating
  • (3) Deck boxes with cushions on bridge

Electrical System
  • Northern Light 5.0 KW Generator (1290 Hours)
  • Xantrex 2500 Watt Inverter
  • Lewco Battery Charger
  • (7) 8-D Batteries

  • Furuno GP 1850F GPS Chartplotter
  • Furuno 48 Mile Radar
  • Glenndinning engine synchronizer
  • ICOM M-504 VHF radio
  • Simrad AP24 auto-pilot with repeater
  • Northstar 941X GPS chart plotter
  • Icom Command mic on flybridge

Early Grand Banks History

The history of Grand Banks begins with Robert J. Newton, an itinerant engineer and a plant manager for a pineapple cannery, raising two sons on the shores of Oahu, Hawaii. Newton gave his sons John and Whit a great gift: the love of boatbuilding and the sea. As youngsters, the boys helped their dad build everything from small catamarans to 40 foot cruisers for the family's use.

In 1956 Robert and John decided to build boats for a living in Hong Kong, where Robert had established himself with soft drink franchises and a food and beverage distribution business. They started in a little rented space near the airport in the town of Kowloon with one hired hand and an order for a custom 34-foot sport fisherman cruiser. They finished it about six months later at a small profit. Whit Newton joined them almost immediately after that and they established American Marine Ltd., a Hong Kong corporation, with a sublease for $100 a year on 2 acres and 475 feet of waterfront on Junk Bay in the New Territories.

At first American Marine concentrated on custom boats; the Grand Banks we know today did not appear until five years later, when the company commissioned Ken Smith, a Connecticut naval architect. Smith designed the first true Grand Banks, a wooden 36 footer launched in 1963. In 1964, the company ceased building custom boats altogether and put all its energies behind the sturdy, economical cruiser into which Smith had designed all the comforts of home.

The boat the Newtons and Smith created was a relatively new type of production boat, and although its lines were inspired by workboats and its cruising speed was only eight knots, it had a 1100 mile range, exceptional living space for its length, and a price less than $30,000 for the single engine version delivered on the West Coast. Twin engines were an option. Since this was 20 to 50 percent less than similar cruisers built in the United States, The GB 36 was a hit, and American Marine expanded with similar models like the GB32, GB42, GB48, GB50, GB57, and GB62.

Then in 1967 American Marine launched a series of pilot house motor yachts equipped for cruising colder climates. Robert Dorris designed the Alaskan 45, 49, 53 & 55 and Arthur Defever designed the 46 Alaskan. The designs were very popular in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1968 with demand booming and the Kowloon yard bursting at the seams, American Marine signed a long-term lease with the Republic of Singapore on a 13 acre site with 1300 feet of waterfront property. The new facility which virtually doubled American Marine's capacity when it opened in 1969, allowed the company to meet the growing demand and eventually build the GB 32, GB 36, and GB 42 in fiberglass. The larger boats GB 48, GB50, GB 57, GB 62 including the Alaskans continued to be built of wood in Hong Kong.  

This particular Forty-Two was Built by American Marine in Hong Kong in 1969 "Grand Plan" hull #83 was constructed of carvel planked Phillippine mahogany on Yacal frames. A total of 352 Forty-Twos were built of wood in Hong Kong from 1966 until 1973. To many the Grand Banks 42's all look alike however to many owners & GB enthusiast they're numbered works of art. 

Ford Lehman 6D380

Lehman pioneered the marinization of engines as far back as 1932. By 1980 the Lehman Econ-O-Power trademark was recognized and respected by boat builders and owners throughout the world. For over 50 years, Lehman had been an organization of dedicated boatmen with a keen appreciation of the proper specification and operation of marine power. The compact design of Lehman Econ-O-Power diesels with special monobloc cast iron exhaust manifolds has shell type tubular heat exchangers and coolers for streamlined appearance and long lasting operation. The Lehman Econ-O-Power engine is built using a Ford engine as the "base" unit. Lehman manufactured and provided the "conversion" equipment... those parts that are needed to adapt the Ford engine to marine use. One of Lehmans' most popular diesels, this 380 cubic inch engine is conservatively rated at 120 horsepower at 2500 rpm. This model engine has a long history of thoroughbred performance, beginning in 1958 as the Ford Dagenham diesel. Also contributing to the popularity of this engine are the same high performance, high economy features which characterize all Lehman Power diesel marine engines.
The four cycle design, high compression ratio and overhead valves assure clean burning, odor free combustion. The resulting maximization of fuel economy and dependable performance have established this engine as a "pacesetter" among commercial operators, and a favorite of boaters.
Underlying its rugged performance is its rugged construction...a deep, rigid block. The crankshaft is equipped with large diameter crankpins and main bearings. Four hole injectors are fed by an efficient Simms piston-type fuel injection pump which is driven directly by camshaft gearing. This eliminates the exposed auxiliary drive shaft and couplings that were used in earlier models. Lehman diesel marine engines turn counter-clockwise (viewed from the stern of the boat facing forward). Borg-Warner transmissions offer positive acting, smooth dependable performance under varied loads.

  • Fresh-water cooled exhaust manifold with patented mono-block design allows lower overall engine height. Heavy, cast-iron construction for long life and dependability
  • 12 volt starting motor
  • 55 amp alternators with integral solid state voltage regulator and automatic oil pressure switch (for energizing or disconnecting the system on engine start-up or shut-down).
  • Gear driven raw water pump, constructed of bronze with ball bearings for dependability and longer service life. Rubber impeller for maximum water flow.
  • Flexible fuel supply line prevents fuel supply line from breaking
  • Spin-on, disposable-cartridge oil filter is easily accessible and easy to replace
  • Pressurized cooling system
  • Efficient fresh-water cooling through shell and tube-type, copper heat exchanger- with pencil zincs for corrosion resistance. Horizontally mounted to eliminate sediment build-up, with access covers for quick cleaning. No aluminum to rot or disintegrate.
  • Efficient oil cooling system
  • Flat-type oil sump
  • Secondary fuel filters
  • Racor water separators

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.