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November 1, 2017: Soundings article on 'Paradis' Grand Banks 42 Europa, by Steve Knauth
By Steve Knauth
We all know the feeling. Walking off the dock after a day on the water, you can’t resist turning around and taking one last look at your boat. There’s just something about her. Rich and Betsy Didan get that feeling when they pause to admire their 2005 Grand Banks 42 Europa. It’s a wonderful little thrill.
“When you stand back and look at the stern of Paradis, the inviting sliding glass double doors grab your heart and attention,” says Rich Didan, a 62-year-old electrical engineer. “The spacious covered rear deck, the teak-railed staircase to the spacious upper deck — this was truly designed and built for family, entertaining and long travels. They just don’t make them like that anymore.”
The Didans bought their boat — hull No. 1560, the last 42 Europa before the model was retired — this past summer. The price for the turnkey vessel was $550,000. It’s powered with twin 450-hp Caterpillar 3126B diesels, the layout is original, the high-gloss teak in the saloon and staterooms is in excellent condition, and just a few minor fixes were needed, Didan says.
Paradis replaced a well- appointed Mainship Pilot Rum Runner II, which had replaced a cuddy inboard. The cuddy replaced the couple’s first boat, an O’Day 22 sailboat that they sailed on Candlewood Lake near Danbury, Connecticut. “When our daughter was a teen, we moved to the Cobalt 233 cuddy and enjoyed staying on board overnight,” Didan says. “After our daughter left for college, we were empty-nesting, and our thoughts turned back to our dream of owning a coastal cruiser.” The Mainship filled that need quite well.
LOA: 43 feet, 3 inches
BEAM: 13 feet, 7 inches (14 feet, 1 inch from 1996)
DRAFT: 4 feet, 2 inches
WEIGHT: 39,000 pounds
HULL TYPE: semidisplacement
PROPULSION: twin diesels from 210 hp
FUEL CAPACITY: 600 gallons fuel, 278 gallons water
BUILDER: Grand Banks Yachts, grandbanks.com
Looking to move up in size, the Manchester, Connecticut, couple first saw the GB42 Europa at the spring boat show at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Connecticut. Leslie Quarrier of Essex Yacht Sales, who’d sold them their Mainship, had brought Paradis to the show from Greenport, New York. “Of course we went aboard — twice that day — and then [Betsy and I] talked about it all evening,” Didan says. “Two weeks later we went over to Greenport and scheduled a private showing, which enticed us even more.”
A few weeks of reviewing, another trip to Greenport and a “dinghy drive-by — and that was the deciding evening,” he says. “The next day, we made an offer.”
A season of fishing and cruising followed. “Two of our favorite places are Brewer Stirling [marina] in Greenport and our very favorite spot to overnight, the anchorage in Coecles Harbor,” Didan says. “The peacefulness and sunsets are spectacular.” Sometimes the couple stay at their slip at Brewer Essex Island Marina, hanging out with their friends.
But the Didans like it best when their grandchild comes aboard, accompanied by their daughter and son-in-law. There’s plenty of room for the growing family aboard the twin-stateroom trawler, which tops out around 23 mph and cruises easily at 17 to 18 mph. “We take a lunch cruise to another favorite day anchorage, in front of the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam,” Didan says. “And now they all can stay for the entire weekend, with our more spacious accommodations.”
There’s more on the Europa’s upcoming itinerary, too. The couple will be retiring soon, and their plan is to “travel some distances,” as Didan puts it, cruising up the East Coast to Maine, taking the Hudson River route up toward the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes — maybe even venturing south to the Carolinas.
“Paradis was a very well-cared-for vessel, and the owners took pride in keeping her original and pristine,” Didan says. “They were proud to own the final hull, and now we are proud to own that heritage. We have always admired the gracefulness of the Europa and the quality of the craftsmanship.”
PowerBoat Guide calls the Grand Banks 42 Europa an “elegant sedan trawler.” Classic features include a pilothouse saloon, distinctive bulwarks and a trunk cabin, with bridge overhangs defining the model. The flybridge, reached by a ladder, has a full helm station, passenger seating and room for dinghy stowage aft, with a boom for launching.
Below the waterline, the Europa rides a semidisplacement hull with a full keel and protected prop. Original power choices ranged from twin 210-hp diesels to 375-hp power plants that delivered a 15- to 17-mph cruising speed. Cruising fuel capacity is 600 gallons.
The interior, richly finished in varnished teak, has a twin-stateroom layout. The master is forward, with a queen-size island berth and an adjacent head compartment with a shower. The second stateroom, amidships, is laid out with a double berth and a head compartment with a shower stall. The U-shaped galley is up and convenient to the saloon and to the L-shaped dining area with lounge seating. Galley gear includes a cooktop, stove and refrigerator.
In the early 1960s, American Robert Newton and his two sons were building custom sailboats and powerboats on Junk Bay in Hong Kong. In 1963, they launched a 36-foot trawler-style cruiser designed by Ken Smith. They called her Spray. The boat was such a success that the builder devoted itself to the design. Called the Grand Banks, it and its successors were pioneers in the trawler yacht market.
Eastbay Rendezvous June 2-3, 2017, Mystic Seaport
Terrific Eastbay Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport. Nicholas Bell, SVP Curatorial Affairs, spoke at the breakfast hosted by Essex Yacht Sales. Nicholas is pictured below, in the Masin Conference Room, in front of the classic Everett Scholfield photograph of Mystic in 1874.
Drone footage may be viewed below, made available by courtesy of our friends at Mystic Seaport.
Newport Boat Show, September 14-17, 2017
Mystic Seaport hosts an East Bay Rendezvous - June 2 and 3, 2017
Breakfast sponsored by Essex Yacht Sales
Download details: Mystic Seaport Eastbay Rendezvous 2017
David Dorrance, CPYB, joins Essex Yacht Sales
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Mark your calendars for the Connecticut Spring Boat Show, Essex Island, May 5-7, 2017
Visit Essex Yacht Sales at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26, 2017
Visit us at the Nimbus display.
Visit Nimbus Boats at the Dusseldorf Boat show January 21-29, 2017
Hall 5, Stand C19
Essex Yacht Sales appointed dealer by Nimbus Boats
Essex Yacht Sales is proud to announce its appointment as authorized dealer for Nimbus Boats, of Gothenburg, Sweden and Delray Beach, FL. Click here for more information
Essex Yacht Sales has been appointed Strategic Sales Partner to Delta Powerboats.
Essex Yacht Sales is excited to present the exciting and innovative range of boats and motoryachts from Delta Powerboats, from 26' to 88'. Click here for more information
Eastbay Rendezvous, Mystic Seaport, Oct 1-3
Event postponed by Mystic Shipyard due to possible inclement weather. Will likely be rescheduled for June.
This small, intimate gathering packs-in a great experience with:
- Behind the scenes tour of the Collections Research Center and Watercraft Hall
- Complimentary tickets to the cocktail party for the 37th Annual International Marine Art exhibit
- Sunday morning breakfast in the Masin Room of the brand-new Thompson Exhibition Building
Come by water or land and enjoy the delights of Mystic Seaport. Full details, including how to register (hurry - space is limited) are given in the brochure. See link below
The weekend is graciously sponsored by the Gowrie Group, with Essex Yacht Sales sponsoring the Sunday breakfast.
Essex Yacht Sales displayed three important yachts at the 2016 Newport Brokerage Show. These were: 2014 Eastbay 50SX, 2015 MJM 40z, and 2000 Grand Banks 52 Motoryacht. With four full days of glorious fall sunshine, and terrific boats, show traffic was strong.
A feature of Essex Yacht Sales' display were the dockside stands showing full details of each boat, plus an overview of the the brokerage's services to both buyers ans sellers. See example below:
See Essex Yacht Sales at the Newport Brokerage Show, (held in association with the Newport International Boat Show).
The In-Water Brokerage Show is held at the Newport Shipyard. Over 100 quality yachts will be on display from 40' - 140'. Admission the Brokerage Show is free.
Convenient, fast, water shuttles run continuously during show hours to link the New and Brokerage Shows.
Connecticut Spring Boat Show, Brewer Essex Island Marina, May 3-5
Essex Yachts Sales will display a Grand Banks 47 Heritage and 42 Classic, two Eastbay 38, and a Blue Seas 31. Also in conjunction with Rockport Marine, a static display of the RM 26 Dayboat and 44 Express
Essex Yacht Sales releases a new brochure
Essex Yacht Sales' new brochure is a stunning 6-page full color piece. Contact us to receive your copy by mail. Call (860) 767-8484
New marketing alliance with Rockport Marine is announced
Essex Yacht Sales announces a new marketing alliance with renowned custom boat builder and designer Rockport Marine, of Rockport, Maine. Under the terms of this alliance, Essex Yacht Sales will proudly offer Rockport Marine’s exceptional RM26 classic New England day boat and the new RM44 Express.
Essex Yacht Sales, in conjunction with Rockport Marine, will present complete information on the 26’ and 44’ boats at the Connecticut Spring Boat Show, Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex, Connecticut, from May 13 to 15. Design staff from Rockport Marine will be on hand to meet prospective clients and discuss the bespoke design services offered to owners.
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