“These boats are known for their seaworthiness, and GB owners like to say ‘that nothing goes to weather like a Grand Banks.’ “
INTERVIEW WITH THE CAPTAIN—Peter Conway
Why did you choose to buy a Grand Banks?
I had previously owned a 38’ Eastbay, which is made by Grand Banks, and was so impressed by the quality, finish, and seaworthiness of the brand.
What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this model?
I originally looked at the Eastbay 49’ because it was a larger version of our 38’. We cruise a lot so we needed more space and were so impressed by the 38’ that it was our first consideration. We did go to sea trial on the 49’ and was surprised at the engine noise level that we had never experienced on the 38’, which was probably the quietest power boat I ever owned. We also wanted more living space and speed if needed.
What boats have you previously owned?
My first boat was an 8’ Penn Yan canvas dingy with a 2HP Elgin that I shared with my brother and sister. In those younger days we raced Turnabouts, Blue Jays, Brutal Beasts, and Day Sailors. I grew up on the harbor and actually lived aboard different boats from the age of 12 until my early 30s. Back in those days many boats in the harbor had crew living on them to maintain the canvas decks, brass and chrome fittings, varnish, and constant maintenance. (It was like a city of mast head lights each night. In those days we raised and lowered all flags and pennants daily. Anyone missing the gun by more than a minute or so, was going to hear about it!). I also owned a 25’ Wellcraft, 34’ Post, 43’ Egg Harbor, 32’ Blackfin, 48’ Ocean, and 53’ Ocean.
I took care of my father’s Matthews cruiser for many years which provided me a summer home. I also skippered a 65’ Abeking Rasmussen ketch, with two crew, for a few of those years. After numerous small Runabouts, Turnabout, and others, I eventually graduated to a 36’ Hood Little Harbor sloop. She was a sister ship to the original Robin. Since I loved cruising so much, a power boat fit my needs better and I switched over to the “dark side.”
What are the features you like most about your boat?
The fit, finish and overall quality. These boats are known for their seaworthiness, and GB owners like to say “that nothing goes to weather like a Grand Banks”. The semi displacement hull gives a solid ride and speed. The weight makes it feel so secure and safe in ugly seas.
What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
I added a full enclosure for the flying bridge, and updated the electronics.
How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
We spend as much time as possible cruising when we can. Maine is great but our first love is the Cape and Nantucket, where we have a mooring. Each fall we cruise south to Florida and the islands. Next year will be our 50th run between Marblehead and Florida.
What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Finding good, qualified people that are available.
Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Grand Banks?
Most GB owners take great care of their boats so if you see one that has not been really well cared for, then keep looking. Besides the obvious things to look at on any boat, I like to see the engine room and bilges in Bristol condition. Their cleanliness speaks volumes.
What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
There has been a Pemisu moored in the harbor for over 70 years. My Dad named his first Matthews Pemisu and always told people that it was a Naumkeag word for “happy harbor”.
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