Simple Life deserves your attention. Her original order list was outstanding, selecting ALL the right options; the island berth in the master cabin, the L-settee with teak table on the flybridge, the teak helm seat at the lower helm, a second refrigerator, and a deep freeze, for extended travel, and perhaps the most intriguing, twin 250hp Cummins power. The twin 250s provide the same remarkable economy as lower hp engines at displacement speed, and open up to a nicely balanced 12 knot cruise. The detail work from the Grand Banks yard and through local outfitting is also noteworthy: teak pads for speaker mounts, mirrored door panels in the master to open up the sense of space, extra bookshelves, lockers and locker access additional storage, and even teak rims on the steering wheels all add subtle value to a cruising family. Simple Life has been outfitted for comfortable, extended cruising with a bridgedeck mounted centre console Norurania RIB, the Vacuflush heads, an extra freezer, an inverter with a large house bank of batteries, and a nice suite of user-friendly electronics. Finally, a yacht properly maintained by a meticulous yachtsman, focused on dependability and safety. Kept by previous owners in a boathouse out of the elements, and under full winter cover by the current owners. If owning an immaculate vessel for local or remote travel is your intent, Simple Life is worthy of your attention. And your cruising investment.
Classic Grand Banks hallmarks tell the story:
Beauty: Simple Life is a stunning yacht, a "triumph of substance and style."
Design: the design set the standard for three decades and is intelligent, proportioned and provides a fine sense of comfort, style and good sense.
Craftsmanship: traditional carpenter skills shown in this hand built yacht create warm, lustrous spaces of lasting finish and value.
Seaworthiness: the longer one cruises in a GB 42, the solidity and proven hull form build the feeling of security and respect.
Reliability: peace of mind comes from the best equipment, access for maintenance, and tested installations yeilding remarkable reliability.
Value: timeless lines and a strong reputation proven by resale value make GBs an investment in cruising.
Throughout Simple Life, note the all teak interior, teak parquet sole, aluminum window frames with tempered glass, many opening for cross ventilation, curtains or blinds, ample storage in finished lockers, access hatches to service points, comfortable seating and excellent lighting. The design provides all comforts required for enjoying long range coastal cruising or weekend, year-round getaways. Note the reliable hot air heat, back-up built-in electric heat, hot and cold pressure water system and two separate head systems.
This classic tricabin layout features ideal accommodation, and plenty of storage, for the cruising couple with family or guests. The master cabin aft has the island berth, access to the aft deck, LED lighting, hanging lockers, and a large bank of lockers and drawers along both port and starboard. The private shower stall is to starboard with opening window, vent fan, and locker. The private head is to port.
The guest cabin is forward, with two twin berths in a generous V-berth, hanging locker, drawers, opening windows, LED lighting, and private head with shower.
Between is open living spaces with salon, galley, and lower helm.
The salon is a favourite place to entertain or take in British Columbia's ocean vistas through expansive windows with 360 degree visibility. On the starboard side there is an L-shaped settee and proper yacht table with secret storage. Across and to port is a lounging settee, and tucked under the table leaf are two upholstered stools to draw up to table for larger crowds.
The dry bar with ice maker is to starboard just forward of the settee.
Teak doors give quick access to both port and starboard side decks.
The galley has ample and very efficient storage and counter space and is designed with both long range cruising and entertaining in mind. It is fully equipped with a 3-burner stove/oven for complete meal preparation. There are two large refrigerators, one in the galley and the other, furniture-like, in the aft, port corner of the salon. There is a chest freezer under the port settee.
The helm station is across from the galley. It has the complete set of engine and navigation systems. See details in "Electronics and Navigation" section below. Equipment is well laid out for ease of use with critical systems close at hand. The helm station has the optional helm seat, large enough for two. Note the elegant integrated drop down chart table aft of the helm seat!
The flybridge on Simple Life is a superb outdoor living space. There is a not only a complete helm station with all the appropriate navigation and instruments, but a spacious entertaining and lounging space with aft facing seating under the bimini as well as the optional L-settee and teak table.
Grand Banks has been designed with boating in mind. Their yachts have wide walk-around decks with high side rails to ensure safety while moving around the boat, even during rough weather.
Simple Life is stunning to look at. She appears much newer than her vintage. In 2015, all of her brightwork was sanded to bare wood, cleaned, and then built up and expertly applied by Avalon Brightwork in Sidney, BC. Avalon also sanded the decks smooth and reseated approximately 200 fasteners with new plugs. Simple Life's decks, brightwork and hull look new!
There are boarding gates on each side, with a boarding gate aft and steps to the extra wide swim platform. The dinghy and davit are located on the bridge deck with custom teak cradle and with steps up from the port sidedeck.
The side decks are comfortable, with a good working area forward at the anchor platform, a foredeck storage box, and a generous aft working/lounging deck with lazzarette storage below.
Dickinson stainless steel barbeque, rail mounted
Primary charting navigation is via the Raymarine plotter. There are connections already in place should a new owner choose to add an iPad, Mac or PC running a navigation software. The existing iPad is the owners' personal device, and is not included in the sale.
110 VAC power is provided through the 110V panel at the helm station complete with circuit breakers and reverse polarity indicator. 110 VAC is supplied via shore power with connectors on the on the bow and stern while at dock, or through the 8kw Onan diesel generator, or from house batteries through the inverter.
12 VDC power is provided through the 12V panel at the helm station complete with circuit breakers from the house bank of batteries located in secured boxes in the engine room.
Charging of the house and engine start banks is managed through the inverter / charger, which is supplied with power either through shore power or the genset, or via alternators on main engines while underway. One alternator charges the engine start battery and the second, a 100 Amp Balmar, charges the house bank.
In 2012, ACR circuitry was installed which allows all batteries to be charged as required, but also keeps them in isolated banks.
The engine room in Simple Life shows pride of ownership and has been professionally and owner maintained. A complete service log is available to view aboard the vessel.
built in AC electric panel heaters
There is personal gear aboard that shall be removed on sale. Personal gear includes, but is not limited to: iPad, art, paper charts and cruising guides, books, tools, fishing gear, fitted life jackets, galley gear, carpets and other items not related to the operation of the vessel.
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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