You will not find a better maintained fleet anywhere!
Grand Banks yachts have a reputation of being timeless vessels that hold their value better than many other boats. At NW Explorations we have been maintaining Grand Banks yachts for over 30 years. We have learned a lot not only about only how to keep them looking like new, but running like new. We have a dedicated maintenance and cleaning staff, keep our fleet maintained above manufacturers’ specifications, and dive them after every charter.
All together our boats log about 50,000 miles per year. On our Mother Goose guided trips we cruise on the west coast of Vancouver Island and to some of the most remote parts of South East Alaska and we have never had a major system failure. Every year we have an extensive Annual Maintenance Schedule that is gone through to make ensure the vessel you charter is in top condition. Please come and take a look at these boats for yourself.
Are you hesitant to fill your water tanks when you are out cruising, not knowing what the water quality is at various locations?
Well, on Mist Approach, a 1989 GB 42 classic, the owner attached a filter to the lazerette hatch with a piece of clear tubing. So you just attach the hose to the filter, put the clear tube into your water tank and turn on the flow and you fill your tanks with filtered water.
Does your washdown pump clean off your anchor chain?
Often the issue is too weak a pump; but sometimes it’s our lack of aim or a nozzle that just doesn’t quite get the job done. Well, how about if the nozzle was installed to take care of it without you holding it, and it had just the right type of spray and power.
One clever answer to this common problem was solved on an ’89 GB 36 sedan by installing a piece of pipe with a high pressure nozzle on the end of it, then plumbed to the salt water washdown with a ball valve right on the foredeck to turn it on and off. Just turn on the breaker and open the valve and it’s working away and you can focus on bringing in the chain.
How often are you having to clean your heat exchangers?
I know this isn’t an everyday issue, or even yearly, but a couple of clever owners decided it might make a long term difference if they could flush the salt water side of the cooling systems of the main engines and generators.
One owner of a ’93 GB 49 classic put a “T” fitting in the raw water cooling hose between the raw water strainer and the water pump on the engine. Then he put a quick disconnect fitting on it so he could quickly hook a freshwater hose to it, run the engine, close the raw water strainer and flush the engine with freshwater after every use.
Another owner of a ’91 GB 46 classic was just telling me about doing a similar process but using “Salt-Away”. With this, you just pour about 4 oz. of Salt-Away into the sea strainer, the start the engine and wait for some suds to come out the exhaust, then shut it down and leave it until you run it again.