Make GRAND BANKS
Hull LAST YEAR OF WOOD 32’ GRAND BANKS
City NEWPORT BEACH
Owner JEFFREY KILPATRICK
Eagle is making her debut after undergoing years of refurbishing from the bilge to the top of the flybridge, interior and exterior. This is the ninth year that Jeff Kilpatrick has been working on restoring this classic wood Grand Banks from stem to stern: all systems as well as all cosmetics. Just about everything has been reworked, repaired and upgraded whenever possible. He did most of the work himself, in the proper manner, and with the best materials. He believes Eagle is now in better condition than when delivered in 1971, which was the last year they were built. He enjoys being with fellow wooden boat enthusiasts and showing them that occasionally these restorations actually get completed.
The boat is a 1971 Wood Grand Banks -32’ – the last year that American marine built these in wood— I bought the boat ten years ago and that began a 10 year refurbishing project that has seen every part of the boat “reworked” and refurbished from the bilges up to the top of the mast— ten years of effort— to fix badly done previous repairs, fix worn out parts and also rework ll the electrical and electronics and wiring and just about every system on the boat from the galley to the head to lighting — and last summer the entire boat’s exterior was reworked and repaired where there was soft wood and then primed and painted — all of which I did myself at our pier. this exterior paint project using ALexseal LP — took me three months of work— the decks were reefed and recalled as well during this time—
The entire interior has been sanded down and oiled as well — one of the most difficult projects was the reengineering of the windlass pulpit and and bow supporting hardware— all this was done in 316 stainless steel and was built from 5/15” stainless plate and 3.5” thick old growth teak for the platform along with a dual station control system that enables the rode to auto feed from and back to the anchor locker—
The bow bar support is a solid 3/4” 316 stainless bar that was cut on an angle and then welded to the upper and lower plates at the angles to fit for boltiing in place-
I believe Eagle is likely the best condition 32’ wood Grand Banks in the nation — and I have the receipts to prove it (unfortunately).