We purchased Archimedes in March of 2010 from Matt Maynard at Irwin Yacht Sales in Seattle. She is a 1978 Grand Banks 42. Hull number 572.
Prior to our purchase, she was briefly named Miss Bethany. Before that, she was Grey Eagle. Sometime in the distant past, I believe she was Skookum Lady.
As Grey Eagle, she was featured in the September 2007 issue of Passagemaker magazine. “Alone and Sinking” was, as the title implies, about the previous owners facing the prospect of their boat sinking in an out of the way bay in the Queen Charlotte Islands. In the article, the owners struck a rock damaging one of the rudder posts causing significant flooding. As it turns out, this article sparked conversations between the two of us. The discussion revolved around whether it was best to have one or two engines and how the propellers and rudders of twin engine boats are less protected than on a single engine boat. This was some time before we had started looking for a Grand Banks. Funny that it turns out to be the same boat. We did not discover that until after we had completed the purchase. (we did have the rudder posts throughly inspected)
Since we purchased her, we’ve made a few changes. We had all the old bottom paint stripped off and the bottom repainted right after the sale was complete. We put in all new electronics including, chartplotter, radar, VHF, autopilot, and an AIS transceiver. We replaced the refrigerators with new lower power models. A new heater was also added. The rest has just been maintenance.
Like many people who purchase trawlers, we were sailors for a number of years. We love to sail, but just didn’t get much opportunity. Most of the time, we found ourselves motoring. We have also reached an age where a bit more room on the boat is a good thing. Moving to a trawler seemed like the right step.
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