The Grand Banks 32 was in production for three decades. When the last one was splashed in 1996, 861 of these venerable cruisers had been built. They were initially built of wood but transitioned to fiberglass construction in the mid-1970s. Little changed during their production run, and from a distance it’s difficult to tell a well-cared-for wooden model from a later fiberglass boat.
When sailors Harold and Jerry Gegeheimer of Darien, Connecticut, were looking for a retirement home in 1981, they headed for Mystic, Connecticut, where they had often cruised in their 39-foot Gulfstar yawl with their children and friends.
The last few weeks of spring in the Northeast have been spectacular: sunny days of glowing warmth, with just enough breeze to carry the smell of lilacs and freshly mowed grass. Even if much of the nation had not just lived through a hellish winter, we’d have to admit that it doesn’t get much better than this.
Share your passion with some landlubbers and introduce them to the joys of being on the water. It won’t require much effort, thanks to the inherent beauty of the ocean, bays, sounds, rivers and other bodies of water.
Among the many happy memories I have of enjoying my boat in the summer, watching fireworks rates right at the top. When I kept Bossanova in East Hampton, New York, on Long Island’s east end, I could catch the Boys Harbor fireworks right from the dock.
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