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Onne’s New Goose: Onne’s Home Workshop

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Onne’s home workshop isn’t large, but it’s well tricked out to build, fix or upgrade his 1986 Grand Banks 32, Snow Goose.

When Onne and his wife, Tenley, were fixing up their Jamestown, Rhode Island, home, he would work under the eaves, but when it rained, he couldn’t get things done. He told her he would love to have a workshop. They built it right next to the house. He made the workbenches and the cupboards himself and had a utility sink installed.

The workshop was particularly helpful when the weather was too cold to work on the boat. When it was over 40 degrees, Onne could use a heater to get the temperature inside the boat up to 55 degrees to do plumbing, electrical work and maybe even paint. But he would stockpile jobs for the days when it was too cold outside. “Those days when it was cold and miserable, I could work in the workshop,” Onne says. “It’s nicely lit, and I have all the tools I need to repair or fabricate things, whether it’s aluminum, Starboard, or wood.

Over time he has loaded up the shop with all the tools he needs, including a table saw, bandsaw, chop saw, grinder, buffer, drillpress, sanders, planers and various hand tools to fix almost anything.

“It gets me a lot of pleasure,” Onne says. “I love my workshop. It’s my space. I close the door and I listen to NPR or some nice classical music. It’s a great place to work with my hands. For me, that is huge. I trained as machinist. That’s my background, so I get a lot of pleasure out of that. It’s just as rewarding as going out on a boat or a helicopter to get some cool imagery.”

“I’m fortunate that my wife didn’t say, ‘I want a library or a spare room,’” Onne says. “She loves that she can say, ‘can you make me a table?’”

Or fix up a 1986 Grand Banks 32.

You can tour Onne’s workshop in this video.


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Onne’s New Goose: Painting the Stateroom

After some experimentation, Onne paints the forward cabin on his 1986 Grand Banks 32

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Onne’s New Goose: Applying Propspeed to the Propeller

Onne turns to Propspeed to keep the propeller on his 1986 Grand Banks 32 free of marine growth

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Onne’s New Goose: Varnishing the Sole

Onne van der Wal tackles the varnished cabin sole, one of the last refit jobs before launching his 1986 Grand Banks 32, Snow Goose

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Onne’s New Goose: Replacing the Forward Hatch

The lens on the forward hatch of Onne van der Wal's 1986 Grand Banks 32 was crazed, so he put in a new Lewmar hatch


Onne’s New Goose: Sanding the Teak Deck

Onne and Tenley van der Wal sand the old teak deck on their 1986 Grand Banks 32 and give it new life

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Onne’s New Goose: Replacing the Marine Hot Water Heater

When the original boiler on his 1986 Grand Banks 32 gives up the ghost, Onne is in for a nice surprise


Onne’s New Goose: Launch Day!

After six months of winter and spring labor, Onne and Tenley van der Wal launch their 1986 Grand Banks 32, Snow Goose

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Onne’s New Goose: Upgrading the Refrigerator System

Onne van der Wal was not happy with the refrigerator system on his 1986 Grand Banks 32, so he replaced it with a Sea Frost model.