Ocean-going 42ft boat up for auction in Brundall


A 42-foot trawler built by renowned boat makers American Marine is up for auction this December.

The Grand Banks 42 Classic is on sale with Auction House East Anglia and is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £10,000 when it goes under the hammer on December 13th.

Named Destiny, the diesel-powered cruiser is specifically designed for long-distance and liveaboard cruising. Widely regarded as the epitome of traditional trawler yachts, Grand Banks models have remained in high demand since their initial production in the 1960s.

The most popular of the Classic designs, with over 1,500 boats constructed, this impressive vessel was bought by the current owners in 1972 for a staggering £50,000.

After fifty years of adventures on the water, Destiny is set to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.



Destiny , c/o Bell Boats Ltd (moored at Brundall, Norfolk)

1972 42-foot trawler | Guide price: £1,000 - £10,000  [more info]


Built in Hong Kong in the early 1970’s, the iconic boat features all the comforts of home and is fitted out for extended voyages, featuring a spacious saloon, galley kitchen, two separate shower rooms and a six-berth cabin. Two Ford Lehman engines allow the seaworthy vessel to cruise at 9-10 knots.

Destiny stands out as one of the last Grand Banks models created with the traditional wooden hull before they were phased out in favour of fiberglass in 1973. The 42 Classic was produced for several decades before the design was retired for good in 2005 with Hull Number 1,554.

The boat is currently moored at Bells Boats Ltd in Brundall, a family run boatyard on the southern part of the Norfolk Broads. Positioned along the River Yare, the mooring point allows for convenient access to the sea.

Auction House East Anglia describe the sale as an “outstanding opportunity to own a highly sought after vessel.”

They added: “Although some restoration is required, this boat is an absolute classic and we highly recommend arranging a viewing before auction day.”

The Grand Banks trawler is due to be sold at livestream auction on Wednesday, December 13th, with a guide price of £1,000 to £10,000 plus fees.

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