Recently we were contacted by a writer who was putting together a wonderful story for Classic Boat magazine about the restoration of a GB32. The full article is attached at the bottom of this page.
A timeless vessel built in Hong Kong and restored in Brighton, “Freya”, a Grand Banks 32, mirrors much of the Heritage Grand Banks prides itself on today. Steffan Meyric tells the tale of the restoration of the iconic 32-foot trawler-style yacht. The 112th GB32 built by American Marine in Hong Kong, 4 years after production launched in 1969.
Derek Stubley found Freya in Brighton Marina, being used as a live-aboard. A bid coupled with the right incentive saved Freya from spending the rest of her days as a liveaboard houseboat. Derek began the restoration process 2 years ago in Brighton, restoring the vessel on a tight budget and managing the project himself.
The team preserved as much of her originality as possible along the way, a challenging restoration to say the least. The engine and exhaust system were rebuilt to their original state, Freya still flaunting a 120bhp Ford Lehman diesel running through a Borg-Warner Velvet Drive gearbox, running as good as it did 49 years ago, if not better. Read more on this enormous restoration project below.