No Salt – 4Sale – All Offers Considered



I have spoken before about the emergence of what I call ‘the floating bach’ – well No Salt fits that category perfectly. I predict in the next 5 years we will see more & more of this ‘trawler’ style classic motor boat on our harbours & lakes. Just look at the camper van scene, it has exploded but camper vans only appeal to a % of the population & the biggest negative is  you have very little control over who your neibour is 🙂

No Salt is the real deal, a genuine wooden Grand Banks, from the desk of the renowned American designer Ken Smith. She was built / launched in 1973 & is one of the last wooden Grand Banks before they switched to GPR production 😦  40′ on the water (the yanks assign the LWL length to their craft so she is a GB36) she is mahogany carvel planked on sawn frames & features a full length keel that provides protection for the twin props/rudders – perfect for nudging into that secluded bay.
Powered by twin Ford 120hp (non turbo) engines she cruises at 9knots & would run on the smell of an oily rag, this efficiency combined with 720L fuel tanks makes her perfect for extended cruising. While she carries 800L of water if I owned her I would drop a water maker on board & then there would be no stopping you.

The Americans can be a little OTT in terms of safety but in No Salts case her high bulwarks & all round teak railing make her very family / older person friendly. Another bonus is the window / seating height in the saloon – few boats get this right, with No Salt you can be seated & enjoy brilliant exterior views.

Yes No Salt is for sale & would have to represent the best value for money in the leisure / lifestyle market.
Who will buy her? with her 7 berth layout there are lots of options with this floating bach & while I would not like to see her leave the Waitemata, what a low-cost lake pad she would be & you have the best view on the lake + you can fish from your door step.
As always click on any photo above to enlarge.

14 thoughts on “No Salt – 4Sale – All Offers Considered

  1. No Salt has been a beauty for us. We’re the owners. We have loved having her for around 9 years. Hey Alan! If you’re worried about getting wet, there’s a fly bridge mate! You don’t get wet up there – and in fact that’s where No Salt is most often driven from.
    She’s been in every big sea imaginable and has safely delivered us always. These boats are typically sailed from Seattle to Alaska for summer holidays – and encounter fairly significant seas on the way. They’re trusty and reliable.
    She has been well looked after by us, with all receipts available. She has been visually surveyed and inspected and this report is available to buyers.
    This is one of the easiest boats in the world to holiday on or spend a weekend on. You can cook up a storm in the galley; or barbeque on the back deck. We’ve put a tent up on the fly bridge for the kids; and that way slept more than 10 aboard.
    It’s with great regret we are selling her. Yes, we’re ageing. Both of us have had shoulder injuries meaning it’s now difficult to go boating at all.
    This boat has been very special. She’s been a support boat for the LA Olympics and been judged ‘best’ in boat club shows in the USA. A solid, beautiful, nuggety mahogany and teak magical vessel we’ll be sad to say goodbye to.


  2. With an ageing boating population the yachts are the first to suffer as us oldies often progress (or regress depending on your viewpoint) to a launch. There are fewer younger people coming into sailing at keelboat level so a distortion is happening in the market with demand. Add to that the whole fleet is ageing, along with the owners, and many boats are not maintained properly. The cost of refurbishing often exceeds the boats value, hence the price correction we are seeing. Good examples of both yachts and launches can still fetch reasonable prices. The problem is the owner’s perception of condition and value are often misaligned.


  3. Here is an interesting article on the wooden GB’s
    The one thing they lack which for me is essential for gulf crusing is a cockpit.
    At 9 kts she would be using around 20 litres or more per hour, button off to 7.5 and consumption be less than 10 litres per hour
    The hull shape is a “warped plane” style (it is not a displacement hull shape), similar to many of the 50’s and 60’s Shipbuilders launches, and this shape can be a handful in a following sea. The GB’s are also very wet going into a head sea.


  4. Its already happened in the classic sector Murray – just ask anyone trying to sell a launch. This one at $145k is very good value for money. There are some on the market for a lot more than this & not as good.


  5. There are a few of these American Marine single skin mahogany GB 36’s here some with single Lehmans some with twins, along with a lot of the glass ones. Of course the timber ones are not sought after in the US which makes a very cheap boat for someone from NZ. I strongly believe the NZ launch market is due for the same correction that has occurred in yachts here this year, as on a world scale powercraft here are way over priced.


  6. Nice boats. The twin engines are a plus for reliable extended cruising. I wonder how many hours those motors have done and if they have had any work done on them.
    A mate of mine has a sistership and he has put up a lot of miles round the coast in the last few years with no problems.
    Price seems pretty good for one of those . They tend to sell for good money if they are in good condition.


  7. Grand Banks have been a solid favourite of mine for years and this one looks great with those Fords. Owner staying in the fold?


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