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1997 Grand Banks 42 Heritage

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom


The Grand Banks 42 is a modern classic, combining stylish yet practical lines with excellent sea keeping, great versatility, frugal running costs, and a spacious interior ideal for long-term cruising. 'Summer Star' was built to a high specification, including the sought-after fitted galley storage, and she has been regularly updated with many extras including bow and stern thrusters. Only for sale due to a career change limiting future usage, she is one of the most admired boats in the area, likely to be one of the best of her kind, and represents fantastic value for the quality and space on offer!

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Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Boat Name: Summer Star
Make: Grand Banks
Model: 42 Heritage
Year: 1997
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Grand Banks
Designer: Ken Smith
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 42 ft
Length Overall: 47'4 ft
Waterline Length: 41'1 ft
Beam: 14'1 ft
Max Draft: 4'2 ft
Displacement: 15,870 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3116
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 350hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: Bronze
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3116
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 350hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: Bronze
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 700hp
Cruising Speed: 13 kn
Maximum Speed: 17 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2,271 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 900 L
Holding Tank Count: 2
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 L



Essex - Clarke & Carter
Burnham Yacht Harbour Foundry Lane
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, GB, CM0 8BL
Tel:+44 (0)1621 785600


The Grand Banks 42 accommodation offers 6 berths in 3 cabins with full standing headroom of 6'3"+ throughout, and the saloon could also be utilised to provide further berths if required.

FORWARD CABIN  -  Fitted with a large double V berth with hanging and storage lockers, portlights, and an opening hatch to the foredeck.

GUEST CABIN  -  Located to port and fitted with a single bunk bed over a large single berth (or small double), with a hanging locker and additional storage areas. This cabin could also be adapted for use as a walk-in dressing room, office, or hobby room if required. 

HEADS  -  Located to starboard with a marine toilet, washbasin, separate shower area, and excellent storage.

SALOON  -  Steps lead up to the light and comfortable wheelhouse saloon which consists of a well-equipped helm position with a side door and a large L-shaped settee with a table and three additional chairs to starboard, passageway aft, and galley and main entrance to port.  

GALLEY  -  The linear galley is equipped with a gas oven and separate grill, 2 gas and 2 electric hobs, extractor fan, fitted microwave, stainless steel sink, large fridge with freezer compartment, U-Line ice maker (new 2010), and storage lockers including the desirable drop-down fitted storage option.

OWNER'S AFT CABIN  -  The aft passageway leads down to a spacious aft cabin offering an offset island queen-size berth, dressing table, numerous storage and hanging lockers, and access to the separate ensuite shower and heads compartments.

ENSUITE HEADS AND SHOWER COMPARTMENTS: Located to port is the large aft heads compartment with a Jabsco full size marine toilet (new 2022), washbasin, and ample storage. To starboard is a separate shower compartment complete with a teak-laid bathing seat.

ENGINE ROOM  -  The well-laid-out engine bay provides good access to all systems, and has recently upgraded LED lighting, fire fighting system (new 2019), a camera for monitoring whilst underway, and has ample room to maintain and service the engines and generator. 

GENERAL EQUIPMENT  -  The interior is finished with high-quality teak cabinetry, cotton upholstery, and parquet floors throughout and is in very good condition. In the saloon there are fitted blinds all-round, and the main lights have been upgraded to premium LED bulbs. There is a pressurised hot and cold water system via a large Seaward calorifier with immersion coil throughout, and a holding tank to both heads with a monitoring system. An Eberspacher Hydronic diesel-fired central heating system (new main unit 2023) has been upgraded with a new exhaust and silencer (both new 2020), and pressurised circulation system (new 2020) for improved efficiency and almost silent performance, with new or reconditioned radiators in all cabins at the same time. For extended cruising, there are also two hidden built-in safes, and bespoke linen is included to complete the impressive package.

EXTERIOR: The Grand Banks 42 offers excellent external space thanks to a large aft deck and comfortable flybridge offering ample seating and an external dining area. Wide, safe decks, deep gunnels, ample stowage, all-around rails, mast/crane, and flat forward cabin roof ideal for sunbathing all make these a very practical and versatile choice!

Mechanical Systems

Located under wheelhouse sole, 2 x Caterpillar 3116 350hp 6-cylinder turbo diesel engines. Freshwater cooled via heat exchangers. Morse dual single lever controls with electric start at both helms. Full engine instrumentation. Twin shaft drives powering 3-bladed propellers. Hydraulic trim tabs. Sidepower bow and stern thrusters with controls at both helms and handheld remote (professionally installed in 2004).

The engines appear to be in very good cosmetic condition, had a full service in Spring 2022 including new impellers, and an oil service in April 2023. The engines have run for just over 2300hrs since new, equating to an optimal usage of around 90hrs per season. Although no official fuel consumption figures are available her owner has found that she is surprisingly frugal at displacement speeds, but has enough power to push on if the need arises.

Electrical Systems

3 x 12v 230ah AGM Batteries (new domestic and port engine 2023) charged via engine alternator. Shorepower system with smart battery charger (new 2022), immersion coil, and ring mains. Onan 6.5kw diesel marine genset (overhauled and rebuilt 2010, serviced July 2023). Electrical distribution panel. Battery isolator switches. 

Deck Equipment
  • Stainless steel anchor with 60m stainless steel chain (all new 2021)
  • Electric anchor windlass with controls at both helms and windlass
  • Stainless steel and teak rails
  • Stainless steel and teak bathing platform
  • Stainless steel and teak bathing and transom ladders
  • Stainless steel davits and fender baskets
  • Additional flybridge storage locker (new 2009)
  • Flybridge, window, hatch, and aft deck covers
  • Mast with lifting tackle and deck lights (new lights 2021)
  • Fenders and warps
Navigation Equipment
  • Ritchie compass at flybridge
  • Shipmate RS8300 VHF radio at both helms
  • Raymarine E180 multi function colour GPS chart plotter/radar with fishfinder and speed transducer (new 2005)
  • Raymarine E80 colour GPS chart plotter/radar at flybridge (new 2005)
  • Raymarine Pathfinder 18 Radome (new 2005)
  • Engine room and portside cameras linked to Raymarine E180 display
  • Autohelm ST7000 autopilot with heads at both helms
  • Raymarine RN300 GPS navigation system
  • Phillips Mk8 GPS navigation system
  • Furuno Navtex 300 weather system
  • Rudder indicator at flybridge
  • 2 x Jamo premium-quality saloon and 2 x Kenwood waterproof flybridge speakers (ready for connection to an audio source if required)
  • Clock and barometer
Safety Equipment
  • Fire fighting system in engine bay (new 2019)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas safety cut off solenoid
  • 2 x Horseshoe lifebuoys with floating lights
  • 6-man Liferaft (serviced December 2018)
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps

'Summer Star' is an excellent and highly specified example of her kind, with numerous upgrades including bow and stern thrusters, holding tanks, additional teak to forward cabin roof, and the sought-after timber-capped all-round rails. Her engines have been very well maintained during their current and previous ownerships and she is used lightly, but regularly, throughout the season.


Grand Banks 42 Heritage built in 1997 by Grand Banks Yachts Malaysia to a design by Grand Banks and Ken Smith. White long keel semi-displacement GRP hull with decorative solid teak transom finish, copper-coated in 2018. White GRP superstructure with teak laid decks including additional teak laid forward cabin top. Flybridge with ample seating and staysail mast. Spacious exterior with wide, safe decks and large aft deck for entertaining outdoors.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.