For Sale: Grand Banks 36 Classic

This Grand Banks 36 Classic for sale through Lyman-Morse is a favorite model for cruising couples.
Grand Banks 36 Classic
A single 135 hp Lehman diesel gives Caroline, a 1980 Grand Banks 36 Classic, a 7-knot cruise speed. The yacht has a 400-gallon fuel capacity. Courtesy Lyman-Morse

Lyman-Morse has listed the Grand Banks 36 Classic Caroline for sale, with an asking price of $75,000.

The Grand Banks 36 has long been a favorite model for couples who are interested in long-distance cruising. Since 1965, more than 1,130 of the Grand Banks 36 hulls have been built. Early hulls were constructed in wood, with the builder then switching to fiberglass as it became more popular. The GB36 also set the stage for the GB42, which saw more than 1,500 hulls come off the production line.

Caroline is a 1980 version of the GB36 Classic with a fiberglass hull. According to the team at Lyman-Morse, this yacht has been professionally maintained and stored indoors during the winter. The current owner is going back to a sailboat and looking for someone who will love Caroline as much as he and his family did.

Key specs aboard Caroline include a 12-foot-8-inch beam and a draft of 4 feet, allowing the yacht to access most shallow-draft destinations. Fuel capacity is 400 gallons, and Caroline carries 140 gallons of water.

This is a single-engine yacht with a 135 hp Lehman that reportedly pushes the hull to a top speed of 8.5 knots and a cruising speed of 7 knots.

Grand Banks 36 Classic
The trawler has a two-stateroom layout and is equipped for extended cruising. It could be a solid fit for Great Loop enthusiasts. Courtesy Lyman-Morse

That speed, paired with fuel efficiency, is among the characteristics that have made the Grand Banks 36 such a popular option for long-distance cruisers. Quite a few owners still spend weeks or months aboard at a time, while others are liveaboards.

The GB36 Classic layout includes a V-berth stateroom forward with a head, and an owners’ stateroom aft, also with a head. The galley, lower helm station, salon and dining space are in between the two staterooms, giving owners and their guests (or their kids) privacy during evenings at anchor.

Caroline sports a traditional white paint scheme with varnished teak accents and a red-and-green boot stripe. The yacht has Bimini tops for shade aft and on the upper deck, with a tender lift at the stern to make dinghy operations easier.

The boat is expected to be fully commissioned and ready to cruise the coast of Maine, or wherever else the new owners may want to take her, as of this spring. Caroline is currently located in Blue Hill, Maine, near Bar Harbor.

What is there to see in and around Bar Harbor, Maine? According to the Cruising Club of America, “a gazillion shops, restaurants, great provisioning, and the iconic Acadia National Park.” There are municipal moorings in the main harbor, as well as an anchorage and a dinghy dock.

How to schedule a look aboard Caroline: contact sales broker Joseph Yacoe at