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Refitting a yacht can be a minefield for the uninformed.

This page will offer you refit, service, and marine electronic tips as we take you behind the scenes and into the bilges of Arawak, a tired and sunburnt 1996 Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht. Join the editors of Power & Motoryacht, PassageMaker, and Soundings as we travel to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I and update Arawak with the latest equipment from Simrad, Vetus-Maxwell, Aqualuma, Yanmar, Interlux and more. We'll show you a few tricks on how to make a former charter workhorse shine again and start the next phase of her career.

Grand Banks 42 profile rendering


MyBoatWorks Project Archive:

As Arawak makes her way back home, here’s what we did, and learned...

The Arawak Adventure

The Arawak Adventure ▶
The People You Meet ▶
Ahh Moments and Memories ▶
The Great Gear Test ▶
Busted Running Gear and the Legend of Tommy McCoy ▶
Reflecting on the Arawak Adventure ▶
Fishing in Islamorada ▶


Electronics Tests from the Arawak Adventure:
Garmin echoMap 74SV ▶
Raymarine ES-Series 12" Hybrid Touch Multi-Function Display ▶
Standard Horizon HX870 GPS-Integrated Handheld VHF ▶
Thermal Imaging Handhelds from FLIR and IRIS ▶

Gear Tests from the Arawak Adventure:
Paraknife 4.0 Survival Kit ▶
EcoPebble Bluetooth Speaker ▶
Revolution Grill ▶
Yeti 18 oz. Rambler Bottle ▶


Project Details

1996 Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht
LOA: 43'3"
LWL: 41'1"
BEAM: 14'1"
DRAFT: 4'2"
DISPL.: 34,000 lb.
FUEL: 600 gal.
WATER: 240 gal.
ORIGINAL GENSET: 1/8 kW Westerbeke
ORIGINAL POWER: 2/210-hp Caterpillar 3208NA diesels
ORIGINAL REFRIGERATION: 2/Sea Frost
NUMBER OF HEADS: 2
NUMBER OF STATEROOMS: 3
HOME PORT: ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I

New Simrad Electronics to be installed:
16” NSO 16
4G Radar
SonarHub
Wi-Fi1 wi-fi module for iPad connection 
SonicHub audio
Sirius Weather 
RS25 VHF radio
NAIS400 AIS, + NSPL AIS splitter =
IS40 instrument and autopilot integration

New windlass and anchor configuration:
Maxwell HRC10
Maxclaw Anchor w/chain stopper

New bow thruster:
Vetus-Maxwell thruster w/ joystick control

New overhead hatches:
Vetus 4/MAG 6363 SL Hatches with retaining arms

New sliding ports/windows:
>Vetus Custom-Made Comfort Series

New windshield wipers:
Vetus

New underwater lights:
Aqualuma Gen III 3 Series

New engines to be installed:
2/220-hp Yanmar 6BY3 diesels

New Fuel Filtration System:
ESI Clean Fuel System 1000 Series
ESI DE-Bug Fuel Decontamination

New Generator:
Northern Lights 9-kW M773LW3

New A/C:
Technicold

New paint and varnish
Awlgrip and Interlux

Vetus Maxwell Tip of the Week