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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...

Interior Accomodations Plan


Upgrading the Comfort Level of the Forward Stateroom »

Helm Station & Main Saloon

Keeping Cool:Replacing the Air-Conditioning »

Simrad Electronics Makeover »

Up(graded), Up(dated) and Away!Upgraded Simrad Helm System »

VIDEO:Simrad - Dennis Hogan Interview »

Main Saloon

Getting Comfortable:Don’t leave the fun out of your refit—make sure your cruising crew knows you just put in satellite TV. »

Superior Interior:How to refresh less-than-perfect joinery »

A Modest Makeover:Upgrading interior upholstery can make a big difference without costing a small fortune »


Galley Refit Tips »

Master Stateroom

VIDEO:Planning the Windows and Hatches »

VIDEO:Talking Heads »

Exterior Deck Plan

Side Decks

Varnish Guru:Tips for better varnish »

Tricks of the Varnish Trade:Varnish Like A Pro »

Heave Ho:How to Replace a Windlass »

Flying Bridge

Vinyl Fever »


When Stars (Help You) Align:The experts weigh in on the benefits of a straight driveline and how to get there.

Gearing Up:While repowers seem to be all about new engines, the running gear needs the right amount of attention. »

Power Planning:Replacing the Generator »

Accentuate the Positive:ESI Total Fuel Management fuel-polishing system »

A Better Swim Platform:A new swim platform will let you really enjoy the water this summer. But what should that new platform be made of?»

VIDEO:Northern Lights 9 kW Generator - Timelapse Install »

Hull Profile

Forward Deck House

The View Ahead:Replacing the Windows »

Sea Clearly:Upgrading the Windshield-Wiper Motor »

Secrets of a Boat-Cleaning Girl »

How to Maintain Your Anchor Windlass

Hull and Deck House

Give Yourself a Break:What a Walker FuelSep can do for Your Boat »

VIDEO:Painting the Hull »

Painting:Finish Line »

The Joys of Joystick Maneuverability:Bow Thruster and Joystick Install »

Brighter Days Ahead:Installing underwater LEDs »

Photo Gallery: Prepping for the Bow Thruster »

The Journey »

Ground Tackle Upgrade »

Replacing the Engines »

Memory Maker »

VIDEO:Planning for the Bow Thruster »

VIDEO:Signs You Need a New Generator »

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 ▶


  • Builder: Grand Banks
  • Model: Grand Banks 42 Motoryacht
  • Year: 1996
  • LOA: 43'3'
  • Draft: 4'2"
  • Beam: 14'1"
  • Displacement: 34,000 lb.
  • Fuel Capacity: 600 gal.
  • Water Capacity: 240 gal.
  • LWL: 41'1"