Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Blade Runner’ Delivery from Clearwater, FL to Key West, FL by Captain Jerry and Wendy Taylor

‘Blade Runner’ in Key West for Xmas
December, 2016

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We arrived at Clearwater Beach and were greeted by our past clients and friends, Ron and Caren. Their GB42 ‘Blade Runner’ is moored behind their beautiful home and  also seemed glad to see us. Ron and Caren became ‘Blade Runner’s’ owners less than a year ago. Since then they have transformed the boat from and aging dowager queen into a beautiful young princess! Built in 2000 it has had a succession of good, caring owners but Ron and Caren easily take first prize. The boat now looks as if it just arrived from the Grand Banks Factory yesterday. We have the responsibility of taking their ‘Baby’ to Key West, so after going over the boat, and a great dinner together, we turned in for an early morning departure.

Day 02: Blade Runner GB42 2016 Leaving Clearwater
With a good weather forecast for the next 3 days we left  Clearwater Pass at the first hint of dawn. Ron and Caren accompanied us to the outer mark in their Albury Skiff to get some early morning shots of ‘Blade Runner’ underway. We turned south towards Egmont Chanel outer marks and then to Venice, dodging hundreds of stone crab pots.  After fueling at the Crows Nest Marina we moved to our alongside slip, washed the salt off, checked all the engine room levels and conferred with a diver to make sure the bottom was clear of any debris, as a strange vibration had developed during the day. The diver reported that all the running gear was clear so the source of the vibration had to be somewhere else. At 1700 we poured ourselves an adult beverage and adjusted our attitude on the bridge deck watching the sunset over the Gulf.

Day 03:Blade Runner GB42 2016 Departing Marco Island
Heading out of the Venice inlet at 0700 we began another day of light winds, fair sea conditions and thousands of crab pots!  Unfortunately we still had a vibration. Lots of head scratching and eliminating various possibilities in the engine and drive line, leaving us with the suspicion that the starboard vibration dampener was the culprit. The Raymarine system was also up to it’s old tricks, losing the GPS signal every few hours, and the depth readout at the most critical moments. At 1500 we arrived at the Marco Island entrance and were safely tied up at Factory Bay Marina at 1530.

Day 04:
Another beautiful day for a 0645 departure to begin the 88 Nautical Mile run to Key West. 8 more hours of dodging crab pots and we entered the Key West Channel and then to the Galleon Marina where we ran down between the outer breakwater and the first row of slips, and into a slip only one foot Blade Runner GB42 2016 Galleon Marinawider than the boat.

Blade Runner GB42 2016

Delivery Summary:

Total Distance: 228 NM
Total Running Hours: 23
Average Speed: 9.9 Knots @ 1800 – 2000 RPM

Blade Runner GB42 2016 Approaching Key WestBlade Runner GB42 2016Blade Runner GB42 2016 Approaching Key West

 

 

 

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Grand Banks Eastbay 58 ‘Souvenir’ Delivery from Naples to Palm Beach and Return Captain Jerry Taylor

 SORT OF CIRCUMNAVIGATING FLORIDA

With Captain Jerry Taylor

March/April, 2007

HPIM1025On Wednesday, March 14, 2007, we drove a rental car from Ft. Lauderdale to the Naples Yacht Club to pick up the beautiful Grand Banks Eastbay 58 ‘Souvenir’ to place her in the Palm Beach Boat Show. Wednesday afternoon we provisioned the boat, topped up the engine oil, topped up and pressurized the steering reservoir, re-secured the lock-down for the anchor well hatch, got familiar with the Raytheon H6 navigation system, and were ready to depart Thursday morning. At 0730 we left the dock headed for Marathon. By 0900 we were throttled back to 1500 RPM as the winds and seas easily surpassed the forecast conditions, and finally arrived in Marathon at 1330. The last 8 miles of Florida Bay are very shallow – around 7 feet deep, and with the 6 foot draft of the Eastbay kept our concentration on “high alert.” We put 371 Gal of diesel onboard, and pulled into our assigned slip, only to discover that the power cord would not reach with the boat facing bow in, so turned around and docked for the third time that afternoon.
Thursday morning at first light, we departed Marathon and ran up to Old Port Cove, entering at the Palm Beach Inlet. Souvenir East Bay 58 2007Wind and seas were still fairly boisterous on the beam and starboard quarter, enabling us to run at 1800 rpm making 24 knots. All systems functioned well, except the H6 electronics which ‘locked up’ several times and had to be rebooted.
Saturday morning we left Old Port Cove, and were safely secured in the Boat Show by 1200.

Unfortunately, ‘Souvenir’ did not sell at the show, and remained an extra month at the Hall of Fame Marina in Ft Lauderdale to take advantage of any “after boat show,” sales oppertunities. With no buyers readily available, on April 28 at 0700, we departed Ft Lauderdale for the run back to Naples. We attempted to take on fuel at the Bahia Mar Fuel Dock, but were informed “They would not be pumping any fuel until 0900,” so we fueled at Lauderdale Marina. Once clear of Port Everglades we ran at 1750 rpm – 22 knots – down to Marathon. The only casualty was the Raytheon H6 which ‘crashed’ completely, and demanded it’s Windows Startup Disc, which unfortunately wasn’t on board. Navigating at over 20 knots without a plotter is no fun. Fortunately we carry backup paper charts and HPIM1026publications on every delivery trip, and continued on without incident to Marathon. We put 1000 gallons of diesel onboard and moved to our slip, this time backing in. Sunday morning at 0715 we left Marathon, and made our way carefully at 1200 rpm – across the shallow flats and out into Florida Bay, where, once again VHF weather under estimated the wind and sea conditions, it soon became too rough to run at cruising speed, and once again we were down to 1600 rpm. We arrived at Naples Yacht Club at 1300. We topped up the fuel tanks, moved to the slip, cleaned up the interior and rinsed the exterior as a cleaning crew was scheduled for Monday. A taxi took us to the Naples Airport where we picked up a rental car and returned home in Ft Lauderdale, arriving at 1800.
Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 446 NM
Average Speed: 26 Knots at 1900 RPM
Average GPH: 120
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Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Suroan’ Delivery and On Board Training Captain Jerry Taylor

Intracoastal School with Captain Jerry Taylor

April, 2012

The Grand Banks 42 MY ‘Grand Finale’ now named ‘Suroan ‘ and her proud new owners were waiting for us at the Vero Beach Marina.

Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012We had not previously met Al and Sue, but had spent time discussing their training needs and expectations by phone and email.
Together the four of us used our detailed ‘pre departure check list’ to carefully go through the boat above and below decks, we then made the trip to West Marine for Coast Guard safety gear, spare fuel filters and other necessary bits and pieces.
The next morning after a stop at the marina fuel dock to top the tanks, we got underway for Harbor Isles Marina in Ft. Pierce. The protected wide fairways and floating docks Harbor Isles and nearby Faber cove make an excellent training location for almost every variety of docking and Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012anchoring situation.
We begin these training sessions with general engine room orientation by going over all the mechanical and electrical systems, and “hands on” basics such as, required impeller and belt changes and fuel filter replacement. Our focus is to make the new owner familiar with the necessary daily requirements to keep the boat running at it’s best without calling in high priced technical help. Interspersed with time spent below decks, we teach knot tying (the bowline, clove hitch and the square knot), The correct way to coil and throw a line, and safety on deck.
Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012Al and Sue wanted to get a firm grip on “close order” docking and anchoring as soon as possible, so we began many pleasant hours of underway instruction on our way to Miami. We made overnight stops in North Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale, before reaching our final destination in Miami. Each marina provided completely different and sometimes challenging docking and undocking situations but with our emphasis on ‘low and slow’ all were successful.
After 6 days together, Al and Sue returned to the West Coast, leaving us with a ‘to do’ list of 50 items, and the plan to spend 3 more days together in May.
We look forward to it.
Grand Finale GB 42 April 2012Suroan GB42 April 2012To watch a short video of this on board training trip please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eKTQ3jqQxc

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Grand Banks 46 Trawler ‘Avalanche’ Delivery from Rockland, ME to Mathews, VA Captain Jerry Taylor

Nautical Problem Solving with Captain Jerry Taylor

July, 2012

Avalanche GB46 July 2012

Call us ‘adrenalin junkies’ if you must, we prefer to think of ourselves as ‘nautical problem solvers’. Getting any delivery boat from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ is usually an interesting ‘nautical problem,’ but it is necessary to look carefully at all systems before departure, as the devil is always in the details.
The new owner of ‘Avalanche’ met us at Journeys End Marina in Rockland, Maine to get to know us, and to give us the keys to his newly purchased 1993 Grand Banks 46 Classic. He then wished us well, and departed.
Wendy and I spent the remainder of the day, and all of the next day going over the mechanical and electrical systems.

Avalanche GB46 July 2012We replaced the badly worn stabilizer pump belts,Avalanche GB46 July 2012 changed the very black Racor elements, and the on-engine fuel filter elements, topped the fuel and water tanks, familiarized ourselves with the electronics, provisioned the galley, secured the dingy, stowed all loose gear and generally made ready for sea.

Avalanche GB46 July 2012

The next morning at 0500, after coffee, we departed with perfect July weather, no fog, and moderate seas with a light northerly breeze. We ran 100 NM to Isle of Shoals where we were able to pick up a mooring.

While underway to Isle of Shoals, and during one of the hourly engine room checks, weAvalanche GB46 July 2012 discovered a diesel leak from the Starboard Cat injector pump. After shut down, we attempted a repair to the bleed valve but had no luck, so we called and ordered a replacement from Fairhaven Marine, a 92 NM run the next day. Again the weather was perfect and we arrived in Fairhaven in time to take on fuel before moving to our slip. The next morning we replaced the suspect valve, and a blown fuse in the AC water pump relay box before getting underway for Clinton, CT at 1000.
Our luck with the weather continued and we were able to run from Clinton to Manesquan, NJ – 120 NM – where we topped the fuel tanks, and then with another 0515 departure and help from some very strong coffee, departed from Manesquan to Chesapeake City, MD – 147 NM. The New Jersey coast was benign, we caught the current from Cape May up the Delaware perfectly and made excellent time to the Chesapeake Inn on the C and D canal, where we arrived amid what seemed like a thousand people, eating drinking and showing off their shiny ear-splitting neon rainbow-colored chrome plated speed boats. Quite a shock after being by ourselves for the last 5 days, and not quite what we expected on a Thursday night. With the 375 HP Cats humming along at 1900 rpm, and the weather still beautiful, we made our way down the Chesapeake 90 NM to Spring Cove Marina in Solomons, MD. 

Another 0545 departure on a cool, overcast morning with Avalanche GB46 July 2012the final objective in our sights only another 90 miles away. We arrived at Zimmerman Marine, near Mathews, VA early afternoon, in time to wash 700 miles of salt off the exterior. We began to clean and organize the interior, which we completed along with the ‘dreaded list’ of recommendations. 
Our attention to detail, careful preparation, and the weather in a friendly mood, all helped to make this delivery fairly uneventful. The GB46 is a strong, honest boat with a fine pedigree and excellent sea keeping ability.
Delivery Summary
Avalanche GB 46 July 2012Total Distance: 724 NM
Total Running Hours: 73.3
Average Speed: 9.8 knots
Average Fuel Burn: 13 GPH

To find out more about our services please visit our website at www.tayloryachtdelivery.com or email us at captjt@riverreach.net

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Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Ariel Lee’ Delivery from Rowayton, CT. to Mathews, VA.

Captain Jerry Taylor’s Icy Adventure

February, 2012

On Feb 08 2012, armed with 6 bags of warm clothes, bedding, tools, galley equipment and other cold weather lifeBlog 4 support equipment we arrived at  the GB42 ‘Ariel Lee’ in Rowayton, CT. After making a brief inventory with the new owner, it was off to the nearest West Marine to purchase basic required safety equipment and spare parts. The next morning we completed our pre departure check list and got under way for Liberty Landing New Jersey, to top the fuel and water tanks. We also wanted to get a few hours running on a boat which had been sitting shrink wrapped and winterized for months, before venturing off the New Jersey coast . No major problems developed, so the next morning at 0630 we departed for Cape May, New Jersey. Running conditions offshore were good as far as Barnegat Inlet, and then the wind  picked up to around 15 to 20 knots on the nose. Due to the strength, quality, and general heft of the GB 42, there was no need to reduce our speed below 12KTS, and we arrived safely at South Jersey Marina that afternoon, where we were able to take on fuel.Blog 3
The next morning the ‘weather window’  slammed shut for two days, with winds forecast at NW 30 – 40 knots, snow and freezing rain. We spent Saturday properly securing the new dinghy, rebuilding the overboard discharge pump, cleaning the fresh water strainer, replacing the shower sump pump, repairing life lines and removing the bimini canvas. Needless to say, outdoor projects were accomplished in small bursts with frequent warm up breaks inside the cozy salon of the GB. On Sunday we walked through snow and freezing wind  to the Laundromat and grocery store, then spent the afternoon staying warm.
Monday morning, conditions had moderated, so we departed South Jersey at 0630 for Annapolis. We took plenty of spray going up the Delaware and by the time we reached Annapolis Landing Marina we resembled an ice sculptor. We topped the fuel tanks but once again no water on the dock.Blog 2
Tuesday the weather moderated, and we had a pleasant run to Deltaville Marina where we topped the fuel and water tanks. We always try to leave the tanks as full as possible, as this is one less thing for the owner to worry about.
Wednesday mornings arrival at Zimmerman Marine was slightly delayed by low tide, so we began our cleanup on the mooring outside the entrance in the East River, off Mobjack Bay. After completing our cleanup, we went over the ‘dreaded list’ with Zimmerman Marine and the owner Rob Kesler. That evening we had a delightful dinner with the Keslers at their house in Norfolk and departed the next morning in a rental car for Ft Lauderdale.

Ariel Lee GB 42 EU 2012

Delivery Statistics:
Total Distance: 405 NM,
Total Running Hours: 33.6 Hrs at 2200 rpm
Average Speed: 12 knots at 2200 RPM
Average GPH: 18 – 20 GPH with 450 Yanmars including  generator time.

To find out more about our services please see our web site at www.tayloryachtdelivery.com or email us at captjt@riverreach.net

Read a testimonial from the owners of ‘Ariel Lee’