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1987 Grand Craft Sport
| full gauges, spotlight, bilge pump, tee nee single axle trailer, seats 6, leather seats, anchor, snap down tarp cover, magnificient shape, 40 gal fuel capacity, 1 marine battery, To begin with, here's a little company history. |
Grand-Craft was started by Steve Nordhuis in 1979.
His intention was to build just three (3) boats, sell two (2) of them and keep the third one for himself.
The first boat was sold before it was finished and orders started to come in!
Chris Smith, grandson of the founder of the Chris Craft Corporation, was involved in the design and lofting of the first three Grand-Craft models.
These first three models were: (1) a 1930, 24-foot triple-cockpit runabout, (2) a 1932, 27-foot triple-cockpit runabout and (3) a 23-foot open boat called the Tahoe.
In 1984, Mr. Sligh purchased the company.
Grand-Craft currently offers seventeen (17) different models ranging from 20 to 40 feet, and all design work is done in-house.
Grand-Craft melds state-of-the-art woodworking techniques with Old World craftsmanship; modern performance technologies with traditional styling.
Each Grand-Craft requires thousands of man-hours; a month or longer just in the finishing room.
More craftsmanship and attention to detail per running foot than virtually any other watercraft made today.
Grand-Craft employs a cold molding process that uses ╝"-thick layers of mahogany, placed on a bias to each other, which are then bonded together with a "vacuum bag/epoxy resin infusion system" using 237,000 lbs. of vacuum pressure.
The number of layers used ranges from two (2) to five (5), depending on the boat model and what is at issue (i.e.: bottom vs. deck).
The frames, keels and chines are made of sawn, 4 quarter mahogany pieces.
This means that the mahogany is a full inch thick, and the pieces are sawn to shape, not steam-bent.
The crafted pieces are then encapsulated in epoxy.
Additionally, all bottom, topside and deck edges are completely covered with epoxied chine and stand-off boards.
As a result, Grand-Craft boats have no working seams whatsoever.
Now that's really good news for any of us who have struggled with seams on a traditionally built, wooden boat.
Twelve (12) to twenty (20) coats of Pettit Bak Spar« varnish are applied using the "roller and brush" method.
Note: the finish room is kept at 75║, with just enough humidity to control the amount of dust collecting static electricity.
All underwater hardware used by Grand-Craft is made of cast bronze, while the deck hardware is either chrome-plated bronze or stainless steel.
No plastic or chrome-plated zinc fittings on these boats!ds state-of-the-art woodworking techniques with Old World craftmans
If you are looking for something really special, that sets you apart from all those other boats, and you love the look of brightwork and chrome as much as I do, this Grand-Craft boat deserves a closer look.