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42 Classic

$68,900 CAD

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From 1965 to 2005, more than 1,500 Grand Banks 42s were built. Cardena is hull number 8 of this incredibly popular series - perfectly suited to BC cruising. She has been lovingly cared for, refit over time as needed, with serviced engines, and is a capable yacht ready to cruise this summer. A strong pedigree, Cardena represents great value! Easy to view in downtown Vancouver.
Location Vancouver, BC
Condition Used
Category Trawlers
Overall Length
Year 1965
Hull Material Wood
Hull Beam 13.92
Fuel Capacity 600
Engine Power 240.0
Engine 1 Make & Model Ford Lehman
Engine 1 Type
Engine 1 Fuel
Engine 1 Year
Engine 2 Make & Model Ford Lehman
Engine 2 Type
Engine 2 Fuel diesel
Engine 2 Year
Union Steamship Co SS Cardena

The Union Steamship Company's SS Cardena was a sturdy 226' pasenger and cargo ship that served BC coastal communities from 1923 to 1958. As a boy, with his grandfather, the previous owner of Cardena sailed on the SS Cardena a number of times, and named this GB 42 in honour of those memories.

The SS Cardena was named after Cardena Bay on the south shore of Kennedy Island, at the mouth of the Skeena River, which in turn was named after García López de Cárdenas, an early Spanish explorer of the New World.

Elements of Cardena

Prior to moving to Singapore and now to Malaysia, the original Grand Banks shipyard was on Mok Cheong Street in Honk Kong. In English, Mok Cheong translates to "a factory that works on wood". In 1962 American Marine Ltd built custom wooden yachts by such high profile designers as Sparkman & Stevens, William Garden, Nat Herreshof, Ray Hunt and others. In 1963 Robert Newton's company built Spray a 36' vessel that evolved into the Grand Banks 36 Classic. Custom yacht building gave way to the production of Grand Banks 36, and soon after, the Grand Banks 42.

A total of 1,559 GB 42s were built, the first 352 of wood. GB 42 hull number 1 is reportedly still in service, now plying the waters around Sweden as a commercial dive boat.

53 years young, Cardena is hull 8 and was built in 1965 at the Hong Kong yard. Since new, Cardena has always been kept in the Vancouver area, carrying her owners in a style still popular today for its practicality and dependability.

What a wonderful opportunity to continue the legacy, and contribute to the longevity of a classic wooden Grand Banks Classic!

Cardena has been nicely cared for, and recent work includes a refit of; her foredeck, transom, bulwarks, teak decks, window frames, fuel tanks, and planking, all refit as necessary, and her engines were rebuilt, for future decades of continued reliability.


The classic tri-cabin layout features the owners' cabin aft, guest cabin forward, and living space in between.

The owner's cabin is aft of salon and down a few steps on the port side. This cabin features a large double berth to starboard with drawers underneath. The double berths in two pieces and is currently set up as two twin beds. It can be reverted back to a double (actually almost a king) berth. There are reading lights, a bureau of drawers, and a large hanging locker.

There is a private companionway up to the aft deck, and opening windows for natural light and ventilation.

The aft cabin also has its own private head, Sealand Vaccuflush toilet, shower stall, and a vanity with storage.

The forward cabin is down a few steps forward of the salon. There is a double V-berth, hanging locker, bank of drawers, and a private ensuite head with Sealand Vaccuflush toilet, shower. vanity and storage.

Flooring in the salon and aft cabin is parquet teak in very good condition.

  • updated headliners throughout in excellent condition
  • added insulation in forward cabin walls and ceiling 
  • draw curtains throughout for warmth and privacy
  • updated cabin window frames
Salon and Galley

The living space is bright, spacious and airy. This particular GB 42 features a unique layout with the aft cabin access further to starboard than others, allowing for a larger L-shaped settee aft and to starboard in the salon. As expected, the ubiquitous GB bar is to starboard and there are large opening windows and a teak door to the port side deck.

  • teak cabinet and book shelf
  • five opening windows all around and two opening side doors port and starboard
  • teak dining table
  • storage below settee

The galley is forward and to port, and is L-shaped.

  • Magic Chef four-burner propane stove with oven and broiler
  • the refrigerator was rebuilt in 2012 with a new compressor and new liner
  • original teak refrigerator door!
  • exhaust fan
  • microwave oven
  • stainless sink and lots of counter space, and storage cupboards.
Lower Helm

The lower helm is to starboard, with a teak door for quick access to the starboard side deck. There is lots of room to organize all nav and communication equipment.

  • Morse engine controls
  • engine instrumentation
  • teak ship's wheel
  • 12VDC outlet
Command Bridge

The flybridge is accessed via teak stairs with a stainless hand rail. There are bench seats facing fore and aft with storage underneath, and lots of room to lounge and entertain.

  • new exterior flybridge cushions
  • large, heavily insulated deep freeze
  • collapsable Sunbrella bimini on 1" stainless steel tubing

Upper Helm:

  • Morse controls
  • engine instruments
  • 12VDC outlet
  • compass
Main Deck
  • teak decks sanded and finished with 5 coats Watco teak finish
  • teak decks rebuilt and recaulked 2011
  • aluminum mast and boom with steadying sail
  • teak steps with stainless handrail to the trunk cabin deck and flybridge
  • large lazarette on aft deck
  • bulwarks rebuilt 2010
  • Lohman full boat winter cover (2013) 
  • custom stainless steel rack (can be used for kayaks)
  • 25 kg Rocna anchor on double bow roller
  • fiberglass deck box
  • 10' RIB on swim grid davits
  • stainless steel propane BBQ
Electronics and Navigation
  • Garmin 721xs chartplotter with Down Vu Chirp fishfinder transducer
  • Garmin radar (new)
  • Garmin 178C chartplotter (back up)
  • Wifi module for plotter and iPad to communicate (user needs Garmin Helm App)
  • Celtec Balmar autopilot
  • Standard Horizon Quest VHF radio (two)
  • compass (two)
  • horn with air compressor

The vessel's electrical needs are supplied via a rather large 12VDC battery bank. While at dock, the 110VAC shorepower system keep the batteries charged. While away from dock, the batteries are charged via large alternators off each engine. The 110V system can also be is powered via the 3kW inverter, all controlled through breakers and switches

  • Samlex Power 3kW pure sine wave inverter / charger
  • ten 115 Amp deep cycle lead acid house batteries (2013)
  • each engine has been fitted with 125 Amp Eletrocmax alternators with voltage regulators and remote display at the helm (2016)
  • separate engine starting batteries protected by 140A Noco battery isolator 
  • 30 Amp Smartplug shorepower connector

The engine room is spacious, with ample room to service the engines and other systems. It is also very well insulated and pleasingly quiet, with low vibrations throughout the boat. Power is via the economical and eminently dependable twin Ford Lehman 120 hp diesel engines. These engines are known for strong power through the lower end of the torque curve, perfectly suited for displacement boats, and with its external components, are very easy to service.

  • Hurricane hydronic cabin heat system with three zones (2012)
  • Lewmar electric windlass with foot switches (2012)
  • Vacuflush toilets with large holding tank
  • 3-blade bronze props (2012)
  • shafts and seals new in 2012
  • two spare props
  • Racor filters
  • 11 gallon Seaward hot water tank (2012)
  • engine hours are SMOH in 1998 by P&S Engineering 

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigatge such details as the buyer desires validated. Price, if shown, may not include applicable state or government fees, taxes, destination charges, preparation charges, or finance charges (if applicable). Final actual sales price may vary depending on options or accessories selected. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, manufacturer revision, or withdrawal without notice.

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