2005 Grand Banks 49 Eastbay SX Sun Catcher


Hampton, VA


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49 ft
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16 ft
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While all of the Grand Banks Eastbay 49's have always been highly sought after and popular, "Sun Catcher" is an ESPECIALLY FINE example of the more rare Salon Express (SX) model with the factory hard-back salon enclosure vs the soft-back canvas enclosure found on the Hardtop Express (HX) model.  This feature provides for a "true salon" which is finished to a much higher degree than that of the soft-back models (which are more exposed to the elements), and the space can be locked for added security and comfort.
"Sun Catcher" has been lovingly owned by only 2 owners, both of which have kept her in tip-top form.  Some of her more key features include:
-Hull painted with Awl Grip, "San Mateo Wheat"
-Low-hours (1008) on her CAT C-12 705hp diesel engines with Twin Disk MGX 5114 A Gears
-Onan 13.5KW diesel generator with 1,425 hours
-Bow Thruster added April 2023 
-Hydraulic TNT swim platform (re-built 2022) with new dingy cradle (2023)
-New Garmin Electronics (2018).  SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS
-Cockpit teak decking
-Electric grill and ice maker in cockpit (both new 2020)
-Unique layout with larger than standard Master Stateroom and Office 
-Poseidon pleated shades in Salon, all windows, windshield, and aft door (2020)
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We provide this yacht listing in good faith, and although we cannot guarantee its accuracy or the condition of the boat. The South Jersey Yacht Sales - CCM is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Bluewater Yacht Sales. She is subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice and does not imply a direct representation of a specific yacht for sale.


BOAT TYPE: Downeast

MODEL: 49 Eastbay SX


YEAR: 2005


BEAM: 16 ft

LENGTH: 49 ft / 14.94 m

DRY WEIGHT: 48,000 lb



MODEL: C-12's @ 705hp ea

FUEL: diesel


TYPE: Inboard



DRIVE: Direct









2016 Upgrades
The below items were performed just before the Current Owners took possession in 2017:
-Dometic fresh water pump replaced
-Fuel transfer pump replaced
-Battery Charger replaced
-1,000 hour engine service performed

2017-2023 Upgrades
Current Owners have performed the following, which is a testament to the care that "Sun Catcher" has received:
-Garmin Electronics: Dual 12" 7612/7610 Chartplotters/Transducer/AIS Equipment) (2018)
-Garmin Sounders: Standard plus side scan (2018)
-Garmin Full Array Phantom 48 Mile Radar (2018)
-Infrared Engine Room Camera (2018)
-Salon AV Equipment (26" TV, Bose center speaker, Blu-Ray DVD Player) (2018)
-Fusion MS-UD755 Stereo and speakers (2018)
-KVH TV3 Satellite Dish and Receiver (2018)
-New AC/Heat Pump Units, Compressors, and Digital Controls (FOUR)  (2017-2019)
-New Splendide Combo washer/dryer (2017)
-New Stainless Steel Sub-Zero galley refrigerator (2021)
-New Stainless Steel Sub-Zero galley freezer Drawer Unit (2021)
-Rebuilt both Vacuflush heads (2017)
-New Whale shower sump pump (2017)
-Added dockside water inlet (2017)
-New cockpit U-Line icemaker (2020)
-New cockpit Kenyon electric grill (2020)
-Reworked/recaulked/refinished cockpit teak decking (2020)
-Refinished exterior teak brightwork (2020)
-Rebuilt hydraulic TNT swim platform dingy lift (2022)
-Replaced dingy with 11' Walker Bay hard-bottom dingy with Honda 30hp outboard (2020)
-Added cockpit fresh water washdown (2022)
-New Interior carpet. soft goods, reupholstery, cushions, pillows, bedspreads, shams etc. (2020)
-New Poseidon pleated shades in Salon: all windows, windshield, aft door (2022)
-Replaced Computank water and fuel sensors
-New Galley Delta Faucet set with pull-out sprayer (2021)
-New Grohe faucets in heads (Two) (2020)
-New AC strainer assemblies and thru-hulls (2020)
-New AC pumps (Two) (2019)
-Added water-line shut-offs and drains for icemaker. bow washdown, cockpit shower, and fresh water washdown in transom (2017)
-Shaft Spurs (line cutters) added (2017)
-ICOM 506 VHF (2017)
-Replaced all bilge pumps (2017)
-Replaced all Batteries (House plus 8D Batteries) (2022)
-Replaced both transmission solenoids (2017 port, 2022 starboard)
-New dingy battery (2022)
-Main engines and Genset fully serviced (oil, racors, zincs, filters) (2023)
-Rebuilt Salon high/low table (2023)
-Spring Commissioning (bottom paint, running gear paint, hullsides wax, house wax) May 2023
-New Bow Thruster (May 2023)
-New dingy cradle installation on hydraulic teak swim platform (May 2023)
-Serviced Honda 30hp dingy motor- new carburetor (May 2023)

Vessel Walkthrough
 The Salon Express version of the 49 Eastbay offers a comfortable air conditioned or heated salon/helm area. A large L-Settee is to port. It's forward length has been aligned with the port bench seat that raises and lowers via electric actuator (recently serviced). When in the lowered position, the bench seat becomes part of the settee and converts to a sectional. The bench seat backrest swings forward to allow comfortable seating in the down/sectional position. When raised, the bench seat is at same level as STIDD helm seat opposite on starboard. A custom teak entertainment center with electronic pop-up flatscreen TV and bar is to starboard with a small stainless steel sink aft of the helm.

The galley is down 4 steps, is a large U-shape and has plenty of counter space and cabinet storage. Opposite the galley is an office with desk, chair and storage cabinets. A large teak cabinet forward has louvered doors and covers a combination washer/dryer.

Down the companionway is a guest stateroom on port with twin berths and guest/day head across the hall on stbd. The master stateroom is forward with a true island queen berth. This stateroom has been enlarged and offers a very nice vanity/make-up area with a stool that swings out for comfort. Aft is a very large hanging locker on the aft bulkhead. Again, this rare layout gives the master stateroom considerably more room than the typical layout found on her sisterships.  One of the many features that really set "Sun Catcher" apart!

The master head is to starboard. The guest and master head share a large stall shower with doors going into each head from the shower. There is a shower curtain that covers each teak door when in use so the wood stays dry.

All in all a very livable layout for any type of cruising!!  Beautifully done!!

The Grand Banks Eastbay 49' is arguably the finest and one of the most beautiful yachts to come from the boards of C. Raymond Hunt and Associates. Her design has defined the modern downeast cruiser, with most other builders trying to emulate the yacht since her introduction. Graceful sheer and moderate bow flare are reminiscent of Maine lobster boats, while her modified deep-V hull with computer designed lifting strakes are at the forefront of modern underbody design. Her twin 705 hp Caterpillar C12s engines (only 996 original hours) provide ample, reliable power and speed, and she cruises easily at 25 knots. The interior accommodations are well designed and provide a bright and airy ambiance. The galley like other living spaces is efficient with ample storage and top of the line appliances. Flawless joinery and elegant upholstery throughout have been refreshed and well maintained, and the vessel is professionally cleaned and managed. "Sun Catcher" is modern, fast, dry, stable, and beautifully detailed, as one would expect in a Grand Banks yacht. This boat is in turn-key condition and will readily appeal to a discerning yachtsman. If you wish to cruise in luxury and turn heads in every harbor, "Sun Catcher" should be at the top of your list!

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.