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Grampian Marine
1962-1977

Grampian Marine one of the first manufacturers fiberglass sailboats in Canada.
It was founded by Jim Bisiker who owned a construction company in Oakville, Ontario. Bisiker, along with Dick Kneulman and John Burn began building small fiberglass boats under license from Dyer Yachts of Rhode Island. At the time, Dyer was at the forefront of plastic construction methods for boats, and all three men had spent time at the Dyer plant learning about the methods they would need to establish their own operation. The first Grampian plant was built on land owned by Bisikers company.
Next, entering the picture came a group from the US wanting Grampian to build boats for them. They included Charles Angel from Rochester, NY, who had designed the TRIANGLE 20 and TRIANGLE 32, and later the US 42 which later became the 46. Marketing was done by US Yachts, whose principals included Bob Larsen and Warren Dellenbaugh who were also associated with the formation (in Fall River, Mass.) of O’Day Yachts, with George O’Day and the O’Day company president, Lyman Bullard.
As a result, Grampian began building not only the US Yachts line, but also (for the Canadian market only) the O’Day line of day-sailers. Also at this time O’Day was introducing the new Ray Hunt designed offshore powerboats and Grampian helped with some of the initial production and tooling, but chose not to continue into the full production phase.
During the late-sixties, O’Day approached Grampian Marine with an offer to buy them but Bisiker turned them down. However O’Day did purchase US Yachts and Triangle Marine and four months later went public on the New York Stock Exchange. Grampian Marine continued to build boats for O’Day but they were not part of the NYSE Package.
Grampian then acquired a license to build Albacores dinghies for Fairy Marine. Also built under license by Grampian were Snipes and 420’s(The Canadian government placed an order for fifty) the Classic 22 and the G 17 cuddy-cabin dinghy and the Flying Ten, a Dutch design by Van der Stadt.

In response to substantial orders from other dealers in the US especially George Walton Yachts of Annapolis, Md., Grampian began building it's own line which included the CLASSIC 31 designed by a naval architect in Annapolis, Peter van Dyne, and the Sparkman and Stephens designed CLASSIC 37. Subsequently Grampian took on its own in-house designer Alex McGruer. He began with the GRAMPIAN 26 followed by the G GRAMPIAN 30 and later the trailerable GRAMPIAN 23.

NUMBERS OF EACH MODEL BUILT:
GRAMPIAN 26 designed in 1969 about 980 built plus # 999 a special production order.
GRAMPIAN 23 designed in 1972 - about 300 built.
GRAMPIAN 28 designed in 1975 - 107 built – designed in house by Rolf van der Sleen with a view to competing in the half-ton racing class.
GRAMPIAN 30 designed in 1969 about 350 built.
GRAMPIAN 30 Cutter rig designed in 1975 about 50 built.
GRAMPIAN 34 designed in 1973 about 50 built – based on the Triangle 32 and the design reworked in house by Axel Schmidt.
GRAMPIAN 2-34 designed in 1974 about 50 built.
GRAMPIAN 46 designed in mid 60’s about 300 built – this began life as a 41 footer.
DISCOVERY 7.9, a raised deck verson of the GRAMPIAN 26, was displayed at the 1975 Toronto Boat show, though few were sold.

Much of the Grampian production was destined for the US and a plant had been opened in North Carolina. The Woody Road, Oakville and the North Carolina plants both built the 26, 30 and the 34-foot designs. Only a couple of 46-foot boats were built in Oakville - the rest were built in N. Carolina.
The company closed in 1977, when the exchange rate made it impossible to make a profit on boats sold in the US. Grampian had only recently purchased the mold for the HERITAGE 35.
When the Grampian plants were closed, the assets were sold to a number of different buyers. The North Carolina plant was taken over by Tanzer Industries.

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
English / Metric
SNIPE 15.50' / 4.72m 1931
JUMPAHEAD 16.00' / 4.88m 1948
ALBACORE 15.00' / 4.57m 1954
FLYING TERN 13.94' / 4.25m 1955
FLYING JUNIOR 13.25' / 4.04m 1956
TRIANGLE 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1961
TRIANGLE 20 20.50' / 6.25m 1961
CLASSIC 22 (GRAMPIAN) 22.33' / 6.81m 1962
CLASSIC 31 30.92' / 9.42m 1963
EAGLE 27 27.00' / 8.23m 1963
WALTON 37 (GRAMPIAN) 37.33' / 11.38m 1964
CLASSIC 37 (GRAMPIAN) 37.33' / 11.38m 1964
GRAMPIAN CLASSIC 31 30.92' / 9.42m 1964
GRAMPIAN CLASSIC 37 37.26' / 11.36m 1965
US 41 41.92' / 12.78m 1965
GRAMPIAN 26 26.00' / 7.92m 1967
US 46 45.40' / 13.84m 1967
GRAMPIAN 22 22.33' / 6.81m 1969
GRAMPIAN 17 16.50' / 5.03m 1969
GRAMPIAN 46 46.00' / 14.02m 1969
GRAMPIAN 30 29.75' / 9.07m 1970
GRAMPIAN CLASSIC 22 22.33' / 6.81m 1970
GRAMPIAN 23 23.25' / 7.09m 1971
GRAMPIAN 34-1 33.58' / 10.24m 1972
GRAMPIAN 34-2 33.75' / 10.29m 1974
GRAMPIAN 28 28.00' / 8.53m 1975
GRAMPIAN DISCOVERY 7.9 26.00' / 7.92m 1978
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