Although we usually sail our 39 foot Camper Nicholson center cockpit ketch
recently we have been cruising with friends who just made the jump from sail to power. As they were looking at selling their 38 foot Krogan shallow draft cutter
and finding the trawler
that they could use for the Great Loop Adventure, we learned a lot about trawlers.
It seems that trawlers fall into five basic designs. The Sedan Type trawler
comes from putting a deck
on a boat and building a cabin
on it. There is usually a below deck cabin
in the bow and a small open aft deck. A fly bridge can be added to the top of the cabin. This type of trawler maximizes the living area in the main salon
and the aft deck.
The European Sedan trawler is made by making the fly bridge deck more substantial to increase the available deck space. The second deck goes out to the rail on either side and aft to the stern to make the first deck covered and possible enclosed with added canvas
and plastic. The second deck can be used for dinghy
or as deck space.
Trunk trawlers have a lower stern sleeping cabin and a cabin forward as well, in the larger models. They lose part of the main salon
space to the aft stateroom but they usually have two staterooms which is good for guests or kids
The raised pilot house trawler has the pilot house a few steps above the main salon with the sleeping cabins forward. The pilot house becomes more of a living area in this model and the sleeping cabin or cabins are forward.
Raised Pilot House
The sundeck trawler encloses the area above the aft sleeping cabin into a covered deck which allows the enclosure of the fly bridge and the sun deck. There are sleeping cabins both forward and aft down a few steps from the main salon.
The selection of the trawler which will best suit your goals should include a tour of a couple of vessels from each of the five designs so that you can see how the space is used and how the designer
thought that you would use those spaces.
My friend ending up buying
a sun deck boat and I thought that low forward deck would be wasted but two kayaks, four bicycles, six fenders and a gangway
seem to fill that space as well.
MV Snow Goose