Im new to the Forum so please go easy. I have lived in Miami
and had several power boats up to a 26ft motor
sailer (Renell) stubby keel
. I then moved to south Alabama
land locked and in 2008 moved to the bluff overlooking the Tennessee river across from Scottsboro Al. Near Guntersville dam. 30 miles.
We have done the motor
home thing, we now own a class B 21ft and have spent 6 weeks at a time in it, and are now ready to tackle some river cruising. I have been looking at boats 25-30ft with a wide beam approx 10ft and decided trawlers are the best fit with a small 20-30hp diesel
. I read approx 0.5gph at 6 knots.
Our plans are to eventually cruse down to Florida
and up to the great lakes
some day. I work at home testing electronics
, which is feast of famine so I get 2-3 months without work at a time and start SS this month. I'm only looking to invest no more than 20k, which makes trawlers hard to come by. My dream would be a motor sailer trawler
I have seen an Alpin 25 which may work. I like the trawlers because they sit higher and the cabin
is mostly above the water
, and generally bigger and more roomer cabins than a motor sailer. The wife gets seasick in the ocean and I would prefer to keep her above the water
If I cant find a trawler
that fills the bill I would conceder a motor sailer if the cabin
is big. I like the looks of the S2 9.2A but most only come with a 12hp diesel
I think its too small to fight up current
on the river. I am currently remodeling the house so some fix up would not kill me but I don't want a project
boat. I can do plumbing
and woodwork and have done some fiberglass
repair but not gel coat.
I have also thought about a motor trawler without sails
and adding a small sail to it, mostly for sailing downwind with the wind
when its blowing at our back to save gas. I saw one at a boat show
many years ago. Another thought was a motor sailer with a cut down mast
and smaller sails
(if it could be done) for the same reason. I once sailed a 21ft power boat
across Gasprillia Bay at night with a sheet, boat hook and ore when the outboard
The most important item would be living space 1-2 months at a time, the second would be gph at 5-6 knots and the 3rd would be sail all this under $20k. The boat would remain in the river system unless we go to Fla which would see very little if any open water.
So I am asking for ideas, recommendations, an to be criticized.
I have yet to finish reading all the posts so any help would be appreciated.