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Old 17-01-2011, 18:56   #1
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No Flybridge, Please

Looking at 28' to 36' trawlers but find very few to none without a flybridge. I don't want a flybridge. Any ideas on how to search for such or maybe particular brands that don't have one?
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EDIT: I should add I'm looking for used at about 60k.
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Old 17-01-2011, 19:05   #2
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Looking at 28' to 36' trawlers but find very few to none without a flybridge. I don't want a flybridge.
Boats without flybridges are ubiguitous. Something is very wrong if you can't find a lot of them.
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Old 17-01-2011, 19:21   #3
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Boats without flybridges are ubiguitous. Something is very wrong if you can't find a lot of them.


Thanks for the help.
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Old 17-01-2011, 19:28   #4
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try typing your search with -flybridge
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Old 17-01-2011, 20:01   #5
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There are tonnes with no flybridge. Try Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs, Albins, the list goes a good deal further....
There are a lot of very beautiful down-easter style 'lobsterboats' that are in production too, usually without a flybridge, and trawlerish (the debate about 'what is a trawler' is a seperate topic really I think.)
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Old 17-01-2011, 20:07   #6
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Kenny, I'm curious on your take about flybridges, and why you don't want one - what are the negatives for you?
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Kenny, I'm curious on your take about flybridges, and why you don't want one - what are the negatives for you?

ladders, wind resistance, redundant systems, leaks, exposure to weather
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Kenny, you might want to check this out- just across the lake from you:
1975 Fales 32 Navigator Pilothouse Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
She carries a flybridge, but it is a very low windage design. We looked at this boat in the fall and it may be the best boat i have seen in a while, from a systems standpoint- clean bilge and engine, the wiring was well done, and the whole boat was well equipped and ready to go.
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Kenny:

I just went through a search for a non flybridge trawler and bought one. My reasons were exactly the same as yours.

There are two types of boats that qualify (IMO) as trawlers which don't have flybridges: tugs and downeast. Yachtworld has a specific search designation for both of these.

Most, maybe almost all of these boats are fast trawlers. They cruise in the 12-15 kt range generally and not at displacement speeds. Most have engines in the 200-300 hp range. Only one boat that I found was built for displacement speeds- a Cape Dory 28 with a 100 hp Westerbeke.

You will find Nordic Tug 32s from the low 100s. Downeasters are all over the place. A brand new MJM 28 is more than $300K. Ended up buying a 25 year old Cape Dory 28 with a good gas engine for low $30s.

FWIW it is hard to find a downeaster with a long cabin and a galley down configuration. Some custom boats are built that way but I could find nothing in the low $100s. So I bought the old gasser for a great price and will probably repower to diesel.

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Look through the listings in YachtWorld for ideas. The advanced search engine for their listings is pretty good.

Advanced search for new and used boats and yachts. - YachtWorld.com
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