Originally Posted by ALman
Chris, I started looking at Mainship trawlers and slowly shifted toward Tiaras. I will use the boat for long cruises in Caribbean
and perhaps Grand Loop or through the Panama Canal
and up the West Coast
of the Americas. Will the Tiara hull
design work, or do I need a true trawler
. Can't stand to think of going 8-10 knots? Joe
As usual, "it depends."
If you'll make one long trip and then island hop thereafter... you could probably make a Tiara work. It's not particularly fuel
efficient relative to your cruising plans, but you could maybe work around some of that.
OTOH, there are actually "fast" (sorta) trawlers out there. Still not as fuel
efficient as a "true" trawler
, but maybe well in your compromise range. Generally these will be a semi-displacement hull
with a decent keel
. The keel
helps tracking and partially mitigates roll (sometimes) but you can sometimes go faster sometimes depending on installed horsepower (and you wallet size). The various Mainship models are decent examples, but there are others. See Sabre
(I think), maybe some of the Eastbay flybridge models, I think Grand Banks
actually markets one or more now, etc. The trawler forum mentioned above, and something like Passagemaker magazine might help you research
Be aware: you can greatly increase fuel economy by running at hull speed
BUT BUT BUT planing hulls (as on the Tiara models) are not always comfortable at hull speed
... depending on sea states. IOW, you can get beat up quite a bit at slow speeds, sometimes.
The Tiara Sovran models are generally called "express" boats, comparable to several models by Sea Ray
, Cruisers (their relatively new Cantius models look decent)... and in general, lots of your living time is "below decks." FWIW, we tried that design on our last boat -- as an experiment
to avoid flybridge ladders -- and didn't care for it. We've come to prefer boats with a good size enclosed saloon
, as on most flybridge boats (we have stairs now, no ladder) and also one some of the boats by Eastbay, Hinckley, Sabre
, etc. YMMV.
If you do some more shopping
and find various examples that seem interesting to you, we can certainly home in a bit better on pros/cons.