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Old 14-05-2016, 15:06   #31
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

Josmason,
The price range you are looking at eliminates the Nordhavns, Diesel Ducks, American/Nordic Tugs, Great Harbours, and most fibreglass Grand Banks.

There are plenty of others, - Willards, Fales, Marine Traders, and many Taiwan built trawlers of the 1980's. Watch out for rotted decks and windows, and leaky iron tanks.

You may want to look at pilothouse motorsailers as well, which gives you the option of raising sails if you get the urge (or if you you to stabilize the rolling.)
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Old 22-05-2016, 15:06   #32
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

Grand Banks are semi-displacement type and therefore are made for coastal cruising and area bit iffy for open ocean use. Full displacement hulls are designed to go anywhere, and there are not many full displacement trawlers made. Nordhavn and Krogen come to mind as the leaders in this type.
We picked a Krogen 39 for the two of us (and our dog, of course) and have cruised the US East coast, Western Caribbean (Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras for five to six months at a time. We have found it to be the ideal (my wife's term) boat for a small family.
The cruisers we have spoken with on our trips seem to feel Krogen is the better trawler for the long haul. This is assuming the boat has stabilizers, of some sort. Because it can be a rolly beast.
We had a Krogen 38 cutter before this and loved it also, so maybe we are somewhat biased
Hope this helps a little.
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Old 22-05-2016, 15:32   #33
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

What.....no Selene's?
Was at the Selene Rondevous in the San Juans a month ago and several 36's and 40's were there. Nice boats but are a bit higher than your budget.

Please go to the "Trawlerforum.com" , you'll get a ton of info there.

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Old 22-05-2016, 15:33   #34
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

Grand Banks should not be used for the open ocean unless you are a darn good skipper. Ours rolled literally to its beam ends, cavitated in high, steep waves, had real poor low speed maneuverability, and almost rolled over when we tried to make a u turn on top of a 20 wave. The boat slip sideways before being rolled to 45 degrees by oncoming seas. Otherwise great boat.
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

It seems trawler is a term used very loosely. I think people should look at commercial trawlers not bay plows with two large engines if they really want an easily driven hull. JMHO
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

Most likely out of your price range but the Selene 36 is very nice. The Monk 36 is also nice and you might find a good one in your price range.
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Re: Which is the best Trawlers - after Grand Bank of course.

The old late 70's/early 80's mainships are well within budget. I always liked them though not a high end boat.


Don't forget to consider some of the smaller trawler cats (if you favor comfort and capability over appearance). Might be hard to get in your price range but do some looking and you might find a deal.


For coastal crusing, I would place more emphasis on shallow draft than ocean crossing ability (not that you want an unseaworthy boat).


One last thought: What is pushing you away from sail? Most sailboats make excellent trawlers if you just don't put up the sails. As long as you don't mind waiting for an occasional bridge, you don't need to give it up.
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