Originally Posted by josmason
We are a cruising couple who have aged out of sailboats and are looking at trawlers. What do the coastal cruisers think are the Best Trawlers between 32 to 36 feet? Please tell me why you like the one or ones you think are the best?
There are a lot of different boats in the so called trawler
category and choice depends on intended usage and personal priorities. If you want a boat that looks good and attracts a lot of attention, a Grand Banks
classic with nicely kept woodwork is hard to beat. Keeping up the wood trim can be tiresome however. We've owned a GB49 for 12 years and it's been a great boat for us.
If you want a boat capable of going offshore
for any distance you'll want some sort of stabilization, either passive or active. Another important consideration based on your priorities is twin engine
. Twins have greater inherent reliability
and are easier to maneuver. Singles are less expensive to maintain and generally use less fuel
In the 32 to 36 ft size range interior
layouts tend to be similar but as you get bigger, galley-up vs galley-down becomes a consideration. Another design consideration is fly bridge vs pilot house.
Since we enjoy cruising in the boondocks where services and supplies are hard to come by, redundancy and range were important. That led to the choice of a twin engine boat with ample fuel
tankage. If you're primarily interested in short range, inshore cruising however, those considerations become less important.