Originally Posted by Capt Phil
Having owned both, my experience is the operating cost while cruising is slightly less with a sailboat than a trawler
. Basically, this difference is eaten up in fuel
costs. But outside of fuel
, as long as you can handle you own maintenance
, trawlers are pretty trouble free. You need to start with a platform that is in good nick otherwise it will be an uphill battle in both cases. Deferred maintenance
will be a problem that will bite you in the ass eventually.
Trawlers are much more roomy, easy to handle and make great liveaboards. Sailboats are almost mystical in providing you with quiet, serene and self fulfilling experiences but they are more work, physically, to manage. As the years creep up, trawlers were a great alternative for both to cruise
and live aboard. good luck with jumping back onto your turnip truck... cheers, Phil
Thanks Phil you are spot on. Having been an avid sailor for 17 years - and trawler
guy for 15 - I can tell you this:
With a sailboat it's more fun getting to your destination
, but once you're there the trawler is more comfortable.
Admirals prefer trawlers unless they are very, very salty. If you know of one of those who's not already attached to sailor, let me know, I have found them to be extremely rare. So if you want a sailboat, do not show the admiral a trawler.
If you have a sailboat, you go out for the day with no particular place to go. In a trawler, this rarely happens. It is the one thing I miss most about being a sailor.
Trawlers have a snap roll that many people find uncomfortable. One gets used to it.
If you spend 80% of your time boating
, and 20% at the dock
, a sailboat will cost less as Phil says. If you are like most folks and it's more like 50% at the dock
50% out running the boat they are the same, assuming you don't push a trawler faster than six, six and a half knots - and you have a "real" trawler, not a trawler hull
with a 400 hp engine
A lot of sailboats spend more time trawlering than they do sailing.
- with great visibility - once you have this, you'll wonder how you ever got along with out it.