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Old 06-26-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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Trailerable Tugs

We are considering the option of a trailerable tug. For those of you who have them, what has been your experience? We like the idea of being able to travel up north and launch when we have extra time, but also the ability to enjoy weekends on the Columbia when life/work doesn't allow us extended time aboard. Also, if we aren't paying moorage, we could invest more in the boat. We have a suitable tow vehicle and experience towing, etc. It would be just the two of us and our labrador most of the time, but want to be comfortable both underway and at anchor. Specifically wondering about the Nordic 26, Ranger 27 and Sundowner 30?
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I would also look at Cdory and Rosborough 24's. The Ros is the best in class IMHO.
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Unfortunately we are on the west coast and no Rosborough's anywhere near us...
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Unfortunately we are on the west coast and no Rosborough's anywhere near us...
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Unfortunately we are on the west coast and no Rosborough's anywhere near us...
Question this determination, We have a couple of these in our Southeast Alaska area. Assume they were acquired from some point reasonably close. Suggest you widen your area of search. The following address could be a solution as they appear to be involved with the brand.

Seaworthy Yachts-Anacortes, WA. phone: (360) 395-5716

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Obviously not searching in the right place. Did nationwide search on yachtworld and SE Alaska boats didn't come up. With all the boats up and down the west coast, we're not interested in shipping from the east or south at this point.
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But really...back to my original question and folk's experience with trailerable trawlers in general???
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I have been on several Rangers. Extremely nice, well thought out, and well space engineered SMALL boats. If the internal space works for you, they're great in confined waters (rivers, bays and glassy days near coastal). Other than the Columbia river, what larger bodies of water are you considering?

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Thanks, Ted. Haven't been aboard any of the trailerable boats yet -- a new idea and not sure it's a good fit for us. But not sure it's not, either. We've been concentrating our search on smaller (30' - 36' semi displacement trawlers) but just considering other options also. We are several years away from retirement, hence the thought that a trailerable boat would give us more options with limited time. South Puget Sound would also be an easy weekend jaunt for us, as well as lower Columbia. With a little more time, we could trailer up and spend time in the San Juans. The Swinomish slough provides good access to the islands should the straits look like an uncomfortable crossing. And ultimately with a lot more time, Gulf Islands, Desolation and up to AK. It could be that we get a smaller but still "liveable" boat for now, then move up to something larger and moor it up north (a couple hours' drive away) closer to retirement. We are really just exploring all options for us right now. I have extensive West coast cruising experience many years ago and we have lots of time as a couple with a smaller day cruiser, but this is our first foray together into this type of boating.
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I haven't been to the PNW so I can't tell you how much of what you listed is realistic with a trailerable Ranger. Spent time with a couple from Montana (I think) who were doing the Great Loop. They were happy with their Ranger, but obviously had to pick their travel days on the Great Lakes, North Carolina sounds, and likely Chesapeake Bay.

It obviously takes a well organized couple that are good in close quarters, to spend months together on a boat of that size.

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Ranger tugs are a lot more pricey than cdory or the Ros. Difference in price makes shipping a non issue.
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Another advantage is, with a trailerable tug, you also have an RV of sorts. Pull into a park, plug up to the power, and there you go! Just have to make sure you have RV-type AC units, not water cooled.
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Yes and no on the shipping. We're not interested in buying a boat sight unseen, survey or not. So you've got that when you're buying at a distance. And why eat up extra money shipping across country if you can put that money toward more boat, upgrades or amenities? We live in a very boat friendly part of the country (Pacific NW), so really don't see the reason to buy one 4,000 miles away. Yet. We might change our tune later...
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West coast...check out Seapiper 35....Trailerable, and fairly priced..
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West coast...check out Seapiper 35....Trailerable, and fairly priced..
We cruised the Inside Passage extensively, first in a C Dory 22, then in our diesel powered Bounty 257, 26 feet and trailerable. Some 40K nm over 18 years. Similar to a 26 foot Sea Sport.

Certainly not as roomy as our Nordic Tug, but got the job done, 2 or 3 months per summer, for 1, 2, or 3 folks. We explored most of the territory from Everett to Glacier Bay.

One source of info on such cruising is my book, Cruising in a Big Way.

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Love the Seapiper! Only one that came up on a quick search, however, is a 2018 for 169k. Beyond our budget...but worth digging around to see if there are some older used ones out there. On a quick look, what a wonderful looking boat.
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Unfortunately we are on the west coast and no Rosborough's anywhere near us...
Five days ago we were hauled at LaConner Maritime and there was a Rosborough on the hard. It was a combination flat bottom w small rounded bilges. First time I’ve seen one not in a picture. A bit narrow and tall but appears to be very well built.
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I'll look and see if it's still there -- will be going up in about 10 days to look at a couple boats on my way to Whidbey for the 4th. At least I could see one in person.
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Five days ago we were hauled at LaConner Maritime and there was a Rosborough on the hard. It was a combination flat bottom w small rounded bilges. First time I’ve seen one not in a picture. A bit narrow and tall but appears to be very well built.
Rosboroughs (sp) are small in a big way. They aren't "cute" like the rangers but they are real boats... I don't like the I/O versions though. I think Eastern has the mold these days. Lots of real cruising peeps and stories on the net about the Ros's... People seem to use and cruise them.
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Love the Seapiper! Only one that came up on a quick search, however, is a 2018 for 169k. Beyond our budget...but worth digging around to see if there are some older used ones out there. On a quick look, what a wonderful looking boat.
Seapipers are brand new. One is finished. 2-5 are under construction. 6-10 are ordered. Next order slot is #11 (last time I checked).

So far there are no used ones available.

Maybe someone will luck out, like what happened with the first TT35. Someone bought it and set it up for the Great Loop and then had to sell it before he could use it. Bad luck for the owner, but someone else got a good deal.
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