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Old 10-20-2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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Modifying a sailboat to trawler type cruising

Infamous looper “Capt John” is an advocate of using a sailboat, mast removed, for the most comfortable and economical way to see the loop.
I’d still want a bit of a steadying sail tho...

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Ya know, a decent sail boat with enough space is a legit looper choice, but the idea of being out on deck with these old bones when it’s cold, and then exposed to the sun when it’s hot... constantly in the weather means having either an enclosure or at least a really good dodger. I’ve watched the loopers using sail boats and their limited decks and dungeon interiors on YouTube, ....maybe OK for younger cruisers but I want the choice of an all weather, protected pilothouse.

No argument on the economy of a motoring sailboat though. Her sea worthiness may also come in handy when having rough days on the lakes, albeit with a snappy roll. Air draft with the mast down is a bonus when doing the ICW bridges. Still, less tankage, deeper keel, low to the water vistas and tighter quarters somewhat marginalize its practicality for the loop.
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Ya know, a decent sail boat with enough space is a legit looper choice, but the idea of being out on deck with these old bones when it’s cold, and then exposed to the sun when it’s hot... constantly in the weather means having either an enclosure or at least a really good dodger. I’ve watched the loopers using sail boats and their limited decks and dungeon interiors on YouTube, ....maybe OK for younger cruisers but I want the choice of an all weather, protected pilothouse.

No argument on the economy of a motoring sailboat though. She’ll also come in handy on rough days on the lakes. Still, less tankage, deeper keel, low to the water vistas and tighter quarters somewhat marginalize its practicality for the loop.
You are so right...
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:21 PM   #4
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Tell me something...
I cruise my 31ft trawler during fall in the PNW ... wouldn’t want a sailboat up here this time of year. Love the heated inside helm and views.
I’m a sailor first and keep a sailboat down south.
Why...why can’t they design a cruising trawler that is only capable of the displacement speeds that we cruise at 90% of the time anyway, that’s as fuel efficient as a sailboat?
My Beneteau 423 is a fairly big boat. Forward cabin w head, aft cabin w head, large galley, large main salon etc.
It is easily driven at 6.5 to 7 knots with its Volvo D 55 at 2/3 throttle and about 3/4 gallon per hour.
It goes into wind and chop well
Cant help but think that many of us would love a boat that has room and can cruise all day at that burn rate.
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:04 PM   #5
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Kinda funny...
As I started this thread, I’m snugly anchored in Squirrel Cove, Desolation Sound in the PNW. It’s rained for the last few days...
I love it here in the off-season as you typically have it all to yourself. This late you may see the odd trawler out cruising but not often.
Just as I pecked out that last reply about being a sailor but not wanting a sailboat out here for fall cruising... as if on cue... in comes about a 36ft sailboat.
Him (I assume) totally exposed at the helm.... her (I assume) up at the bow awaiting instruction when to drop the hook. It’s cool, damp, drizzling and generally miserable.
As stated, im a sailor first... a long term sailor.
But, I’m also in my 60s.
I love my trawler right here right now.
Wouldnt trade at all.

All that said, what about getting a good used sailboat at a bargain price with room to ad a pilot house?
Ecomony and comfort? And...in a seaway with a sail unfurled, much better stability and motion than a rocky trawler. Plus, reduced fuel burn while motor sailing and less noise...
Just a thought.
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My American Tug is so frugal on the fuel, each time I come in, I have to go to the fuel dock and have them pump out my fuel tanks. LOL
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:22 PM   #7
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My American Tug is so frugal on the fuel, each time I come in, I have to go to the fuel dock and have them pump out my fuel tanks. LOL
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Now THAT is what I call frugal!!!
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Her sea worthiness may also come in handy when having rough days on the lakes, albeit with a snappy roll. .

Without sails the sea worthiness will not be the same.
Also w/o mast the keel can be chain sawed off by 50-75%.
No point dragging the weight


As far as weather there is at most a dodger.
So canopy of some sort needs to added.


As far as stability in wakes or beam seas, don't have drink in hand


Been a sailor for over 40 years, I wouldn't do it
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Greetings,
Mr. DF. Re: Post #5 (last para). All well and good but unless one adds a massive PH, you're still living in a cave down below.
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:44 PM   #10
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Mr. DF. Re: Post #5 (last para). All well and good but unless one adds a massive PH, you're still living in a cave down below.
Agreed
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:24 PM   #11
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Lost a rig on a monohull once and had a considerable motor back in sloppy conditions.
Bloody thing rolled its ring out.
Weight of mast section alone helps reduce rolling.
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Mr. DF. Re: Post #5 (last para). All well and good but unless one adds a massive PH, you're still living in a cave down below.
Absolutely! Plus there isn’t as much room and no comfortable seating, for example recliners.
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Saw a number of sailboats when Looping in 2017. Pretty common to unstep the mast to go across the Erie canal and then restep it to sail the Great Lakes. Then repeat the process for Chicago. Saw several cats with inside helms while Looping. Definitely need an inside helm.

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.... what about getting a good used sailboat at a bargain price with room to ad a pilot house?
Ecomony and comfort? And...in a seaway with a sail unfurled, much better stability and motion than a rocky trawler. Plus, reduced fuel burn while motor sailing and less noise...
Just a thought.
Pretty much what Cardude has now, a 41 ft. Island Packet Motor Sailor, sailboat hull with a trawler pilothouse, motor-sailing sail kit, slightly truncated keel.
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Pretty much what Cardude has now, a 41 ft. Island Packet Motor Sailor, sailboat hull with a trawler pilothouse, motor-sailing sail kit, slightly truncated keel.
Yep!
Best of both!!
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Pretty much what Cardude has now, a 41 ft. Island Packet Motor Sailor, sailboat hull with a trawler pilothouse, motor-sailing sail kit, slightly truncated keel.
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Infamous looper “Capt John” is an advocate of using a sailboat, mast removed, for the most comfortable and economical way to see the loop.
I’d still want a bit of a steadying sail tho...

Cruising America's Great Loop and Inland Waterways

He has a very good site!

Like any experienced cruiser....he has developed a set of opinions that aren't for all.


Google "winnie the poo" trawler. I believe there is expensive info about a sailboat to trawler conversion.


http://trawlerpooh.blogspot.com/2014...er-winnie.html
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Like any experienced cruiser....he has developed a set of opinions that aren't for all

Winnie the Pooh: For Sale - 46' efficiency trawler Winnie the Pooh, $84,900

Thanks for the link. What an interrstboat.

I love your thoughts on “opinions”
It’s that a fact!!
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Some of the newer sailboats, even cruisers, have a wide and relatively shallow hull with the prop only 1.5' - 2' below the waterline that can cavitate in heavy weather. This isn't an issue under sail of course but something to consider. These newer boats would also be unlikely candidates to buy and start hacking up the deck in the first place but just something to consider. Tacking into the waves doesn't really help in high winds because the healing, even with bare poles, brings the prop closer to the surface. They are simply designed to be sailed when there is wind, (this seems to be a novel concept based on my observations).
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...As far as stability in wakes or beam seas, don't have drink in hand...
Yup! Other than on protected waters you’d want some type of stabilization such what Cardude did otherwise they’ll roll, a lot. We lived and cruised on sailboat for ten years and talked to few that had lost their masts. The ride was horrible.

We met the guy who bought Bruce Van Saint’s (author of The Thornless Pass to Windward) Shucker. He was on his way to St Martens to put the mast back on.
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