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Old 06-20-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Question Best Blue Water Trawler

Ok, the debate continues......

My friend and I are wrestling over the age old question "what is the best blue water trawler". My forum question is, who has seen the best side by side comparison for blue water trawlers?

This should be enough for me to enjoy my Blue Lable!
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:29 AM   #2
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Probably need to stipulate a price cap otherwise this will be one off those threads that never end
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:34 AM   #3
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The biggest one is the best one.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:40 AM   #4
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Greetings,
Mr. z. "what is the best blue water trawler"....Oh dear, and what kind of anchor does it have?

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Old 06-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #6
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Actually, if you specify size this is rather easy. Among the production boats used by cruisers to cross oceans, the Nordhavn line has made the majority of compromises in favor of seaworthiness. Once you exceed 55 feet there are many boats which are either one-offs or small production boat models. Then it is more than difficult. Think about whether in heavy weather you would want my Krogen or a Cape Horn.
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nordhavn....

for a production boat....

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Old 06-20-2015, 12:23 PM   #8
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What is your definition of best? The most comfortable-the safest-the fastest-the most fuel efficient with longest range- the biggest best anchor-the best engineered or built-the shipyest looking-the one with the best engineering numbers for the job-the one with the best advertising and resale value??????? You do know there is no one correct answer except in the eyes of the beholder. And then there are sail boats on many levels the better choice for blue water.
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Nordhav'n's arent Trawlers. The OP called out for a trawler.

That should narrow it down a bit. But who's to say what is a trawler and a passagemaker? I did it re the Nordhavn but that's obvious .. or is it? Perhaps Nordhav'n's have evolved into being trawlers now and don't qualify as passagemakers anymore.

Ed good point re sailboats but they aren't trawlers either.

zoomie did the debate start and continue at the same point?
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:05 PM   #10
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The debate is ongoing and decided that the aggregate average would lay within the first 30 answers
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:29 PM   #11
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Feadship.

It's such an impossible question so I feel I picked a safe answer.

Or maybe it's Lurssen.

Really, best is based on the factors most important to the one answering. You really must narrow a question like this down.
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By "Blue Water" do you mean the ability to circumnavigate on her own bottom,

or simply a vessel that might get caught out and survive to make a port?

Crossing oceans or surviving rough water are two different concepts.

Be prepared to pay Big Bucks , and probably find a non US boat for voyaging.
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This is about as good as it gets....

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Lots more money than any plastic production boat.
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TAD has it right again. There are very few yards able to build a genuime ocean voyager.

To find one start with the builders , as many will also be brokers for their boats , even decades old ones,

This is my first choice ,

ABEKING & RASMUSSEN: A&R

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This is about as good as it gets....

Watson Photo Gallery

Lots more money than any plastic production boat.

Wow!! That is a fantastic web site. Their naval architects and engineers spent hundreds, maybe thousands of hours detailing the why of marine construction, not just the glitzy benefits.

If I had unlimited cash and I wanted to cross oceans, a Watson is the boat for me. I used to think that Dashew built a great trawler. These guys leave him in the dust.

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Looks like whoever suggested a dollar limit had a good idea.
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Yeah, buying a new blue water (or any color water for that matter) boat is like Onasis used to say about Jacki...."I gave her an unlimited budget and she managed to exceed it."
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This is about as good as it gets....

Watson Photo Gallery

Lots more money than any plastic production boat.

Today I learned that the Watson 48 is my new dream boat. I'd never even heard of them before.
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I don't understand the use of diamond plate flooring in the engine room. It's hard on the knees/feet, and collects dirt. It tears up oil pads if you try to wipe an oil spill off it. There must be a better material.
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