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Old 09-17-2019, 05:26 AM   #1
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converting to trawler

I am reaching an age where converting to motor from sail is becoming a reality

I very much like the look of trawlers but no little about them

I suspect I am looking for a 80' vessel no more than 10 years old with accommodation for two crew and a fuel consumption that does not require a bank loan

No advice would be too simple

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Old 09-17-2019, 06:04 AM   #2
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Go look at some boats first. Without the constraints of sails and sailboat hull design, you may find a smaller length vessel has substantially more space than you are expecting. With much more useable interior space above deck, there are more configurations to choose from. Personally my preference runs to pilothouse with galley and saloon above deck.

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How much space we each need is so individual. I once lost the sale of my 65ft motorboat because the buyer decided he would not close since his giant rear-projection tv would not fit. THAT was his requirement.
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Sounds like you have pretty deep pockets, congratulations on a life well lived ! Remember though, fuel is one of the very smallest expenses you will encounter owning an 80' vessel.
Personally, the best advice I can give you is to think smaller. An 80 foot trawler will have the space of a 125 foot sailboat, literally nobody needs that much space.

Since you are way out of my league I can only guess at the expense of owning/operating an 80 foot boat, especially with a crew of two. Probably upwards of $10,000 a month. Just for comparison, my 36 foot Albin costs me monthly about $500 fixed cost up to around $1,000 if something goes wrong or I get "itchy" for a new toy. (That includes fuel, and I use my boat a lot)

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I suspect I am looking for a 80' vessel no more than 10 years old with accommodation for two crew and a fuel consumption that does not require a bank loan

George L-R
Do you have plans for what you are going to do with it?

North Sea maybe to Iceland. Canals in Europe? Around the world? Party barge on the weekend in Portsmouth? With one other? Crew?

Your style? Fast every once in a while? Always slow. Want to be approx 80% of hull speed at cruise.

Charter one that looks interesting to see if like it?
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Many thanks for input
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:38 AM   #8
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Welcome George!


Any information on how you anticipate using the boat and in what waters would be helpful. When you say room for two crew, are you thinking friends/family or paid crew?
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Blue water usage and two paid crew

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Great. That will give TF a bit more to go on as far as ideas.



I have no ideas to offer as all my experience is in inland coastal waters with smaller boats. We have a number of folks here with both blue water experience and experience with larger vessels.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:16 AM   #11
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Hi,
You may have a look at the Selene 66 (72 ft LOA), I took delivery of my Selene 78 ft (72 extended for fishing deck) end of April and it is a fantastic boat, plenty of space for guests and crew, very strong build and very good value for your $$$
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I went from a 43' sailboat to 43' aft cabin power. I thought I appreciated the increase in internal volume when I did it. It was only later and with some use of the power boat that I fully understood the increase in living and storage space. For my usage, if I had it to do again, I might have chosen a 34-36 footer.
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Best of luck in your search George and plenty of boats out there to ponder over.
Moorage, on the other hand can be hard to find on a boat that size.
Welcome aboard and Cheers!
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I would look for an FPB78. They are probably the finest blue water power boats and were designed by folks that used to sail. The are also ridiculously easy on fuel.
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England is a great place to look for a boat as many British , German and Dutch boats are constructed as sea boats , if you want to go offshore.


In the USA larger boats do have better scantlings , but their extra depth can be a hassle in coastal cruising , where the sites are.
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There is a FPB for sale in Seattle, WA. they are asking 2.25 million.
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Shameless self-promotion, but MOJO would easily accommodate a crew of two and is certainly blue-water capable, built to go around the world. "Only" 50' though. See http://www.mvmojo.com
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I went from a 43' sailboat to 43' aft cabin power. I thought I appreciated the increase in internal volume when I did it. It was only later and with some use of the power boat that I fully understood the increase in living and storage space. For my usage, if I had it to do again, I might have chosen a 34-36 footer.
Same lesson learned here. We went from a 42 foot sailboat to a 42 foot power cruiser. We now realize a 34 foot power boat would have given us about the same room as the sailboat had.
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