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Old 11-30-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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Looking for a Trawler

Hello All,
I'm new to this forum but an avid small boater. I am looking for a trawler that
would be a good ICW cruiser and a possible Looper. Just me and the wife on the
loop, but a son would go on some cruises with us. Looking at Mainship 34 Pilot
Downeast type trawler. Prefer the twin diesel models. Is this boat seaworthy
enough to be a looper? Any other comments appreciated as well.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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Call Berry boger in MB. Why do you want a trawler? Fuel economy? Whats your price range? I'm thinking about the loop as well. Heading north in the spring though after work in Southport.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:41 AM   #3
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Forget looking at trawlers and look at boats. The name does not mean anything. Look at boats in your size and price range. Find what fits your life style and cruising ideas. In the mid 30' size range an extra few feet can make a huge difference in livability and handling.


Look at enough boats so that you never get on another boats and say I wish I had seen that before I bought.
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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Might help to read this thread:


What is a trawler?
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:19 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. The ONLY thing I will suggest is make sure IF you get a twin there is room to perform maintenance. A component in an awkward/inaccessible location will not only be difficult for YOU to service, it may have been neglected by PO's. I might also mention, ICW travel and the "loop" can be accomplished in almost any vessel. "Trawler" or not.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:03 AM   #6
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The only single thing pleasure boats called trawler have in common is the name trawler applied by some marketing type.
Hull shape, cabin layout and size, handling, engines, construction, seaworthiness ( whatever that is), fuel use, max speed all vary extensively.


Rowboats cross oceans, canoes could do the loop. Other than air draft I cant think of any other requirement for loop travel except the owners credit card.
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Thanks for all the input. Im figuring out that the "chase" is half the fun. I started out looking at Ranger tugs....to much money and want more speed. Looked at Boston Whaler Conquest 315...good boats but take lots of gas. Budget is 150kish. Im not in a hurry. I like the Mainship 34 Pilot/rum runner with twins as we like to run fast sometimes and dont mind burning a little gas. Need A/C and a
Gen Set. Just curious if people like these boats....Chunky
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:51 PM   #8
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As you can see from my avatar at the left, I have a Mainship Pilot 34. It is a great long weekend cruiser, but I wouldn't do the loop on one.

Not enough storage, not enough refrigeration capacity, not enough water, ....

And I know you wanted a twin. But unless you hire midgets to work on them a twin will be a maintenance nightmare.

You can do the loop in a row boat, but I would want at least a 36' cruiser or more for that mission.

FWIW the single will cruise at 14 kts and get 1.2 NM/gal or at 7 kts and get almost 3 NM/gal. And you asked about seaworthiness. We boat on LI Sound which can be much worse than almost anything in the ICW (except inlets and sounds) and it does fine.


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But unless you hire midgets to work on them a twin will be a maintenance nightmare.

Why is that?
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Because it is incredibly tight to get to anything outboard on those twin engines. I should have said skinny midgets but with gorilla length arms to reach around the backside.


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If a boat has twin engines, it's unlikely to be a "trawler." Buy a "cruiser" that fits your needs. ... Most all our boats are "coastal cruisers" which shouldn't be operated in the open sea more than several hours from a safe port.
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Mark "If a boat has twin engines, it's unlikely to be a "trawler.""

Mark: How can you say such a thing. Especially after so many threads that have beaten the single v twins to death without disparaging either one by suggest they are unworthy of being called a "trawler".

I have had singles. They were not trawlers, either one. They were sailboats, so that provides them an excuse for not having two engines. My "TRAWLER" is every bit as much a trawler as is yours. The only difference of any significance is that I need to get my tummy onto the top of my Starboard engine to pull off the oil filter cleanly.

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If a boat has twin engines, it's unlikely to be a "trawler." Buy a "cruiser" that fits your needs. ... Most all our boats are "coastal cruisers" which shouldn't be operated in the open sea more than several hours from a safe port.
Huh ? I know several guys with grand banks with 3208 Cats. Those are straight up trawlers. Hatteras LRC's have twin engines. They top out at about 7 kts. The speed would dictate a trawler to me. I cant see the need for a trawler with twin cats though. You lose room and they still dont go fast. Its a lose, lose. I would get a single with a bow thruster.
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I've a single with equal ease-of-access sides and top, with battery boxes on each side providing places to sit.

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Doesn't a trawler have a forum following?
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Doesn't a trawler have a forum following?
They do have a forum. Its right here. Dont you have twin engines? you might be at the wrong forum. That 48 Defever is a beautiful boat though.
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Welcome Chunky! Sorry 'bout the unruly kids. They argue. A lot! But, it IS a great forum. Read a lot. Filter the chaff. Some great guys (and gals) with a lot of experience. Don't worry about the finer parts of the lingo. They'll quickly help you learn what words to NOT say.

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