Originally Posted by IMO
New memeber here. Thought I would introduce my self. I'm a former Marine from South Louisiana. I live in a small town called Berwick. I work all over the world. Currently I'm working in Nigeria West Africa in the Oil Industry (IMO-I Make Oil). I've been in, on and around boats all my life. I live on the water, work on the water and play on the water. Lucky me!
Currently I own 5 boats but none are trawlers. My dream is to get a nice boat that I can travel to all the places I want to see and to do it economically and comfortably. I think that would best be done on a trawler. I don't want a huge boat. I'm thinking 35 to 40 feet long. I want something with a full or queen bed and preferably 2 bunks for the kids/guests, shallow draft and a single Diesel engine. Leaning towards a 35 Mainship right now due to the lay out, lines, shallow draft and price. I live in the heart of the Atchafalya Delta and would like a boat that I can use to poke around the Delta on weekends and as a base for Duck and Deer hunting during the winter. Then, during the summer as a base for inland fishing and maybe make an occassional offshore trip. Eventually, I would love to make a trip down to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Looking forward to being a member of this forum and learning from others.
On my 3rd liveaboard....my last was a 37 Silverton Convertible that had a similar but slightly larger interior VERY similar to the older 34 mainships. I was looking at 34 mainships but an old friend/yacht broker steered me into the slightly larger 37 which I was greatful for.
I lived aboard her in Annpolis for the last 2 years I was stationed in Wash, DC. My girlfriend and 2 sons visited every other weekend for 2 years and I took several cruises for a week or so with them during that time...definitely glad I had the couple extra feet when they were aboard.
I now moved up a couple more feet as this is hopefully my last boat/liveaboard. Now after 1 year...I wish I had moved up to a 43 as a full time liveaboard as I still wish I had that little more space for the last of the storage and niceties suchas washer/dryer.
An Albin 40 sounds like it would fit your needs....I preferred the galley down even though some (particularly women) seem to like galley up...thus Albin 40's for their size were one of the few...sorry I prefer a living room without the clutter of what most galleys look like.
If you can afford newer...that's great but I'm not familiar with the layouts of the newer trawlers in the 35-40 range.
My final advice is....fall in love with a boat and then buy the smaller model. Most people NEVER use a boat enough and you'll get by with the smaller boat. Take the savings and buy nice gear and use some for operating expenses. The exception to this rule is if you are retired or going to live aboard...then the bigger boat is justified.
Either way...good luck...thanks for your service and Semper Fi !!!!