First, I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the great information the knowledgeable folks on this forum share.*
My wife and I are still working looking for a safe, comfortable coastal trawler class boat in the mid $200K range.* We would be based in Annapolis, but head south toward Florida, the keys, the Carribean and even as far as Belieze.* We'd spend two or three months a year living aboard each year.
We've narrowed the search to a well cared-for Grand Banks 42 classic --they seem to be available in our price range in the 1990 vintage era.* We had looked at Nordic Tugs, too but felt the only version that worked for us was the fly bridge model.* Problem there was only the newer ones came with fly bridges, and they're outside our price range.* Then we recently came across these...
The link goes to Great Harbour trawlers, and we were surprised at the interior space of the 37, with a profile that seems low enough to avoid becoming a big sail at times.**With 3-foot draft it might be more practical in the keys.**It feels bigger and more comfortable on the inside that the GB 42, and we like the pilot house.* And, finally, they're in our price range.
The manufacturer says they're built precisely for the kind of cruising we'd like to do, but it would be great to have some of your thoughts on how well they'll handle the conditions we would see in terms of comfort, safety and general handling.
Bill and Elizabeth