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Old 07-16-2016, 12:46 PM   #81
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Yes most real Albins (made in Sweden) are old and getting rough to very rough. But some like project boats. Probably no Rosbrorough project boats around as the Rosbrorough has'nt been around for long. Some old boats have been refit to very high standards and extremely desirable as a durable boat. Many that look like that though are only half baked.
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:26 PM   #82
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The area in front of the pilothouse windows is the "front cockpit", with 2 seats. With high sides, a VERY secure place to stand while anchoring and line tending. I know of no other boat this size that offers this feature.
That is an important criteria. And I'll bet it is a lovely area to sit around chatting too.

When you head this way give a call. I'm in St. Pete (Tampa Bay area, west side of the peninsula) and the Keys are on the tentative itinerary. It's all written in beach sand so no promises, eh?

I've got a website friend (Pam) who is looking for her own Nimble Nomad. Of course she is on a budget (aren't we all?) and price matters. Finding a hidden gem is her goal.

Congratulations on yours. Loafs and Fishes is great... The name paints a perfect picture of a gentleman fisherman. Enjoy.
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Old 07-17-2016, 08:45 PM   #83
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I know it's sacrilege, but when I saw this pontoon trawler off the Gulf Coast ICW in north Longboat Key, I started wondering if I would end up with such a boat after my cruising goals are fading. These pontoon boats are popular around this part of SW Florida. They've got lots of protected cruising grounds, and the so-called "Tri-Toons" have more capacity and stability. For economical cruising and a good turn of speed, 90 HP would do. their flat platform over pontoon design makes it easy to build any cabin style within the buoyancy capabilities of the pontoons. I mean, the "trawler" term has already been stretched to include a wide spectrum of vessels, including catamarans. Could pontoons be next? The first photo below is the one I shot here locally. The second is what may be possible with a tri-toon platform. Forward raked windshield, of course.
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Pontoon Trawler?

That's over the top.

The lower one actually looks better w the wannabe wheelhouse windows.
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:24 PM   #85
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I know it's sacrilege, but when I saw this pontoon trawler off the Gulf Coast ICW in north Longboat Key, I started wondering if I would end up with such a boat after my cruising goals are fading. These pontoon boats are popular around this part of SW Florida. They've got lots of protected cruising grounds, and the so-called "Tri-Toons" have more capacity and stability. For economical cruising and a good turn of speed, 90 HP would do. their flat platform over pontoon design makes it easy to build any cabin style within the buoyancy capabilities of the pontoons. I mean, the "trawler" term has already been stretched to include a wide spectrum of vessels, including catamarans. Could pontoons be next? The first photo below is the one I shot here locally. The second is what may be possible with a tri-toon platform. Forward raked windshield, of course.
Pontoons have gained a tremendous percentage of the lake market. At one time it was inexpensive 18 or 20' with small outboards around 40 hp. Now most seem to be 24-28' with outboards of 90-150 hp and some with inboard-outboards. The furniture has gotten extremely fancy with seating, grills, and more. They're the party boats on the lake. Now you see them with full enclosures, some with an upper deck, and now the cabins like the ones you showed. Tritoons have been around a while but their percentage of the market has grown slowly. Now, they have a significant percentage. Pontoons have gone from inexpensive $20,000 boats to some running over $100,000.

Boats similar to those shown are now on lakes as pontoon houseboats. For those cruising inland or ICW they fit needs well. They're great boats to take the kids or grandkids out on a Sunday afternoon and let them fish a little.

I don't see them ever doing huge volume on the coast simply because in my mind they are limited very much in their cruising area. Still, they have a place.
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So you have an FRP houseboat (Stardust 65'} and want a trawler what is the obvious thing to do .... buy a trawler, cut off the bow and graft it on to the front of the houseboat ..... This is not photoshopped, I actually surveyed this one.
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Holy smokes. Now that's better than Photoshop!
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Holy crap! Just went through the interior shots and that really is a houseboat dressed in motor yacht clothing.

How'd it survey???
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So you have an FRP houseboat (Stardust 65'} and want a trawler what is the obvious thing to do .... buy a trawler, cut off the bow and graft it on to the front of the houseboat ..... This is not photoshopped, I actually surveyed this one.
Oh wow, that's interesting. It looks like they did a beautiful job with the interior. What did your survey make of her? Did you give the stamp of approval?
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Oh wow, that's interesting. It looks like they did a beautiful job with the interior. What did your survey make of her? Did you give the stamp of approval?
Structurally .... a tank. A difference of opinion on value and although I'm not going to give specifics on line, a good eye will spot some serious issues in the engine compartment.
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Denise, if when searching Yacht World, you put the word "custom" in the search as the brand name you will come up with "orphans (as mentioned earlier) like this one that will likely sell for half of the asking price.
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BP thanks I have found quite a few orphans. I must admit I'm liking downeast style semi displacement boats a tad more then the large boxy trawlers.
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Every now and then a Nauset 28 comes to the market. I enjoy mine..
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Yes most real Albins (made in Sweden) are old and getting rough to very rough. But some like project boats. Probably no Rosbrorough project boats around as the Rosbrorough has'nt been around for long.
Rosborough is an established Nova Scotia builder that's been around since the 1950s. My sailing club bought one of their 18 foot open launches in the late 70s. Not sure when the rf246 came out, but I'm guessing in the early 1980s. They sold their pleasure boat line to a US company a few years ago. The originals were pretty basic, more work boat than yacht, but stoutly built. I see these older ones up for sale in eastern Canada from time to time,
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what kind of rot have some of you found in some of these older pocket trawlers?

I would think the keel would be major concern.
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Denise, if when searching Yacht World, you put the word "custom" in the search as the brand name you will come up with "orphans (as mentioned earlier) like this one that will likely sell for half of the asking price.
well.. not yet but It's really looking like I will go for an Albin 27 "someday"

I love this one.. still not sure about the aft cabin but I love the working mast! I'd more likely go for the sport type and extend back over the deck. (hard or soft not sure. I do not think I'm going to be a hardcore live aboard


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Think of what a nice trawler you could get for that amount of jack.
The price is a bit hard to see, but it's $118,387.
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Toons are for pump out boats.
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well.. not yet but It's really looking like I will go for an Albin 27 "someday"

I love this one.. still not sure about the aft cabin but I love the working mast! I'd more likely go for the sport type and extend back over the deck. (hard or soft not sure. I do not think I'm going to be a hardcore live aboard


Denise,
The aft cabin is very popular on the continent. I did'nt like ours but my wife loved it. She called it her "changing room". Also it's about the only way a couple that's not real kinky to cruise on a small boat. I have seen Albins w aft cabin removed. Very few are done w class though.
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