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Old 07-07-2016, 12:52 PM   #1
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Smaller Trawler names?

Boink!

I just had an epiphany

I don't need 30+ feet.

The question is, what search parameters do I use to find smaller trawlers?

Thank you all!
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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Albin 25/27, Prairie 29, Cape Dory 28 to name a few...
Do a yachtworld search using <30 ft to find more..

MY CD 28 has been up and down the East Coast a few times. May be at the high end of your budget though.... Albins can be had in the teens, Prairie's in the 20's, CD's 30++...

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Old 07-07-2016, 01:26 PM   #3
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Albin 27 would be on my short list
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:33 PM   #4
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Thank you! There are a good number of Albins out there sale but I'm nowhere near ready to buy
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:06 PM   #5
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Smaller trawler names

Wifey B: Bob Jan

Ok, I'd head to yachtworld and do an advanced search with length as a criteria. Great way to get a feel for what is out there in the world.
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Old 07-07-2016, 02:20 PM   #6
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Yeah, what she said.

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Old 07-07-2016, 02:27 PM   #7
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Denise, don't search by brand, search with your preferred parameters and pay close attention to the "orphan" boats. In about 3500 surveys I have been impressed by only four boats and they were all homebuilt orphans ! Of course I've seen a not more ugly orphans but don't overlook an un-branded boat as they will often sell for substantially less than a "name" even though they can be much better boats.
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Hi BoatPoker! small world LOL Got it.. but no wooden boat for this dream. much as I love and know about them.. not for me on the sea

orphan brands.... like?
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Hi BoatPoker! small world LOL Got it.. but no wooden boat for this dream. much as I love and know about them.. not for me on the sea

orphan brands.... like?
No wooden boats for me either but the orphans I am referring to are like the one in my avatar, epoxy/glass and of the four boats I mentioned,two were steel and two were aluminum. the point of "orphans" is that there is no brand.
They may have been factory one-offs where the builder disappeared overnight (like mine) or homebuilt.
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"Trawler" is mostly hull profile "the look" in a smaller boat.

AS far more small boats are built as non trawlers , you should take a look and see that the rest of the world enjoys.

Most boats at trawler speeds will give near trawler fuel bills.
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"Trawler" is mostly hull profile "the look" in a smaller boat.

AS far more small boats are built as non trawlers , you should take a look and see that the rest of the world enjoys.

Most boats at trawler speeds will give near trawler fuel bills.
Most other boats do not have hull design like trawlers and.... sailboats: which are displacement hulls,. Most other boats have gas engines are not likely to have living aboard friendly layout and equipment. I had a 30ft sailboat only thing it did not have was AC!
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Most other boats do not have hull design like trawlers and.... sailboats: which are displacement hulls,.

Won't matter much. Drive a boat like a "trawler" and fuel bills will come close. Not perfect, but not bad. There's another recent thread on fuel, and you'll see our consumption figures at slow speeds aren't overwhelming. And our hull design is definitely not full displacement and relatively large horsepower.

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There will certainly be a lot of 30', gas driven, inboard/outboard, mass production cruisers (clorox bottle) types to weed through by not limiting your search parameters to trawlers, but you are also more likely to find some niche boats that fit you needs. Filtering by fuel type of diesel will help (although there are some lovers/apologists of gas engines here and they are not without merit) weed out most of them.
Sellers of boats that may fit the pocket trawler mold may struggle with classifying or describing the boats and the ads get skipped over.
Sharing your goals on here is a great way to cast your net as we have met other cuisers traveling in a wide variety of vessels with great success that you wouldn't initially think of. For example a member bought a Tiara (planning express style boat) that had been repowered with small diesels, I doubt it planes anymore and has less value in its original market but it meets the new owners needs which made it a bargain.
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I'm not limiting myself , I belong to a yacht club and all up and down the river here, there are hundreds of twin engine gas fueled boats just sitting year after year. a friend has a 32ft Carver he can't even give it away it seems, but 3, 30 ft sailboats are also sitting becoming "project" boats. It is a buyer's market but there is allot of junk out there!
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Sifting through the junk is part of the pastime otherwise you'd have hired a buyers broker to do it for you. Nothing wrong with it as most of us enjoy a good scavenger hunt. Welcome to the club.
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Here's an example of a non trawler type I actually like
1989 Luhrs/Alura 30 Alura Classic Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
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Take a look at the Nimble Nomad Trawler. Its 25' and has accommodations for 2 for shorter stays. Not currently made but can be found for reasonable prices if you look. There is a Facebook page for them and a good place to start.
About 132 of them were made so they are out there.
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Most other boats do not have hull design like trawlers and.... sailboats: which are displacement hulls,. Most other boats have gas engines are not likely to have living aboard friendly layout and equipment. I had a 30ft sailboat only thing it did not have was AC!
Because there is no real one type of trawler, there is no hull design that fits all. They range from round bottom dispacement to hard chine planing hulls.

Whether gas or diesel, when you get down into the 30 foot crowd, not sure engine type is going to determine as much as just what the boat really is and primarily designed to do.

For sheer interior volume of living space, a sportfish or convertible design is hard to beat for the money. Mt last liveaboard was a sportfish and that is one reason I went with that design.

But for pure inshore living aboard, there are many designs not considered trawlers by many that have at least as much if not more useable living space and are probably gas powered.

Carvers, Silvertons, Luhrs, Tollycrafts, Rinkers, etc....are examples and some make less than "traditional" looking boats with tons of interior room for their length.
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Sounds to me like Denise knows what she is looking for ... small displacement trawler style with single diesel. I`m guessing you guys are wasting your time trying to talk her into something she`s not interested in.
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Sounds to me like Denise knows what she is looking for ... small displacement trawler style with single diesel. I`m guessing you guys are wasting your time trying to talk her into something she`s not interested in.
I don't care what she buys, just disagreeing with a post that isn't in line with my experiences.

More than one person has changed their minds here on what might suit their needs.
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