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Old 10-13-2019, 12:02 PM   #1
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Taiwan trawler 34-36 stability/chine comparison

I am searching for a 34-36 Taiwan trawler. I am moving from sail to a trawler. I did a visit to a 1983 Albin 36 DC last week and I was pretty surprised at how unstable that boat was in initial stability while tied to the dock in relatively calm water. I am comparing it to my 34' sailboat and past sailboats of course which might not relate to all the experienced trawler folks here. But darn... I felt like I was in a round bottom bathtub at times while on that Albin 36.

I do understand that there is/was a lot of sharing and overlap among the builders and brands over the years. I also understand enough about initial and secondary stability to be dangerous. Maybe even dangerously wrong.

My question to you experts is this regarding Taiwan trawlers 1975-1998. Over the years and over the brands is there any difference in hull shape and or chine shape that would affect initial stability and dock/anchor rock and roll?

Many thanks in advance,


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Old 10-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #2
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Most Taiwan boats are similar from that vintage and yes the vast majority will shock you with how tender they are.

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Old 10-13-2019, 01:37 PM   #3
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Remember you donít have a hunk of lead down in the keel on a trawler generally. Get on some more boats and you will get a feel for how they ride.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:16 PM   #4
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I understand your complaint. I don't have any specific guidance on TTs, but suspect it's a characteristic of the broad type. My Mainship 34 feels very lively at rest, even compared to my sailboat that's 1/3 the displacement. My theory is that it's a combination of low initial stability and lack of a pendulum compared to sailboats.
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roll stability chine

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