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Old 09-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #1
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Top 3 Trawler builds?

What are your opinions on the top 3 factory trawler builders over the past 30 years. Mid 30' to mid 40' range.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Please provide your definition of a "Trawler"??

There are many fine build boats that may rank in the Top Three Category. However... some TF Members would not classify those boats as "Trawlers", others would.

What main design/style points of a boat make it rank as a "Trawler" - To You?
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While I don't agree than ANY recreational cruising boat is a "trawler," (trawlers are fishing boats), in my opinion the three most consistently high quality production power cruising boats of the makes I am familiar with are (in no particular order):

Fleming
Grand Banks/Eastbay
Tollycraft

Very close behind these are:

Nordhavn
Hatteras
Krogen
Nordic Tug
Rozema
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Thanks. I intentionally left my querry vague. It can be anything that you consider a "recreational trawler".
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Nordhavn
FPB
Krogen

That's my list if I had to pick 3 of my favorite makes.
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Nordhavn
FPB
Krogen

That's my list if I had to pick 3 of my favorite makes.


Agreed!
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:27 PM   #8
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Top 3 Trawler builds?

Mid 30's - 40' range knocks out some of the above named marquees, Fleming and Dashew FPB for sure. Island Gypsy and Grand Banks tend to be well cared for though like any boat can be found neglected. Nordic and American Tugs are two more that generally tend to be well cared for. Hatteras made some nice boats in that size range too, the 42 LRC comes to mind. Mainship can be good or not so good in that size range, I've seen some stunning and some that are really tore up.

Very "generally speaking" the more expensive they start out life the more likely they've been owned by loving and knowledgable owners. A general price range would help.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:32 PM   #9
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Thanks. I intentionally left my querry vague. It can be anything that you consider a "recreational trawler".
So what's the useful purpose of this exercise? As defined so far, none!
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Mid 30's - 40' range knocks out some of the above named marquees, Fleming and Dashew FPB for sure. Island Gypsy and Grand Banks tend to be well cared for though like any boat can be found neglected. Nordic and American Tugs are two more that generally tend to be well cared for. Hatteras made some nice boats in that size range too, the 42 LRC comes to mind. Mainship can be good or not so good in that size range, I've seen some stunning and some that are really tore up.

Very "generally speaking" the more expensive they start out life the more likely they've been owned by loving and knowledgable owners. A general price range would help.

Whoops.
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DeFever
The others were good for some specific models. These were good across the board
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Guess I overlooked the 30-40 foot range bit. So I'd keep Grand Banks/Eastbay and Tollycraft and substitute Krogen for Fleming.
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Guess I overlooked the 30-40 foot range bit. So I'd keep Grand Banks/Eastbay and Tollycraft and substitute Krogen for Fleming.
I think you're safe, Marin. He says MID-30 to MID-40.
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I think you're safe, Marin. He says MID-30 to MID-40.
Hmmm... is "6" considered mid? If so, then there's the GB36/42/46, the Eastbay 38 and (I think) 40 or 42, the Krogen 37/42, and a whole bunch of Tollycrafts. So I guess I'm painting within the lines now?
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So what's the useful purpose of this exercise? As defined so far, none!
Why so angry?
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Why so angry?
Not angry at all, confused. Why no answer to my question? Why so vague?
Top 3 for what? And by what criteria? Until we know that, we are wasting both your and our time. Or is this just one of those recreational, time wasters (and I am good at those!) ?
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I didn't come here to be chastised. It's not like I used the term "boat."
Take a Xanax.
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I didn't come here to be chastised. It's not like I used the term "boat."
Take a Xanax.
No offense meant, Crazy. LOL

At least on this forum, all definitions are up for debate. The word "top" could mean any number of things to different people. Then there's the word "trawler" and the numerous ways we define that. To new posters, it certainly seems like some people are cocked and loaded to contribute any conflict they can.

Stick around. You'll see what I mean.
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One could ask what are the 3 poorest built trawlers. I would venture my opinion but then I would have to spend the rest of my boating years looking over my stern.
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