Trawler Search Advice
Just starting to visit these forums as I contemplate my next boat. I'm hoping you could all chip in some advice to get me started.
I am in my late 40's, lifetime boater and fisherman in the mid-Atlantic. I currenty own a 40' Maine built lobster boat (single Cummins 6CTA) and love the ride, simplicity, and lines. It fits the bill as an inshore/offshore fishing boat and a weekend cruiser for my wife, son and me.
My plan is to reduce my workload over the next 5-7 years to allow for more extended cruising, with fishing always mixed in. My first priority is safety and comfort offshore, good fishing platform, efficient operations and maintenance, then creature comforts. I also need room to host guests from time to time. My initial thoughts are something in the 50' range, two staterooms, flybridge and enclosed wheelhouse.
My budget will be around $200K so obviously talking used and willing to do some refitting as I have done with my current boat.
So I'd like to hear from you all, especially those who use their boats the way I envision. Thanks in advance for your time.