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Old 03-28-2017, 03:29 PM   #1
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Trawler Suggestions Handicapped

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My wife has CMT. She gets around well enough and can traverse normal stairs, but ladders or steep inclines could be a problem. Any suggestions on some trawlers that may be better suited for her would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:24 PM   #2
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What size are you looking for? Some of the Mainships don't have a flybridge which would then eliminate steps except down to the Staterooms.

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Old 03-28-2017, 04:26 PM   #3
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Welcome Duece

The best I can think of is a Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler S

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Old 03-28-2017, 06:08 PM   #4
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Depending on what you want to do, where you want to go and what you can afford, a bigger, older boat. Maybe needing renovations. Then remake it so your wife only needs to be on one deck. Another option would be a custom couch that makes into a comfortable bed easily. A bigger boat would allow stairways, but eventually stairs may be difficult. They are for me.
My main deck cabin has three sections and I toyed with putting a main cabin on deck and taking out the bar. But who want to remove a bar? So I sleep on a couch when I want to be topside.
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My camano 31 and Mainship 390 both had walkthru sterns and also large entry doors off the lazerette into the salon. Both had flying bridge, so that is not perfect.

I have never been on a nordic tug, but they seem to have very level access from stem to stern with no flying bridge. looks like a max of 3 steps either way. Awful expensive though. Nordic Tug Example
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Thanks so much for the advice! OC not really sure what size I'm looking for. Probably 34 to 43 range.
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Not sure what you are looking for. One level deck boat that comes to mind is the Nimble
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Sincerely hope boating gives her relief!
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Thanks so much for the advice! OC not really sure what size I'm looking for. Probably 34 to 43 range.
Go on Yachtworld.com and search Mainships. Often the listing will have interior pictures that should help you visualize the vessel.

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Thanks justbob. Great advise all.
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Our MS 34HT is primarily one level except the 3 steps down to galley, head and fwd cabin.
Benneteau makes a similar 34HT.
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I think some of those mentioned above do well except for getting to the stateroom. I'd look for no steps on the main level and then I would look for steps down that would accommodate some sort of stair chair to take her up and down. Every boat I looked at I would think of whether that could be done or not.
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Well, I hate to suggest it, only because I am interested in purchasing it myself, but one trawler with a pilothouse and one normal set of stairs to galley and berthing is the Island Packet PY Cruiser.
At the moment, only one on Yachtworld.
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The price and age range you are looking for would help in getting some useful suggestions. Depending on your intended destinations, a houseboat may suit your needs and provide a lot of single level space. A Pearson 43, which was a rare and bit of an odd duck which may suit your needs, most of the interior is a single level with a stateroom and head on the main level. There is another head and more berths down in the trunk cabin a couple steps down as well as a fly bridge but you don't need to go there. I would definitely look for an easily accessible head because you can avoid your stateroom most of the day but the head is a frequent stop.
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Nordic Tug 32/34 may not be a good choice if you're looking to minimize stair climbing. From the cockpit, you walk down 3 steps into the salon, up 3 steps to walk into the pilot house, then down 4 steps into the forward cabin. While larger NTs have level access from cockpit to salon, they all have stairs up to the pilothouse, and down to forward cabin.
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We have a 390 mainship. Has a lower station and the steps to the flybridge are curved which makes going up and down very easy even when moving. There are 3 steps down from the salon to the cabins with good handholds.
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Thanks. Definitely getting a lot of mainship suggestions.
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Well, I hate to suggest it, only because I am interested in purchasing it myself, but one trawler with a pilothouse and one normal set of stairs to galley and berthing is the Island Packet PY Cruiser.
At the moment, only one on Yachtworld.
TF Member Cardude has a PY Cruiser in fine shape. Last time I heard, he was thinking about moving up in size for family stuff...might want to check with him.
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An Eastbay can be an option, they are nice roomy boat without flybridge and with nice outdoor capabilities on stern. Of course it will depend on what you like/dislike.
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