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Old 06-14-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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What is a trawler?

I am new here but have been boating for decades both sail and power of many sizes on both coasts. Despite all that experience I am confused about what makes a trawler.

Reviewing posts here and literature I see fast and slow boats, displacement cruisers and planing hulls and despite all my experience I don't know how to define a trawler.

I know a lot of people desire them and own them so I come here to the experts looking for an answer to the fundamental question of "what is a trawler"
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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A trawler is whatever the yacht manufacturer/broker tells you it is.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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In the case of private boats, it's really a marketing term that fits a look or boating style...that in itself covers a lot of ground as there is no "rule" to govern the use. of the term...

Some will say the only a fishing boat can be a trawler and to that I would say the world and language evolves whether they like it or not.
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Recreational trawler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

but many will disagree.

A fast trawler is a contradiction.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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Sea Dory ran an add calling their flat bottomed OB boat a "trailerable Trawler".

And brokers will call anything a trawler to increase the chances of a sale.

If you really want to hear our take on it there's lots in the archives.

I think the most important identifying feature of a trawler is what's below the WL. But I think most people feel if it looks like a trawler it is.

Thank's Mark,
The Wikipedia definition is really quite good.
I don't think they should have mentioned the Portuguese Bridge as not very many trawlers have them and by their def Willy's not a trawler ... too small.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:51 PM   #6
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:56 PM   #7
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I did a lot of searching for things like trawler definition without success .
Zillions of references to various boats as trawlers but there are few similarities . Lots of discussion of fuel economy however that is more a function of HP used not HP installed. Trunk cabins sailboaty interiors seem a common theme.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:07 PM   #8
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Our opinion is, "It's a frame of mind. Relax and enjoy the ride".
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I think it is a state of mind as well. To me, I think of what it means to "Go Trawlering" or to use "Trawler" as a verb. Somehow it involves moving from place to place on the water in a power boat, enjoying the water and the various places you visit. It's an appreciation for that you see. An enjoyment of the good times both on the water and at various stops one makes. It's boating because you enjoy boating. It's a leisurely undertaking. You could do it in a speed boat or a jon boat.

Most of the boats then that we'd classify as trawlers are boats designed for an enjoyable cruise. Not necessarily the biggest or fastest or most expensive.

I think the Wikipedia explanation is good too.

I don't consider a "fast trawler" a contradiction. Semi-displacement vs. full displacement (and let's not argue about those terms) to me makes no real difference. The speed or size isn't important.

Now we do not own a trawler at this point by most any definition. But we boat like Trawler owners. We move faster than some and right now have more passengers, but we enjoy the water and we love to explore each new town we visit. We will be getting what I'd call a "Loop Boat" as it will be one that can do the loop. Still won't be something most would consider a trawler but can very much be used as one.
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A fast trawler is a contradiction.


The term has certainly been bastardised over the years. To complicate matters, what about "trollers"? I consider my boat a "troller" because of its salmon trolling roots. The again, the drawings of my boat call it a "diesel cruiser".
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NOT a trawler:

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:33 PM   #11
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Designed first by Seattle designers Edwin Monk and William Garden, a type of boat began to evolve which was lighter and more economical than a true fisherman, yet offered adequate seaworthiness. "Northwest Cruisers" they were commonly called at first, though this term has about died out today.

As more and more of these boats were built, their reputation gradually became widespread and led to the sudden proliferation of vessels that today are called "trawlers".

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Now, naval architects judge hulls mostly by using "coefficients" or "ratios." [...]

And we might add one I just invented. It is called the "trawler/truth ratio" (T/T). [...] There are yachts that would score quite high, as they were patterned after true trawlers. But today we see advertised as "trawlers," designs that would score, if one were charitable, one or two per cent.
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The builder describes my Coot as a "coastal cruiser." The designer calls it a "trawler yacht."
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NOT a trawler:

Some of us like to trawl faster than others Mark
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NOT a trawler:

But could be used like one. What if they did everything exactly as you do it, except they just went faster between stops? So the 50 mile day they do in just over an hour and have more time at the destination. Now most owners of boats like that won't, but just saying if they had the attitude.

We own a Riva (not what we're on at this time) but we've used it to do the exact things trawler users do. Just cruise at 30-35 knots instead of 6-10. But we've used it to just go up the coast and to go to the Bahamas and island hop.
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exactly....scary what some people think about....
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That pilothouse model looks perfect. Does it come with twin C-18 Acert diesels?
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Trawlers? We ain't got no trawlers. We don't need no trawlers ! I don't have to show you any stinkin' trawlers.

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You could easily add a couple of more levels on. If you don't know how, just ask Northern Marine.
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Trawlers? We ain't got no trawlers. We don't need no trawlers ! I don't have to show you any stinkin' trawlers.

So that's what you have been holding back on us.
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