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Old 09-01-2017, 10:32 AM   #1
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Looking for Steel Trawler

We are looking at steel LRC's (40'-50', full displacement, single engine, large tanks, offshore capable). 10-20 years old, good condition, no project boats. We have scoured most websites and are aware of current listings. If anyone is thinking of selling in the next 12 months we might be interested. We have experience with steel and offshore passages, so this is not intended to start a string of opinions/recommendations about materials, designs or builders. Thanks.
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Nice to see some peeps actually appreciating and seeking a steel boat. Good choice, your a rare breed among yachtsman. Good luck in your search.
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This got my eye. Priced right. Detroit 1960 Gladding Hearn Pilot House Trawler Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
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I saw that boat advertised in Boats & Harbors last month. A lot of boat for the money if in decent shape. The 4-71 is an indestructable engine. Maybe its Detroit loud, leaky and a little thirsty but its dependable. Gladding Hearn makes a Great Boat that most people on hear have never heard of. Most of the serious pilot boats in the country are GH built. They nail it.
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What did you think of the '94 Vripack on Yachtworld? 1993 Vripack Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

This one is also in Fort Lauderdale:1994 Custom Build Trawler Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

They aren't much over your 50 foot limit and are both nice boats........
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Could the low price have something to do with..."In 2005, the entire area forward of the engine room was gutted and the hull was replated as necessary"...might want some clarification on that bit
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It looks like the gladding Hearn is a steel HULL only..deckhouse is all wood or am I mistaken?
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There are far more of these in Northern Europe than in the US and often enough cheaper for the difference to cover the freight to the US depending upon the size of the original budget. I would expect around 40K in freight to the Gulf from Northern Europe based upon my experience last year.
The conversions are manageable in terms of the electrical. Bit of a pain but worth it in my view.
I assume in your searches you have run across the custom based on a Seaton in Florida? I thought that was a nice boat when I was looking but could get more for the money in Europe.
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Couldn't resist a little shopping.
Range may be little short for your use but expect you could use a bladder.

This would work for me.

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Range may be little short for your use but expect you could use a bladder.

This would work for me.

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This looks pretty good to me also.
Probably a bit overpowered, thus the lower range, but it's doable.

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Steel hull Aluminium top sides 45 ft 99k Single engine

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Thanks to all who responded with leads. Interesting and capable boats, however, all had some aspect which did not fit our particular wish list:

Vinette: Nice. Called to arrange a visit but the boat has been sold.
Smart Trawler: Too big for us
Gladding Hearn: Close to a fit but somewhat long in the tooth (we have a 1973 steel ketch, so understand aging steel), wood/steel joints could eventually be rust points, flush foredeck + no rails looks scary. Listing could use pictures of hull, engine room, interior layout. Price would certainly allow significant customizing.
Vripack: Too big, twin engines.
1994 Custom: Looks like a great boat but too big, twin engines.

Anyone thinking about selling or know of a matching boat that may be coming on the market? Thanks again.
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Have you thought about the various Diesel Ducks?
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Could the low price have something to do with..."In 2005, the entire area forward of the engine room was gutted and the hull was replated as necessary"...might want some clarification on that bit
It means the hull is solid and ready to go.
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It means the hull is solid and ready to go.
Sure, but what got wet when the original hull was damaged?
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I'm betting there was no damage and nothing got wet. Preventative maintenance is a thing, steel won't last forever. Very common thing on commercial ships.
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"Could the low price have something to do with..."In 2005, the entire area forward of the engine room was gutted and the hull was replated as necessary"...might want some clarification on that bit"

I have no affiliation with the seller however at my request he emailed me a copy of the ultrasound that was done to the hull. It all was good except for a couple of thin plates which are easily taken care of. A good welder will have new plate on in a few hours. Steel like everything else ages and needs to be replaced now and then. I am watching a friend re-do a steel tug. The welder makes quick work of any rusted or thin plating that was found during the survey. Was surprised At the simplicity of the repairs. Angle grinder and welder are your best friends. Much quicker and easier then fiberglass.
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The most likely nicest steel hulled vessel in the 60' range you will ever see is Delfin. PM him for some steel information, he and his vessel are the real deal.
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"the entire area forward of the engine room was gutted and the hull was replated as necessary"
You guys may be right, but then why was the entire area forward of the engine room gutted? Did it flood, or did the owner want to change the decor to a crushed velvet painting tropical beach / bamboo motif?
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it appears that he just gutted the interior stuff to make one big area down below for a bed. I see it as a solid boat that will leave you some $$$$$ to make it your own. I am contimplating a look see. Will report back if I make the trip.
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