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Old 11-07-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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Trawler to live on

I am trying to find a small trawler, around 32' to live a board. Currently in the Saint Pete, west coast of Florida. I am not big on looks but cost has to around 25K or so.

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Old 11-10-2014, 06:31 AM   #2
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Why a trawler ?

Look in Florida Mariner , there are tons of liveaboard OK boats for your budget.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:43 AM   #3
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Does it have to run? Will you be at a marina or anchored somewhere? If anchored, what about electric power, water and sewage?

I'm sure there are a lot of boats for sale in Florida but I think you would do better looking locally. Walk local marinas looking for "for sale" signs. Check local newspapers or craigslist.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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Did you see this: 34 Mainship III, RIB dinghy, OB, trailer--complete cruising pkg!!!

More $, lots of extra.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:16 AM   #6
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$10k more than his budget with an owner who sounds rather firm on everything. If you can live without a raised salon (more windows that can leak) or a flybridge there's many nice diesel express boats available in your budget.. They have lower air draft so you can slip under bridges that don't open. Young women consider them sexy if that's of any value.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #7
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You mentioned $25k is your budget. Is that just purchase price? I think that buying something, getting it to work, and up to date on maintenance to be reliable is going to blow that budget. More so if you have two oil burners!

I will tell you for a fact that "young" women do not think Mainships are sexy...stay away!!!

Good luck and don't look back...
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #8
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that is true but he will do fine just living in st pete on the water in his boat

I grew up in st pete and used to pick gals up in my Vet

funny they always seemed a bit shocked when I showed up in my Chevette never knew why
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:08 PM   #9
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I'd be scared of a 25k trawler that I expected to keep me afloat and not have any money to make necessary upgrades.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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If all you needed was a floating fiberglass tub could easily be doable. I'd probably just get a houseboat/barge at that point. If you are on the hook and want some creature comforts then at minimum you'll need refrigeration and water. That takes power. Power takes solar, wind, or a penny. Then you need house batts. Cheaper the boat, the higher the likelihood they will need to be fixed. That doesn't include all the above the waterline leaks.

Maybe try and catch someone with a decent vessel that just blew an engine or ran into hard times. That goes with any motorsport purchase. Those usually net a good steal that isn't a derelict.

Either way, happy hunting!
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Duffys Creek Marina, Georgetown, Maryland. 410 275 2141 has 3 yard owned trawlers up for sale at low , Under $5000. that need lots of soap and water for sale. Nice Mainship with single diesel. Worth a look.
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