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Old 07-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
City: Lake Pontchartrain
Country: US
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Trawler wanted

I've been sailing 30 years and am moving to a trawler.

* Mostly protected water cruising, but also coastal Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas
* Usually need room for only 2, but will need to sleep up to 6 on some trips, so 3 cabin is a big plus (or 2 cabin with berths in salon)
* don't want a fixer upper, want something in very good condition
* 2 engines
* comfort underway in choppy waters
* speed not an issue
* expect to keep boat 10-20 years
* max 200k budget, but target is 170-180
* looking at over 40-46' based on above

My criteria seem to have narrowed things down to 2000 & newer Mainship 430s and 1990 and newer Grand Banks 42 or 46. I'm also looking at a 1996 Ocean Alexander 42. I like the space of the Mainship, but also like the quality and looks of the Grand Banks. Biggest problem I have with the Grand Banks is teak, which is also what I like. Also concerned about having to buy 10+ years older to get one.

I've already posted a similar topic on the general forum, but thought there may also be some ideas (or boats for sale) here.


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Old 07-24-2015, 08:01 AM   #2
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and best of luck on your search great boats with pros and cons

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Old 08-13-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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2005 Mainsip 400. 1850 hours single Yanmar 370, new Cummins genset, new e series electronics. Pristine $215000
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply bwalz, but I think I've zeroed in on wanting a 430 for the additional space. Also want 2 engines.
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