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Old 07-01-2015, 11:14 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by TDunn View Post
Frankly I find the concern over the definition of a trawler as a fishing vessel rather pedantic. Particularly so since trawler has been an accepted type of recreational boat for at least 40 years. I think that in the context of a recreational boating discussion, a boat that hauls nets for fish is a "fishing" trawler, while a trawler is a style of recreational boat. Context matters. Had I been interested in the attributes of "fishing" trawlers I would have posted my question to a pollock, cod and halibut commercial fishing forum.

When I was teaching I found the over reliance on definitions to be one of the biggest limitations to actually understanding the material. I always tried to get my students to err on the side of understanding concepts rather than spewing out definitions. That is all I have to say about that.
Seeing your point, and knowing that a word's meanings can take avenues of travel through the years/decades... I propose the following.

F Trawler for fishers and P Trawler for pleasures. Calling both type boats by the same name of "Trawler" leaves no distinguishing reality as to which is which... and... there is a vast difference.

In fact, this "Trawler" designation to pleasure craft is pretty much meaningless except to advertisers/promoters selling boats!

Pleasure Boats are what I have always owned and plan to continue owning. Same as 99.33333% of what is currently owned by TF members.

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