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Old 07-20-2011, 05:11 AM   #1
Tony B
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City: Joe Wheeler State Park, Al
Country: Cruising/Live-Aboard USA
Vessel Name: Serenity
Vessel Model: Mainship 36 Dual Cabin -1986
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,250
Which Style Trawler?

We are selling our 39' ketch for a Trawler. As soon as my sailboat is sold, I will own a trawler in less than a week. I have always boat shopped quickly. So, between now and the sale, I am looking at trawlers. We have narrowed it down to 34 to 38' long with a single engine 120 to 160 HP. When looking for an older boat, you don't always have a choice in what you find although in the past I have done well. Reason being that sailing it 1000 miles home is a lot different and cheaper than motoring it 1,000 miles or more. We live aboard in Kemah, Tx and were looking on the internet at boats in Conn. - just a wee-tad? over 1000 miles. probably more like 3,000. Anyway, here is where we stand. I like the overall looks of an aft cabin model like in most Marine Traders. The admiral has not yet been inside a 34' boat of that style, only a 40' which we decided might be too big. We are trying to narrow down the search - 34 to 38' aft cabin style or 36' to 38' sedan/ Europa style. There are definite advantages to each and I am open to either.

I looked at a previous thread wherein owners stated the 3 main likes and dislikes of their boats and it was interesting. I hadn't given much thought to the overhead protection from rain with the sedan style until reading some of the posts.

Is there anyone here that after cruising or living aboard for a while wished that had bought the 'other' style and why?

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Thanks in advance.

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