Thread: Which Trawler?
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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City: Bradenton, FL
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Which Trawler?

After living aboard our 37' Island Packet Sailboat for some 6 years now, it seems that our cruising ideas and plans have changed.* We have not been able to 'take off' like we had planned due to family issues.*
Our cruising has been limited to running*from Bradenton to Marathon for the 2-3 winter months and then back.
I am thining for the type of cruising we are doing now and what we are likely to do in the future, a 38-44' trawler might suite us better.* Also it would be something comfortable to cruise Florida, the East coast ICW, over to the Bahamas and up the Tenn/Tom to Tennessee (our home).* Also to possibly do the Great Loop when conditions allow.
Question:* As I search for 38-44' trawlers, $80,000-$175,000, *1990-2005, in Florida,* I find several Mainship 390's and just a few others like 38' Marine Trader and a GrandBanks 42.
Should I go with a newer Mainship or look at 1980's model trawlers? A search of 1980-1989 trawlers shows 57 different options.
Another concern is resale value in 3-5 years.*
Thanks for you ideas.
Wm Mayberry
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