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Old 09-23-2017, 04:48 PM   #21
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I own an older Mainship 34 and think it's probably the Worst trawler. Great boat but build quality is so/so but more importantly it's not really a trawler nor does it look like one.

Cant beat the price for a "see if it's for me" boat.


PS I really like my boat but someone has to come last.

Of the boats that actually look like a trawler it should be obvious which ones are top tier vs bottom tier boat(Example Nordhavn vs Marine Trader) when you write the check.

Comparing top tier boats would be silly because IMO they are all very very well built and it's going to come down to layout which is person to person.

IMO it's easier to compare older/lower tier boat construction.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:19 AM   #22
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:34 PM   #23
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My votes (all are production boats, widely available):

Best: Grand Banks, Kady Krogen, Albin

Worst: Marine Trader,?,?
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:55 PM   #24
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My votes (all are production boats, widely available):

Best: Grand Banks, Kady Krogen, Albin

Worst: Marine Trader,?,?
Albin??? I agree Albin isn't the worst but one of the best? I'm NOT disputing your opinion. It just surprised me.
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:07 PM   #25
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Kady Krogen! Ask Rich (Wxx3) as he passes up the west coast. He has been half way around the world in his 42.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:32 AM   #26
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Albin??? I agree Albin isn't the worst but one of the best? I'm NOT disputing your opinion. It just surprised me.

Albin isn't high end, its a price point boat, of course. I have always liked their trade offs between price and quality.
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Old 09-26-2017, 07:03 AM   #27
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I own an older Mainship 34 and think it's probably the Worst trawler. Great boat but build quality is so/so but more importantly it's not really a trawler nor does it look like one.

Cant beat the price for a "see if it's for me" boat.


PS I really like my boat but someone has to come last.

Of the boats that actually look like a trawler it should be obvious which ones are top tier vs bottom tier boat(Example Nordhavn vs Marine Trader) when you write the check.

Comparing top tier boats would be silly because IMO they are all very very well built and it's going to come down to layout which is person to person.

IMO it's easier to compare older/lower tier boat construction.

I really liked my 1978 Mainship for many reasons - it was very economical, handled head and quarter seas well, a pretty good layout for a 34' boat of that era. It had a number of the typical assembly issues that many boats of this time suffered from.
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I think NomadWilly hit in post #3. It really depends on what you're using it for. I would add that it also depends on who is using it. A family of 5 using it on the weekends and week long vacations is much different than a cruising couple on an long-term cruise.

A blue water vessel used for ocean passages is much different than a coastal cruiser. If you're limited to the Chesapeake, then a Searay express cruiser can get the job.

If you plan on crossing oceans, then a Mainship or an Albin is not going to cut it.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:27 PM   #30
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Albin??? I agree Albin isn't the worst but one of the best? I'm NOT disputing your opinion. It just surprised me.
Albin is alot of boat for the money and that counts for something.

The best trawler is probably custom built with a name not recognized by anyone.

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I really liked my 1978 Mainship for many reasons - it was very economical, handled head and quarter seas well, a pretty good layout for a 34' boat of that era. It had a number of the typical assembly issues that many boats of this time suffered from.
I'm not selling mine and there's plenty to like but IMO its the worst "trawler" but only because of the design being more of a semi planing boat. That Flat back is something I love since I regularly boat in shallow water but it really stinks in a following sea.

It's more of a coastal cruiser in my eyes which if most trawler owners were honest with themselves they don't spend tons of time in blue water.

The protected running gear of the Mainship has saved my butt more times than i'd like to admit.
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I think the late 70's/80's Mainships are a great boat. They have there issues like other production run boats, but it is one of the most popular cruisers that many peeps cut their teeth on. Simple systems, good engine access and a keel. Still remains popular. Cheap entry into cruising or family boating especially for handy types that don't need a lot of boat bling.
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I think the late 70's/80's Mainships are a great boat. They have there issues like other production run boats, but it is one of the most popular cruisers that many peeps cut their teeth on. Simple systems, good engine access and a keel. Still remains popular. Cheap entry into cruising or family boating especially for handy types that don't need a lot of boat bling.
We had a 1981 and loved it. Lena, our dog and I took her up to Ucluelet, BC from Puget Sound with no issues. The one down size was the freah water capacity at ~45 gallons. Great bang for the buck IMHO.
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