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Old 12-21-2020, 05:16 PM   #1
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Any trashy Trawlers out there?

As a new dreamer of one day owning a trawler I am put off by seeing all these fantastic looking boats. Does anyone have a trashier looking trawler? I'm the kind of guy who buys older cars and trucks and gets them on the road 'fast' and just works on them while driving them. I end up selling them for way less than I put into them but it's the whole learning process I like. With all these great looking trawlers all I can think of is "I will never be able to afford that". So I guess what i'm trying to say is there any Trawlers out there that look like crap but have good internals?
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:36 PM   #2
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Oh this will be a great thread.
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:52 PM   #3
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There are trawlers from the 80's and earlier that can be had inexpensively and need some TLC. What will be important is knowing the difference between TLC and Trainwreck. It's all about knowing when to walk away and when to run away.

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Old 12-21-2020, 05:57 PM   #4
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One piece of advice and then I will sit back and read.

NO WOODEN HULL BOATS

End of my advice.
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Old 12-21-2020, 05:57 PM   #5
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This Trawler has not moved in over 20 years. And I mean not moved
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:15 PM   #6
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Oh boy! The boat you want is a fine line away from the boat you don’t won’t.

If you have mechanical skills. You want the boat that has every option imaginable but nothing works except the engines and transmissions. If this boat has soft decks and dry rot move on.

If you have carpenter skills then you want the boat that everything works but some one paid big money to customize the interior to their eclectic desires and now the boat won’t work for a normal condition.

If you have none of these skills then you want an estate boat that has been sitting for years unattended because the owner lost his health but not his desire.

If you can’t afford any of these move on, you can’t afford the maintenance.
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:16 PM   #7
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The OP speaks of finding a sad looker with "good internals." My problem with this approach is that more than likely a boat with poor curb appeal will have an equally poor looking interior and poor mechanical maintenance. The "bones" as some call the hull structure might be ok, but the boat would not be something that could be "put on the road quickly."
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Old 12-21-2020, 06:30 PM   #8
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There are trawlers from the 80's and earlier that can be had inexpensively and need some TLC. What will be important is knowing the difference between TLC and Trainwreck. It's all about knowing when to walk away and when to run away.

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Old 12-21-2020, 06:52 PM   #9
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We looked at a pilot 34 that was a mess inside but engine looked good. To me this would have been a project but I worry what the PO had ignored that I could not see?

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Old 12-21-2020, 06:55 PM   #10
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Ok so you donít like that one. How about this one. Just need a little TLC
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:09 PM   #11
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We lucked out and it worked for us

There's the same view out the windows of a $30,000 boat as a $3,000,000 boat.
Worked for us as well, same view out the windows of a $100,000 boat as a $3,000,000 boat

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One piece of advice and then I will sit back and read.

NO WOODEN HULL BOATS

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If this boat has soft decks and dry rot move on.
We got some soft decks and dry rot
No biggy and reasonably easy fix
All cosmetics, not structural
Cost of repair was very well compensated for in almost give away price

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If you have none of these skills then you want an estate boat that has been sitting for years unattended because the owner lost his health but not his desire.
This is how ours got cosmetically run down

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The OP speaks of finding a sad looker with "good internals." My problem with this approach is that more than likely a boat with poor curb appeal will have an equally poor looking interior and poor mechanical maintenance. The "bones" as some call the hull structure might be ok, but the boat would not be something that could be "put on the road quickly."
Ours looked very sad externally, opened seams, rotten bulwarks bad enough that hawse pipes had fallen out, exterior varnish shot, covered in bird shit and dirt.
No one had enough vision to see past that
Internally she was fine, we were out of the water and back in using her inside two weeks, working on her as we live/cruise as the OP suggests he would.
Sand the shot varnish, rolled in brown paint.
4 years on and no issues that wouldn't be found on any vessel used full time over that timeframe.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:12 PM   #12
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This Trawler has not moved in over 20 years. And I mean not moved
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The owner died or perhaps forgot where he parked the boat?
A good washing and the rest will buff right out. LOL
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:14 PM   #13
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Greetings,
Mr. f. Welcome aboard if I missed you eh? Are you asking because you don't have a big budget or because you like the work/challenge? What is your budget and desired size?
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:18 PM   #14
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Some of us have boats with workboat maintenance ( capable of safely functioning every day) with nice workboat finish level in and out ( or getting there).
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:21 PM   #15
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Couple cans of paint and a good scrubbing will be top of the fleet
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:23 PM   #16
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Nothing more expensive than a cheap or free boat.

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Old 12-21-2020, 07:28 PM   #17
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I guess I should have been clearer in my original post. I'm actually looking for pics from owners who have a 'work in progress' boat. Maybe a few before and after pis. I'm looking for an older boat in reasonable shape that may look like a bad movie prop but can still fire up and cruise away. I really have no budget in mind yet as I am about 5 years away from retirement. I was just wondering if all boats look so good as the ones I've seen here.
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Old 12-21-2020, 07:29 PM   #18
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As a guy who is finishing the restoration of a 50 year old boat, I would advise to spend as much time thinking about where to stop as where to start. This forum is a wealth of knowledge on identifying the expensive items - fuel tanks and teak decks being two.

Im not talking about making a profit. Far from it. Talking about only being upside down by 50%-100%.

Good luck. You'll need it if you move forward

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Oops...didn't mean to imply we bought ours for $30,000
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Old 12-21-2020, 08:03 PM   #20
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I don't have one, but I have enjoyed the view from very expensive vessels, and IMHO it is VERY different from the view from mine. not Better? Maybe, maybe not; depends on my mood, I guess.
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