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Old 09-27-2023, 08:36 PM   #1
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New member here. Iím beginning to be in the market for a trailerable trawler, so Iím first looking for a list of models to consider.

Here are my demands:
1. Trailerable- to be towed with F250. Donít want to push the limits here. I realize the more of a pain it is to tow/launch the less we are likely to use it.
2. Designed for low power- 5-7knots is fine for us. Weíre definitely pokey-boat people.
3. Per the above, would like a small diesel(preferred) or small high thrust outboard.
4. Comfortable in (minimally) rough water- crowded bay, ICW, not looking for a blue water boat by any stretch, but donít want to be concerned if the waterís not glassy. (I have a boat for that.)
5. Budget < 50,000 preferably a decent amount less
6. Timeline is 2-5 years, but would possibly go ahead and buy if a great deal came along.

Plan of use::
1. Long weekends on local lakes.
2. River cruising weekends(Maybe Tenn-Tom if current/speed allow)
3. Longer stays on planned routes with day stops.
4. Selected ICW cruises of moderate duration

Note: I am capable and willing to do my own repairs and maintenance, but would like the boat I buy to be at least usable at purchase.

Makes/models in current consideration and comments:
Albin 25 - probably too small but otherwise seems to fit the bill.
Albin 27 - would like to get on one for a look see.
Nimble Nomad/Wanderer/29 - all seem like good candidates, Nomad may be a tad small, but workable
Pathfinder 29- know nothing about it
Prairie 29 - know nothing about it
Roughwater 29- know nothing about it
Marine Trader 34 - probably pushing the envelope on the trailerable requirement. Itís trailerable, but I can see it being enough pain hauling, launching, and retrieving that I wouldnít use it much.

What other boats should be in contention given my use plan and requirements?

Oh, and since Iím inland, Iíve never seen any of these and donít have a lot of prospects to without a drive to the coast.

Thanks for your feedback.

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Old 09-27-2023, 10:21 PM   #2
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Would add Rosborough 265 to your list.

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Old 09-27-2023, 10:40 PM   #3
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With a smaller boat an outboard may be the way to go since it will leave you more room in the boat. No way would I consider towing a 34í trawler regularly with an F250.
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You mentioned trailering a marine trader 34.

Does anyone have a line on anyone having done so?

Not being snarky, genuinely curious. Iím in a similar position as the OP.

Thank you in advance.
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I would add the C-Dory pilot house style boats, on the smaller end but when it comes to trailering regularly, especially longer distances and less familar ramps, it is easier to stay on the smaller side. I have never heard of anyone trailering something as substantial as a Marine Trader on a regular basis, sounds like a massive challenge in permiting and logistics.
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You mentioned trailering a marine trader 34.

Does anyone have a line on anyone having done so?

Not being snarky, genuinely curious. Iím in a similar position as the OP.

Thank you in advance.
MT/CHB 34 has to weigh at least 20k lbs and close to 12-feet wide, well over the 8.5 ft width before permits are needed for trailering. Unless I'm mistaken, they all have flybridges so keeping the load under 13.5' high may be difficult.

I have a mental image of trying to back one down a launch ramp that would have to be pretty steep in order to float the boat off the trailer. What could possibly go wrong?

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Haha. I agree with all the comments on the MT34. Really only made the list because I found more than a few pictures of them on trailers, so at least technically it’s doable.

Really the Nimbles and Albins are about where I expect to end up unless somebody throws in something I haven’t seen.

I am curious about the real trailerability of the three 29s I mentioned. (Maybe they’re really akin to the MT34 situation.)

The Rosboroughs and C-Dories were culled from the list because they weren’t designed or generally equipped with small power and running the engines always at essentially idle isn’t great for them. Not to mention, the Rosboroughs are way past my current budget. Though I do like them both as trailerable cabin boats(more so the Rs).

Thanks for the feedback so far.

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Old 09-28-2023, 08:31 AM   #8
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Add the Atlas Acadia 25 to your list. Comes in a diesel inboard or a gas outboard. My avatar to the left shows their 23’ version.

Having used the 23’er to do exactly what you describe, I think any of the 25’ers listed above will work fine for you.

Definitely not the Prairie 29 or similar. Much heavier and requires an over width permit to legally tow.

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I the Acadia 25 was on my list at one point(probably as a result of one of your posts here). I’ll have to look again and see why it slipped off.

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Cutwater 28 or 26 might work for you. They were built to be trailerable.

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Cutwater 26 is nice, but double to triple my budget at the moment.

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New member here. Iím beginning to be in the market for a trailerable trawler, so Iím first looking for a list of models to consider.......................
Thanks for your feedback.
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Strongly suggest you look at the facebook group "Trailer Trawlers". See you there.
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Good recommendation on the trailer-trawler FB group. Iím already there.

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Old 09-28-2023, 11:17 AM   #14
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Yeah. A little more research easily rules out the Prairie 29. Can’t find anything on a Pathfinder 29 but the search also pulls up Prairie 29, so maybe was an overlap/typo on my part.

Just still out on the Roughwater 29, though doubtful. There is a pic on this forum of one on a trailer, but like the MT34, that may not mean it’s really trailerable.

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I'll second the Rosborough. Met a gentleman last year on one crusing solo. Had a nice chat and quick walk through of the boat. It will be on my short list when and if I start solo crusing.
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You won't hurt a big four-stroke outboard by running it at low rpm's for hours at a time. Don't let that be the deciding factor.

Fisherman do it nearly every time out. I run my center console at near idle speed (when slow trolling) or at 1500 rpm when trolling at 7 knots and have been doing so for 30 years. I've never heard any outboard guy say that it was bad for the engine.

Even with the old two smokes, hours of slow trolling might foul the plugs slightly, but they'd clear within a couple of minutes when you got back on the throttle.
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You won't hurt a big four-stroke outboard by running it at low rpm's for hours at a time. Don't let that be the deciding factor.

Fisherman do it nearly every time out. I run my center console at near idle speed (when slow trolling) or at 1500 rpm when trolling at 7 knots and have been doing so for 30 years. I've never heard any outboard guy say that it was bad for the engine.

Even with the old two smokes, hours of slow trolling might foul the plugs slightly, but they'd clear within a couple of minutes when you got back on the throttle.
Yes, on my Atlas Pompano 23 with a 70 hp 4 stroke Yamaha, running slow for an extended period was no problem. But if I wanted to go 15 mph I could. Outboards have come a long way!

And FWIW, at 15 mph, I was only burning 5 gph.

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As far as the Marine Trader 34, it books at 17,000. Add 300 gallons of diesel at 2,130 and 150 gallons of water at 1,251 and the total of 20,381 and that doesnít include any equipment or a trailer weight, probably in excess of 2,000 pounds . Realistically it would be close to 25,000 going down the road. I have towed that weight with a pickup but I had an F350 dually with a diesel. The one ton has significantly larger brakes and that is critical when you try to stop that kind of weight. I had an F250 before the one ton and there were lots of stop lights that I was pushed through when towing a large boat, and nothing near this bigÖ. And then you get into the oversize part of the deal. The beam is 11í9Ē, oversize. But that isnít the big and difficult part of the oversize, the height has to be well over 13í6Ē even without the trailer height. Unless you are planning on removing the flybridge every time you want to trailer the boat. If it was a one time move to relocate the boat, maybe but still not with an F250.
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OK. I’ve always understood idling wasn’t good for them. Even at that, though, all my old two strokes use about the same amount of fuel at idle as at 3/4 throttle. Will admit ZERO four stroke experience. I like the old stuff. Do look forward to getting a modern 4S Bigfoot for the houseboat I’m building, though.

Still and all, seems goofy to pay for and run a 150 when what I want is a 15.

I do appreciate the feedback. (And my list is getting smaller.)

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Ranger Tug 21 with diesel is cute and in your price range.
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