Originally Posted by WillMcclard
We like the idea of foregoing the flybridge for more stability on hook but the boats I find without FB increase the cockpit area at the expense of interior space. The mainship 34 pilot puts the galley down in a hole like a sailboat and I'm not sure it is still a trawler.
I see the flybridge as creating lots of windage, and instability in smaller trawlers, but they have the galley and salon in a windowed area and the main cabin more than just a v berth, all in 34 to 39 ft.
Boats are such compromises. We like the floating condo, but want it to be safe and stable.
Larger ground tackle, flopper stoppers, only doing short hops on nice days, and never be far from help, will have to make it work.
Perhaps there is our perfect boat out there that we just haven't found yet.
If a small trawler is too rolly at hook for us can flopper stoppers be used without a boom?
Has anyone had experience with using them?
Perhaps anchorages in the Bahamas and east coast are much better than Mexico and we are fretting about nothing.
There's a lot of choices in the Mainship line.
The 34 Trawler does have the sunken galley, wider flybridge, and was made until 2008 and competes price wise with the 40, which, personally I feel is a better boat for a lot of reasons... It's about 39 feet long, very close to all of the boats mentioned here.
Mainship made a MT and a few other 34s that are totally different. I'm only addressing the trawlers.
The 35/39 Mainships are very similar, both 39ft long 14ft beam. Galley not sunk, across from the lower helm, but does block the view a bit. Curved stairs. Replaced by the 40 which was very similar but 2 ft longer and a ton of small improvements, galley behind the helm, overhand off the flybridge that covers the walkway, etc.
All of the above have stairs, nice for us old farts and our grandmas. And all have nice flybridges, with aft overhang.
Mainship was sold as the "Chevy" of trawlers, very basic, reasonably well built but not a lot of fancy stuff. More utilitarian.
I've attached a comparison of the 350/390 and the 400 for info.
And one can get a later Mainship for the price of a much older "high end" boat like the Kady or the Grand Banks. However, those boats are very nice, too.
I looked at all of the above before deciding on the Mainship 400, which I'm very happy with, and the Admiral loves it and can handle it, which is a big thing for me. The only thing I might have done different is to get twins instead of the single, but not that huge to be disappointed.