Greetings from Washington DC area
I've been perusing the forums for many weeks now, and I have spent entirely to much time looking at the for sale sites at trawlers. Living just north of Washington, DC we have quick access to the Potomac, and more importantly, the Chesapeake Bay.
I have a small 12' runabout power boat and we have kayaks we use on an almost weekly basis (weather allowing) and we love being out on the water.
With entirely to many years left until retirement, I don't see doing any cruises longer than a week, and the Great Loop or the Caribbean would not be feasible at this time. Financially, I think having something on a trailer would save me slip fees, haul out, and the increased maintenance of keeping a boat in the water.
What I think is reasonable at this time is to have a trailerable trawler from which to launch our kayaks so that we could explore more of the Chesapeake Bay without driving (and not having the go westbound on the Bay Bridge on a weekend would be great!). Also, it would allow us to hit the Potomac, and perhaps drive south to explore areas that may be difficult to get to with time constraints.
I'm more concerned with efficiency than speed. Head is critical, shower would be nice. Comfortable bed would make the Admiral very happy. Outside space is very important to us.
Does anyone have any experience carrying kayaks on a smaller trawler?
I'm hoping to hit TrawlerFest at the Bay Bridge in October and play lookie-lou.
Great forum, lots of great info.