Originally Posted by panelman01
I like the idea of trawler. I like the range and the economy of transit. I like the space. I would probably miss the ability to get up on plane and get moving. My son likes a traditional sport fisher or cruiser. The space is still there and it has the speed ability; but he realizes the cost to keep it "on plane". So the question is - has anyone ever done a thread about the "pros and cons" of these two distinct boat types for the keys / Bahamas area?
Enjoy the hunt! Be aware the word "trawler" is more of a "marketing term cum concept" and actual boats that might qualify are all over the map, design-wise.
FWIW, we run a "sportfish" sorta boat (see avatar). Doesn't use much fuel when we putter along at 7-8 knots... and we do that a lot.
Most "trawlers" of similar size have more interior and/or enclosable space than we do, even counting our enclosed bridge.