Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-26-2017, 05:42 PM   #1
Member
 
City: Sodus Bay, NY
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 6
Trawler Newbies

Hello All,
My wife and I are 66 year old sailors with 35+ years of boating experience. We are planning on navigating the ICW from Upstate NY to the Florida Keys in the Fall of 2018. From various conversations we have deduced that we won't be doing much sailing and that we could enjoy more comfort and variety of cruising destinations with a trawler.
Our Tartan 3400 is paid for and we would like to leave her on the hard for this excursion. This does somewhat limit the funds available for another vessel. I would prefer to stay in the $250K range. I also don't want a project so I have been confining my search to boats <15 years vintage in the 34-42 ft length. Am I being unrealistic? I know this prices me out of the Krogen or Nordic Tug category.
Any thoughts on boats that might work for us would be greatly appreciated. Also, is a lower steering station a "must have"?
__________________
Advertisement

wdavis 76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 05:51 PM   #2
TF Site Team
 
Comodave's Avatar
 
City: Au Gres, MI
Vessel Name: Never Say Never
Vessel Model: President 41 DC
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 11,840
I would need to have much more info on your wants and needs. There are many likely trawlers that would fit into your broad category. A couple of recommendations would be to go to a TrawlerFest or AGLCA event and look at the trawlers there to see what you like. Powerboat Guide is a pretty good resource to start with. You can look at the layouts and specifications and maybe rule out some boats or find some that you want to look at. You can buy it in hardcopy or download it. Good luck.
__________________

Comodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 05:55 PM   #3
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10,122
Welcome to the forum! It doesn't take much of a boat to do that trip. Other than the NJ coast, the rest of it can be done inside. Lots to choose from with that budget. There is quite a size difference in trawlers between 34 and 42. More information about requirements would be helpful.

Living room aboard for 6 months?
Do you expect guests?
Speed requirements?

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 05:59 PM   #4
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 15,575
Greetings,
Welcome aboard. As has already been mentioned, plenty around for the age and price.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 06:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
tallswede's Avatar
 
City: Baytown, Texas
Vessel Name: Islander
Vessel Model: Prairie 36
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 287
Considering you are coming from a 34" sailboat, almost anything 32' and up will seem palatial. Island Gypsy and Mainship make nice smaller trawlers well in your price range for a nice one, I'm sure there are others. Try to find a newer one without wood framed windows and no teak decks. Getting into the +42' narrows your search window for your price range and of course dockage and maintenance gets higher. I don't blame you for hanging on to your sailboat and I think finding a good cheaper boat until you decide whether you will stay with a trawler or not will be a smart way to go.

Kevin
tallswede is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 07:18 PM   #6
Guru
 
Benthic2's Avatar
 
City: Boston Area
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,873
what is your plan after this trip ? I assume that if you find you prefer sailing, you'll sell your trawler and go back to your sailboat. However, if you decide to switch to trawlering permanently, I presume you'd sell your sailboat and newly aquired trawler and re enter the boat market with more knowledge and a bigger budget. If that's the case, your first trawlwer doesn't have to be perfect as it is not your "forever boat". There is another very lengthy thread dealing with the pros and cons of driving from the cabin or the bridge. I think a big factor is what you do in bad weather. If you simply have to keep on your schedule, you'll like the protected help....if you can travel in good weather only, the lower helm is less critical.
Benthic2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 07:27 PM   #7
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale. Florida, USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 20,290
Here are 1,297 to start your looking.

2000 (Power) Boats For Sale

I think you'll see some incredible boats that fit your parameters.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 07:32 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Bill Ranson's Avatar
 
City: Deltaville, VA
Vessel Name: Cork
Vessel Model: Halvorsen GC32
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 120
I have left you a private message with my contact information. I have a suggestion for you that might work.
Bill
Bill Ranson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 08:45 PM   #9
Member
 
City: Annapolis
Vessel Name: Berto
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 42
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7
There are plenty of Grand Banks 42 Classics out there. I am in the process of closing on one as we speak for just that purpose along with cruising on the Chesapeake Bay.
RB58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 10:54 PM   #10
TF Site Team/Forum Founder
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Vessel Name: Floatsome & Jetsome
Vessel Model: Meridian 411
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,139
And don't get too hung up on "trawlers". There are lots of "motoryachts" out there that would easily fit your budget and offer tremendous value. A good Carver 440/445 could be had for $150k or even less. The offer huge accommodations as well as Cummins or Cat Power. They offer trawler economy at trawler speeds and can get up and go if you have the need. Another option would be Hatteras. The Hatteras 53 could be had in your price range although a significantly bigger boat with bigger operating costs and bigger Detroit power. They can still get you a gallon a mile a trawler speeds and truly offer amazing space. Sea Ray also has offerings in the price Range....Meridian as well.

Older Defever 44 ACMYs would fit your budget and also fit the "trawler" moniker. I have even seen newer ones in that Price range....even the 49 with cockpits I have seen in the mid 200s. None currently I don't think. The Defever 49 Raised Pilothouse would be another. Take a look at the link below. My search went to 350k but you can see that there are MANY boats to be had below 250k. There is even a newer 44 that is stabilized for 225k. That Defever 44/49 is a great boat and HUGE living space as well as a nice engine space.

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...dedSelected=-1


I am not pushing any of these. Just saying there are options other than "trawlers" that would fulfill your requirements for a bargain of a price.
__________________
Prairie 29...Perkins 4236...Sold
Mainship Pilot 30...Yanmar 4LHA-STP...Sold
Carver 356...T-Cummins 330B...Sold
Meridian 411...T-Cummins 450C
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2017, 11:45 PM   #11
Guru
 
BruceK's Avatar
 
City: Sydney
Vessel Name: Sojourn
Vessel Model: Integrity 386
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 12,325
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baker View Post
And don't get too hung up on "trawlers". There are lots of "motoryachts" out there that would easily fit your budget and offer tremendous value.... They offer trawler economy at trawler speeds and can get up and go if you have the need.
I agree, keep your options wide. I was interested in a Sealine 37(a Princess brand)until I figured out the engines. Definitely include trawlers in your search, most are great comfortable cruising boats, but keep an open mind.
__________________
BruceK
2005 Integrity 386 "Sojourn"
Sydney Australia
BruceK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2017, 11:35 AM   #12
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale. Florida, USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 20,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by BruceK View Post
a Sealine 37(a Princess brand)
What?

I never knew that. Are you sure? I knew them as a British Brand but not part of Princess, then as a Brunswick brand, then sold to Hanse and moved to Germany in 2013.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2017, 10:48 PM   #13
Member
 
City: Sodus Bay, NY
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 6
Thanks to all who responded. I appreciate you taking the time. You have raised some great questions.The answer is that we are pretty flexible.
We prefer practical over tradition. We want to travel and explore, not apply another coat of varnish.
Two engines would be nice, not critical.
Fuel efficiency, again nice but not necessary. We are sailors, 10 knots will be a white knuckle ride for us.
A second cabin, as long as there is a space to park a couple of extra bodies, not a deal breaker. A second head in a boat this size seems to be a huge waste of space.
We would like a safe, reliable vessel for inland passage.
wdavis 76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2017, 01:10 AM   #14
TF Site Team/Forum Founder
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Vessel Name: Floatsome & Jetsome
Vessel Model: Meridian 411
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,139
Quote:
Originally Posted by wdavis 76 View Post
A second head in a boat this size seems to be a huge waste of space.
We would like a safe, reliable vessel for inland passage.
I always thought a second head is a huge waste of space....until you have a second head. It is a luxury and a convenience. But we overlook the fact that it is a redundant system. Point being...occasionally a head does not work. If you have two...now you have a backup
__________________
Prairie 29...Perkins 4236...Sold
Mainship Pilot 30...Yanmar 4LHA-STP...Sold
Carver 356...T-Cummins 330B...Sold
Meridian 411...T-Cummins 450C
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2017, 01:39 AM   #15
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale. Florida, USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 20,290
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baker View Post
I always thought a second head is a huge waste of space....until you have a second head. It is a luxury and a convenience. But we overlook the fact that it is a redundant system. Point being...occasionally a head does not work. If you have two...now you have a backup
The first time you have a problem with one head, you'll find yourself longing for a second.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2017, 08:00 AM   #16
Guru
 
Steve's Avatar
 
City: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Vessel Name: Gumbo
Vessel Model: 2003 Monk 36
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,882
There will be plenty of good boats to fit your budget. I think this from post #2 is a good suggestion:
"A couple of recommendations would be to go to a TrawlerFest or AGLCA event and look at the trawlers there to see what you like."

It will also be a chance to meet lots of folks who are doing the trip or will be, you may be seeing more of them in 2018
__________________
Steve W.
https://mvgumbo.blogspot.com/
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2017, 09:47 PM   #17
Guru
 
alormaria's Avatar
 
City: Trenton
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,302
The smaller the boat, the bigger the adventure.
__________________
Al Johnson
34' Marine Trader
"Angelina"
alormaria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2017, 11:47 PM   #18
Member
 
City: Sodus Bay, NY
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 6
Al,
As a guy who started out taking a 25 foot boat across Lake Ontario, I can say, truer words were never spoken.
wdavis 76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2017, 05:30 AM   #19
TF Site Team
 
Bacchus's Avatar
 
City: Seneca Lake NY
Vessel Name: Bacchus
Vessel Model: MS 34 HT Trawler
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 5,142
Welcome to TF and good luck w your search and adventure.
If you are in MY you will likely do some locking on your trip and after...Lk Ont...Lk Champlain...NY and Canadian canals are some great cruising areas.
A lower station and helm Door will make locking and docking much easier than only a footbridge.
__________________
Don
2008 MS 34 HT Trawler
"Bacchus"
Bacchus is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2017, 06:44 AM   #20
Guru
 
Donna's Avatar
 
City: Palm Coast
Vessel Name: Southerly
Vessel Model: 1986 Marine Trader 36' Sundeck
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,215
Don't wait till 2018. Do it now, as soon as you get a boat. Sometmes too much planning is well, too much planning.

Welcome aboard!
__________________

Donna is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Trawler Port Captains
Port Captains are TF volunteers who can serve as local guides or assist with local arrangements and information. Search below to locate Port Captains near your destination. To learn more about this program read here: TF Port Captain Program





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012
×