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Old 08-21-2021, 04:57 PM   #1
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Hello All,
Iím a retired sailor of sorts, lots experience in some boats and some experience in lots of boats, lately Iím feeling the pull of the next big adventure, the vision at this point is foggy, but Iím sure it involves a trawler.
Initially going with my current rig, a cutter rigged Island Packet, seemed like the best course of action as itís in good shape and I know the boat fairly well so I set out to make her as idiot resistant as possible for this aging single handler. Unfortunately, truth be told, on the days Iíd really like to be sailing I no longer trust myself, the loss of confidence has been unnerving. If youíve been out sailing on a rough day you know it takes a lot of energy and you get beat around pretty good. Itís been a tough decision but having made it Iím now quite excited about the prospects of a trawler. I expect it will open the door to a whole new universe.
Essentially Iím thinking the smallest boat possible thatís big enough. Mostly me and the dog, wife some times. Bigger boats draw more water, are harder to handle in tight confines, are are typically more needy. Reliable components, with parts and expertise readily available are high on the list. I can fix most things but given my druthers prefer not (finding the expertise is a whole other matter).
At this point I like the looks of Wilburs and Duffys but the Nordic 32 and GB 36 check off the most boxes. Am wide open to suggestions.
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:18 PM   #3
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Blues, not knowing where Mallets Bay is located, all I can suggest is, dont over-look the American Tug if you can find a used one.
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:24 PM   #4
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Welcome Blues. Lot of former sailors here. There are plenty of great boats that would fit the bill. In your shoes I would look for used American Tugs, Nordic Tugs, Camano Troll, etc... Only because I am familiar with them and would want to stick with a single engine for ease of maintenance and access. I also detest sanding and refinishing exterior wood.
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I'll throw in a vote for the Californian 34 LRC. It was built from 1977 as the first American built trawler to compete with overseas trawler builders. It was designed to compete directly with the GB32.

It's an open sedan layout with wide walkarounds, minimal steps, galley up, dry head and 2 staterooms. Some are single stateroom with galley down. The twin diesels, stbd helm door and double aft doors make all around access and single-handing a piece of cake...at least for me in the relatively benign waters of the California Delta.

Early models were made in Santa Ana, California by (Jule) Marshall Boats and later under new owner Wellcraft. Later models were built on the east coast by Wellcraft and Carver.
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Old 08-22-2021, 06:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions, quite impressed with the AT. There is only one Californian on YW, seems like a lot of boat for the money, too good to be true? There is a nugget of truth in the old joke, there is nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes.

I keep coming back to a Duffy 35 that strikes an emotional cord but it lacks a bow thruster and only has a 15 gal holding tank which won’t work on the lake. I’m guessing that a trawler without a flying bridge is going to be easier to dock than a sail boat, although docking my boat is often the most exciting part of my life these days, so I’d prefer a bow thruster, just don’t know if it’s a show stopper. We’ll see about that tank.
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Thanks for the suggestions, quite impressed with the AT. There is only one Californian on YW, seems like a lot of boat for the money, too good to be true? There is a nugget of truth in the old joke, there is nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes.
Look at it before you buy. I'm very confident you'll be impressed!!
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