Hey everyone, I just posted below in the single or twin thread and thought i should introduce myself. I recently retired from 34 years in the Bering Sea. I was fortunate to drive some of the best vessels in the fleet, my one special 123' trawler for 28 years.
My wife and I are looking forward to getting a pleasure boat and tooling around in our retirement years. Thanks for having me!
House aft (we call them Schooners) are shallower draft and flat bottom for sitting in the mud, smaller rudders and are are twins. Most are around 100' class. The pic is a stretched 100 (now 129') I drove. I spent half the summer on one engine, negotiating tight channels and a mass of sport boats, pretty much sucked..:-) These boats handle poorly at low speed anyhow. No thruster, underpowered if down to one engine.
All house forward boats like mine and North Western are single mains. A few added thrusters later, but most are not. Alaska winters can be brutal, this shot is my buddy (single main) departing the dock in +70 its. so I can get in. In the Aleutians, Seafood production does not halt for weather.