Originally Posted by daviddraper
We put an offer in on a 2006 MS 34. We looked at the Camano 31.
Our reasons for not pursuing one was the difficulty in getting around on the boat for those of us that are starting to have mobility issues and can't climb ladders or hang on and hope not to slip on a 6" side deck.
As far as the less is more argument goes, there are a minimum number of systems required on most small trawlers. I doubt my larger/heavier MS 34 has any more systems then a Camano 31 setup for cruising, albeit it will cost more to dock and run.
My two cents!
For my AT, I hung a few grab lines from the upper railings and hang on tight if I go down the side decks. Of course, the AT has a port and starboard pilot house doors to transit aft or forward as necessary.
The side decks on the AT34, the side decks are a bit over 9 inches.
I have briefly thought about having some railings fabricated running from after of the pilot house doors aft to the cockpit. I think I would actually lose part of the side deck so I settled for the hanging lines.