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Old 06-11-2020, 06:59 PM   #1
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Looking for Trawler in Southern California

Hi All - I'm new to this, and could use some educating. Most of my boating experience involves sailboats and small powerboats. I am interested in finding a trawler in California for use as a liveaboard in Ventura or Oxnard, CA. Some of what I have seen advertised that looks like it might be a good fit includes CHB 34', Marine Trader, and MainShip. I am very open to suggestions and info. I will be living on it alone. I lived on a 26' sailboat for several years, so any 30'+ trawler is spacious to me. Main purpose is to live on, with occasional recreational trips out to the Channel Islands. Not looking to pull water skiers or take it to Hawaii...


Diesel engine, 2 engines maybe preferred, but not a huge factor.

Fiberglass Hull

Reasonable engine times

Lots have 2 staterooms and two heads, that is fine, but if I found one that only had one, but it was nicely done, that would be a bonus.

Air Conditioner would be nice, but I can deal with that bit myself if need be.

Good condition, nice woodwork, nice electronics, good house batteries, general good mechanical condition is of course desirable, but I understand that can all vary with price.

Something in the $30,000 range would be nice, but I could go high for something special.

I know, that reading this, you might say "of course, everyone wants that stuff"... If anyone knows something nice that a friend needs to sell, let me know please! Also any advice on which of the many marinas in Ventura county is where people who know go, please advise. Thanks!

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Old 06-11-2020, 09:30 PM   #2
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Make sure you have a live aboard slip before you buy. They can be tough to find in that area.


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Old 06-15-2020, 08:49 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by DavidM View Post
Make sure you have a live aboard slip before you buy. They can be tough to find in that area.

Live aboard slips getting tough to find everywhere and there are some pretty good reasons why.
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