We are new to Trawler Forum but we have been diligently checking into various used trawlers in our area (Gulf Coast of Florida). So far we have figured out several options and designs we desire (must have) in a 55- to 65-foot trawler that is less than 38 years old. So far our broker hasn't been able to find THE trawler that meets our criterias.
1) A stern that allows easy access from the swim platform into the cockpit. (No steep stairs or steps.)
2) Easy access from the lower helm/pilothouse up to the flying bridge.
3) Stand-up height engine room with twin engines (preferably CATs or Detroit Diesels) and access thru full height door.
4) Other things: like dishwasher; washer & dryer; bow thrusters; stabilizers; strong winch with good anchor gear; oil change system; fuel polishers; sewage treatment system; radar; autopilot; and chart plotters. (That we could possibly add later, budget allowing.)
The main thing is ease of moving around the trawler for a person with a painful back...
Any information about possibly using Marquipt elevator-adapted type ladder systems would be appreciated! We have no idea how feasible or expensive that might be.
We have looked into Sea Lift swim platforms that look great and offer nice features (tender storage) and easy access to/from the cockpit.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! We are really eager to start cruising the Florida Keys, the Caribbean and perhaps even crossing through the Panama Canal...
Ed & Patty