Trawler Yachts - Which to Choose? - Part II

Published: 20th October 2009
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Once you feel you have just the layout that will suit you, what's the right length? You need to know that the overall elbow room in a 36 footer compared to a 40 footer is very different even with just a few feet added. The following is a basic guide.

30-35': This size boat is OK for a couple but having overnight guests aboard can be difficult. This size is meant for coastal use. Think of this as a pop-up camper.

36-39': This boat is fine for two people to handle and is suitable for light offshore use and coastal cruising. Overnight guests will be comfortable. A floating condo it is.

40 - 44 foot: This boat length has the beam to insure stability and roominess. Think of this as a single family home. They have more than enough room to accommodate guests for extended periods. This is likely the most popular length trawler found in the cruising community.

45' - Larger: This size boat is your long-range passagemaker. Built for enduring long ocean voyages, these vessels come with the most luxurious features of any boat afloat. These compare to a villa in the Bahamas.


Now that we have evaluated the basics of trawlers and their designs, what is best for the actual living part? Trawlers by and large come with 1-2 staterooms maybe three, 1-2 heads, salon, galley, and dinette. The salon is where we turn on the tube to catch the latest news and read the latest issue of Living Aboard. Like most trawlers handcrafted teak wood cabinetry is throughout with large windows.

Sundeck models have stairs leading to the aft sundeck. Most also have parquet teak floors, which looks nice with a nice oriental rug. Most trawlers have engine room access panels in the salon as well. Most salons of the 40-foot class will accommodate a couple of lean-back chairs or sofa, two small tables and an entertainment center. Placing a teak magazine rack close by and you have about all you need.

Staterooms are the private areas aboard. The sundeck model has an aft master stateroom that is very large and separated from the forward stateroom by the galley and salon.

Staterooms have a diversity of storage lockers so make sure the boat you like has ample. Like everything, price is not always an indicator. Carpeting in the stateroom is a matter of choice. Many choose to use rugs as not to hide the beauty of the teak flooring.

The galley is where you will spend a significant amount of time. Most galleys, depending on the size of the boat will come equipped with range, propane or electric, microwave, and a refrigerator/freezer. Ample storage again should be evaluated. Galleys that are down have separation from guests in the salon.

The galley down has a dinette across from the cooking area with seating for 4. The dinette also converts to a berth for two. You can use the storage beneath the seating for seldom-used items used in the galley.

Boats in the 40 foot class have two heads; one in the master suite and one provided for guests.

Depending on the trawler, the master suite will have a private bath, toilet and shower. Older toilets were manual but modern electric and Vacuflush are much easier to use. Small boats will have only one bath which may be shared by all on board.


Boats can be had with both twin and single setups. There is no shortfall of debates on the advantages or disadvantages of either. The principle advantage of twins is simplicity of docking and having a get-home engine if one fails. Naturally, there are two of everything to maintain.


We have looked at the differences between trawler styles and layouts. So where can you locate that perfect boat. Here are several hints.

Find a reputable buyer's broker. If I do not have the right boat in inventory, I have access to hundreds of other boats and can find you the best available at a price you wish to pay.

Check out to preview style and designs.

Go to every marina and boat show you can find.

Compliment any boater on their trawler and they will gladly show you around.

Have fun shopping.

The author is a live aboard trawler owner, Broker and owner of Paradise Yachts, a full service Florida yacht brokerage.

Mike Dickens, the author, is a boat owner and owner/Broker of Paradise Yachts in Florida USA.

Paradise Yachts offers used quality yachts to customers worldwide.

Visit the Paradise Yachts website to view our selection of Used Trawlers, Used Motor Yachts, and Used Sailboats for Sale

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