Don’t forget the trawlers!
The following was inspired by a recent question from one of our readers.
When examining the options for cruising boats, it’s really not simply a question of one hull or two, the power vs. sail argument needs to be addressed as well. I’ll admit that power boats, trawlers most notably, are in the minority when it comes to cruising boats, especially this far south, but we have met many couples who call boats like that home.
What are our thoughts on them? We are envious as hell! The trawlers we have had the good fortune of being invited upon have all had a tremendous amount of room. The word “house” comes to mind! They are normally kitted out with all the latest gadgets and their big engines drive big alternators which in turn keep their battery banks nicely topped off. What does that mean? They almost always have a big icemaker!
Is there a downside? The only obvious one to me is money. I have no idea how much fuel a typical trawler burns at cruising speed but I imagine that the diesel costs alone would break us. We needn’t really worry about that though because we couldn’t afford any of our friends’ trawlers anyway!
That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
The moral of this post? If you have power boat experience and feel more comfortable on a boat like that than you do on a sailboat, don’t let that stop you from heading south. We have met many people on trawlers who have blazed the trail for you. Come on down and join us, and please bring your icemaker with you.
Here are few “Trawler” blogs to prove that I’m not just making this up:
- Finally Fun
- Knot Tide Down
Have you been cruising on a trawler, especially south of the US? Please comment here and let us know!