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Ed McKnew, February 24, 2015

Boating purists are quick to point out that a "real" trawler is built on a full displacement hull with only a single diesel engine for power. By that rigid standard, most of the boats we call trawlers these days fail to measure up. Nearly everyone thinks of the classic Grand Banks 42 as a trawler, but in fact Grand Banks models all ride on semi-displacement hulls, and they mostly came with twin engines. Same with most of the Taiwan-built trawlers that flooded the U.S. market in the 1970s and '80s, as well as all of the popular Mainship Trawlers that were so successful before the company cratered during the Great Recession. These boats are perhaps better described as "performance trawlers."

In the category of "true" trawlers, then, here are six well-regarded models that have stood the test of time. Note that all have full displacement hulls, and a few came with twin engines.

DeFever 44 Trawler

DeFever 44 Trawler

1981–2004

Possibly the most popular Arthur DeFever design ever produced. Super-heavy construction. Unique interior with galley aft in the salon includes walk-in engine room and huge aft stateroom. Prices range up to $300K.

Hatteras 48 LRC

Hatteras 48 LRC

1976–81

Heavily built pilothouse yacht with transoceanic range. Most have the standard 2-stateroom layout. Note tall bow freeboard, full beam owner's cabin, roomy salon. Powered by twin diesels. From $200K up. Clean models are hard to find.

Krogen 39 Trawler

Krogen 39 Trawler

1998–Current

Distinctive ocean-capable trawler has a range in excess of 2,000 nautical miles. Roomy interior with single stateroom, walk-in engine room is perfect for the cruising couple. Heavily built. Prices range from the low $300s.

Victory Tug 37

Lord Nelson Victory Tug 37

1982–89

Popular full-displacement cruiser with ballasted keel and distinctive tugboat profile. Versatile layout with single stateroom and comfortable salon. Note false stack. 800-mile-plus range. Prices often begin around $100K.

Nordhavn 46

Nordhavn 46

1989–2005

Popular long range trawler always in demand. Heavily built boat available with owner's stateroom forward or amidships. Over 80 were built, some with an optional flybridge. High quality yacht. Prices run from $300—$500K+.

Selene 54 Pilothouse

Selene 53 Pilothouse

2001–Current

Rugged pilothouse cruising yacht with 3-stateroom teak interior and classic pilothouse layout. Comfortable, seaworthy, built to last. Tremendous storage, large aft deck. Widebody version also available. $700K and up.

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