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AMERICAN MARINE PUBLISHING, INC. 2015
Ed McKnew, November 15, 2014
Who wouldn’t like to pack it all in, buy a cruising yacht, and depart for those romantic and unfamiliar destinations we spend our working days dreaming about? For many retiring baby boomers, that time may finally have arrived. Fortunately for them, today’s used trawler market is full of affordable boats from well-known U.S. and Asian manufacturers. Heading everyone's most-wanted list is, of course, the venerable Grand Banks 42 Classic, but there are many other strong-selling models for those who's tastes aren’t quite so traditional. In no particular order, here are ten well-known trawler style cruisers that are usually easy to find on the brokerage market.
Grand Banks 42 Classic
Iconic Grand Banks model, easily the most successful trawler-style cruising yacht ever produced. A seriously seaworthy boat. Quality construction, distinctive styling, luxury teak interior. Asking prices often exceed $300K.
Mainship 350/390 Trawler
Popular performance trawler is stylish, roomy, and easy to find on the used market. Called the Mainship 350 in 1996–98. Two stateroom interior includes large salon with galley and lower helm. Prices range up to about $150K.
Mainship 400 Trawler
Strong-selling sedan cruiser with spacious two-stateroom interior. Versatile layout includes covered cockpit, wide side decks, and a spacious flybridge with grill, dinette and wet bar. Current used prices range up to about $250K.
Mainship 430 Trawler
The best selling boat in her class for several years. Offered with two staterooms (galley down) or three staterooms (galley up). Walkaround decks are a plus. Asking prices for late-model 430s can exceed $250K.
Classic Krogen trawler with full displacement hull — over 200 sold. Widebody model introduced in 1989. Heavily built boat towers over other trawlers her size. Single diesel delivers 2,000-mile range. Asking prices to $200K.
Marine Trader 44 Tri Cabin
The quintessential "Taiwan Trawler" from the 1970s and '80s. Inexpensive, heavily built, loaded with teak. A maintenance nightmare. Offered with two or three staterooms, single or twin diesels. Most sell around $60K.
DeFever 44 Trawler
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.
President 41 Double Cabin
One of the best-selling sundeck cruisers of her day. Crisp styling, full teak interior, modest price. Dinette layout is always popular in a boat this size. Lower helm was standard. Over 115 were built. Nearly always under $100K.
Albin 43 Trawler
Classic trunk cabin trawler with distinctive profile, teak interior, full walkaround decks. Available with two or three staterooms. Lots of exterior teak. Heavily built boat rides on a semidisplacement hull. Usually priced under $100K.
DeFever 41 Trawler
Traditional DeFever trawler is well known for her excellent sea keeping ability. Generic double cabin layout with full teak interior and walkaround decks. A lot of exterior teak to maintain. Asking prices run up to $100K.
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