The idea of taking off on a great adventure to explore distant shores aboard your own yacht has inspired a great number of people to look very closely at recreational power boats, specifically “trawlers” as the safest, easiest and most efficient method to safely accomplish this.
Entering into the trawler market as a buyer, whether this is the first time or you are a “repeat offender”, can be a daunting, potentially overwhelming proposition. There are so many decisions you have to make and a lot of things to think about that you may not even realize are important.
Trawler Skills has been created to offer insights and recommendations for current and future trawler owners. This section is trawler-centric, but much of what is covered should be relevant to most power and sail cruisers.
The Trawler Lifestyle is a great escape from the routines of the traditional 9 – 5 work world rat race. Instead of sitting in traffic or staring at your computer screen while gazing out an office window – you are sitting in a helm chair and looking out your pilothouse…at waterfront views!
Buy the smallest boat that is big enough for the typical crew size on board and the type of cruising you intend to do.
Your best value when buying a trawler is almost always going for a used trawler (but keep your eye out for a great deal on a late model stock boat in dealer inventory).
Make your money when you buy the boat (don’t expect to sell your trawler for more than you paid).
Figure out what you can afford up front and go into the hunt with a realistic budget and pre-qualified financing.
Get on as many trawlers as you can (even those that don’t seem to meet your profile) and see how well you fit, what the visibility is like and how comfortable you feel.
If it seems like a deal that is too good to be true, it probably is. One of the best negotiating strategies when buying a trawler is the ability to walk away from something that doesn’t feel right, you WILL find another boat.
This is an emotional purchase, try to be sensible and assemble a team of professionals to help you evaluate your purchase with practical advice.
Purchase price is only the beginning. You have to allow for additional costs after the initial purchase. There are expenses required to make the trawler your own, fix items that need attention, consumables and provisioning, and you must account for annual costs like insurance and slip rent.
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