Trawlers are the most popular vessel for the long-distance cruiser. When an owner is far from home, the boat needs to have every contingency accounted and prepared for. The vessels are built to travel any sea and handle any element.
Their characteristics begin below the waterline with the hull form and construction. The full-displacement hull rides through the water but also offers increased interior accommodation space. However, the hullform does limit to the speed of the vessel to typically no more than 10 knots. Hulls are often steel.
Many trawlers have the helm, or pilothouse, on the main deck, so there is one level surface to prevent stubbed toes. Some have a raised pilothouse, which improve sightlines for the captain.
For long cruises, fuel consumption is also key. Trawlers often have a single inboard diesel engine, which decreases fuel consumption and makes maintenance easier. Onboard systems—such as fuel filters or watermakers or generators—often have redundancies as well because when an owner is far from home, it can be difficult to find spare parts.
There are a few well-known manufacturers of sportfishermen but there are also custom
builders to fine tune an owner’s preferences into the ultimate performance machine.
The fast trawler is growing in popularity but some purists believe the increased speeds and change in hullform defy the definition of trawler. The sleek new lines and speeds are still drawing owners in.
Interiors are designed for comfortable long-term living with spacious salons and fully equipped galleys. A trawler is a home away from home…that travels with an owner.