Today’s trawlers — and other sea­far­ing boats with pas­sage mak­ing qual­i­ties in their DNA — pro­vide com­fort, ef­fi­ciency and sea­wor­thi­ness

Soundings - - Contents - BY GARY RE­ICH

Trawlers are com­fort­able, sea­wor­thy and ef­fi­cient pas­sage­mak­ers. Here are nine to con­sider for your next long-dis­tance ad­ven­ture.

Let’s say there’s a dat­ing-style smart­phone app for match­ing boats with prospective own­ers. Per­haps your pro­file reads some­thing like this: Cruis­ing cou­ple seeks ves­sel for long jour­neys across all sorts of seas. Po­ten­tial match must serve as a cozy and com­fort­able home, and be mind­ful of and ef­fi­cient with our fuel funds. Our ideal com­pan­ion will take us on our ad­ven­tures re­li­ably and con­fi­dently, for many thou­sands of miles.

Sure, you might get some re­sponses from cabin cruis­ers or ex­press-style boats, but your true love con­nec­tion — the one you’re go­ing to com­mit to spend your boat­ing life with — is likely go­ing to be a trawler or trawler-style boat. These sea­wor­thy and ef­fi­cient boats give you the per­son­al­ity and the pretty, with spa­cious and com­fort­able in­te­rior ac­com­mo­da­tions, ef­fi­cient and ro­bust hull forms, and ex­te­rior deck spaces that al­low you to re­lax and soak in your sur­round­ings.


The Grand Banks 60 isn’t the big­gest boat Grand Banks builds — the 72 Aleu­tian RP holds that ti­tle — but it’s ar­guably one of the sleek­est, pret­ti­est and most lux­u­ri­ous boats the builder has ever

brought to mar­ket, all while re­tain­ing the clas­sic, good-look­ing lines for which the builder is cel­e­brated.

Guest ar­eas in­clude three state­rooms and a main sa­loon. Own­ers can choose a sa­loon lay­out with the gal­ley far aft or for­ward. Ac­com­mo­da­tions are a mas­ter state­room with a king-size island berth and en-suite head, a guest state­room with an island berth in the bow and a guest state­room with twin berths.

On deck, the Grand Banks 60 has a cock­pit with a tran­som bench abaft a teak ta­ble. Com­pan­ion seat­ing is close by. It’s all set atop a thick, teak-smoth­ered deck. Up a set of stairs from the cock­pit, the fly­bridge has an L-shaped lounge set around a teak ta­ble, twin cap­tain’s chairs abaft the helm and a wet bar that will come in handy when happy hour rolls around. Far­ther aft on the fly­bridge deck is room to stow a dinghy.

The builder chose Volvo Penta diesels to power the Grand Banks 60. The base power plant setup in­cludes two 725-hp D11 en­gines. A pair of 800-hp D13s are an op­tion. Top speed with base power is 27 knots, but what’s most note­wor­thy is her 22- to 24-knot cruise speed. Opt for the 900-hp D11s, and the Grand Banks 60 will break 30 knots and cruise in the mid- to high 20s. Buy­ers can also opt for Volvo Penta IPS pod drives.


Un­like au­to­mo­tive hy­brids, which seem to en­ter a new auto seg­ment every week, hy­brid boats have yet to make it big. And that’s a shame, be­cause they’re aw­fully good boats, for the right buy­ers. Slove­nian builder Greenline has been sell­ing an ever-grow­ing line of nicely made hy­brid boats in the United States for about a half-dozen years. The Greenline 39 Hy­brid is ex­pected to hit U.S. shores in 2018.

Greenline’s hy­brid sys­tems gen­er­ally con­sist of a diesel en­gine, an elec­tric mo­tor and a bank of recharge­able lithium bat­tery packs. A clutch al­lows the boat to be pow­ered solely by the elec­tric mo­tor or by the diesel alone. When the en­gine is en­gaged, it spins the elec­tric mo­tor to charge the bat­tery bank. When the boat is run­ning on all-elec­tric power, the clutch dis­en­gages the en­gine, and the bat­tery­pow­ered elec­tric mo­tor spins the pro­pel­ler shaft. A bank of so­lar pan­els on the roof pro­vides ad­di­tional charg­ing ca­pac­ity, and the lithium bat­ter­ies also pro­vide house elec­tric power.

Un­der elec­tric-only power, the Greenline 39 Hy­brid silently cruises at a max­i­mum of 6.5 knots, but most folks will throt­tle back to 4 knots and en­joy 20 nau­ti­cal miles of range. This mode is per­fect for qui­etly en­ter­ing an­chor­ages late at night, or al­low­ing the main en­gine to cool be­fore you tie up. Un­der en­gine power — a stan­dard 220-hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel — the Greenline 39 Hy­brid can top out at 18 knots and cruise ef­fi­ciently be­tween 10 and 12 knots. A 370-hp Yan­mar diesel also is avail­able and in­creases the top speed to 25 knots, with a cruise speed in the high teens.

In­side, the Greenline 39 Hy­brid has a mod­ern in­te­rior with a Euro­pean vibe. The cock­pit and sa­loon are on a sin­gle level and feel con­nected. There’s an aft gal­ley, a C-shaped port-side dinette, a bench seat abaft the helm and a wood cre­denza topped with a flat-screen tele­vi­sion. Below are two state­rooms that share a head with en­closed shower. Berths can be con­fig­ured as sep­a­rate beds or pushed to­gether to form larger berths. LOA: 39 feet, 6 inches BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches t DRAFT: 2 feet, 11 inches DIS­PLACE­MENT: 16,535 pounds TANKAGE: 185 gal­lons fuel, 80 gal­lons wa­ter, 17 gal­lons waste POWER sinlge 220hp Volvo Penta D3 diesel/10kw elec­tric mo­tor, sin­gle 370hp Yan­mar 8LV-370 diesel 10-kw elec­tric mo­tor Speed 18 knots top 10-12 knots cruise (with base en­gine) Price $359,000 PRICE: CON­TACT: SVP Yachts, Hal­lan­dale, Florida (954) 381-1783 green­line­hy­bridusa.com


The Nord­havn 59 Coastal Pilot is a slight de­par­ture from the builder’s tra­di­tional lineup of full-dis­place­ment trawlers with long ranges — enough to cross oceans, in many cases. With the Coastal Pilot 59, Nord­havn is tar­get­ing cruis­ers who pre­fer to keep their jour­neys closer to the coast and who want more speed, along with sea­keep­ing abil­i­ties and stout con­struc­tion.

A pair of 715-hp Cum­mins QSM11 diesels are on board, let­ting cruis­ers go fast when they’re on a time schedule or slow when they’re of a mind to con­serve fuel. Mo­tor at around 8 knots, and the Coastal Pilot 59 has a range of about 1,000 nau­ti­cal miles. Nord­havn says most own­ers cruise be­tween 10 and 12 knots for the best mix of speed and ef­fi­ciency. Top end is around 22 knots.

Three state­rooms are below on the Coastal Pilot 59. Far­thest aft and un­der the sa­loon is a full-beam owner’s state­room with an island berth and nearly full-beam head with en­closed shower. Two state­rooms for guests are for­ward of the mas­ter: a VIP with an island berth in the bow, and a state­room abaft it, to port, that shares the VIP’s head with en­closed shower. A few steps up, the sa­loon has loung­ing space, an aft gal­ley and a Cshaped dinette.

Out­side in the cock­pit, folks can gather around a teak ta­ble with teak chairs, or walk up the steps to the fly­bridge. The fly­bridge helm is mounted on cen­ter­line, and two set­tees strad­dle both sides of it. There’s also a helm bench seat plus an in­te­grated bench be­hind it. The bench is just for­ward of a pedestal­mounted din­ing ta­ble. Chairs can be added to ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple. LOA: 58 feet, 9½ inches t BEAM: 17 feet t %3"'5 4 feet, 2 inches

t %*41-"$&.&/5 82,000 pounds t 5"/,"(& 1,100 gal­lons fuel, 444 gal­lons wa­ter, 88 gal­lons waste t 108&3 twin 715-hp Cum­mins QSM11 diesels t 41&&% 22 knots top, 18-20 knots fast cruise, 8-10 knots eco­nom­i­cal cruise t 13*$& $1.85 mil­lion t $0/5"$5 Pa­cific Asian En­ter­prises, Dana Point, Cal­i­for­nia, (949) 496-4848. nord­havn.com


Nordic Tugs have a friendly look that’s made the brand a pop­u­lar choice among cruis­ing boaters. These stately tugs also are known for brick-solid con­struc­tion, ef­fi­cient hull shapes and com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions. New to the Nordic Tugs lineup is the Nordic Tug 40. It’s an evo­lu­tion and re­place­ment of the Nordic Tug 39, and it’s sub­stan­tially bet­ter in many ways.

A sin­gle 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesel lies in the belly of the Nordic Tug 40. It has a big job in push­ing the 22,600-pound hull around, and it ac­cel­er­ates the boat to a top end around 18 knots. The en­gine is most ef­fi­cient at 8 knots, which is where the builder’s 1,000-nau­ti­cal-mile range fig­ure orig­i­nates. Most own­ers will put miles un­der the keel at 12 to 14 knots. New for the Nordic Tug 40 is an op­tional Sea­keeper gy­ro­scopic sta­bi­lizer, which re­duces roll in a va­ri­ety of sea con­di­tions.

The two-state­room lay­out has a mas­ter in the bow with a queen­size island berth and a guest state­room with a dou­ble berth just abaft it. They share a head with en­closed shower. The full-beam bridge deck is four steps up from the sleep­ing quar­ters. A cap­tain’s chair is abaft the helm, and there’s ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity fore and aft. The bridge deck also has com­pan­ion seat­ing: an up­hol­stered bench seat to port with a ta­ble.

Far­ther aft is the sa­loon, which has an aft gal­ley con­fig­u­ra­tion, an L-shaped dinette and a slid­ing glass door to the cock­pit. A flip-up ta­ble in the gal­ley ex­pands counter space into the cock­pit. (Mar­gar­i­tas, any­one?) The cock­pit in­cludes some up­grades from the Nordic Tug 39, in­clud­ing a hull-side en­try door and an over­all in­crease in space. There’s also more room on the swim plat­form. LOA: 43 feet t #&". 13 feet t %3"'5 4 feet, 2 inches t %*41-"$&.&/5 22,600 pounds (dry weight) t 5"/,"(& 320 gal­lons fuel, 144 gal­lons wa­ter, 32 gal­lons waste t 108&3 sin­gle 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesel t 41&&% 18 knots top, 8-14 knots cruise t 13*$& $629,450 t $0/ 5"$5 Nordic Tugs, Burling­ton, Wash­ing­ton, ( 360) 7578847. nor­dic­tugs.com


The Span­ish builder once known as Menorquin Yachts is back in the United States with a new boat and a new name. Minorca Yachts in­tro­duced its Is­lan­der 34 to Amer­i­cans at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Boat Show ear­lier this year. The boat has some tra­di­tional de­sign el­e­ments taken from Span­ish fish­ing ves­sels and sports a more mod­ern look.

The 34 has a sleek, min­i­mal­ist decor below. The in­te­rior has light­col­ored hard­woods, cream-col­ored up­hol­stery and pol­ished metal ac­cents that seem more Scan­di­na­vian than Mediter­ranean — in a good way. The Is­lan­der 34 has a two-state­room lay­out. There’s a mas­ter in the bow with an island berth and stowage. A full-beam guest state­room is athwartships un­der the bridge deck. Both share an en­closed head/shower.

The sa­loon is sig­nif­i­cantly brighter than in past mod­els, with glass around the cabin sides and hatches in the cabin top. A gal­ley is for­ward to port. It’s just across from the helm, which has 360de­gree views and a two-per­son bench. A dinette is abaft it. Twin wood-trimmed slid­ing doors open to con­nect the sa­loon and cock­pit. There’s no fixed seat­ing in the cock­pit , which means there’s lots of room to stretch out. A step down is a full-beam, teak-capped swim plat­form.

A pair of 220-hp Yan­mar 6BY3 diesels are stan­dard. Top end at wide-open throt­tle is 22.7 knots, though own­ers will see best fuel ef­fi­ciency around 16 knots with a fuel burn of about 12 gal­lons per hour. The­o­ret­i­cal range with the 172-gal­lon fuel tank is about 229 miles, or about the dis­tance be­tween New York City and the mouth of Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. The Is­lan­der 34 rides a semidis­place­ment hull

that’s con­structed us­ing a resin-in­fu­sion process to re­duce weight and in­crease strength.

LOA: 34 fee• • BEAM: 12 fee•, 6 inches • DRA'T: 3 fee•, 7 inches • DISP-ACEMENT: 17,000 pounds • TANKAGE: 172 gal­lons fuel, 92 gal­lons wa•er, 60 gal­lons was•e • POWER: •win 220-hp Yan­mar 6BY3 diesels • SPEED: 22.7 knots top, 16 knots cruise • PRICE: $304,643 • CON­TACT: rYr Yach• rales, iupi•er, elorida, (561) 3007406. mi­nor­cay­achts.com


The Ranger Tugs R-27 brings big-bore, 4-stroke out­board power to the tra­di­tional trawler and tug mar­ket, creating a spunky ad­di­tion to the Ranger Tugs lineup. With a top speed in the up­per-30-knot range, own­ers should be able to put a cou­ple hun­dred miles be­hind them every day. Or take to the road: The whole pack­age is trail­er­a­ble.

Like all Ranger Tugs, the R-27 is de­signed to use every inch of space in­side its gun­wales. Seat­ing op­tions seem to pop out ev­ery­where. A good ex­am­ple is in the cock­pit, where tran­som and port- side seat­ing flips out to form a dinette around a teak ta­ble. There’s a re­frig­er­a­tor nearby, as well as a grill sta­tion with sink and food prep space at the tran­som. A glass door and lift-up glass panel open the cock­pit into the sa­loon.

The sa­loon has a dinette with a sim­ple sleep­ing bunk be­neath it, a gal­ley, and helm and com­pan­ion seat­ing that’s lighted from above by an atrium of glass pan­els in the cabin top. The helm and com­pan­ion seat­ing flip for­ward to ex­pand the dinette seat­ing and pro­vide ad­di­tional counter seat­ing in the gal­ley. Far­ther below is a U-shaped dinette in the bow that con­verts to a sleep­ing berth, and an en­closed head/shower. All the ar­eas are ven­ti­lated and nat­u­rally lighted with open­ing ports and hatches.

Unique for this type of boat is a sin­gle 300-hp Yamaha F300 out­board, which re­places the diesel power found in most Ranger Tugs mod­els. The 4.2-liter V-6 can launch the R-27 to a top speed of 36 knots. Own­ers with a mind to­ward fuel ef­fi­ciency can cruise the R-27 at 26 to 28 knots. LOA: 27 fee• • BEAM: 8 fee•, 6 inches • DRA'T: 2 fee•, 9 inches • DISP-ACEMENT: 7,000 pounds (dry) • TANKAGE: 150 gal­lons fuel, 40 gal­lons wa•er, 30 gal­lons was•e • POWER: sin­gle 300-hp Yamaha e300 4-s•roke • SPEED: 36 kno•s •op, 26-28 kno•s cruise • PRICE: $184,937 • CON­TACT: Ranger sugs, Ken•, Wash­ing•on, (253) 839-5213. ranger­tugs.com


Kadey-Krogen stresses ca­pa­bil­ity and liv­abil­ity in its de­signs, and liv­abil­ity is ap­par­ent as soon as you step aboard the Krogen 50 Open. Trimmed in rich wood through­out, the two-state­room lay­out is ideal for a cou­ple. The full-beam mas­ter has a queen- or king-size island berth, as well as a roomy head com­part­ment with an en­closed shower and twin sinks. Guest quar­ters are in the bow, with a queen-size island berth, plenty of stowage and an ad­join­ing head with an en­closed shower. A three-cabin lay­out is an op­tion.

One level up, the main sa­loon and bridge deck are open and airy, thanks to a floor plan that’s al­most com­pletely de­void of bulk­heads. A well-equipped, U-shaped gal­ley with full-size ap­pli­ances sits just for­ward of a seat­ing area with an L-shaped dinette and room for a pair of chairs. A sin­gle door leads to the cock­pit.

The fly­bridge has space for an in­flat­able dinghy, as well as seat­ing for eight at an up­hol­stered U-shaped lounge around a teak ta­ble. The ad­ja­cent up­per helm is mounted just to star­board of the cen­ter­line.

Stan­dard propul­sion is a sin­gle 231-hp John Deere diesel, which ef­fi­ciently pushes the bal­lasted, full-dis­place­ment hull. Though top speed doesn’t mean much with this type of boat, the half-load top end is 9.4 knots. At 8 knots the boat has a range of around 2,100 nau­ti­cal miles; a 6-knot cruise will net 5,000 nau­ti­cal miles of range. Op­tional twin 125hp John Deere diesels pro­vide sim­i­lar per­for­mance. LOA: 52 feet, 9 inches • BEAM: 17 feet, 5 inches • WEIG)T: 68,000 pounds • DRA'T: 5 feet, 4 inches • )6-- T:PE: dis­place­ment • POWER: sin­gle 231-hp +PIO DFFSF A'M EJFTFM • SPEED: 9.4 knots top, LOPUT DSVJTF • TANKAGE: 1,240 gal­lons fuel, 400 galMPOT XBUFS HBMMPOT XBTUF • PRICE: $1.55 mil­lion • CON­TACT: KBEFZ KSPHFO :BDIUT SUVBSU 'MPSJEB 286-0171. kadeykro­gen.com


The Great Har­bour TT35 is an ef­fort to re­write the book on what a pas­sage­mak­ing cruiser should be. It’s not re­ally a trawler, but it’s also not a tug-style boat. Mi­rage Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the TT35’s builder, is tout­ing this ves­sel as a cou­ple’s live­aboard boat with econ­omy and ver­sa­til­ity baked in.

The TT35’s shape and style are in­tended to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency. (Af­ter all, the hull has only 120 horse­power to push it along.) Still, that doesn’t mean the TT35 is slow. On flat wa­ter with a full head of steam, the twin high-thrust, 60-hp Suzuki DF60AV 4-stroke out­boards will take the TT35 up to 22 or 23 knots at wide-open throt­tle. But the magic is in this boat’s ef­fi­ciency at lower speeds. At 13 knots, the TT35 burns 3.9 gph, which equates to a lean 3.85 nmpg. At just un­der 9 knots, the fuel burn goes down to 1.8 gph, or 5.5 nmpg. At those speeds, daily fuel stops should be­come a thing of the past.

In­side is a sin­gle-state­room lay­out geared to­ward a cruis­ing cou­ple who live aboard. The state­room is in the bow with an island berth, a desk with room for a lap­top, a hang­ing locker and plenty of head­room. The sa­loon has a gal­ley, a dinette, an en­closed head/shower and the helm. Folks who have owned sail­boats will find the sin­gle­file lay­out fa­mil­iar. Slid­ing win­dows, a helm door and over­head hatches en­hance ven­ti­la­tion and light.

The TT35’s 10-foot-4-inch beam lim­its ex­te­rior deck spaces. Own­ers will likely spend most of their time out­side in the cock­pit, which has up­hol­stered benches on each side. Ac­cess to the fore­deck is via a pair of nar­row side decks for when it’s time to set ground tackle or tie up for the night. LOA: 35 fee•, 8 inches • BEAM: 10 fee•, 4 inches • DRA'T: 1 foo•, 3 inches • DISP-ACEMENT: 6,500 pounds • TANKAGE: 135 gal­lons fuel, 50 gal­lons wa•er, 30 gal­lons was•e • POWER: • win high-• hrus•, 60- hp DF60AV Suzuki 4- s• roke ou• boards • SPEED: 22-23 kno•s •op, 7-13 kno•s cruise • PRICE: $239,500 • CON­TACT: Mi­rage Man­u­fac•ur­ing, Gainesville, Florida, (352) 3774146. greathar­bour­trawlers.com ASPEN C120

The Aspen C120 is a re­cent build from the West Coast that looks much like any other power cat at first glance. Only when you dig deeper do you no­tice that there are two hulls and only one en­gine. There’s some voodoo in how Aspen bal­ances that engi­neer­ing.

There are three lev­els on the Aspen C120, and the bot­tom one is bro­ken up into two hulls. In the port hull and for­ward is the mas­ter state­room, which has a king-size island berth, head and shower, and stowage in lock­ers and draw­ers. A smaller, crew-style cabin is also in the port hull, ac­cessed by a pri­vate stair­way from the af­ter end of the sa­loon. In the star­board hull is the larger of the two guest state­rooms.

The sa­loon spans much of the C120’s beam and has an al­most­full-length gal­ley with a farm­house sink, propane stove and oven, and stowage. To star­board is a U-shaped dinette. Just for­ward of that is the lower helm sta­tion with twin cap­tain’s chairs and triple mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays. The fly­bridge helm, above, is off­set to port. There’s also an L-shaped dinette up top, with the helm and dinette be­neath a Bi­mini top.

Aspen of­fers two power plant choices for the C120. A 330-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesel, which re­sides in the star­board hull, is stan­dard; a 435-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesel is op­tional. The C120 will cruise be­tween 16 and 18 knots for best ef­fi­ciency, or top out at 20 to 23 knots, de­pend­ing on the en­gine.


LOA: 42 fee•, 6 inches • BEAM: 13 fee•, 10 inches • DRA'T: 3 fee•, 3 inches • DISP-ACEMENT: 22,500 pounds (dry) • TANKAGE: 180 gal­lons fuel, 100 gal­lons wa•er, 83 gal­lons was•e • POWER: sin­gle 330-hp Volvo Pen•a D6 diesel, sin­gle 435-hp Volvo Pen•a D6 diesel • SPEED: 20- 23 kno• s • op, 16- 18 kno• s cruise, de­pend­ing on en­gine • PRICE: $ 689,000 • CON­TACT: Aspen Power Ca• ama­rans, Burl­ing• on, Wash­ing• on, ( 360) 668- 4347. as­pen­pow­er­cata­ma­rans.com










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